1. All this comic does is take a common phrase and illustrate it literally. An “emotional rollercoaster” would normally be used in a newspaper review to describe a book or a film, comparing the highs and lows in the action to the ups and downs of an amusement park attraction. The problem with applying this directly is that there isn’t anything shown that would explain why this ride could be “emotional”.
    P.S. If the scene had been a “Tunnel of Love”, then the emotion would have been present, but the rollercoaster would be missing.

  2. All good roller coasters can be said to be emotional. As Kilby said, though, Deering was just trying to riff on the cliche phrase.

  3. ” that there isn’t anything shown that would explain why this ride could be “emotional”.”

    I agree with what you said, but there may be something. The guy in grey on the right side under the roller-coaster. Maybe he’s just gotten off of it and is emotionally distraught. He certainly doesn’t seem happy.

  4. It’s actually pretty funny to me. Maybe I appreciate the mocking of tired, hackneyed, overused, trite (yes, I’m doing that on purpose) phrases in generic reviews.

  5. Do roller-coasters have two cars rolling at the same time so close to each other ? I agree on the emotional part: I feel dread.

  6. I didn’t understand Olivier’s point until I took another look at the drawing. No, it does seem they are getting some safety protocols wrong. I guess there are rides that use single cars, and in that case the problem is indeed that these are too close. But I’m more used to a “roller coaster” setup that uses a train of linked cars; in which case the issue here is that they’ve separated.

  7. People at the top in the cars on the coaster: Having a wonderful, exciting time! See the hands in the air?
    The guy at the bottom (figuratively and literally), looks sad and despondent. It would appear his balloon floated away. The roller coast represents emotions and is also a physical roller coaster. On the ride, joy and happiness. Off the ride, sadness.

  8. TedD, That would make the *riders* emotional. I thought the coaster itself should have struts that expressed emotion.

  9. Years ago there were one or two neat PBS programs profiling classic amusement parks and rides, including various kinds of old roller coasters. The wooden coasters looked like fun.

  10. They ARE, Grawlix! a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting both Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki and Tivoli in København. Both were delightful, but I found Linnanmäki the more exciting park. Just yesterday, as it happens, I was watching some roller-coaster video I shot then, and it served only as a reminder–didn’t seem at all exciting per se.

  11. The PBS show you remembered might be this Nova show: pbsDOTorg/wgbh/nova/teachers/programs/2016_rollercoDOThtml

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