[By Nic Lindh on Friday, 24 October 2003]
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.
We are entertained by feline drama during quarantine.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
Back once again with the sci-fi and general calamity. Includes The End is Always Near, Eat the Apple, A Memory Called Empire, Gideon the Ninth, Infinite Detail, Permafrost, Fallen, and The October Man.
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.
Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.
Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.
After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.
The big thieves hang the little ones.
A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.
Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.