Cosmos - With Neil deGrasse Tyson

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  1. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

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    Distraction, not confusion.

    Brilliant in which one(s)? Did I say he's not good in those movies and TV shows?

    :rolleyes:

    I was surprised to hear him voicing Herschel. I am really annoyed by those stupid cartoon segments in the first place, and then was taken right out of the whole William Herschel bit.
     
  2. tighr

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    I was quite the opposite. Hearing Patrick Stewart's voice lent a certain legitimacy to the overall theme of the episode. I was more invested in the story of William Herschel due the power of his words.

    That man could read the phonebook and make it sound interesting. Mmm, let's listen to that rich molasses.
     
  3. Admiral2

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    No you didn't, and I never said you did. That was a joky comment praising Sir Patrick for the Praetorian role, not another criticism of you. Re-friggin-lax...

    That's what I don't get. How exactly did a distinguished older english gentlemen providing the voice for another distinguished older english gentlemen take you out of sequences focused on a distinguished older english gentlemen? Patrick Stewart voicing William Herschel got my attention and made me listen to Herschel's words for his son. Do you really hate the animated segments that much that all you see in Stewart's performance is further reason to rag on all of them?
     
  4. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

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    Yes, I agree he was brilliant as Sejanus. Not many actors could play such a thoroughly conscienceless character, yet make the audience feel a tiny bit sorry for him when he was about to be executed and was told his children had already been killed.

    Yes, I really hate the cartoon portions of the new Cosmos.

    I don't blame Patrick Stewart for doing the role; after all, he's an actor, and as you say, William Herschel was a distinguished gentleman. It was something guaranteed to get some of the audience telling people to watch/re-watch the episode on Monday, because Patrick Stewart was in it. Not because the scene itself was particularly good regardless of who voiced it, but because it was Patrick Stewart.

    If you paid attention because of Stewart voicing the character, great for you. Would you have paid less attention if someone else had voiced Herschel?
     
  5. Nerys Myk

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    I had no clue it was Stewart, myself. I was concentrating on what was being said.
     
  6. Awesome Possum

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    I recognized his voice, but it doesn't take me out of his performance at all. I'm actually pretty decent at recognizing voice actors. I was shocked he wasn't in the show sooner given his track record of working with Seth McFarlane.
     
  7. Pondwater

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    Same here.
     
  8. Forbin

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    Ditto. I only found that out here. I mentioned it to my wife then, and she said "Oh yeah!! You're right! Cool."

    :shrug:

    I don't get the problem, though. I've watched a gajillion animated films with famous actors doing voices. It's never caused me to think "Damn, I can't take Master Shifu seriously 'cause all I hear is Dustin Hoffman's voice!" or "Why does that forest wolf spirit sound so much like Gillian Anderson?!"
     
  9. Christopher

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    ^Yeah... if you can't cope with one actor playing more than one role, then you can't cope with acting in general, because that is what they do.
     
  10. gturner

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    Unless the actor is Bob Denver, who will always be Gilligan.
     
  11. Forbin

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    Apropos of nothing:

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  12. Christopher

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    ^Well, good to see they're keeping themselves entertained until Godot shows up.
     
  13. Forbin

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    I don't know what's the greater benefit to fandom - that those two became friends, or that they found those hats. :lol:
     
  14. Admiral2

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    It's equal, man, it's equal!

    I can't for the life of me see why. I take the animated segments for what they are: illustrations for NDT's discourses on these historic people. Nothing more or less. They may not be all that well animated, but I love the artwork and having professional actors voicing the characters adds to the quality of the scenes as a whole.

    So? Good for the creators for building rewatch value into an episode of what is essentially a commercialized PBS documentary series!

    Yes, but not because it's an animated scene. I'm watching the series mainly to hear NDT talk about science, because he's good at it. Like I said, the animated scenes are just illustrations to me...but I consider Sir Patrick being part of the illustration an added bonus.
     
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    Not exactly apropos of nothing:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjPau5QYtYs&sns=em[/yt]
     
  16. Nerys Myk

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    Or Maynard G. Krebs
     
  17. Forbin

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    "WORK?!!?" :eek:
     
  18. Coloratura

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    I love the animated pieces. Mom does too, and she's hoping (along with myself), that my niece and nephew will want to watch these with us, so we're saving them for when they come back over to visit.
     
  19. Awesome Possum

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    There should be a team filming every moment the two of them are together. Future generations should be able to see every precious moment of this.

    Also I want them in the next Muppet movie and have them go up against Statler and Waldorf.
     
  20. 1001001

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    I like the animated segments too.

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