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Old 06-18-2005, 05:24 PM
BrainGlutton BrainGlutton is offline
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Stargate SG-1 nitpick: Why does everybody speak English?

On Stargate SG-1, Daniel Jackson was recruited for the team mainly for his knowledge of ancient Egyptian and other ancient languages, and his ability to read "Ancient." So, unlike some SF settings, this one acknowledges that languages other than English exist. Well and good. But why is it that wherever they go, to any other planet, or even another galaxy in the Atlantis series, every sentient being they encounter, human or nonhuman, speaks perfect English with an American anchorman-standard accent? (Except when someone speaks a strange word that refers to some concept unique to the local culture.) And the SG-1 team apparently has no "universal translator" machine and no babel fish or injected translator-bacteria to explain this convenient phenomenon. What gives?
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Old 06-18-2005, 05:35 PM
Kamino Neko Kamino Neko is offline
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It's a plotting thing...they got tired of having Daniel translate to and from every. Single. Person. They. Met.

I liked that touch, but it got annoying after a while.
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Old 06-18-2005, 05:55 PM
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Yup, Daniel is the universal translator for SG-1. It got boring watching him translate all the time so now you should just rest assured he's there, translating (even if it appears he's not even in that scene, he's still there. He just is. Get over it.).
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Old 06-18-2005, 06:25 PM
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And the SG-1 team apparently has no "universal translator" machine and no babel fish or injected translator-bacteria to explain this convenient phenomenon. What gives?
Seeing the thread title made me think immediately that they had neither of these devices in evidence on the show.

So I suppose we should assume Daniel translates everything, much like WWII films where Nazi's come on screen and talk German for a few seconds then revert to English with a German accent, just to let us know that they're speaking German really but we the audience don't have to worry about subtitles
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Old 06-18-2005, 06:27 PM
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From the FAQ's at the official website, http://www.stargatesg1.com/stargatehb.html:

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Why does every culture SG-1 encounters speak English?

Practical reasons that come with television production. The time constraints of an hour-long episode means that it would become a major hinderance to the story each week if SG-1 had to spend the first ten minutes of each episode learning to communicate with a new species.
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:32 PM
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So I suppose we should assume Daniel translates everything, much like WWII films where Nazi's come on screen and talk German for a few seconds then revert to English with a German accent, just to let us know that they're speaking German really but we the audience don't have to worry about subtitles
They pulled that stunt with the Russians in Hunt for Red October, too. Pissed me right off, that.
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Old 06-19-2005, 07:44 AM
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Yup, Daniel is the universal translator for SG-1. It got boring watching him translate all the time so now you should just rest assured he's there, translating (even if it appears he's not even in that scene, he's still there. He just is. Get over it.).
Well, that works, except for season six.
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:50 AM
Larry Borgia Larry Borgia is offline
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Well, that works, except for season six.
But see, that's how he does it. After his ascension he goes back in time and rewires everyone's brain--including his own--to serve as a universal translator. He also rewires them to be unaware of the rewiring, and to be unsurprised that every alien culture speaks flawless, american style english.
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Old 06-19-2005, 02:53 PM
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The translation is performed automatically by a field generated by the Tardis -- a technology powerful enough to cross series'.
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