Monday, May 23, 2011
[Comic title: Darmok and Jalad; alt text: I wonder how often Patrick Stewart has Darmok flashbacks when talking to Star Trek fans.]
As is traditional, shortly after Randy does something which is vaguely topical, the very next reference he makes is to a 1983 film you may have seen called "Return of the Jedi." The reference is to the part where Sir Alec Guinness is talking to Kalenda the Hutt's henchman about gaining entry to the palace so they can free Han Solo and his friends and then fly off and fight the Emperor.
The scene is famous for its decadent party sequences, including the extended edition which has a bunch of terrifying alien dancers, and Kalenda the Hutt indulging his voyeuristic necrophagia fetishes by having one of his dancers eaten by a monster named after how angry it is. So naturally Randy thinks it would be hilarious if the famous greeting "Darmok and Jalad at Kalenda's" actually referred to having a hedonistic orgy, which is basically a description of what's happening in the scene. I guess a straight up literal description is supposed to be funny now? Come on, Randy, make an effort.
Also, that doesn't even look like Sir Alec.