Tuesday, June 07, 2005
The Queer Machine
The guy in the long-sleeve tee is Cotton Carver, "Defender of Barlunda", a planet where, despite their snappy red tunics and white strap-harnesses, they still need a virile earthman to fend off every little would-be conquerer and tornado tyrant. Yet another Flash Gordon clone, circa 1941. Strange, how common those are.
Cotton, being a Real Man, has no idea what the Queer Machine is for. However, Princess Deela (Cotton, of course, is "dating" the girl whose dad runs the place) seems enthusiatically, almost disturbingly familiar with its function, perhaps from a time predating Cotton's arrival.
Meanwhile, an uncomfortable-looking Nardak, the local toady, tries to blend in the background and pleads the fifth....