Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Ch. 1
September 19th, 2016
The next King of Games – the guy who tries to throw his Duel Disk around like a Frisbee.
(Linkara is seen wearing a blue uniform)
Linkara: Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn. Can you believe how many freaking major anniversaries there are this year?
(A montage of shots of pop culture franchises having anniversaries is shown)
Linkara (v/o): Pokemon: 20th; Star Trek: 50th; Beast Wars: 20th! Legend of Zelda had their 30th, too! However, I've never actually played Legend of Zelda, so that's not really as big a deal for me. But you know what is the debut twenty years ago?
(Cut to a shot of the logo for Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Linkara (v/o): Yu-Gi-Oh!
Linkara: While it's not referenced as much around here because I'm not as big a fan of it, I actually was a massive player of the game back in high school, and I still play it, although much more casually these days. And no, I won't tell you what my deck is. That ruins the surprise!
(Footage of the anime version of Yu-Gi-Oh! is shown)
Linkara (v/o): I unfortunately fell out of watching the anime during its second show, GX, and eventually rewatched the original series and GX in full. Sadly, I don't even know what's going on with it anymore, but I'll probably get around to it at some point. In the meantime, here's the basic premise for those unfamiliar with the franchise. In this world, in ancient Egypt, powerful sorcerers fought each other using demonic creatures and monsters that they summoned to do their bidding.
Linkara: And of course such dark magics and hellish creations would be the product of (shakes fist) ANCIENT EGYPT!
(Cut to the inevitable shot of the Egyptian pyramids while "Imperial March" plays in the background. Then cut back to the anime)
Linkara (v/o): These shadow games, as they were called...
Linkara: Oh, and FYI, most of my knowledge of this stuff comes from the dub. And no, I don't care how it happened in the original Japanese. I find it much more hilarious when they try to soften it for kids.
Linkara (v/o): ...were eventually stopped by a Pharaoh, who sealed away the dark powers, seemingly forever. But of course, as these things so often do, it was rediscovered in modern times. Several artifacts from this time, the Millennium Items, found themselves in the hands of some people and imbued them with unique powers. The bearer of one of these items drew inspiration from the hieroglyphics detailing the Shadow Games and decided, "Whoa! This would be the perfect thing to sell to kids!", and thus made a trading card game out of it. However, another artifact found its way into the hands of ridiculously-haired Yugi Muto, who became possessed by the spirit of the Pharaoh who had locked the power away.
Linkara: He probably figured the Egyptian gods would be kinda pissed off that he had sealed away the magics that invoked them and figured, (strokes chin, as pharaoh) "Yeah, better take my chances hiding inside a puzzle box for all eternity, rather than try to get my soul weighed by the guys who are angry at me."
Linkara (v/o): Yugi and the Pharaoh shared the same body, working together on adventures with his friends to rediscover the Pharaoh's past, deal with villains utilizing the game for their own nefarious purposes, and filler arcs that nobody likes. And then the series got made into an abridged spoof by a very talented British guy, starting up the entire concept of an abridged series on YouTube.
Linkara: And today... we are not talking about that show or the manga it was based on. Yeah, the thing is, most people have already reviewed the manga. Hell, LittleKuriboh himself reviewed the first chapter.
(Cut through static to LittleKuriboh himself)
LK: Well, let's face it, I have more experience talking about outlandish, over-the-top characters shouting ridiculous things and treating every inane situation like it's a life-or-death struggle... also known as, professional wrestling.
Linkara: Come to think of it, you should do more "Yu-Gi-Oh" manga reviews.
LK: Nah, the reviewer world is kind of... silly, what with your spaceships and supervillains and everyone hating each other for no good reason. Our things are much better between abridges. (looks down) Oh! (holds up cell phone) Oh, hold on, I've got to go. (becomes worried) Lanipator managed to set the Team Four Star studio on fire again! (waves weakly) Bye...
(The image of LK cuts off through static)
Linkara: (looking up and stroking chin in thought) I think it's like the third time this week. All I said to him was that he should try to play The Phantom Menace again. Erm, anyway, Yu-Gi-Oh!
Linkara (v/o): But yeah, we're not talking about the original series. We're gonna talk about my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh series, GX. I friggin' love GX for what it did for the franchise. Simply put, the original Yu-Gi-Oh had a lot of problems. Despite the Duel Monsters series going for five seasons, it really didn't feel like there had been that much in terms of character development and change for most of the cast. Hell, most of the cast was completely superfluous. The plots continually became about what new threat to the world they were facing. Hell, I remember when, at the beginning of season 5, there was just a regular card game tournament and the stakes were character-based. And a multi-billion-dollar company, but still, how much of a breath of fresh air it was. Even Yugi admitted how he was sick of how serious everything had gotten. Stuff happened to the character, but didn't really feel like things had changed or advanced in any degrees afterward. Not every show needs character change, of course, but it was still entertaining as all hell. But GX was different. Set several years after the end of the first series, GX mostly takes place at Duel Academy, a school set up by a magnificent bastard, Seto Kaiba, from the first series to train kids to become better duelists.
Linkara: And of course, we make jokes about the idea of a school focused entirely around a children's trading card game, but even in the real world, we have schools set up specifically for sports, art, music, and any number of other professions, so why not the most popular game in their world?
Linkara (v/o): And that's one of the other things I love about GX in particular: the world-building. The first series was really just focused on the adventures of a bunch of high schoolers playing a game, but GX truly showed us, in subtle ways, how this alternative world works, how they place societal expectations on one's inability to play it, how being bad at it is worthy of mockery and humiliation. People's self-worth is attached to this game, to the point that dueling mercenaries exist to challenge people and humiliate them through that defeat. In fact, at the end of season two, the main character challenges the big bad to a duel to try to stop his plan – and is completely flabbergasted when the villain says, "Why would I duel you? I've already won." In this world, refusing a duel is unthinkable! It has that much power over people!
Linkara: And if that does seem too outlandish, think about the kind of superfluous crap people in our own world use to shame and deride others. They just made it about pieces of cardboard.
Linkara (v/o): And then there's our main character, Jaden. The kid goes from happy-go-lucky to serious to overly serious to depressed and then finally back to optimistic and cheerful by the end of the fourth season, the one that was never dubbed. I loved this kid immediately from the first episode, where, when he starts to lose, it looks like he's sobbing, only to reveal that he's laughing his ass off because he's having so much fun. Speaking of, I friggin' love the dub of GX. Aside from the occasional fourth wall breaking joke they added in, I love the rock soundtrack, and the dub actors all sounded pretty good, even if the accents at times they put on were, well, fakey. Of course, the show is not without its flaws. A lot of season one is ridiculous, with plots that are stupid, even by the standards of a show about expensive hologram technology created for a card game. The final villain of season one comes right the hell out of nowhere, as does the ongoing plot they introduced. The idea of Duel Spirits is idiotic, regardless of what series it's in. Character actions sometimes go into "because the plot said so" territory instead of anything resembling logic, and the attempt at the end of season three to make Jaden the reincarnation of some prince or something was asinine beyond belief, and they wisely pretended it never happened in season four. Hell, that revelation was so moronic because it was a transparent attempt to copy Yugi's thing – three seasons into the show, when they had already established their own identity.
Linkara: I could go on and on, but this introduction has already gone waaay past the point it was supposed to. So let's dig into the first chapter of (holds up today's comic) "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX", and I can ramble some more about it during the actual review.
(AT4W title theme plays, and the title card has the theme from Yu-Gi-Oh! playing in the background. Cut to a closeup of the comic's cover)
Linkara (v/o): Since it's a chapter of a manga, we don't really have covers, aside from the cover of the book itself, which is just Jaden sitting on the shoulder of Elemental Hero Terra Firma.
Linkara: (as Jaden) I shall make a throne of the monsters in my deck!
Linkara (v/o): We begin with...
Text: Chapter 1: A New Hero!!
Linkara: Aw, man, I can't wait to eat that sandwich!
Linkara (v/o): The narration informs us of our setting.
Narrator: An island in the Southern Sea. Upon which stands... the school where the next generation of duelists is being trained. It is called Duel Academy.
(Cut to a clip of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang watching Overdrawn At the Memory Bank)
Tom Servo: They hired a huge consulting firm for millions of bucks, and this is the name they came up with.
(Cut back to the comic)
Narrator: Each grade is divided into three ranks. Outstanding students moved up from junior high are "Obelisk Blue."
Linkara: Because Seto Kaiba liked to give the middle finger to his enemies even after he lost the card they were named after.
Narrator: Top performers on the entry exam are ranked "Ra Yellow"...
Linkara: (as narrator) They're the Hufflepuff of Duel Academy.
Narrator: And... borderline delinquents who could get expelled at any time are "Slifer Red."
Linkara: Man, this place takes their Pokemon Go team listings very seriously.
Linkara (v/o): And here we see Jaden, his friend Syrus, and Winged Kuriboh, the aforementioned Duel Spirit. I don't quite get it, either, but it's like a monster from another dimension represented on the card... I don't know, it's goofy and really kind of dumb, even given the backstory of this franchise. Then again, we are talking about a Tribble with wings, but hey, at least Jaden really appreciates Winged Kuriboh.
(Cut to a clip of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, showing Jaden summoning Winged Kuriboh)
Jaden: WHAT THE (beep!) DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): Also, these are either giant, inflatable versions of them or they're flying through the air in front of the school. Anyway, we truly open with Jaden defeating some random student with Elemental Hero Bubble Man.
Linkara: Yeah, Jaden's deck was focused around the Elemental Heroes cards, basically a bunch of superheroes. Can't imagine why I like the guy so much. (smiles smugly)
Jaden: Did you see that, Syrus?
Syrus: That was awesome, bro!
Linkara: (as Syrus) Man, we're such borderline delinquents because we're good at the thing we... (becomes confused) are supposed to be good at... (shrugs)
Syrus: One day, I wanna be cool and win just like you!
Linkara: Better merge your spirit with an androgynous demon, Syrus!
Linkara (v/o): Remember that character development I mentioned earlier? Syrus went from a kid terrified to duel because of his crappiness and being compared to his much more talented brother to being one of the best students at the academy, even actually progressing through the ranks and becoming an Obelisk Blue student. Anyway, as evidenced by this intro, it's not really following how the anime introduced everything. Instead, we're pretty much just in the middle of things already. Jaden is later outside on his own when Alexis, one of the only female characters in GX approaches him. She's wondering where Syrus is and Jaden says he's dueling a trainee teacher, Mr. Ryuga.
Alexis: I had a bad rumor about him.
Jaden: Like what?
Linkara: Well, Jaden, let's just say that dark magician girl porn exists even in-universe.
Linkara (v/o): Alexis explains that a trainee teacher receives final approval as a teacher only after he duels fifty students.
Linkara: They don't have to win, mind you, which makes it pretty easy to accomplish by just forfeiting on the first turn.
Linkara (v/o): Ryuga has won 45 games in a row, but the rumor about him is that he takes cards from the people he defeats.
Jaden: What!? That's pretty bad!
Linkara: (pointing to camera) Yeah, that's insulting the legacy of the guy who founded the school! The one who made a city-sized tournament where you got your opponent's best card if you won!
Linkara (v/o): We soon see Ryuga in action against Syrus, doing his best not to flip him off while pushing his glasses up. Syrus ends up being defeated, much to his confusion.
Syrus: Did my disk crash? But the monster and trap are functioning properly. Why won't my spell card activate?
Linkara: (as Syrus) Damn! If only I knew what Pot of Greed does!
Linkara (v/o): Syrus is distraught afterwards, especially to Jaden when he tearfully admits that Ryuga took his card.
Linkara: Dude, it was just a monster reborn. It won't be that hard to get another one.
Linkara (v/o): Ryuga meets with Dr. Crowler, another teacher at the school. Crowler is a very camp kind of buffoonish pseudo-villain. He of course cares about the school and its reputation, but he absolutely despises Jaden and the Slifer Reds. Basically, he's just elitist and in the end will side with Jaden and the other heroes for the greater good. But yeah, at this point, Ryuga has won 49 straight victories and only needs one more to become a teacher the next year. Also, Ryuga, what the hell is with the two streaks of white in your hair?
(Cut to a clip of an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Jessel (Pamela Kosh): Looks like a bloody skunk!
(Cut back to the comic)
Linkara (v/o): Crowler tells Ryuga not to let him down.
Ryuga: Heh heh heh... I won't let you down... for now!!
Linkara: Ryuga's sinister plan: to mildly disappoint!
Ryuga: After I get into the academy, you're history, Dr. Crowler!
Linkara: (as Ryuga) I, a first-year teacher accepted solely on the basis of points instead of any actual teaching skills, will surely crush my superior and his years of experience and probably tenure.
Ryuga: I'll work my way up in the school, and as teacher, my voice will finally have weight in the dueling world. I will send my students all over the world, and then the whole dueling world will be under my thumb.
Linkara: You know, in most cases, this kind of plan for world domination is ludicrous, and yet, with Yu-Gi-Oh... I can totally buy that it'd work.
Linkara (v/o): Jaden is pissed off at what Ryuga has done and storms through the halls, eventually finding him outside of Crowler's office.
Jaden: You! What makes you think you can go around robbing students of their cards!?
Linkara: It's kind of impractical, too. Don't you want to send your students out to rule over the dueling world? How effective are they gonna be if you steal all their best cards?
Ryuga: I'm a bit of a card collector. Truesdale over there had a card that I didn't have and he conceded it to me.
Linkara: Dude, I hate to break it to you, but Yata-Garasu has been banned since the first forbidden list. It's basically worthless.
Ryuga: Well, Jaden. You must have a few cards you'd like to give to me?
Jaden: Cut it out! Duelist's cards are his soul! You think I'm just going to give you my soul?
Linkara: (as Jaden, holding up a Hungry Burger card) This Hungry Burger ritual monster reflects my very soul, dammit!
Ryuga: Believe me, you'll want to stay on my good side. See, I'll be a new teacher in the academy next year. Your grades are guaranteed if you give me cards now.
Linkara: (shrugs, then holds up a Frog the Jam card) Okay, enjoy all my spares of Frog the Jam.
Ryuga: Don't worry. Your cards will be in excellent hands. It's better that I have them, anyway. I'm not a delinquent like you two. Even the cards themselves would be happier.
Linkara: (as Jaden) You make a convincing argument. (pretends to hold out cards) Here you go. (as Ryuga) This is a Pokemon card. (as Jaden) And it's clearly much happier with you.
Linkara (v/o): Jaden isn't standing for all of this, and Ryuga just promises to expel him once he's a teacher. Crowler walks out and wonders what the hell is going on. Realizing the situation, he sets it up so that Jaden will duel Ryuga, which our hero is all too happy to accept. We then cut to right in the middle of that duel, with Jaden destroying one of Ryuga's monsters. For those unfamiliar with how the game works, here's a quick lesson. Both sides summon monsters to the field on their respective turns and try to duke it out. There are magic... Okay, spell cards, but screw you, I was playing when they were called "magic" and we didn't give a crap about Wizards of the Coast, dammit... and trap cards that can be activated to help your side or help hinder the opponent in some capacity. Each side has Life Points... In the actual game, 8,000, but for the sake of speed in the anime, it was reduced to 4,000... and while there are several ways to win, the normal method is to get your opponent's Life Points to zero. Ryuga's Life Points are down to 3,250, while Jaden still has 4,000. Ryuga thinks that while Jaden is good, he knows his strategy, utilizing magic ards to boost his monster's stats or do a technique called Fusion that takes two or more monsters and combines them into even stronger ones. He figures that means Jaden is nothing without spell cards.
Ryuga: Don Turtle summoned! And a spell card from my deck! I activate Ultra Evolution Pill!
Linkara: While Ryuga would end up winning, it would be overturned when his monsters failed to pass a drug test.
Linkara (v/o): The magic card transformed the turtle into a Cyber Dinosaur.
Linkara: (confused) So evolution says turtles become cyborg dinosaurs?
Linkara (v/o): After destroying Jaden's monster, it becomes Jaden's turn. He's got everything he needs to set up a fusion, but that's when we learn Ryuga's true strategy. There's something inside of the ring he wears...
Linkara: On his middle finger instead of his ring finger because he is a tool...
Linkara (v/o): ...that shoots out a beam or something into Jaden's duel disk, the device he wears to project the monster holograms. When Jaden tries to use the card that fuses his monsters, it doesn't work.
Ryuga: This ring gives off a special electromagnetic ray. Your spell card system is paralyzed.
Linkara: Oh! So... that should mean nothing. The duel disks are something that enhanced the game. They are not actually part of the game itself. So, that should mean they just finished their duel without the shiny holograms, right? (becomes awkwardly confused) Right?
Linkara (v/o): Of course not. Crowler and Syrus are watching nearby, and Crowler remarks that it's Jaden's own fault for neglecting his own gear if the duel disk is malfunctioning. People, the game is still playable without the damn holograms! This is like canceling a football game because a player's uniform fabric got torn. Give him another duel disk to continue or just keep track of everything like the real-life players do! But no, they treat this "technical mishap" like it's the worst thing possible, as Jaden has to switch his monsters to defense mode and try to withstand attacks. What makes Ryuga even more of a douchebag is that it's not even necessary to cheat. There are cards within the game itself designed to prevent spell cards from being played. Anyway, Skunk-Head uses the Cyber Dinosaur's special effect to deal direct damage to Jaden's Life Points, leaving him with only 500.
Jaden: Darn it. If I could only use a spell... What the heck happened to my disk? Gasp!! Didn't I play Frisbee with the disk yesterday?
Linkara: (massaging his forehead in frustration) Jaden... (sighs) this is why the fandom hates you. (brightens up) Me, personally, though, I think you should repeat the technique and win the duel by (makes a throwing motion) chucking the thing at his face!
Linkara (v/o): Jaden refuses to surrender.
Jaden: Just like the legendary duelists never gave up...
Linkara (v/o): Yes, the legendary duelists like Yugi and Kaiba and... uh... Joey Wheeler. Okay, I guess My Valentine was all right.
Jaden: I'm not backing down! And one day I'll rise to... become the Duel King!!
Linkara: (as Jaden, hugging a pillow with Yugi on it) Someday, my hair will be a spiky crown just like Yugi's.
Linkara (v/o): Jaden is able to fuse his monsters together with a special trap card, creating the elemental hero Terra Firma. It's able to destroy Ryuga's Cyber Dinosaur and reduce his Life Points to 2,000. However, he's then able to activate another trap card that does the remaining amount of damage, defeating Ryuga. (somewhat confused) And somehow that made his ring explode? Hey, check out the sound effect. Obviously, it's a Ring Pop! Eh? Eh?! And so, our chapter ends with Syrus cheering him on, the Chazz making an appearance to glower because of him not being introduced in the manga properly, and Jaden giving the thumbs-up.
Jaden: FOUL PLAY DOESN'T WORK WITH ME!! Tell me about it!!
Linkara: (confused) Uh, Jaden, are you talking to yourself? (closes manga and holds it up) Anyway, this chapter is... (shrugs) okay.
Linkara (v/o): For being the opening story of a "GX" manga, I would have thought they would adapt the first episode or, well, have any kind of proper introduction. All we know are a few character names, but we don't really quite understand their motivations or anything that might be helpful for newcomers. I mean, is it unreasonable for me to assume people might pick this up purely based on reading "Yu-Gi-Oh"'s original manga without regard for the TV show? I mean, I know people often compare anime and manga with one or the other being disparaged, so I can imagine someone just picking this up out of curiosity. Despite that, it's still fairly okay and not a bad way to start things off, just that it feels like we got dropped into the middle of the story instead of at the beginning.
Linkara: Next time, another Patreon-sponsored review... of the X-Men cartoon that never happened: Pryde of the X-Men. (gets up and leaves)
(End credits roll)
Another great thing about GX? Duels were usually no longer than 2 episodes unless they were MAJOR events, so we didn't get bogged down in the same duel for over a month of episodes.
"Hey, let's end GX dubbed in a way that makes it look like Jaden died and not give final resolution to everything! That seems like a smart idea!"
(Stinger: Linkara is seen scanning his bracelet with his sonic screwdriver. Next to him is the chessboard from earlier. He glances toward the board and moves some white chess pieces around. Just then Dr. Linksano and Pollo teleport into the room, Linksano looking winded and concerned)
Linkara: How'd it go?
Dr. Linksano: About as well as we thought it would.
Pollo: Well, I wouldn't say it's all bad. We feared the lower decks would be totally compacted. But some sections actually are intact for the most part. However, much of the arm is buckled and been torn to shreds from the impact.
Dr. Linksano: Not to mention, the lower towers are scattered out across about half a mile of the moon's surface.
Linkara: (holds up arms in frustration) Give me the long and short of it: is it salvageable?
(Linksano and Pollo look at each other briefly, then turn back to Linkara, shaking their heads no, Linksano grimacing as he does. Linkara sighs and rolls his eyes in frustration)
Dr. Linksano: I'm sorry, Linkara, but even if the towers were intact enough to generate the fields necessary to raise us off the surface, structural integrity won't hold in its current state, and half the computer systems were fried when the emergency power grid overloaded.
Pollo: If Nimue hadn't transmitted to the Vigilant with us, she'd be dead.
Dr. Linksano: There's lots of material we can salvage. (Linkara strokes his chin in thought) Most of the cargo bays are still intact, and overall, the ship is there.
Pollo: If we had five years and a team of space-capable engineers, maybe we can do something, (Linksano shakes his head) but those are in short supply.
Linkara: Maybe... (holds up index finger) Maybe we could ask Joe to help us. The Angry Army orbital station has got to have resources so we can–
Dr. Linksano: Pollo is being needlessly optimistic, Linkara. This isn't something you can slap some duct tape on and call it a day. Some of the metals used in the ship's construction are not native to this universe. Not to mention all the systems that were tied wholly into Lord Vyce's presence on this ship. Trying to bypass them would be nearly impossible.
(In frustration, Linkara throws a small tantrum)
Pollo: Don't take it out on us, man! None of us are happy about this.
Linkara: It got us!
Dr. Linksano: Who got us?
Linkara: The Entity! Of course we didn't find the Entity on Earth! It was on Comicron 1 the entire time! And then, when it saw that we were onto it, it attacked and destroyed the ship! (sighs) Comicron 1 was the only thing that could hurt it! Of course it'd try to take it out!
Linkara: And now it's gone, and all we've got is the Vigilant! We don't stand a chance against–
Dr. Linksano: It wasn't the Entity.
Linkara: Oh, no, I'm convinced now more than ever that–
Dr. Linksano: We accessed the black box. We know what happened.
Linkara: (stunned) What?!
Pollo: It was a Cybermat.
Linkara: (impatiently) Again, WHAT?!
Dr. Linksano: We even identified which Cybermat. We know what happened.
(We cut to a flashback of when Lord Vyce possessed Pollo's body (as seen in the video on Linkara's review of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"))
Dr. Linksano (v/o): When Vyce took over that body for Pollo you were making, you sent a Cybermat after it. It managed to disable Vyce, but Vyce managed to disable it, too.
Pollo: We never recovered its body for repair, and it's laying dormant for a few years now. It reactivated and hadn't been reprogrammed from the King of Worms' influence. It went crazy and started attacking several systems near the engineering deck.
Dr. Linksano: Like a pin popping a balloon, one little Cybermat brought down the entire ship! I think I made them a bit too well.
Linkara: But... B-But that's... (sits down) It got brought down because...
Pollo: Listen, like Linksano said, there's a lot of the ship we can recover. We think we could actually construct a new ship with as much as we can retrieve from it.
(Linkara strokes his chin as he ponders what he's hearing)
Dr. Linksano: We were already in the process of designing a Comicron 2, so all we have to do is incorporate these new elements into it. Obviously, it won't be as good as the original, but it will be a damn fine ship to honor the name.
(Linkara ponders what he heard and then makes up his mind)
Linkara: Draw up a proposal and a list of the parts that we need that can't be salvaged.
Dr. Linksano: Will do!
Pollo: Are you going to be all right?
Linkara: I want to be alone for a little bit.
(Linksano and Pollo leave. Linkara stares at his chessboard, trying to think of his next move, then moves a piece across it. Just then, 90s Kid walks into the room. Linkara spots him and glowers at him)
Linkara: Where the hell have you been?
90s Kid: What do you mean?
Linkara: We have barely seen you around here this last year. Where... have... you... been?!
90s Kid: Dude, I have a life outside your show, you know.
Linkara: A life that makes you undetectable by Comicron 1's sensors? (90s Kid frowns) I hope you're at least up to date about what's happened with the ship.
90s Kid: Yeah, I-I heard.
Linkara: (incredulously) You heard about it? How nice! Comicron 1's chief mechanic knows the ship inside and out, and he heard about it!
90s Kid: Dude, what jumped up your butt?
Linkara: (abruptly rising to his feet) Oh, I don't know! Maybe it's because Nimue wasn't able to find you when I commanded everyone be brought up. And in case you hadn't "heard", Comicron 1's sensors were really damn thorough. Just seems a little bit odd that they couldn't find you!
90s Kid: Don't ask me, dude!
Linkara: Oh, but I am asking you, 90s Kid. I am asking you sincerely: WHERE... THE HELL... HAVE YOU BEEN?!?
90s Kid: (offended) None of your beeswax!
Linkara: Funny, isn't it, you not being around as much? Right when there's the possibility that the Entity might still be alive?
90s Kid: (angrily) Go to hell. (walks off)
Linkara: (talking into his communicator on his wrist) Nimue, track 90s Kid with the Vigilant's sensors.
(Frowning, Linkara turns back to his chessboard and moves a white piece across the board)