Comic 208 - A prayer for them all..

31st Jul 2014, 12:00 AM
A prayer for them all..
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

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Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Yes shes the only one on the bridge..
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JacobJSebastian 31st Jul 2014, 12:20 AM edit delete reply

Humanity will never grow up, unfortunately. Great strip. I don't usually enjoy bits about religion, but this was good.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

Thank you :D
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 3:53 PM edit delete reply

Never is a LONG time Jacob. I wouldn't expect it any time SOON... but it might happen, eventually. Sometime before the Earth's sun goes out, maybe. :-D
Hornet 1st Aug 2014, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Don't you mean while the sun is going out? Cause nothing short of a truly "extinction level event" will ever make us put on our big boy pants.
HiFranc 26th Apr 2015, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

Questionable Content discussed man's inability to see others equally.
jamie59 31st Jul 2014, 12:48 AM edit delete reply

Gali there's not much hope for that last line.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

yeah.. sadly
Fairportfan 31st Jul 2014, 1:16 AM edit delete reply

"You'll be quiet when you're all dead", Gali?

Peace through superior firepower. Ain't nothin' more peaceful than a dead troublemaker
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

Yeah Fairport; however, right now it is looking like the aliens have the superior technology. Whether they used it to create weapons or not, we don't know.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

that line.. oh so true.
Kate 31st Jul 2014, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
I know we've seen it on previous pages, but I just want to comment that I love the Star Trek style computer interface.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

thanks I could have spent a butt load of time on making my own but that just looked COOLER - ( nods to star trek and the open source LACARS )
mjkj 31st Jul 2014, 3:08 AM edit delete reply

@alt text: So true. Poor Gali, indeed. *hugs her*
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

she likes Hugs :D
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply

Well good... ::HUGS Galina too:: :-)
Sheela 1st Aug 2014, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Galina and Ada should get together ... free hugs for everyone. :D
mjkj 1st Aug 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, indeed...

*hugs* :D
cattservant 31st Jul 2014, 3:44 AM edit delete reply

God helps those who help themselves.
[Creative ambivalence.]
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

indeed they do .. but it doesnt hurt to ask.
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 3:47 PM edit delete reply

True cat; however, nothing wrong with asking for a little bit of help from forces greater than yourself. Especially against forces greater than yourself. :-D

Just don't EXPECT too much help. And don't get wedded to one concept of help, because it frequently comes from unexpected directions. :-D
cattservant 31st Jul 2014, 8:39 PM edit delete reply

Like complaining
about being wet
when someone throws
a bucket of water on you
when you're on fire.
cattservant 31st Jul 2014, 3:51 AM edit delete reply

Coffee and cynicism.
This trip is an education.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

isnt that the truth .. :D
DizzasterJuice 31st Jul 2014, 9:27 AM edit delete reply

I wouldn't worry about the others so much Gali, they'll be much more peaceful when they're dead.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

:( that's.. so.. sad.
DizzasterJuice 31st Jul 2014, 12:57 PM edit delete reply

There are worse things than being dead... like the aliens could lay their eggs in you and they eat their way out when they hatch.
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

ok.. even worse if they avoid the vital organs till the very end :D
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 11:46 PM edit delete reply

James Schmitz had a alien critter in "Resident Witch" like that Dizzaster. It was a Psi creature, so it could sense what it could damage and still have a living 'host'. Cut off motor control and then voice... so person couldn't try to get to or call for help. Then it just kept going until the body was consumed. And it wasn't evil, just well suited to taking out a wide variety of prey.
Centcomm 1st Aug 2014, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

oh man thats .. evil
Stormwind13 1st Aug 2014, 5:58 PM edit delete reply

Well the true evil was the sadistic SOB that kidnapped his brother and introduced it into him so he could take over the family fortune. That was EVIL (as you should WELL know, Evil One! :-D).

Oh and if you want to read the story, you can here
Centcomm 1st Aug 2014, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

hehe - sounds like a fun story .. :D
Stormwind13 1st Aug 2014, 6:30 PM edit delete reply

Telzey Amberdon was a fun character. :-)
RoseofPain 31st Jul 2014, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
I want to hug Gali :<
Centcomm 31st Jul 2014, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

she could use a few hugs
Stormwind13 31st Jul 2014, 3:58 PM edit delete reply

That has to be a LONELY feeling, being in charge of a desperate mission. The only person seeing what she is seeing as the ship rushes thru the heavens.

::HUGS Galina again::
anonymous coward 31st Jul 2014, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
You mean it might be worse than being treated as a sub-human thing by a moon-base full of soldiers, with the only person who cares about you at all usually separated from you one way or another?
Stormwind13 1st Aug 2014, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Well she had people that supported her (the Doctor, the Base Commander, Jet, May), anonymous. She was somewhat isolated, but not quite like this. Plus the base was more a corporation than a military base. Most of the people, even the guards weren't military (though undoubtedly some were ex-).

Now most of the people on the mission are partially to totally incapacitated. Galina has to take a lot of responsibility, and she is VERY young. Plus she is staring into the abyss of space without anyone else to help keep it from overwhelming her. So I think it could in fact be MUCH worse.
anonymous coward 1st Aug 2014, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
I was talking about the first one, the listening post.
Centcomm 1st Aug 2014, 1:46 PM edit delete reply

Yeah that makes more sense.. :D the favorite term was "plastic doll girl" or capt Petrov's favoriote insult " Clockwork ghost "
Stormwind13 1st Aug 2014, 5:54 PM edit delete reply

She had her father though. It was tough, no doubt but until the very end she wasn't as alone. Still, I take your meaning.

I guess (to me) the difference was, she hadn't gotten to be HUMAN yet... and know what all she was missing. Now she has and does. :-)
Centcomm 1st Aug 2014, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

and she really does not want to go back to the way things were.. at all. ( as in her treatment at Nadia Base. )
Sheela 1st Aug 2014, 7:18 AM edit delete reply

-Three Canisters of spray insulation
-A Cargo Crate
-A pack of electronic.

Hrmm, sounds like Jet is Mc Gyvering himself a safe room from the waves.

Maybe an elaborate form of a Faraday Cage?
Centcomm 1st Aug 2014, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

Hes building a time machine. or hes huddled in a corner playing in spray insulation because hes gone stark raving nut balls come on, I hate boyfriends ^_^
Stormwind13 1st Aug 2014, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Poor guys... They are SO picked upon... By the EVIL CentComm... :-)
anonymous coward 1st Aug 2014, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
'[...]huddled in a corner playing in spray insulation[...]"
Holy sweet mother of fsck, if this is the sort of behaviour you expect from boyfriends I can sympathize with having no patience for that. You might want to try some that aren't overgrown children before swearing off the idea altogether though.
Sheela 2nd Aug 2014, 1:32 AM edit delete reply

Or get a girlfriend ?
Centcomm 2nd Aug 2014, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

that too.. :D
Sheela 2nd Aug 2014, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

I'm on to you !! >_<
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 3rd Aug 2014, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

Has she talked at all about God or prayer before this page? I don't recall it, but I'm not exactly famous for my... what's that thing people have where they remember things with it? One of those.
Centcomm 3rd Aug 2014, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

Yes in several places - and I believe the term is "memory" :D

Relevance - Page 165 and 166 she is saying the lords prayer ( in Russian. ) Begging for the pain to stop..

Shes Russian Orthodox, as was her creator. Dr Kotko ..

this is the first time shes Prayed for guidance .. that should tell you something.
mjkj 4th Aug 2014, 5:20 AM edit delete reply

Hmm, do you mean memory banks?
mjkj 4th Aug 2014, 5:26 AM edit delete reply

I just hope she will not get space sick or space madness...
Centcomm 4th Aug 2014, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

who Galina? shes pretty much Immune to Zero Gee sickness :D and shes immune to the "signal" :D
mjkj 4th Aug 2014, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

good :)
Stormwind13 4th Aug 2014, 5:47 PM edit delete reply

I wonder how Galina would do in a 20G centrifuge though? She might be okay in zero gravity, but that whirligig might cause her problems. :-D

And by Space Madness, I'm guessing you mean the message that is messing with all the humans it comes into contact with? Not madness caused by being in space?

Because I think Galina could have problems staring into the endless void, if everyone else was gone and the ship were unable to return. I doubt she would handle that too well.

Of course, neither would most normal human beings. Sooner or later it would get to the best of people, I think. One of the reasons that Solitude is considered a punishment.
Centcomm 4th Aug 2014, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

the human body can withstand almost 22 Gees

Galina can withstand about 25 Gees before stresses begin to damage her.

as far as mental .. yeah she would go nuts .. she HATES being alone..
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