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Friday, May 13, 2005

After all these years...

I can understand, the 40s and 50s, using Caucasians with really bad fake moustaches and some makeup to represent Chinese. I suppose a lack of Chinese actors and maybe even good old fashioned racism played a role in that sort of thing. But in this day and age, to use actors who can barely pronounce the word 'Russian', let alone actually schpreken de lingo play Russians who have to speak in Russian during the show is absurd.

The case in point was yesterday, during the season 8 episode of Stargate: SG1 where the Goa'uld almost cause a nuclear war between Russia, China and the US. Dear Middle-of-the-road-Deity, could they not find any actors who at least looked Russian and was maybe even able to speak convincingly? It was bad, pathetically embarrasing even. It was also a bit incongruous.

At one point, Daniel Jackson meets a Russian woman who isn't speaking Russian particularly well, but acting like she is. He complements her on her English and she asks him how his Russian is. He replies, in Russian, that he can get by(he is actually understandable without the sub-titles), but she shudders and says, “OK, we'll stick with English”. The funny thing about that exchange was that his Russian as an American was actually better than her Russian as a Russian.

I found the whole exchange quite humourous. Sometimes script writers make their characters do things that are not consistent with what we know about them. Daniel Jackson, the cunning linguist who figured out how to speak with and understand the natives on Abidos, can barely speak Russian?

In any case, it was a good episode, which culminated in former Senator/Vice President Kinsey getting hisself blowed up real good. He was an annoying character that you loved to hate, played incredibly well by Ronny Cox. Hopefully he's gone for good, but with Goa'ulded bad guys on SG1 you can never be sure: they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.


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