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Old January 3 2009, 05:36 PM   #11
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Re: Why do *dudes* think Trip has charisma?

I know this is OT (i'll try and bring it around at the end, but it's a stretch) because we're talking about dudes - and I already gave my thoughts, but last night, my wife and I watched Enterprise. She's Japanese, and not a native English speaker (she's 30, been speaking English for 4 years), so a lot of the technospeak, and the general space mission theme kinda puts her off (obviously not just ENT, but any Sci-Fi.)

BUT Trip, that's another story. She relates to him, and not because of looks or charisma, but because he apparently did an ad campaign in Japan where he was dubbed "Mr. Wonderful" - a man with ultra-polite smoking habits toward non-smokers, and had a series of dreamlike moments as he enjoyed his cigarette (so she explained, and I subsequently looked up.) Japan Tobacco used him repeatedly for multiple campaigns from '98 to 01 and apparently considered him up there with Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.

I just found it very cool (and certainly round-about) that she found an interest in a Trek character from an ad she remembered from 10 years ago. Plus, This is coming from a (wonderful) woman, but someone to whom three Star Trek Captians are all "William Shatner" (Kirk and Archer (EVERY time), and how this works out, Picard too... The Shatner thing is really very funny to our friends - she's quite insistent... But, regardless, she loves seeing Trip, and ENT is the only Sci-Fi she'll watch with me (good choice.)

I wonder if Japanese dudes, who after seeing Connor in such a successful ad campaign, brought any of that interest over to the character of Trip or to the show. I know it's a stretch... a big stretch, but I tried, and failed most definitely, to wrap it into the OP :-)

(There's a pic of Connor as Mr. Wonderful on his and a few other websites - it's the one of him holding the photo frame, dressed in a bowler hat and black jacket and tie.)

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