Comic 1179 - The Plan

12th May 2015, 9:00 PM
The Plan
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)
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DLKmusic 12th May 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

I'm with Kyle! I didn't need that mental image either! Now I can't get it out of my head...
Tokyo Rose 12th May 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

NO ONE needed that image.
Centcomm 13th May 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

I cant eather.. trust me..
Evervigilant 13th May 2015, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Actually I was thinking it would make a great vote incentive!
Thomas 13th May 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
I like this guy! But only if we get to see Lynn in the wagon too. ;)
Oldarmourer 27th May 2019, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Very well put, the closest I've come is "...and I don't care if jc waterwalker himself comes bouncing down the flightline naked on a pogo stick using his balls for castenets and dragging the devil behind him, you will keep your pointy fkucing head on a swivel and try not to get RUN OVER or sucked into an intake!! do I make my self clear as mud, sunshine ?"
Jack of Clubs 13th May 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Actually it was the little red wagon image that got to me...
Lukkai 13th May 2015, 6:30 PM edit delete reply

I don't think he could be pulling a wagon by its handle stuffed up his ass though. I mean, his head is already firmly wedged in there. That's not exactly leaving a lot of space for other things.
Dragonrider 12th May 2015, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Sorry but think it's time for TR to pull her head out of her A$$ and admit, I Fucked Up I put a rank noob with no experience in a situation that required am experienced agent. I grabbed a knight errant on his way to rescue a damsel in distress and expected him to forget it, and expected machine perfection from him. So to make up for it I will threaten the human rather than admit I made an error in my plans.
DLKmusic 12th May 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

She already did admit that, actually, 2 pages ago. What she needs to do know though if find a way to get him to focus on the task at hand.
Tokyo Rose 12th May 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

To imagine what she's directing at herself, take what she's saying to Kyle and dial it up about ten notches.

The way she sees it, getting Kyle where he's needed to be to do the job he's needed to do, as quickly and quietly as possible, is vital right now. If Aeneas is left in his current condition, every effort has been wasted. Even if Lynn is successfully extracted, that still leaves Decimus in complete power in Nova Roma, and having had his cunning plan fall apart, there's no telling exactly what that nutterbutter will do next--but it will be disastrous for everyone caught downrange.
xpacetrue 13th May 2015, 7:17 AM edit delete reply

" I put a rank noob with no experience in a situation that required am experienced agent. "

But how does one recruit an agent that's both experienced as an agent and skilled enough to fix an AIS - and who is not likely to doublecross? Put out a classified ad?

Everyone starts out on the job as a more-or-less newbie. Experience is gained through doing.

Rose needed someone with a very specific skill set to infiltrate Nova Roma to get a specific - and very vital - job done. And done right. And with little chance of being noticed. Given the situation and time constraints, she was probably a bit desperate.

Kyle's cover was pretty good. He was sponsored by a reputable priest / doctor. And he was hired as a busboy / kitchen aide, working to pay for his tuition. Nobody would have noticed the kid... had he kept his cool and stuck with the plan.

As for a machine being able to do his job better: What kind of machine? An android? I think this comic has established that androids aren't very different from humans (aside from a much better likelihood to be of sound mind and body). Androids have strong emotions, too. They can still be prejudiced. (Think of Teedee.) And they can become enraged and irrational. (Again, think of Teedee.)

Nevermind the fact that New Romans fear and despise androids. It's unlikely they'd let one get close enough to fix Aeneas. Besides, Rose needed someone that Lynn would trust in order to get Aeneas to trust the agent enough to fix him.
Stormwind13 13th May 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

Very well reasoned, xpace. All your points probably led to Kyle's being recruited. There are undoubtedly others that could have done the job, but they might have presented one or more problems getting them where they need to be. Plus Kyle already stated he was going.

Best of a bunch of less than ideal options. Especially considering time constraints. Riddle me this, what does Douchimus do if he's still in command when Lynn is freed? The possibilities are numerous, and many could be VERY ugly for everyone involved. I doubt it would be truly 'rational' though.
Sheela 13th May 2015, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

Frankly, if I was Rose, I would have smuggled a bunch of parcels into New Rome, and had my agents assemble them near the DMZ border in the form of small remote controlled robot drones with the latest stealth technology.

After all, Aeneas is a bit behind techwise, so it should be feasible to build some stealth drones able to evade his defenses long enough to make contact with him, and have him disable security for some repair drones, and then have those do the job.

Build some small cell-cast transmitters as you move into his area as well, so as to be able to control drones better.

I'm sure Tokyo Rose herself have the expertise to repair Aeneas.

HEck, just repair his main repair shop and give him access to that, and he would likely repair himself!

.. ah well, small plotholes can't be avoided.
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2015, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

Tried that. Failed for two major reasons.

1) Aeneas isn't "sane" enough to be able to cooperate.

2) Remote drones can't continue to operate inside Aeneas's Tower; the shielding kills remote signals. If he weren't so badly damaged, he could set a clear line through, but... see #1.

Using Kyle is pretty much a last-ditch effort. I mean, who would use a kid this dumb if there was another option? ;D
kitty 12th May 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Holy sh*t she got worse than yesterday o.0

Although that is one hell of a warped and twisted image right there...Ewww.

Pirtnac 12th May 2015, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Question: Is Tokyo Rose a sentient AIS that arose from "The Internet" as we know it (as opposed to Cent coming from military nets, and Deep Blue starting as a chess program)?

I ask because while Rose isn't the only AI to make current-time pop culture references, Rose *is* the one that makes them the most often, in detail that leads me to believe that's what's on her mind, as opposed to an archive that exists somewhere because "hey, data!"

I could also be reading too much in. If you're making historical references, you either use real references or hope the reader guesses you're making stuff up. If Rose says "I'm going to pummel you like Beiber should've been!" we get it, if she says "I'll make you wish you were standing in for Lucky Dechamewitz's last concert in 2172!" we.... won't.

Also, fan artists: Panels 1 and 2 Do. Not. Exist.
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2015, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Tokyo Rose's origin is something neither Cent nor I will discuss. THPOILERTH. :D

P.S.: It exists IN YOUR HEAD, doesn't it? *diabolical laughter*
Centcomm 13th May 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

* grr I posted as Guest *

Yes .. in best River song voice " sorry Sweety .. Spoilers .."
Guest 13th May 2015, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh come on I wanna see it!!!!
Stormwind13 13th May 2015, 5:03 AM edit delete reply

CentComm (as guest) you are a SICK puppy! That image might get the government to shut you down for violating what is decent in the world!!!
Sheela 13th May 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply

Aw, what did I miss ?

Also, many crackpot conspiracy theories have been done about Rose's origins, heck even I have had a go at it.
xpacetrue 13th May 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

Pirtnac, those are good questions. And I think we'll get answers, eventually. But your line of questioning assumes that Rose is an AIS. But what if she is something... a bit different?
Sheela 13th May 2015, 3:28 PM edit delete reply

She might have ascended from one of the Feral Roses that roam the siberian tundra!

Also, Ada prefers the roses that don't bite - So there's an image!
A horde of snapping, biting Feral Roses about to swarm over your camp.
XRzer04 12th May 2015, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Who wants to start a pool on how long it takes some twisted fan artist to bring that delightful little inner sight we'd all like to un-see to glorious, disgusting life right here on our very own screens? (Because once we get wind of its actual existence, no one will be able to resist, like rubbernecking a freeway pileup)
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

You madman! You've doomed us all! AAAIIEEE!
DLKmusic 13th May 2015, 12:53 AM edit delete reply

Maybe Cent-Comm will go out of her little mind and post it as a vote incentive..

Cperka 12th May 2015, 11:55 PM edit delete reply

Ye gods of Datachasers, you deliver. Oh how much you deliver. Far more than our shriveled brains are able to process while staying sane, but you definitely deliver...

Now Kyle will be totally worth following. I'm guessing NO ONE survived Tokyo Rose-grade scolding and did the thing that pissed her of again...
Centcomm 13th May 2015, 2:14 AM edit delete reply

defying Rose will certainly not be in his top 10 list anymore :D
Timotheus 13th May 2015, 2:28 AM edit delete reply

Or else she'll start pushing his new buttons that are on his chest?
AeonOfTime 13th May 2015, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
I reckon the chances of Kyle now actually following orders has marginally improved.
Sheela 13th May 2015, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

.. but only marginally!
madned 14th May 2015, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
i disagree.
odds are greatly improved until hormones kick in again, at which point the throbbing from the future beating Rose inflicts should propagate back to him from the future and give him a brief pause. at which point i rate odds at 50/50.
hopefully the moment of discretion might actually generate positive effect.
Stormwind13 13th May 2015, 3:10 AM edit delete reply

You think the sub-text might be Kyle's attitude now? :-D

And I would say Kyle is THOROUGHLY intimidated by Rose now. Teenager or not, you better take her seriously. She took it easy on him up until now. NOW, she is channeling generations of Master/Drill Sergeants!
jamie59 13th May 2015, 4:46 AM edit delete reply

How much new vocabulary can Kyle stand.
xpacetrue 13th May 2015, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

Is it just me, or does Rose's HEAD look larger than normal in panel three? It looks almost cartoonishly large to me...

Kinda creepy, actually. In that panel she reminds me of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (2010), the one with Johnny Depp.
Stormwind13 13th May 2015, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

I think it is just the perspective, xpace. It doesn't look too distorted to me at least. Of course, since she is virtual inside his hardware, she should be able to make herself any size she wants.
KarToon12 13th May 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Okay, Rose; we'll follow the plan, if you'd PLEASE just stop with the crazy mental images!
Centcomm 13th May 2015, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

hahah I was laughing so hard when I saw these scripts :D
kitty 13th May 2015, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Ok last time I commented via my Kindle Fire the site listed me as "guest" even though I signed in (this is Kitty); anyway, I just wanted to note that I love the way the pointer on Rose's word balloons looks like a sword or dagger...nice touch
DLKmusic 13th May 2015, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

I didn't even notice that before, Kitty. but you're right, it does kinda exclamate her anger.
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply

I do a lot of small things with the word balloons. "Radio transmission"-style bubbles have lightning-bolt tails or little burst marks to suggest a filtered tone. Virtual Rose's pointers are a subtle nod towards that. The fact that they look STABBY is a bonus. :D
VanEzzania 13th May 2015, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

I am slightly aroused by all the imagery that Rose bringing up. I have no shame.
DLKmusic 13th May 2015, 3:56 PM edit delete reply

ROFL, you are a twisted twisted person, VanEzzania.... For SHAME!
Tokyo Rose 13th May 2015, 4:36 PM edit delete reply

I don't.
Sheela 13th May 2015, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

Eh .. she's probably from 4chan. :)
Lukkai 13th May 2015, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

S'up /b/?
VanEzzania 14th May 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

I have actually never been to 4chan. Just tumblr...... oh tumblr.
Centcomm 13th May 2015, 4:54 PM edit delete reply

its ok ... i don't eather Mentions folder "201" and watches cast scatter ..Well the girls anyway.
Lukkai 13th May 2015, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

Now you've got us intrigued, I guess.
anonymous coward 13th May 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Okay, this isn't 1984 and apparently this is room 201 instead of room 101, so I just don't know what that means. Can I buy a hint?
Sheela 14th May 2015, 3:07 AM edit delete reply

*edges away from CentComm*

Roooose ... she's doing it again! :(
You need to hit her!
Tokyo Rose 14th May 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply

"Folder 201" is the directory where Cent keeps the props that are... um... let's go with "non-family-friendly", shall we? :D
Stormwind13 14th May 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply

Folder 201 is also the name the military uses for their personnel folders, I believe.
cattservant 13th May 2015, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

One hundred and fifty percent!
Rashala 13th May 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Rose......I REALLY REALLY needed That second mental image you painted floating in my head....excuse me I need to go borrow Tedee's plasma shotgun to get it out
Dbtolkn 14th May 2015, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Despite Tokyo Rose's warnings and Kyle's reactions, his facial expression doesn't reflect his repentance and decision to follow the plan. By the look on his face, he seems a bit too calm.
Stormwind13 14th May 2015, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

And I got a completely different read off the page, Dbtolkn. To me Kyle is so shocked by everything going on that he is trying to not give Rose any MORE cause to blast him. His answer in the last panel shows that he is ready to march to Rose's drums.

Kyle, dumb enough to totally screw up and get himself shot. Smart enough to realize he fu¢ked up and that he needs to listen to the entity in the 'room' that has lived ten thousand lives.
DLKmusic 14th May 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply

That look on Kyle's Face in Panel 2 when he said "I didn't need that mental image". That is the look of a raw recruit that's got a DI in his face and is trying to concentrate on standing at attention and staying silent.

If he fails to do that, there will be hell to pay, and it looks like he's smart enough to understand that.

gmg2dave 14th May 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

Notice that he did not reply in that last panel till Rose gave him permission to speak. He CAN learn! Just need a big enough stick.
mjkj 14th May 2015, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Oh, I guess that should take care of Kyle...

Though Lynn (or Acantha) in fishnets sounds great...

...even vote incentive worthy...

Rms2000 19th May 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Really? And I thought her transparency was only around 25-30%...
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 12th Mar 2017, 11:20 AM edit delete reply

Okay, this whole "speech" has been great, and I've been trying to hold it together, but the ballpunchery of panel 1 made me laugh out loud. Good God...
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