Data as Sherlock Holmes

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by at Quark's, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. at Quark's

    at Quark's Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 15, 2012
    This morning, I was watching 'message in a bottle' (great ep!), and the teaser, in which we see data playing Sherlock Holmes, got me wondering. Just how convincing is his British accent, really ?

    Does he sound 'natural' to a Britishman or more like an American trying to emulate a British accent ? (of course allowing for the fact that he is playing someone from the 19th century, not our time, so perhaps my question should be: would he have sounded natural to British people from that time?) . It's hard for me to tell, as English is not my native language and the differences might be too subtle for me to notice...
  2. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 15, 2012
    Well being an American, it sounded British enough to me to get the point across he was trying to emulate one. Though for how genuine it was, I would defer to someone who's from Britain.

    Certainly in America, someone from Boston is going to sound very different than someone from Texas. One would assume this very well is the case in different parts of Britain too.
  3. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    May 19, 2005
    ^ Good point.

    There are many regional differences in British accents (from our perspective at least). I imagine those accents sound different among British people from different areas.
  4. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Kansas City
    I wonder if Data ever did heroin to try being "more like Holmes."

    EDIT: Or cocaine, rather.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012
  5. Mike Have-Not

    Mike Have-Not Captain Captain

    Feb 28, 2006
    SF Bay Area, North American Continent, Earth, Sol
  6. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
  7. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    I think more than just emulating a British accent, he was emulating the quintessential Holmes sound, which has been mostly developed from screen portrayals

    In that way, it was passable, at least to this American
  8. MikeS

    MikeS Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    It sounded horrible (as most Americans doing "British" do :lol: )