Just caught an episode of the American version of Coupling. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a British sitcom, essentially a more raunchy and less dopey take on the same concept as Friends. Coupling, the original, is an exceptionally well-written and -acted show that occasionally manages to be laugh-out-loud funny. The “Inferno” episode is probably the funniest made-for-tv half-hour I’ve ever seen. Yup, it’s that good.
So the American version is mostly a line-for-line copy with less talented actors and the “difficult” British English terms translated to American. So instead of “Tories,” we have “Republicans”; instead of a “flat”, we have an “apartment,” etc. The big question, of course, is, Why in the name of all that is Holy did this have to be remade? Why? Why? Call me a tree-hugging hippie, but I do believe that the American public should be able to perform the difficult mental mapping necessary to translate between standard American and Standard British. So how about–and I know this is radical–just show the original! It will be cheaper and better. I’d love to see some TV executives show some cojones and actually trust people to not be utter morons.
Well, I’ll buy you a round when that happens, which will most likely coincide with the invasion of the Morloks.
Posted Friday, 24 October, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.