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Tipping Point, p24

June 7, 2024 by Tim


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Acher4
Acher4
16 days ago

“Of [their] program!”
And he called Zeke by their name.

Nice!
Scott is definitely turning around on Zeke. 😀

AntsOfTheFreeWorld
AntsOfTheFreeWorld
16 days ago
Reply to  Acher4

One could say that he reached a tipping point? Ba dum tss!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
15 days ago

Roll credits.

Andreas Munk
Andreas Munk
16 days ago

Man, it feels weird to be this proud of a fictional character.

Good going Scott.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
16 days ago

I like the implications of what Scott says on the last panel – it means that violence is a choice. And that harkens back to what ZK said much earlier: “… the inherent aspect of free will – the ability to choose”. Though, I confess, there is also something on this page that I don’t like – it’s Ethan’s argument on panel 3. Scott has just suggested a way to potentially gain leads, Ethan declines and declares that there are no leads. Well, yeah, if you aren’t looking, leads aren’t going to just land on top of you. But I… Read more »

Curtis
Curtis
16 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

I thought the same when I read that.

Rob Goodfellow
Rob Goodfellow
16 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

I felt it was a real line. Like we say things all the time think this… Oh there are no leads so we shouldn’t bother. But really I feel you hit it on the head he is giving ZK some space. But giving up and not looking may make one feel like they are not doing enough. Start cogitative dissonance. So it is easier to say to yourself nothing can be done and do not think about it too hard.

D Harshman
D Harshman
15 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

I think the panel 3 argument is something Leo’s and prosecutors have to deal with all the time…prioritizing resources for investigation.

Can’t be everywhere. Can’t fix everything. Gotta focus on the investigations that can do the most good.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
15 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

It wasn’t so long ago that Eugene got Ethan’s personal information and threatened him if he continued to pursue. And so Ethan and Lucas decided together that the “Hunt Eugene Down Like The Criminal Mastermind He Is” job should be kicked up to others.

It is, quite literally, none of their business. And I honestly don’t think that either of them think that it’s worth the time and effort to track down a criminal who is quite literally trying to tear modern society apart, in order to save him from the consequences of his actions.

Jedi
Jedi
16 days ago

Well this is how it will go down: Zeke will watch the Futurama episode about Benders free will – and have another mind-crysis. 😉

Andhaka
Andhaka
16 days ago
  1. Shouldn’t be “Zeke are safe”? Why plural with the pronouns and singular with the name? I’m not a native english speaker, so is this a true convention or…
  2. I don’t really appreciate Ethan’s reasoning about Eugene. Even if we consider his criminal activity, leaving him in captivity and potential danger is not a very ethical solution for the situation.

Still, always enjoy your work. 😉

StepGamer Dad
StepGamer Dad
16 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

Yes, this is, in fact, the convention when using “they” as a pronoun to refer to a single individual. It’s just one of the many quirks of the English language.

Since we’re referring to a single individual, verbs are conjugated in 3rd person singular when used together with the name. Zeke is.

But… to keep in line with grammatical rules of the pronoun “they”, verbs are conjugated in 3rd person plural. They are.

English grammar has more exceptions than rules and is one of the harder languages to master, and I’m saying this as a German/English bilingual native.

Cheers. 🙂

Eodyne
Eodyne
16 days ago
Reply to  StepGamer Dad

English is a smashed together carnival of nonsense

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
16 days ago
Reply to  Eodyne

I’ve always liked ‘English isn’t a language, it’s a bunch of languages in a trenchcoat pretending to be one’

Mark
Mark
15 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

you forgot ” and hanging around in a back alley waiting to mug other languages for loose participles and pronouns”. XD

Antique Alien
Antique Alien
15 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

With a Shakespeare in the pocket!

Mike
Mike
15 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Shakespear is wearing the trench-coat and peddles stolen words because he’s too ambitious to only sell his extensive homebrew.

D Harshman
D Harshman
15 days ago
Reply to  StepGamer Dad

If you think about it, the pronoun “you” does the same thing as “they”. They are plural as pronouns, even when they refer to a single individual.

Warrain
Warrain
16 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

On your second, leaving Eugene with Zeke is basically like saying it is a family issue and they need to settle it without us involved. We know now that Zeke won’t necessarily be violent without cause so let them deal with each other.

Ashi
Ashi
16 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

They can be singular or plural. For example, “Can my friend come over for dinner?” “Sure, do they like pizza?”

Jesse
Jesse
16 days ago
Reply to  Ashi

This is a quick and efficient example, well done

Eric the White
Eric the White
16 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

For petes sake, quit it with the “they” business. you’re wrong, you’ve been wrong for 200 years. The author of the comic themselves has told you to fuck off.

Quilla
Quilla
15 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

Singular they conjugates in the same way as singular you

We say “you are” the same as “they are” but when using someone’s name we say “x is”

That’s how the language works. Singular they has been around for centuries, literally longer than singular you

nb_gamer
nb_gamer
16 days ago

SCOTT RESPECTED ZEKE’S PRONOUNS
ON PRIDE MONTH
TRVE character development

Daniel
Daniel
16 days ago

“Well, we know a human is hold captive by someone that implied he might do terrible things to him when he is no longer useful, but it’s fine ’cause this fellow is not hard coded dangerous, he can just choose to be!”
C’mon, just say Eugene deserve it and that all

Mike
Mike
15 days ago
Reply to  Daniel

What Eugene deserves to to be put on trial with Zeke as the star defendant and conscripted into a high-ranking form of community service where he makes technology for the government and eventually pays his debt to everyone his robots attacked.

Mike
Mike
15 days ago
Reply to  Mike

*is to be

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
16 days ago

Oh I believe that Zeke would very much hurt Eugene

Unalive? Probably not.

Hurt on the other hand leaves room for creativity

Marcus
Marcus
16 days ago

hey! now scott is getting it! character growth!

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
16 days ago

Scott finally refers to Zeke as they/them.

So should you.

Paula
Paula
15 days ago

I love than Ethan can be goofy and hilarious and, at the same time, so emotionally mature. And he always respects everyone.

Quilla
Quilla
15 days ago

Damnit Tim this whole arc has been so supremely well done. Everyone thought this would be about proving Ethan’s powers are still there, and you go and pull THIS STUFF

💜 💜

Angrylittleman
Angrylittleman
15 days ago

This was some pretty good character development. Keep up the good work Tim.

Luc
Luc
15 days ago

Really happy with how this chapter is closing. I do think Eugene is probably being hurt in some way (even if it’s just in a locked room), but that aside, I’m really happy to see Ethan and Scott on the same page now. People kept saying Scott was gonna go full arch-villain, but I just never saw it going that way. This feels a lot better than that.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
15 days ago

Nah, He’s toast, or worse. One Robot Does have to have a guinea pig after all to expand on certain human characteristics, tolerances, etc.

Hinkeypinkey
Hinkeypinkey
15 days ago

That whole they/them nonsense is freaking stupid. Even more so when english isnt your native language 😂

Karrde
Karrde
4 days ago
Reply to  Hinkeypinkey

They hated him for he spoke the truth

Karrde
Karrde
4 days ago

Zeke, like any sentient being, has to learn his own way in the world.