Fridge / Lackadaisy

Fridge Horror
  • Historical Fridge Horror:
    • 1927 (the year in which the comic is set) is only two years before October 29th, 1929. While the alcohol industry wasn't greatly impacted by the Great Depression (at least until the Dust Bowl in 1933 reduced raw materials for making it, although St. Louis appears to get its supply from out of the country so they likely wouldn't be hit too bad by that either), Wick is going to lose everything in the crash. Tracy has said that the comic will end after the start of The Great Depression, but before the repeal of Prohibition, so somewhere around the 1930-1932 range. The full impact of the Great Depression may still be left to our imaginations, but we will most likely see the characters struggling- even more than they already are.
    • Something the comic won't involve but is most certainly still going to happen—the event that happens after the Great Depression. And Freckle is old enough to fight. Ax-Crazy or not, it's going to be hell for him.

Fridge Brilliance
  • A is for amygdala, as Mordecai pointed out. The amygdala is the part of the brain responsible for emotional reactions and psychopaths (the actual mental disorder) have smaller than normal amygdalas with impared reactions. A psychopath is a person who (among other signs/symptoms): is cunning and manipulative, lacks remorse or guilt, has shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric), is callous and lacks empathy, fails to accept responsibility for own actions, and has poor behavioral control. In the Defiance arc, it's established that Mordecai's lack of emotion is rumored to be an outcome of a cranial injury. Now, what part of his brain would lead to such behaviour if injured? An amygdala.
  • In a flashback, Mordecai is injured from a fight, but he refuses to let Elsa treat him. He only relents after Elsa injects him with an incapacitating drug. In another scene, Mordecai is stiff as a board and clearly uneasy when dancing with a woman. In volume 2, Mordecai looks very uncomfortable when one of Serafine's Voodoo devotees touches him. His discomfort at being touched by women may have something to do with his early 20th century Jewish upbringing. In very conservative Jewish communities, unrelated men and women do not touch each other or spend time alone. Even if Mordecai is no longer devout, he has still internalized inhibitions about being touched by strange women.