Rhymes With Trek

Cidu Bill on Oct 10th 2017

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Yes, I understand the concept of limited data, but…

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hilary B. Price, Rhymes With Orange, Star Trek, comic strips, comics, humor | 32 responses so far

32 Responses to “Rhymes With Trek”

  1. Singapore Bill Oct 10th 2017 at 12:09 am 1

    Klingons love porn, so they use a lot of data streaming and downloading it.

  2. Fluffy Bunny Slippers Oct 10th 2017 at 03:18 am 2

    Why is Kirk blaming Klingons when he is the one that likes watching all that porn from his um… Captain’s Chair?

  3. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 03:32 am 3

    I can think of only two words that rhyme with “trek”. One describes what he’s going to have if he doesn’t stop misusing his navigation screen, and the other one describes what this comic is.

  4. Olivier Oct 10th 2017 at 03:37 am 4

    Isn’t Data a character from Star Trek ?

  5. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 04:50 am 5

    Well done, Olivier @4 - I can’t believe we all missed that.

  6. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 05:20 am 6

    P.S. Probably because if that’s supposed to be correct, then it should have been Riker & Picard, rather than Spock and Kirk.

  7. James Pollock Oct 10th 2017 at 05:49 am 7

    If that IS Kirk, Klingons killed his son, David Marcus. (”family plan”?)

  8. Olivier Oct 10th 2017 at 05:55 am 8

    Kilby : here’s the complete comic : http://rhymeswithorange.com/comics/april-22-2017/
    I don’t understand the first panel either but it seems that Worf is also a TNG character.
    Complete mix-up apparently, although I’d never have known if you hadn’t pointed it out : I am no Trekkie either.

  9. Carl Oct 10th 2017 at 06:36 am 9

    Wow, the joke makes no sense and the art is just barely even recognizable as art.

    I think it’s just a joke about how one person on a family plan can use up all the data and the “owner” has to pay the overage, but making it about Trek doesn’t make that funny, just confusing.

  10. Daniel J. Drazen Oct 10th 2017 at 07:29 am 10

    Since I can’t post images, I’ll describe the superior version of the joke I saw once:

    Picard standing next to Data, whose chest is opened with an old-style telephone inside. Picard speaks into the phone saying:

    “Well, the reception isn’t the greatest, but for $15 a month I do get unlimited Data.”

  11. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 07:34 am 11

    @ Olivier (8) - Worf is the Klingon on the bridge in TNG, which makes that first “throwaway” panel a critical component of the joke. With it, it’s clear that this relates to overusing the android in TNG. Without it, it degrades the comic to a trite commentary about overpriced mobile data plans.

    P.S. I’m no fanatic, but I did watch the original series, and some of TNG, and I had the misfortune to get drawn into one overpriced convention as a teenager, so I suppose that qualifies me as a “partial trekkie”.

    P.P.S. It’s already clear by now, but I hereby officially withdraw my second word @3.

  12. Bob in Nashville Oct 10th 2017 at 07:52 am 12

    Looks to me more like he has a Ferengi service provider.

  13. Powers Oct 10th 2017 at 07:52 am 13

    No, the comic is still drek. (I wonder, Kilby, what your first word @3 is, and why neither of your words seems to be “deck”.) It still makes little sense even if we ignore the century difference between Kirk and Spock’s time and Worf and Data’s.

    Daniel @10: The best version of that joke requires Picard to specify he’s using an *Android* phone with unlimited Data.

  14. Mitch4 Oct 10th 2017 at 08:32 am 14

    Or “neck”? Or “check”? Or “wreck”? Or “Shrek”?…

  15. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 09:12 am 15

    @ Powers & Mitch (14 & 15) - Oops, missing “neck” was just blindness. I was thinking of “wreck” and “dreck“, but seeing as the latter word also involves two initial consonants, I clearly should have looked harder, instead of just for single letter replacements.

  16. larK Oct 10th 2017 at 10:48 am 16

    Kilby: I thought you were going with Fluffy Bunny Slipper’s interpretation of what he was using that data plan for, and so I thought your other word was “fleck” — when it turned out nobody even suggested that as a candidate, I had a serious moment of doubt that it was even an English word, and that I was just thinking the German because, well, it was from you.

    In the end, it turns out it’s a little of both: it is an English word, but the meaning is not nearly as strong as in German, where it is basically a “stain”.

  17. larK Oct 10th 2017 at 10:56 am 17

    That and the fact that your other word was a strong German cognate word, so I was primed for German cognate words…

  18. Winter Wallaby Oct 10th 2017 at 12:32 pm 18

    The “throwaway” panel with Worf doesn’t make me think that “data” refers to the android. I think “Page Worf” is just there because Worf is the only Klingon the cartoonist knows, and the implication is that Kirk is going to chew him out for using too much cell phone data.

    Why would the cartoonist draw a full panel with characters from TOS, but then expect a single name in the side panel to make the comic “about TNG”? Given that she’s not enough of a Trekkie to keep the different series separate, I think it’s far more likely that it didn’t occur to her that “Data” was a character name, than that she expected readers to make the leap from Worf -> TNG -> “data refers to Data.”

  19. Mona Oct 10th 2017 at 12:39 pm 19

    On the TV “court” shows, especially Judge Judy, there are always people suing other people over non-payment of shared phone plans. “Why did you put him on your plan? He’s your now-ex-boyfriend’s best friend’s cousin’s neighbor’s nephew!” In this case Captain Kirk is apparently the one paying the bill on the shared plan with the Klingons.

  20. John Small Berries Oct 10th 2017 at 12:45 pm 20

    Kilby@11: “makes that first “throwaway” panel a critical component of the joke. With it, it’s clear that this relates to overusing the android in TNG. Without it, it degrades the comic to a trite commentary about overpriced mobile data plans.”

    But then you look at the tags underneath the comic - “Captain Kirk, cell data, family plan, Klingons, Star Trek” - and it’s degraded again. Data (the character) isn’t tagged, though “cell data” is. (Then again, Spock isn’t mentioned either, even though he’s standing right there.)

    Honestly, though, given the fact that nearly every single visual detail is wrong, coupled with the mixing of different shows’ characters (Worf at the very least, even if “data” doesn’t mean “Data”), and the lack of any recognizable joke, I can’t help suspecting that this strip was carefully crafted to annoy Trekkies.

  21. Winter Wallaby Oct 10th 2017 at 12:55 pm 21

    “. . . I can’t help suspecting that this strip was carefully crafted to annoy Trekkies.”

    If the cartoonist wanted to go whole hog, she could have had Spock saying something like “Use the force, Kirk.”

  22. Scott Oct 10th 2017 at 01:47 pm 22

    I don’t think Data has anything to do with this mess. Worf is the only Klingon name the cartoonist knows. $10 / GB is clearly referring to a data plan - and of course in Star Trek time they use credits not dollars if they use money at all. Why Kirk would go on a family plan with Klingons, and why anyone would think it funny, is beyond me.

    I don’t know if I’m a Trekker or not, but I did watch all the TOS shows when they first aired, have watched all of TNG, and I think I wrote the very first on-line Star Trek column, back in 1974 on PLATO - before the internet.

  23. James Pollock Oct 10th 2017 at 01:56 pm 23

    “if we ignore the century difference between Kirk and Spock’s time and Worf and Data’s.”

    They all appeared together in “Generations”. And time travel was a constant Trek theme.

    I believe it was a DS9 episode where they went back and “Forrest Gumped” a bunch of new characters into the original Tribble episode.

  24. Winter Wallaby Oct 10th 2017 at 02:21 pm 24

    “$10 / GB is clearly referring to a data plan - and of course in Star Trek time they use credits not dollars if they use money at all.”

    It’s funny what bothers people (and I think we’ve established there’s a lot to be bothered by in this comic). I was bothered because I’m pretty sure that in Kirk’s time, a GB is a tiny, tiny amount of data. But yeah, surely the use of $’s is a worse unit issue.

    To be fair, if the cartoonist has written PB or EB, instead of GB, that would have just been confusing.

  25. Cidu Bill Oct 10th 2017 at 03:59 pm 25

    James (24), that DS9 episode was fine until the awkward scene where the female yeoman Kirk is sort-of hitting on is digitally replaced by Cisco.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  26. Bob in Nashville Oct 10th 2017 at 07:39 pm 26

    Is it relevant to the joke that in the time of Kirk and Spock, the Klingons were an enemy?

  27. Mark in Boston Oct 10th 2017 at 08:18 pm 27

    What the heck?

  28. James Pollock Oct 10th 2017 at 10:24 pm 28

    “Is it relevant to the joke that in the time of Kirk and Spock, the Klingons were an enemy?”

    Don’t let any Organians hear you say that. They’ll melt your silverware right in the drawer.

  29. jajizi Oct 11th 2017 at 04:36 pm 29

    I can think of only two words that rhyme with “trek”.

    beck, check, deck, dreck, feck, fleck, heck, neck, peck, Shreck, wreck, …

    Some people pronounce TeX (a digital typesetting system) in a way that rhymes.

  30. jajizi Oct 11th 2017 at 04:40 pm 30

    I misspelled “Shrek”, but apparently “Shreck” is also the name of a movie.

  31. James Pollock Oct 11th 2017 at 06:49 pm 31

    Also “sec” (and abbrebiation for “second”, as in “just a sec…”, and tech.

    And there’s room for made-up words, too. For example, there’s the singular of “X”.

  32. Catlover Oct 11th 2017 at 09:20 pm 32

    Cidu Bill #25 was that a techie pun? Benjamin Sisko was the character name on DS9; the homophonic Cisco is an IT, networking and telephony company known for telepresence - replacing personal interaction with a digital counterpart. After all the discussions in this thread about Data on an Android platform (Android as in the OS platform and as in a Soong-Type Android), I don’t know what to think any more.

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