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The Blue And The Gold - Episode Discussion

Once again, second_batgirl has weekend travel, so I get both posts this week.

-Oh, Kevin. You're trying, but you aren't going to convince anyone Antonio is more boring than you.
-Antonio. You just go reunited with Jayden. Why creep on Kevin now?
-Dayu/Deker? I can get behind this.
-SAM THE PANDA. Not only do Bulk and Spike get tied into the plot more than usual, CONTINUITY. :D
-Bulk an Spike have a "Spoils of War" shelf. That Sam was on. Awww.
-"Did you hear that, Antonio?" HEEEEE
- Octoroo, your US face tentacles could use some work. Pretty sure that mouth is there in Japan, but it's not so... visible.
-We're finally getting extended shamisen music out of Dayu! Even if it's not the tune from Shinkenger I've been waiting for, there was a variation on the MMPR theme in there once, so it's cool.
-Dayu/Deker. Seriously.
-"I've got a bad feeling about this." Well, now we know Ji didn't keep Jayden from movies or something uber-sheltery.
-HEEE, Kevin knows how boring he is.
-"Start with the coolest toy!" Octoroo, you are so devious.
-God, Antonio's Mega Mode is pretty.
-"...Not!" The writers really do have a 90's nostalgia directive, don't they.

I love this ridiculous, ridiculous show.


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May. 16th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder if they even realized what they were saying...? idk if I would have gotten it, had I not read about it on here first. It just seems so inappropriate that I don't want to believe they did it on purpose... =/
May. 16th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I do think it's very possible that the writer either was aware that "trail of tears" is a known phrase, but not that it's meant to refer to a very specific and horrifically tragic part of history, or was totally unaware of it as an existing phrase and was pleased by the alliteration (tears are, after all, the Nighlock's main goal), and the use of the phrase was out of innocent (if notable, because Trail of Tears) ignorance.

I can even believe that the only American to touch the line might have been the writer (voice actors are all Kiwi, would not be surprised if all the ADR and editing staff were, too), and you can forgive New Zealanders for not having anything more than a broad "Euro settlers treated Native Americans horribly" knowledge of things that doesn't include specifics like the Trail of Tears.

That said, it's still a really unfortunate line.
May. 16th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Good point re: the mainly Kiwi cast/crew and a general ignorance of history. But, as you said, it's still an "oh shit, did they really just go there?" moment, and you would think that they'd have someone going over the script to make sure that stuff like this didn't happen. =/