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I see Jeff as the Generation Gap Redux. Now it's the damn kids with their Xboxes instead of the damn kids with their grass and communes. The Boomers' views of Gen-Y is just as jaundiced as the views about the Boomers 40 years ago.
The Red Rascal is the natural consequence of two generations of educating children in unearned self-esteem.
I just got the Charlie Sheen GPS. Every time I make a correct turn -- "Winning!"
Red Rascal's escapades make Ray Hightower's awful problems more poignant and real. I see Jeff as a 21st-century version of Voltaire's Candide -- triumphing despite his naivete, through a series of improbable adventures that echo current or recent historical events.
Comparing Jeff to Ray is like comparing Stephanie Meyer to Shakespeare (no offense to Twilight fans). We all care about Ray, and know that he's doing the hard stuff, and I don't know about you, but I genuinely worry if he'll be alright. Jeff I don't worry about, because killing Jeff would be like killing Bambi. It just can't happen...
I think it's fascinating that so many of us want the Red Rascal to succeed despite his hopeless level of naivete and unfounded confidence. Maybe there's something in American culture that makes us want to believe that unprepared and undisciplined people can still be fabulously successful.
The Red Rascal's capture has got to be one of the best episodes of all your characters. We know he will escape but how? No don't tell me!...
I seem to be the only person in America who is not enamored with the Red Rascal, maybe because I knew Special Forces soldiers in the Army and I know how far from the truth the Red Rascal really is. His escapades look even more farcical when compared to Ray Hightower's poignant and very real combat problems.
Bravo again, GBT! Always a step ahead, with deep analysis of the past. The saga of the Red Rascal appears now to highlight the situation of young Afghan citizens who have grown up in a violent, unstable society, leaving them apathetic, pessimistic and distrustful. I am hoping that the Red Rascal will be rescued by the very young children, as I read that they still have hope. I also hope the Red Rascal will help show the Afghans that the USA is not 'all-powerful' but that our intentions are good. Better behave now, Jeff.
I keep waiting for the Red Rascal to accidentally do something truly befitting his fictional legend, and for Jeff to experience some kind of emotional growth. I can't wait to see what happens next. And I sure hope Overkill gets his comeuppance by having to fork over millions of dollars in ransom.
In yesterdays strip I love the way Zipper's face was drawn, as he looked truly shocked, as if perhaps something might actually have penetrated his thick skull. If this won't do it, nothing will, but I do like the idea that he might grow a bit as a character. On the other hand maybe not.
So Jeff does his part to help a brutal tyrant escape, and Jeff survives. Most likely, he will go on to helping bigger and more important criminals. Well, I guess it's truthful. Make sure he gets a raise. Perhaps you can have someone steal the money from some widows and orphans.
Nice cliffhanger! Leaving RR to die is cold enough though. I'm not blaming the chopper crew. They just drove the taxi. It was the spooks, the mercenaries, and the pols that went along.
I knew you wouldn't kill Jeff. You just couldn't do that to me. I'm still mourning Lacey...
Okay, when is Jeff waking from his dream?
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You go, Red Rascal! It takes a genius to make humour out of the world situation. And the worse it gets, the more slapstick! Thank you.
We have a mature (late-60s) Jeff Redfern who drinks in my local pub. He’s ex-SAS, “special opps”, police and, among many other things, implausible. We haven’t seen him for three months. All the regulars are now quivering at the prospect of his imminent re-appearance, replete with tales of his adventures in Egypt and Libya. I’m wondering if he subscribes to the Red Rascal website...
Uh-oh. "We had to leave our ground operative behind." I think we may have the new ruler of Berzerkistan, his future anticipated by the legendary name being whispered, mouth to mouth, from Afghanistan...
It would be one bright spot in a truly depressing world of a collapsing dollar, strikes, tsunamis and such if the Red Rascal becomes the hero he so desperately wants to be. Seeing him (unknowingly) actually have the skills and chutzpah he professes would be epic. He may be an annoying self-aggrandizing Millennial, but still. We can hope...