Fun with subtitles

Addendum: R.I.P. George Carlin

I don’t have TV so I rent TV shows on DVD. I watch them with the sound on the low side and turn the subtitles on because I have thin walls and don’t want to be a nuisance. Sometimes the subtitles are hilarious. Sometimes I watch them in Spanish so I can brush up in case I am ever in a situation and need to use my Spanish to save lives and all that.

Anyway–I was watching episodes of The Wire and there was this one scene in this one episode that was pretty hilarious for its dialogue and this was even more funny because of the subtitles on the screen. I was trying to picture the people that do the subtitles because sometimes the subtitles don’t match up the words exactly, although they manage to get the same point across. For this episode they left off like 1 in 3 of the (F) words, probably because there were only a handful of words in the whole scene and I they got bored of it. I bet the writers wrote this one after a late lunch on a Friday. It’s not that I think the word ‘fuck’ is so funny (I’m an adult now), or not. But a whole scene in which any one word makes up almost all of the dialogue–that’s pretty great.

So I took pictures of watching this one scene because I knew you’d want to experience the poignancy of the subtlety of the subtitled dialogue. These two detectives, Bunk and McNulty, are investigating a crime scene, as we watch! (!) The dead body pics are fake so don’t be scared – it’s not real, like everything in this self-indulgent blog.
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases

The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases

The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases

The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases
The Wire Season One, Disc two, Episode - Old Cases

Case solved.

No dialogue was left out of this scene.

2 Responses to “Fun with subtitles”

  1. That was tooo funny girl.. You were right on that one late lunch fri. been their. The world miss a gr8 man as I do may he alway be remembered for the seven words you cant say. But most of all his mind and the way he looked at live around him. RIP George C.

  2. […] fun with subtitles: familial philosophy I am still watching dvds of The Wire. Some of the dialogue is too hilarious, especially when ‘exemplified’ […]

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