Once again, here is the weekly recap for people too lazy, too busy, or just too pissed to read the dailies for the past week, but secretly hope that Jules Rivera will start drawing like Jack Elrod! This week Diana Daggers and Mark drove from the airport to one of Rex Scorpius’s video shoots. Still dressed in his “Yes, I’m a yahoo” faux western garb and talking like a rube tourist from Ohio, Rex dismissed Mark and got on to his assignment: herding a gaggle of Canada geese hanging out on some goofball musician’s front yard (He might want to hook up with Reptilionnaire. I think they’re made for each other!) Mark was spellbound by what was otherwise a mundane task, when you have 4 or 5 other people helping you. In spite of Mark’s obsequious behavior, Rex again brushed him off and headed back to the motel for the night.
I’m not sure what Rivera’s point here is. Mark could have arrived on set as a straight-shooting, no-nonsense pro, giving Rex a favorable first impression as somebody he could work with and even depend on. Instead, Rivera portrayed Mark as a hick. Even this Mark Trail deserves better. If this is some kind of reverse-psychology stunt or Jedi mind-trick, it does not look promising. More promising might be today’s nature discussion.
What a surprising topic…! Well, Mark didn’t exactly say how to get the geese off your lawn. If it were me, I’d find something they like to eat and throw it into a neighbor’s yard.
As for Mark’s smug closing comment, I’d say he is wrong. City dwellers (as if Mark would know) don’t have much of any territory, so territorial behavior doesn’t go far. Now, those who live in suburbs and rural areas definitely are territorial when it comes to their property. And they let you know.