"Star Trek Next Generation"



  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a French name but a British accent,
    and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe



  • @moshe said in "Star Trek Next Generation":
    ...and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe

    Physician to patient:
    "There is no shame in being bald,"

    Patient back to doctor:
    "Doctor, that depends on how you spell it."



  • @Dr-GO said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    @moshe said in "Star Trek Next Generation":
    ...and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe

    Physician to patient:
    "There is no shame in being bald,"

    Patient back to doctor:
    "Doctor, that depends on how you spell it."

    Feigning bewilderment, "I'm afraid you'll have to explain that to me. I'm from Missouri..."



  • Picard swears in French.

    We could wipe male baldness pattern off the map with a combination of breeding and eugenics.


  • Qualified Repair Techs

    He could have been educated at Oxford. I’ve known some folks whose first language was not English that picked up the accent of the place they studied English in - for example a Polish girl with a Canadian accent.



  • Well, after William the Conqueror invaded England, a whole bunch of British noblemen were actually of French heritage. Many of them didn't even speak English. Henry IV was the first English King to actually speak the English language with native fluency. There are a whole lot of British people with French names. Would you prefer that Capt. Picard sound like this guy?.....



  • @Newell-Post ....

    How to tell you're among former TM'ers: A Star Trek thread turns into Monty Python. Now, would someone bring me a shrubbery?



  • Didn't get the joke as well;)



  • @flugelgirl said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    He could have been educated at Oxford. I’ve known some folks whose first language was not English that picked up the accent of the place they studied English in - for example a Polish girl with a Canadian accent.

    Ok, this is a long story but on topic, I think.

    I went through USAF pilot training in 1972, and half of our class was from Germany (joint training). Lt Herb Hoenig was a German who spoke English with a British accent. His English teacher was British, as was his wife. The wife, BTW, became pregnant just in time to give birth in the US to their son.

    Fast forward 30 years. I was working as a contract F-16 instructor. One of my coworkers came into the office with a puzzled look. He had just given the first lesson to a new class that included a German Exchange pilot. He said it was the strangest thing -- the guy had a British accent.

    I asked "his name wasn't by any chance Hoenig, was it?"

    Looking even more puzzled, he replied "how did you know?"

    I had a lot of fun with the younger Hoenig (callsign "Limey"), including showing him a picture of his mom, a few weeks before his birth, at a party with a lampshade on her head.



  • @neal085 I'm not dead, yet!



  • Quite a coincidence. In the music business and the military, alike, we keep having these "coincidences".

    Probably the weirdest accent I heard, was a guy from Cuba who was raised in Alabama. I defied anyone to identify that one.

    Course, there was the Arab who was raised in the Carolinas. That was pretty weird, too.



  • @Kehaulani said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    Probably the weirdest accent I heard, was a guy from Cuba who was raised in Alabama. I defied anyone to identify that one.

    I can hear it now: "Y'all got some 'splainin' to do, Lucy."



  • @Shifty

    Back in the 1990's I had a doctor from India.
    He had a very heavy accent.
    I was hard of hearing.
    Those 2 things made a bad combination.

    He once asked me, "Have you had your tie rod checked?"

    25 years earlier a mechanic told me that my parent's car had a bent tie rod.
    I had no idea what a tie rod was.
    Now my diabetes doctor wanted to know if my car had a bad tie rod?
    I asked him to repeat the question.
    He again asked if I had had my tie rod checked.
    I felt very embarrassed about my obvious hearing problem.

    Then it finally struck me:
    "Have you had your thyroid checked?"


    20 years earlier my boss at the hamburger restaurant thought that I was such a great cook that he would try me on cash register.
    Go figure...
    One of the first customers ordered a milk shake.
    I asked "What flavor?"
    He replied, "What cha got?"
    I asked "What flavor?"
    He replied, "What cha got?"
    I asked "What flavor?"
    He replied, "What cha got?"

    He finally stared me right in the eye and growled, "CHOC-O-LATE".

    The boss moved me back to the grill....

    Morris / moshe



  • When I lived in Tennessee, I went to grad school with a woman who had grown up in a small, rural Tennessee town with two profoundly deaf parents. She was a great friend and wonderful study partner, but the combination of a strong accent and a lisp (which is very common among children of profoundly deaf parents) could be a real challenge. Remember the movie "Nell" from a few years ago? Well, it wasn't that bad, but there were some similarities. (And "Nell" was filmed very near where we lived.)



  • @moshe said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a French name but a British accent,
    and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe

    And no cure for Kirk's nearsightedness (he's allergic to Retinox 5). 😉

    BTW, when I saw the title was Star Trek NG, I expected a musical question, like "What song did Riker play on the trombone in Ten-Forward?" ... I Remember You.

    Mike



  • @tmd said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    @moshe said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a French name but a British accent,
    and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe

    And no cure for Kirk's nearsightedness (he's allergic to Retinox 5). 😉

    BTW, when I saw the title was Star Trek NG, I expected a musical question, like "What song did Riker play on the trombone in Ten-Forward?" ... I Remember You.

    Mike


    My favorite unintended humor
    was when Captain Picard was standing next to Will Riker
    and Picard said to Worf, "Fire at will".

    Morris / moshe



  • @moshe said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a French name but a British accent,
    and 500 years in the future there still was no cure for baldness?

    Morris / moshe

    Curiously, over 2,000 years ago, he was Roman, had a full head of hair, and spoke Latin with an impeccable English accent.

    https://youtu.be/lmdJBS_Cr8Y?list=PLEjWO5ZEvW0eZMUUOJ9lnfdhgrGxp-0Hx&t=2645

    By coincidence, I've been rewatching this series after 40-odd years. It also stars Patrick Stewart's great friend Brian Blessed (as Augustus) who likewise had to ditch his broad Yorkshire accent to get acting work with the BBC in particular.

    I raised my family only a little down Leeds road from where Patrick Stewart was brought up, and many saturdays my son would report seeing 'Captain Jean-Luc' in the stands watching Huddersfield Town.

    Would have loved to see him say

    "Ayup, Geordi! Mek it 'appen!"



  • TNG dealt two fatal blows to my willingness to suspend my disbelief.

    The first was when they find a copy of Scotty stuck in the memory banks of an abandoned hulk ship.

    The second was the flashback to Piccard getting stabbed in the heart as a young man.

    From then on I wondered why they didn't just burn off a CD or ZIP drive copy (this was before USB thumb drives, you see) of the signal in the transporter, to be used to restore your body from backup if you ever got seriously injured, sick, or even just old and fat (or in this case, bald).

    Yeah, there's the short term memory loss by going back to the moment you were sampled in the transporter. But hey, just once a day you pop into the booth and take a backup. Most you lose is day's activity. You could make it part of your morning routine, like using the bathroom or shower when you wake up.



  • @Pinstriper said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    TNG dealt two fatal blows to my willingness to suspend my disbelief.

    The first was when they find a copy of Scotty stuck in the memory banks of an abandoned hulk ship.

    The second was the flashback to Piccard getting stabbed in the heart as a young man.

    Don't forget William Riker and his "brother" Thomas. 😉

    But it's more interesting to bring people back by shifting time. They brought back Tash Yar 3 times ... and managed to kill her off all 3 times.

    Mike



  • @Pinstriper said in "Star Trek Next Generation":

    TNG dealt two fatal blows to my willingness to suspend my disbelief.

    The first was when they find a copy of Scotty stuck in the memory banks of an abandoned hulk ship.

    The second was the flashback to Piccard getting stabbed in the heart as a young man.

    From then on I wondered why they didn't just burn off a CD or ZIP drive copy (this was before USB thumb drives, you see) of the signal in the transporter, to be used to restore your body from backup if you ever got seriously injured, sick, or even just old and fat (or in this case, bald).

    Yeah, there's the short term memory loss by going back to the moment you were sampled in the transporter. But hey, just once a day you pop into the booth and take a backup. Most you lose is day's activity. You could make it part of your morning routine, like using the bathroom or shower when you wake up.

    In every iteration of Star Trek for 30 years,
    even if they encounter 100 new races on the other side of the galaxy,
    they all speak perfect English.

    Meanwhile, I can't even understand whatever language William Shakespeare wrote in here on Earth a few hundred years ago ...

    Morris / moshe


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