579: The Race: Part 3

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The Race: Part 3
No, the best things about The Sarah Connor Chronicles were: (1) watching Sarah and Cameron try to pass for normal, and (2) Cameron throwing people and things through walls. Everything else was pretty secondary.
Title text: No, the best things about The Sarah Connor Chronicles were: (1) watching Sarah and Cameron try to pass for normal, and (2) Cameron throwing people and things through walls. Everything else was pretty secondary.


Firefly was a television series aired by FOX in 2002 that got cancelled mid-way through, but has a large fan base nowadays (for a more comprehensive explanation, see the Wikipedia page). The star of the show was Captain Malcolm (or Mal) Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion. Other members of his crew were Kaylee (played by Jewel Staite) the ship's mechanic, Inara Serra (played by Morena Baccarin) was a Companion (or, as Mal would say: whore) that helped Serenity (the spaceship) gain a landing on many planets that otherwise would have nothing to do with Mal, and River Tam (played by Summer Glau) was the seemingly crazy younger sister of Dr. Simon Tam (played by Sean Maher), as well as a few others.

In the last panel, Kaylee apparently wired up Mal's controller to broadcast on the frequency of Cueball's skateboard, so it took control of his board, where Mal's stood still. (Buy a few RC models (Radio-controlled model) to play with friends and inevitably this will happen. Where two controllers broadcast on the same frequency, so the two models are confused by the signals they receive.)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a television series aired by FOX from 2008-09. Summer Glau played the role of Cameron, a Terminator; Cameron was played in a distinctly "strange" manner as a humanoid robot who finds much about humanity puzzling. Here, the joke is that it wasn't Summer Glau's characters who were eccentric, but that Summer Glau herself is either retarded, autistic, or brain-damaged.

All comics in "The Race" series:

This series was released on 5 consecutive days(Monday-Friday) and not over the usual Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule.


[Nathan, Cueball, and Summer Glau standing around with electric skateboards.]
Nathan: Meet a few of my friends. This is-
Cueball: Summer Glau! You were the best part of Chronicles.
Summer: I eat my bodyweight in food every 31 days. That's slightly faster than the human average.
[Summer stares off into space.]
Nathan: Yeah, there's a reason she only plays strange roles.
Cueball: Ah.
Summer (from below): I'm part of the floor now.
[They find Jewel Staite working on a skateboard's engine.]
Nathan: And this is Kaylee.
Jewel: My name is Jewel, Nathan.
Nathan: Kaylee—
Jewel: Jewel.
Nathan: —Jewel is fixin' up my new board.
Jewel: Almost done!
Cueball: So wait. Summer's actually weird, Jewel's actually a mechanical whiz...
Cueball: ...will Morena Baccarin be here? Is she really a—
Nathan and Jewel: No.
The racers set up
[Nathan and Jewel are to the far left of a full-width panel. Nathan is standing on his skateboard holding a controller. Cueball is on his skateboard which is careening out of control on the far right of the panel.]
Nathan: Kaylee, I've been gunnin' the radio hand throttle thingy for a while, but it ain't movin'.
Jewel: Oh, I must've set it to the wrong frequency!
Cueball (riding around on haywire board): AAAAAAAA

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It should be noted, that Summer Glau (aka River) is known to play bizzare, confused characters. Her characters in Dollhouse, Sarah Connor Chronicles, The 4400 were all a little (or more) odd. This is referenced when on panel 2 she begins to act strange and on panel 4 mel explains, that there is a reason why she plays strange roles indicating, that Summer Glau herself has a odd personality.

Also, Summer Glau is my favorite actress if I may express my personal feelings in comment. :) (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

She seemed pretty normal when she played herself on an episode of Big Bang Theory. Then again, if you're reading explainxkcd you probably loathe Big Bang Theory and have never watched it. -- 14:20, 29 January 2016 (UTC)


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