Comic 1093 - Malati's Mission #01

26th Oct 2014, 9:00 PM
Malati's Mission #01
Average Rating: 5 (27 votes)

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Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:00 PM edit delete
Yes this story is germain to the main plot line.. so pay attention :D there might be a test later..
Tokyo Rose 27th Oct 2014, 2:07 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
It took a certain amount of creativity to jam seven separate references into five lines of dialogue.
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jamie59 26th Oct 2014, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Just how old is she?
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Malati? well shes old enough to see Valierus ( Acantha's father ) come and go. Ill leave it at that for now :D
Draginbeard 26th Oct 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Sci Fi story Salad, served fresh daily!
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

you betcha ! Can you name all of them?
DLKmusic 26th Oct 2014, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
I can, I can!!!! And I didn't even have to google any of it!!!! But you left out the Ivanova Monster that devours the ships after the battle (babylon 5).

(Geez, I'm such a nerd).
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

Well .. lets hear it! lets just say all the nods are not just verbal :D
Guest 27th Oct 2014, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Darth Mall, Star Wars Ep 1,
Commander Adama, Battlestar Gallactica
Dalaks, Dr Who
T'Pol (love the sexy space elf reference) Star Trek Enterprise
Buck Rogers from, well, Buck Rogers.
Captain Solo and the 12 Parsec Run from Star Wars Ep 4,

And Malati's Top is the uniform in "Logan's Run"

The Ship models, unfortunately, I don't recognize, but I think I got everything else
DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Damn, forgot to put my name on that....
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Heh ,.. you Missed Firefly and :D

Star trek : Voyager ( the delta flyer )
And Mass Effect - A Reaper
DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
I am turning in my nerd badge, I am not worthy... :(
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 12:36 AM edit delete reply

its ok you can keep it - your one of our Fans so its all good also remember you can sign up for a free Comic fury account and never post under Guest again ! :D
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 12:43 AM edit delete reply

That would be Captain Mal (not Darth Maul) for the Firefly/Serenity reference.

I know T'Pol is from Enterprise, not sure about the space elf reference. Or the brain eating reference.

And I don't recognize the second ship (the black one, not the Delta Flyer)
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 3:02 AM edit delete reply

T'Pol had the pointed ears, like elves do, velvet.
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

She was Vulcan, yes. I was wondering if maybe the space elf thing was a reference to another series
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

Vulcans are often referred to as "Space elves" by fandom :D
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

Really? News to me
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

yeah its a older one. also used in certain Gamer circles.
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

Here you go, velvet... Space Elves :-D
ran out of names 15th Sep 2016, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
the space elf reference could ALSO be towards the warhammer 40k universe...just saying
TheD-Wrek 26th Oct 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Pew! Pew! Pew! XD
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Darn tootin - Get them Daleks!
Thor 26th Oct 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
That's a lot of facial scarring for a simple nose job. I thought they'd have the whole cosmetic surgery thing locked down in the future.
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Its actually ( assuming you mean Hrist ) Plating. shes not human shes closer than most of the Cassians but still plastic your seeing Seams :D
Skweeee 26th Oct 2014, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

Even the texture and colour you selected for the skin has a plastic sort of 'feel' to it.
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

Thanks - I used "artificial" shaders on her.. taking advantage of the "uncanny valley" as much as possible
Skweeee 27th Oct 2014, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

"uncanny valley" yes, I was trying to remember that phrase when I was typing my comment to you.
Hornet 28th Oct 2014, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Would that not be less human than most, considering the other Cassians we have seen don't have visiable seams?
DLKmusic 29th Oct 2014, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

well, No visible seams on Noctis, but her skin looks like it has the texture of a high gloss high impact polymer.
Basically a walking talking barbie doll (that if you try to change her cloths you will have a few bones, internal organs, and your fingers removed.
Dragonrider 26th Oct 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

You left a couple of series out here. Possibly she has kicked her lets annoy Noctis circuit into overdrive or she just wants to see what evil plot Noctis will hatch to trap Dolly. I know this is before Dolly gets there however it would be natural to know someone was coming who had unusual arraignments made for them and therefore she wants to check out whoever they are. Still think Mal is one of Rose's agents in deep cover.
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

who knows.. only Malati .. and shes not talking :D
DLKmusic 26th Oct 2014, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
I'm starting to really like Malati, except for... you know... The whole bad-guy torturing people thing...
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

hehe - Shes actually rather likeable.. most of the time .. shes the kind of person who you LOVE to watch bad movies with just to listen to her make fun of them.. :D
mjkj 27th Oct 2014, 12:50 AM edit delete reply

Well, maybe Noctis grounded her later because she annoyed her now...
Sheela 27th Oct 2014, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

Actually, Malati is talking.

She's talking A LOT ... ALL THE TIME !!!
DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 4:28 PM edit delete reply

I know several people like that. It's an artform to be able to talk non-stop for hours without ever saying anything at all. Worst part is, if she does let something slip, your mind is so numb you miss it anyway!
Apparently Malati has that particular upgrade, and has modified it to never-before-seen levels of mind numbing chatter.

(Ceci has the same chip, but not nearly as well honed)
Haegan2005 26th Oct 2014, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

okay, why does that remind me of a REALLY bored 6 year old kid? And I do mean REALLY REALLY REALLY bored!

But, and there is always a but. We have a new player being intro'd to us. And the openings of a mission being assigned. At this point all I can say is "Hmmm".
Centcomm 26th Oct 2014, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

Malati is NOT fond of being bored .. shes the kind of person to organize Office chair races when bored.. or food fights in a cafeteria
mjkj 27th Oct 2014, 12:48 AM edit delete reply

Rashala 27th Oct 2014, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

.....*Got EVERY ONE of those REferences...and Id'ed the models...* Lowers head in shame and tries to melt into the floor... "It official I am a sci-fi geek....* *and waits for either a Hug or Tedee to come and laugh at him*
Tokyo Rose 27th Oct 2014, 2:09 AM edit delete reply

List 'em off!
Rashala 27th Oct 2014, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

Mall, and Captain Mal = The Captain from Firefly/serenity

Adama = BAttletstar

Dalak = Dr Who
T'pol: Star trek Enterprise (and reference the whole Vulcan mating thing every 7 years

Buck rogers. DUH buck roidger

Captain solo's space time bending run: Han solo and his Millenium falcons record setting run 12 parsecs away from a mass of Black holes called the maw Aroudn which kessel orbits.

Mala's top definitely from logan run.

the ship models are A DElta flyer (the ship tom paris kept destroying and rebuilding and yet he is considered a great pilot. And a Reaper FRom MAss effect. Possibly Soverign or harbinger.

Aannnnd The last line about lack of sexy fun times Sound almost like DEadpool

the various sounds she makes of weapons I believe is.....Blaster fire, Phaser Fire. And then Buck rogers guns fireing?

And HRist is wearing a full body suit Akin to what Seven of Nine did when voyager first freed her.

Did I miss anything?
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

Nope you got em all ! ( and one that wasnt even intended :D )
Tokyo Rose 27th Oct 2014, 3:53 PM edit delete reply

Can't speak to the visuals, since those are Cent's, but no Deadpool reference or specific sound effects were intended at all. :D

Nope, Cent. Missed just one reference in the dialogue. :D
Rashala 27th Oct 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

Rose Centy. Go on youtube and Search

DEADPOOL Vs BATMAN. and you will see why I said its a Deadpool reference ;)
mjkj 27th Oct 2014, 12:45 AM edit delete reply


She throws quite a few shows together :D

...and Hrist is looking good - she reminds me of Galina...

DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Actually, she reminds me more of Cella, the white angel back in New Troy that mapped out this rescue mission.
Her stare is way to cold to be Galina
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 3:05 AM edit delete reply

I can see some facial similarities with Galina. DLK has a point though, she doesn't give the same human feel that Galina did. She probably is closer to Cella in her 'emotions'.
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

The only thing missing is anime references. Cowboy Bebop, Macross/Robotech, Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars, Tenchi, Captain Harlock, InterStella 5555, umm...that's all the space oriented anime I can think of off the top of my head
mjkj 27th Oct 2014, 8:40 AM edit delete reply

Captain Future...
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

yeah - concentrated on the ones that are MASSIVE maintream Anime may be cool but its not mainstream whwre as all the references I used where pretty much world wide
DizzasterJuice 27th Oct 2014, 6:47 AM edit delete reply

Mass Effect Sovereign! So much awesomeness.
I like this chick.
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

hehe Yeah I have a bunch of Mass effect and Star trek models I cant use em in the comic so .. meh. they can be toys :D

I personally love Mass effect .. apparently so does Malati :D just don't call her a nerd if you value your spleen
jas 27th Oct 2014, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Oh I don't know where to begin with how fun this page was! All the SF references thrown together like a smorgasbord ("Commander Adama and his daleks!") -- such awesomeness! And the Delta Flyer model -- very very cool!! And everyone else just tolerates her because, well, what ELSE are they gonna do? Lol!
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

exactly.. its like where does a 1000 pound gorilla sleep? anywhere it damn where wants!
Sheela 27th Oct 2014, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

Well, except for in a murder turd cave.

... actually, it might not want to sleep with Orca's either. And yes, the Orca's ate a great white shark at the end of that video, that happened.

Orca's are big enough, and mean enough to have survived the apocalysm.
KarToon12 27th Oct 2014, 8:41 AM edit delete reply

I think that's the most sci-fi references I've heard at one time. XDXD
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

we do try :D
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 3:28 PM edit delete reply

Try this one on, KarToon -

Michael Rennie was ill
The Day the Earth Stood Still
But he told us where we stand
And Flash Gordon was there
In silver underwear
Claude Rains was The Invisible Man
Then something went wrong
For Fay Wray and King Kong
They got caught in a celluloid jam
Then at a deadly pace
It Came From Outer Space
And this is how the message ran...

Science fiction (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh ooh ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh ooh ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh ooh ooh) Forbidden Planet
Wo oh oh oh oh oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show

I knew Leo G. Carroll
Was over a barrel
When Tarantula took to the hills
And I really got hot
When I saw Janette Scott
Fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills
Dana Andrews said prunes
Gave him the runes
And passing them used lots of skills
But When Worlds Collide
Said George Pal to his bride
I'm gonna give you some terrible thrills

Science fiction (ooh ooh ooh) double feature
Doctor X (ooh ooh ooh) will build a creature
See androids fighting (ooh ooh ooh) Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in (ooh ooh ooh) Forbidden Planet
Wo oh oh oh oh oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show
I wanna go - Oh oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show
By R.K.O. - Wo oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show
In the back row - Oh oh oh oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show

See if anyone else knows where it is from. :-D
lalverson 27th Oct 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Rocky Horror picture show
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

Excellent Ialverson! :-)
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

I recognized it with the first line...and then took the time to actually sing it before noticing someone had already called it :D
Stever 27th Oct 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

Yep, "yay Daleks" XD
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

hehe maybe I should have had a Angels references * whistles innocently :D
jas 27th Oct 2014, 10:11 AM edit delete reply

You could maybe put a few of those creepy statues in various poses on a table or have Malati holding one, along with whatever else she's flying or shooting, etc...
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

hehe thats a good idea :D
DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

Bendable action figures within Malati's grasp?????
(shudders at the possible outcomes)
Centcomm 28th Oct 2014, 12:43 AM edit delete reply

oh the horrors.. oh.. the horror
VanEzzania 27th Oct 2014, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

Lack of sexy fun times can kill space elves... hmm.. Also does Hrist have markings on her face?
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 10:13 AM edit delete reply

Yep she does. They are seam lines on her face. just part of her design :D
Tokyo Rose 27th Oct 2014, 3:54 PM edit delete reply

Lack of sexy fun times can indeed kill space elves. Just ask Spock.
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Or worse, Rose... Just ask Tuvok, oh wait... in that timeline he didn't have the cognitive ability to answer you. :-p
Marcus Ramesy 27th Oct 2014, 11:25 AM edit delete reply

owe.... this made my head hurt....
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

Job accomplished :D
Matt Knab 27th Oct 2014, 12:54 PM edit delete reply

Spin off series with these two, please?
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

heheh well you are getting your wish for this next little bit :D More Malati Goodness coming :D
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

CyberSkull 27th Oct 2014, 4:40 PM edit delete reply

Hey! Crossovers are perfectly legit for public domain characters!
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:56 PM edit delete reply

True - I did check and all the refernces we used are considered "fair use" :D
CyberSkull 28th Oct 2014, 2:53 AM edit delete reply

Your usage is fair use, but her usage in the comic is different, since at that time all of them have lapsed into the public domain. ;)
anonymous coward 28th Oct 2014, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
Don't be so sure, if Disney still exists at that time they'll probably still be pushing forward copyright term extensions so that Mickey Mouse doesn't fall out of copyright.
CyberSkull 30th Oct 2014, 7:59 PM edit delete reply

I like to think that Di$ney and the other mega-corps died in the wars. And new ones took their place. ;)
Kitty 27th Oct 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
OK, GREAT references but I know one she left out....


(*Calvin & Hobbes)
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 6:08 PM edit delete reply

LOL. Good point, Kitty.
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Well there isnt a "direct" refernce. but the "spaceman " comment was a nod to spiff..
Tokyo Rose 28th Oct 2014, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

Uh, no, it wasn't . . . that reference was just for Buck Rogers.
Centcomm 28th Oct 2014, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

I meant when I threw it in the protoscript :D
Tokyo Rose 28th Oct 2014, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

. . . it wasn't IN the proto-script at all. That one, the Star Wars reference, and the one nobody's gotten were the ones I added in.
Rashala 28th Oct 2014, 1:11 PM edit delete reply

I got all but one of them rose SO AHEM
DLKmusic 29th Oct 2014, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

OK, Rose: the only thing I can think of as the 7th reference is the Vulcan mating cycle was never mentioned in Enterprise, so that would be a nod to one of the other ST series, but it was already "public knowledge" by the time enterprise came out.

The only other reference is "they are going to eat our brains", which is way too generic, and can be applied to almost anything from "Invasion of the Body snatchers" to the Original Hulu Comercials.

So..... We give? You win?
Tokyo Rose 29th Oct 2014, 5:00 AM edit delete reply


Flash Gordon.

"Open fire! All weapons!" is spoken by General Kala, quoted in Queen's song "Flash".
DLKmusic 29th Oct 2014, 1:18 PM edit delete reply

I bow in awe and humility to the MASTER (errr... MISTRESS) of Sci-Fi Trivia!
highlander55 27th Oct 2014, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

OK, I know this is Way out in left field but! What do you imagine they would dress up like if COMICON was still going in some way then?
Stormwind13 27th Oct 2014, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

O_o That is a DISTURBING thought, highlander. They wouldn't (necessarily) be a costume, they would have the tech to make a lot of them WORK!
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

Yeah pretty much
velvetsanity 27th Oct 2014, 8:56 PM edit delete reply

Ooh, that sounds like a good system stress test (for rendering - it'd probably take an hour for final render for each panel!) bit of storyline (Comicon). Or a kickass series of incentives, having the characters dress up as their favorite sci-fi/fantasy/comic/anime characters :D

Bet Ms. Taylor dresses as either Sarah Conner or Ripley :D

Dolly as Trinity? Ceci as Cutey Honey? Marcus (or Maxus) as the Terminator? Mr. Black as Indiana Jones (or Han Solo)? :D
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

hehe Miss Taylor would indeed enjoy that :D
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:59 PM edit delete reply

and Malati IS a terminator .. then again so is Noctis.. and Kali.. and Hrist.
DLKmusic 27th Oct 2014, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

I could see Malati as Revi from Black Lagoon, and Nocti going as a chaparone to make sure that Malati doesn't shoot everyone in the convention with her (accidentally) loaded Assault rifles....
Centcomm 27th Oct 2014, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Oh lord.. that would be .. i don't know. wow..
DLKmusic 29th Oct 2014, 1:18 PM edit delete reply

WAY to much work to actually do, Cent, I agree, it wouldn't be worth the effort, but gotta admit, that would be a likely choice she would make!!!
Hornet 28th Oct 2014, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Wonder's what Malati has seen or done to break her brain like that.
DLKmusic 28th Oct 2014, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

I think Rose hinted at that pretty strongly in strip 1180, actually. Malati took pride in what she did when Valarius ruled, and to go from that to what she's doing now???

Shutting the brain off is her way of coping with what she's forced to be now Which, interestingly enough, implies that there are Moral guidelines programmed into the Cassians, which in turn means that what Prince Decimus is doing with them right now will eventually break all of them if it continues.

Centcomm 28th Oct 2014, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

someone is listening to subtext :D
Kitty 28th Oct 2014, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
The one no one's gotten....Would that be Futurama? (brain eating critters)
Stormwind13 28th Oct 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

That is a pretty standard trope, Kitty. Been used in a lot of things, as seen here.
Kitty 29th Oct 2014, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah but nobody's mentioned Futurama.

If that's not it, I wanna know what it is!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 14th Nov 2014, 7:47 PM edit delete reply

Epic nerding. But: now I miss Enterprise and Firefly at the same time and am thus sad.
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