Because the writer saw the opportunity for humor and forgot about character integrity. Sadly, we saw that a lot in a number of recent mini-episodes as well.Dorgengoa wrote:Okay, so just to make sure I'm understanding these past few strips:
Dad shows up to check in on his kids. Pandora instantly seduces and marries him. Chloe and Teddy have to pretend they're each other for the moment, due to shenanigans. Chloe is now offering to let Teddy's dad have sex with him, based on his new wife's suggestion that they have a three-way with his son's girlfriend.
This is a lot to take in, and I'm not sure why it's happening.
Writing a consistently funny story that readers care about can be challenging, and it can be really tempting to go for the easy laugh, not thinking about the future. We're seeing this kind of pushback because a lot of us seriously care about the strip - because we are invested in the characters. When the writer abuses them in ways that seem to undermine the story, we get upset and say so. In a story that was written in full and edited before publication, the readers never see this kind of error, as the editor catches it and makes the writer go back and fix it. That's harder when you are trying to write and publish something twice a week.
Some years ago, I wrote a story online, with new chapters going up a few times a week. I made similar errors. In a few cases, my readers came down hard on me and demanded that I fix what I had written. In at least one case, they told me to trash an entire chapter. I didn't really want to, as I had put a fair bit of time into it, and I wasn't making any money on it, but I did. And it turned out that they were correct, and the new chapters which replaced it were much better, and advanced the story. It might be presumptuous to ask, but I think most of us would be happier if the strip's creators were to vanish this page and rethink what they are trying accomplish.