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Old August 9 2008, 01:32 AM   #1
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Picard's British Accent

As we all know (and are used to), the Frenchman Captain Picard has a British accent. When TNG first aired, did that bother a lot of the fans?? Does anyone remember?
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Old August 9 2008, 02:03 AM   #2
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Old August 9 2008, 02:13 AM   #3
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Not a lot. I mean, I did notice it but wasn't distracted by it. He could have spent a lot of time in Britain or is just putting on the accent like Baltar in BSG.
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Old August 9 2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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Actually, Patrick Stewart is British.
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Old August 9 2008, 02:49 AM   #5
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As we all know (and are used to), the Frenchman Captain Picard has a British accent. When TNG first aired, did that bother a lot of the fans??
I thought it was kind of dumb. Why not just make the character british? A frenchman with a british accent really made no sense. It's not like Picard's french ancestry was vital to the story any more than british ancestry would have been.

Or, why not have Stewart do a french accent?

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He could have spent a lot of time in Britain
Then I guess his brother and his brother's family also spent a lot of time in Britian, meanwhile keeping the family vineyard going in France.

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Old August 9 2008, 03:02 AM   #6
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Or, why not have Stewart do a french accent?
It would have been comical. There's no way around it.
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Old August 9 2008, 03:08 AM   #7
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Or, why not have Stewart do a french accent?
It would have been comical. There's no way around it.
Well, they could have changed the character's name to Captain Clouseau.
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Old August 9 2008, 09:15 AM   #8
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Actually, Patrick Stewart is British.
So's James Callis, but Baltar's accent is still fake.
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Old August 9 2008, 09:43 AM   #9
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He probably learned English from a Brit so of course he spoke with a British accent. So that never bothered me.
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Old August 9 2008, 01:20 PM   #10
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My personal canon is that somewhere amidst the post-apocalyptic horrors of late-21st century Earth, Britain conquered France.
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Old August 9 2008, 02:05 PM   #11
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Re: Picard's British Accent

I always sort of retconned it having him be so eager to get into the Academy that he managed to convince his family to send him to schools in England, prestigious universities and boarding schools where having spent most of his formative years he formed a British accent.
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Old August 9 2008, 02:29 PM   #12
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A lot of French people speak English with an English accent. It's not surprising since they learn their English in the UK. I'm surprised you think it's surprising.
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Old August 9 2008, 06:28 PM   #13
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A lot of French people speak English with an English accent. It's not surprising since they learn their English in the UK. I'm surprised you think it's surprising.
Indeed.

Sometimes the parochialism makes the mind boggle.
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Old August 9 2008, 09:24 PM   #14
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Re: Picard's British Accent

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A lot of French people speak English with an English accent. It's not surprising since they learn their English in the UK. I'm surprised you think it's surprising.

This is what I thought also. My French teacher (who was from France) spoke with a British accent when speaking in English. I figured that was commonplace.


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Old August 9 2008, 09:31 PM   #15
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Universal translator - he was speaking French all the time. What? you think all those aliens spoke with American accents?
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