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07:31:13 AM Dec 28th 2013
"Nowadays, it would be unacceptable for the Arch-Enemy of a superhero to be anything but equal or greater in power than the hero." I don't think this is true, the idea that the Villain who's Brian rather then brawn is the greatest threat remains what audiences prefer to see whether they admit it or not. hell TDK made The Joker less of a physical threat then he usually is in the Comics.
10:33:40 PM Sep 8th 2013
Does the British royalty count as this or an Artifact?
09:21:08 PM Jan 12th 2013
edited by JoePGuy
Hey - not meaning to step on anybody's toes, but I excised the bit about why Chekhov's accent was poorly done (by Koenig) in the original Trek. The description of his bad accent was that he "replaced v's with w's rather than vice-versa" - but that's actually not a poorly-done Russian accent.

For one thing, it's a well-known foreign accent phenomenon sometimes called "overcompensation," where speakers of a foreign tongue know they'll have a tendency to mispronounce certain things based on their own native tongue (like "V" instead of "W" for Russian speakers of English), and self-consciously (accidentally) do the reverse (i.e., pronouncing a "W" in place of a "V").

For another, I can vouch for this phenomenon first-hand: my wife is Russian-born, an excellent speaker of English (she was a translation major at university), and occasionally does precisely this! (So do many of her friends who I speak with.)

So, no slam intended, but while I agree that Koenig's accent left something to be desired, the swapping of the "V" and "W" sounds wasn't a good reason why.

Didn't want to try to fit all of that into the edit justification and not make it clear.
09:33:54 PM Jan 12th 2013
So basically Chekhov was a native Russian who was trying too hard to speak English. Got it.
06:44:29 AM Jan 13th 2013
Yeah, basically! Where were you when I was trying to condense that to an edit justification?

Though I'd still largely agree that Walter Koenig's accent wasn't stellar, which is why I wouldn't just cut the whole reference.
11:31:50 AM Jan 13th 2013
So basically it was Chekhov playing a Russian who was trying too hard too speak English, but his accent was a failure even in that regard. And to get more meta, Walter Koenig is playing as Chekhov playing as a fake Russian trying too hard to speak English and failing at it. :D
08:22:05 AM Dec 15th 2011
Does anyone else think that Pluto should be subject to the Grandfather Clause?
03:41:01 PM Jul 2nd 2010
Can there meta examples be added like TV Tropes ones?
08:46:36 PM Jul 2nd 2010
Since TV Tropes is mentioned in the description, sure. If you're sure about your examples, make a separate folder for TV Tropes at the bottom of the list.
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