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Comic #1701

1 {scene: The bridge of the Legacy, in space}
1 Spanners: What's taking so long?
2 Paris: There's a military vessel exercising right-of-way ahead of us. We have to steer clear until they've passed.
3 Paris: Ah, they're finally moving and letting us go.
4 Paris: Space hogs!! {yelling at ship flying past the front windows, which looks suspiciously like the NCC-1701 - USS Enterprise}

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I should hardly need to point any readers at this.

2018-03-28 Rerun commentary: Hmmm. I could have sworn when this strip popped up in my rerun annotating process that when I originally wrote this strip that I intended the specific words "Space hogs" to be a reference to something, but now for the life of me I can't think what it was, and Google isn't helping. I thought maybe it was a direct quotation from some Star Trek episode or film, but I can't find anything.

"Space hogs" is reminiscent of Pigs in Space, but I don't think it was as straightforward as that. Oh well.

EDIT: Thanks to all the readers who wrote in various media to suggest that "space hogs" is probably a reference to the idiomatic phrase "road hog", or even specifically to its use in the opening credits of the Mr Magoo cartoon. I knew that, and... well, I thought it was too obvious to mention. What I'm really wondering is if my use of "space hogs" was a reference to a specific instance of some use of the exact phrase "space hogs" in some science fiction show or film.

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