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  • M. E. Gibbs

    ….!!! BEN IS SO CUTE WITH HIS HAIR ALL SCRUFFY!

    • Shade

      Agreed

    • Sanjay Merchant

      He doesn’t look like himself to me.

      Actually, he looks a little bit like Komi….

      • M. E. Gibbs

        I don’t see how any of that voids the fact that he looks ADORABLE, though.

      • myrmeleo

        I think he looks more like Edward Elric with glasses, but that may just be me.

  • KWill

    That’s unhygienic! =<

    • Marvelous TK

      Oh, come on now. Alcohol is antiseptic. This may in fact be the most hygienic Mal’s been in years!

      • Euodiachloris

        Dunno. I seem to recall a certain fondness in him for alcohol… ;)

        • r2d2go

          It turns out that’s how they resolve this – getting drunk and waiting for someone to let them out.

      • KWill

        It’s not the people I’m worried about =P

  • Very clever. They are sitting back to back so Mr O’Malley can’t see that he doesn’t have Malley vision and Mr Thackeray won’t realise if he does have it. Of course if the spirits really glow as the appear to then they should light up the barrel, but they probably aren’t giving off light and seen with the eyes so this probably doesn’t help workout who’s got what either.

    • KWill

      Also they’re not facing each other.

      • Cooper

        Also Ben points out in panel five that they can’t see a thing, so I would assume that it’s very dark in the barrel.

  • SoItBegins

    Looks like Voss has got ’em over a barrel.

  • But Herr Voss tied the knots, yes? So long as he hasn’t zapped a sailor in his travels, our heroes should have no problems escaping.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Or a Boy Scout.

      • I was going to write boy scout until I remembered they won’t exist until 1908.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Touche, sir-or-madam, touche.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    So this is the second thing in a week I’ve seen where the plot involves being detained in the most claustrophobic manner available. (Last night my fiance and I watched an episode of Leverage that involved someone being buried alive.)

    • Corsenna

      Poor Hardison. Age of the geek!

      • Hardison is my favourite. Except for Parker, of course, but that’s a given.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Actually, the writers are pretty good at making sure they all get good moments regularly. One of the reasons I really enjoy the show.

          • Oh yeah, they do. But Parker is clearly best.

  • Jeff

    I hate to be a nit-picker and all, but… really large barrels (one this big is called a ‘tun’) are just not laid on end like that (they also don’t have bungs positioned so far up the stave, and aren’t left with several inches of dregs in them). But most importantly to the story – their don’t have removable lids. Taking the top off of a wooden stave barrel such as is pictured would permanently compromise its integrity (In fact, it would take quite a lot of effort in the first place and I don’t see how any cider would remain in the cask after you got it apart and then back together).

    So even though they are somewhat lacking in the physique department, If our lads can stand, they could probably kick their way out by concentrating on one spot – barrels are made to deal with equally distributed pressure, not focused abuse.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Maybe they’re reinforced by the spirit of Avoiding Party Fouls?

    • Johannes

      I have to object to the “laid on end” part. See https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Essig-Herstellung_Berlin.jpg . Of course your other points are valid.

    • dana

      To pick even more nits, I assume the dregs in the barrel still contain alcoholic. So it’s possible Ben and Mel would get drunk and then suffocate from the alcohol fumes in real life.

      Just sayin’.

  • CFF

    Ben! Your hair! You’re adorable!

  • Rulebook Lawyer

    Failed Plans: “We’ll drink our way out.”

    • Me-me

      “Drink upward, stupid.”

  • wr4ith0

    I don’t know, seems like they’re off to a pretty good start…

  • I like how conveniently you’ve placed them so that they AREN’T LOOKING AT EACH OTHER.

    AND BY LIKE I MEAN AAAAAAAUGH COME OOOOOOOON LOOK AT EACH OTHEEEEEER

  • Ciara

    “Gyeh” is such a great sound, exactly like the noise I make when I awaken in a barrel.

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