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Star Trek - Ghost & Time-Travelling Closed Captioning
During some episodes, the closed captioning text (the writing which appears at the bottom of the screen for people who are hearing impaired and/or have a CC decoder) displays a line or two which is not actually said, and sometimes displays text, indicating a sound was made in the scene by someone or something, but the sound never really happened.
Also, rare but evident, the rate at which the text is displayed can start lagging up to 10 seconds behind when it really was said, rather than being displayed right when the actors say their lines which is how closed captioning is supposed to be displayed (unless it's a live event). Even more rare (but I've seen it) is where the text is displayed up to 5 seconds BEFORE an actor says a line.
I have a knack for pointing out uninteresting stuff, so don't think I'm weird for noticing this. But I use closed captioning, yet I'm not completely deaf and can still hear the TV (to a limited capacity), and it's quite obvious to me.
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Special Requirements: TV with an internal or external closed captioning decoder, a local station which broadcasts Star Trek
Contributed By: Torin Darkflight on 12-20-1999 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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AJK writes:
Can you say "not a slip-up"?
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Megan writes:
Roon, it isn't imbellishing -- I believe the closed captioning is written from scripts, not what is said, and scripts change, actors ad-lib. Therefore maybe a line or two has been changed. I've never been sure about the lagging behind or jumping forward, though. It gets really annoying!
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vonbontee writes:
Hey, once on "The Simpsons" a cassette player was playing Abba's "Waterloo" but the caption read "Don't You Want Me." So maybe the Human League song was in the original script & captioned but then the League refused to grant permission to use the song, forcing an Abba substitution @ the last minute. Maybe...
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Roon writes:
I have noticed that on other star trek episodes too! I really don't think it's a slip up though. I think the captioner embellishes here and there to keep it interesting for our friends who are completly deaf. As for falling behind or getting ahead in text, that just happens sometimes. On any show :-)
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anonymous writes:
I've been known to use closed-captioning when the kitchen gets noisy, rather than turn the TV up to an unearthly volume, and let me tell ya, the timing is never quite right.
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pokedave2001 writes:
On the old startrek, us deafies should be lucky to get CC. They didn't have CC back then.
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