View Full Version : walter's accent/decline of western civilization
11-08-2011, 01:45 PM
1. i can't be the only person who has noticed that about 1% of the time, the actor who plays walter distinctly changes his accent from german/slavic?? or whatever his normal accent is into a distinct scottish accent. pretty bizarre. any one else notice this?
2. any one else notice that the decline of the west has directly correlated to the rise of female action stars? this chick olivia has clint eastwood-esqe facial expressions. very annoying. not sure which came first, the actual pussification of men or the artisitc portrayal of such, but it is quite disturbing. i have this whole theory about how gloria steinem's message was coopted by big corp, but that is for another day.
jj's subconscious is the retina of the collective mind's eye, so we can't just be apathetic and pretend it is just a tv show.
walter is the man, nonetheless. best character on t.v. by a long shot.
fragaria x phile
11-11-2011, 10:16 PM
1. You appear to be new to the forum, so it's possible that you don't know that John Noble is an Australian actor (as is Anna Torv). I have noticed that throughout the series his inflection does waver, and that he seems to have more of an accent of sorts in different scenes. It's likely in part because he has been 'translating' into American English for three years, and it's a bit hard to maintain.
2. I haven't. Western culture continues to be influential on the global scale. Paternalism continues to heavily influence western culture. Clint Eastwood is a tremendously influential actor and overall movie man, and it's no surprise that other actors adapt some of his mannerisms into their own or that an audience would connect original facial acting for those emotions and situations to Clint Eastwood. I don't find him annoying at all, despite not being a fan of modern westerns. If you mean to imply that female action stars are annoying, well then, I suggest you discontinue watching Fringe. While I find 'female action star' to be an imprecise description of Olivia/Anna Torv, she's certainly in part an action hero. If you mean to mean to imply that any of the male character on Fringe are 'pussified,' then I don't know how you could possibly enjoy any non-western television show; these characters are hardly 'pussies.' They are heavily informed by their gender, but aren't defined by it.
Fortunately, Fringe is not just a television show. Fortunately, it reflects the reality of people being more than their genders. It's a television vehicle of one of few female/woman leads--action star or otherwise-- which is not a single woman out on the town, a matriarch, hypersexualized sassy cop, or other trope. The Fall of 2011 has been one of the most regressive for female representation on TV. If you can't handle a show with a female action star, there are plenty of other shows where the females are restricted to periphery characters and sex objects.
But, yes. Walter is the best character on TV.
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