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(From General Protection Fault. Click on the thumbnails for full sized compare and contrast!)

Here we have Saturday and Monday's GPF strips. And in a way, it's like we're seeing two different strips.

We have Trudy at a crossroads, a conflict, her desires, her emotions threatening to tear her apart. On the balance point of good and evil.

And we have Oshiro completely revising his prejudices and deciding to give his blessing to Nick, after a single speech from his daughter, who until now he's never even called by her proper name in her life because he didn't agree with it.

Complex verses simplistic. And, for my money, well produced and engaging versus frustrating and dull.

This is the crux point. In just a few strips of Trudy and Yoshi, we've seen layers of characterization, growth and humor alike. It's not 180 degrees from the preceding storyline but it's enough to interest and intrigue. And when we turn back to "Leave it to Oshiro," we have all the same problems we had before.

There's a point to this romp down simplistic lane. Trudy is about to see Nick ask Ki to marry him. She is so close to turning away from darkness... and now she's going to be at ground zero of the man she loves turning away forever, and not even know he's doing it. This is a milestone on Trudy's path. It makes sense that the proposal happens now, in this way. I have no argument with the structure of the story at this point.

But the question is, can Darlington inject the Oshiros and Nick with the complexity that Trudy has to offer... there's no way to redeem the Nick/Oshiro plotline. But can the new plotline with Trudy at least justify the setup?

We'll see, over the next few days. We'll see.

It's not too late for the Velociraptor in the basement to explode, you know.


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If the Velociraptor in the basement explodes this entire plotline is going to redeem itself.

Personally, the Oshiro 180 quite spoiled the storyline for me. I find it highly unrealistic for Mr. Oshiro to change his mind like he did... it just doesn't happen that way.

I'm not sure if Jeff's familiar with the Asian concept of 'face' but most parents I know, even when wrong, will not admit it immediately in front of their offspring. More likely they storm off in a temper, say something cryptic like "I've eaten more salt that you!" and only admit their wrongs grudgingly later. If they admit it at all, that is.

Of course it's possible Oshiro's just an exceptional case.

As it turns out, he only apologized so that Nick could propose in front of the person they didn't know was in the house.

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