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Harmony Comes to the Nation

14th August 2009 (02:04)

So Dark Horse has just posted a new two-page Season 8 mini webcomic, "Harmony Comes to the Nation", written by Jane Espenson with  art by Karl Moline.

Page One, Page Two

Unfortunately, since I'm not American, have never watched the Colbert Report (and have only vaguely heard of it as some sort of current affairs show?) and have no idea what 'The View' is about, I'm pretty sure 90% of the pop culture references and political satire just sailed right over my head. Anyone care to provide an idiot's guide or annotated transcript? :-)

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Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:18 (UTC)
lmfao

Colbert Report (and have only vaguely heard of it as some sort of current affairs show?

Haven't read the comic but I just have to laugh at this.

The Colbert Report is a (quite brilliant) satire of political loudmouths like Bill O'Reilly. I'd be very troubled if somebody relied on it for their news.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:56 (UTC)

It's only two pages. Probably less than 600 words. You know you want to read it really. :-)

And satirical current affairs shows are still current affairs shows, aren't they? Like 'Brass Eye'. ;-)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:00 (UTC)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
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Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 22:26 (UTC)

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:22 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:18 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:22 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:25 (UTC)

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Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:25 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:06 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:09 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:14 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:20 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:14 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:22 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:23 (UTC)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:27 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:32 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:29 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:40 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:43 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:45 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:15 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:19 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:19 (UTC)

The Colbert Report is a satirical news commentary show. Are you familiar with The Daily Show? It's a spin-off of that, and "Stephen Colbert" the character (played by the comedian Stephen Colbert) is a parody of right-wing commentators like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.

The View is a morning talk show, where a bunch of women (Barbara Walters started it, but she's not always there, and the women vary) sit around and talk about whatever they feel like talking about. They're kind of notorious for getting into ridiculous arguments. Rosie O'Donnell was on it for a while, and was well-known for saying things that would make people very upset, lol. They have guests and stuff, like other talk shows, but I don't think that's why people watch.

ETA: Having now read the comic, I don't think you really missed much. Stephen saying things like "I generally oppose people exercising their right to make choices" is very in character for him, but for the most part, the dialogue kinda sounds like it could be any talk show host. I don't think Jane's quite captured his unique style of wit.

On the other hand, I don't think anyone would mind if Harmony ate every single person on The View.

Edited at 2009-08-14 01:28 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:30 (UTC)

On the other hand, I don't think anyone would mind if Harmony ate every single person on The View.

Dunno. I think Whoopi Goldberg should be turned. She'd be a kick-ass vampire. Is Whoopi still on The View? I don't really keep track of it...

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:35 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:47 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
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Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:58 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
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Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:56 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:59 (UTC)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:59 (UTC)

Thanks for the run-down. :-) It's surprising how much people take for granted often doesn't cross borders at all...

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:05 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 05:15 (UTC)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 06:21 (UTC)

I don't think Jane's quite captured his unique style of wit.

Agree with this. A pity, because Colbert really is insanely funny at his best - we're talking about the guy who stood up at the same table as George Bush and said "as we all know, reality has a liberal bias." I can see the point of using him in this, to hammer home that only crackpots don't love vampires, but when it's not a good representation of Colbert it falls pretty flat. Of course, since Harmony is only to happy to confirm that vampires kill people, it doesn't really make more sense of the "Vamps yay!" storyline, but...

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 07:07 (UTC)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 23:04 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
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Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 13:04 (UTC)

Posted by: ms_scarletibis (ms_scarletibis)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:39 (UTC)

Thanks for the links, and I really love that icon :D

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:02 (UTC)

Harmony is just that bad-ass. :-)

And just curious, but that's not your hand and James's hand in your own icon, is it? *raised eyebrow*

Edited at 2009-08-14 02:02 (UTC)

Posted by: ms_scarletibis (ms_scarletibis)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:05 (UTC)

Posted by: darkestboy (darkestboy)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 01:45 (UTC)

The Colbert Report airs on FXUK most of the time if you have the channel while The View is basically the US version of Loose Women.

I've just posted a Retreat Part 2 review on my own blogspot if you want to read. It's where all my Buffy reviews are at.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:03 (UTC)

I watch very little UK TV, let alone American TV. :-) But thanks anyway!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:28 (UTC)

How on earth did this innocuous little post generate a 48-comment reply page???
:-)

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:38 (UTC)
Porn!

Seriously - C'mon, you gotta know what happened here. EowynGabEmmie.

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 02:41 (UTC)

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Posted by: leseparatist (novin_ha)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 12:44 (UTC)
[buffy] the l word

I watch Colbert frequently and I have to say his style definitely wasn't captured here ;) But now I'm really curious if he'll mention the comic on the show :D

(And "a Colbert bump" is when he bumps fists with his guests, and it's supposed to make them more famous/be a sign of him endorsing them, sort of...)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 17:36 (UTC)

Thanks for filling in another part of the puzzle. :-)

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 14th August 2009 20:13 (UTC)

Thanks for the comic link, although TBH, it was kind of disappointing on the "being funny" and "adding any relevant information" fronts...

*is enjoying reading the comments*

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