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Lost, in translation
I am an upstanding member of the community and would never do anything wrong. But if, theoretically, I had decided well into the season that I wanted to see the deserted-island drama Lost and had downloaded or was currently downloading the first eleven episodes, then what follows is what I would think of the episodes that I had seen (but of course, you understand, it's completely hypothetical because I would never ever download TV shows from the Internet):
Alfie and I were watching episode 3 today and noticed that the supervising producer is Javier Grillo-Marxuach. I love it when his name pops up in the credits for things because he went to my high school. He's about 11 years older than me so I've never met him, but I'm still somehow proud of him.
In Episode 2, the crash victims find that there's a sixteen-year old distress signal being transmitted in French. One member of the group, who spent a year in Paris ("Drinking, not studying!") is called upon to translate the distress call. She translates it almost completely in that the gist of the message is communicated, but what is odd is that she translates every sentence wrong. The translations don't match up with what the French woman is saying.
"Il est dehors..." ["He* is outside."]
"She's saying 'Please.'"
"Veuillez nous aider..." ["Please help us."]
"She's saying 'Please help me. Please come get me.'"
"Si qui que ce soit puisse entendre ceci..." ["If anyone can hear this..."]
"I'm alone now."
"... je vais essayer d'aller jusqu'au rocher noir." ["... I will try to go as far as the black rock."]
"I'm on the island alone."
"Veuillez nous aider." ["Please help us."]
"Please, someone come."
"Ils sont tous morts." ["They are all dead."]
"The others, they're..."
"Ils sont morts." ["They are dead."]
"Il les a tués." ["He killed them."]
"It killed them."
"Il les a tués tous." ["He killed them all."]
"It killed them all."
"Je vais essayer d'aller jusqu'au rocher noir." ["I will try to go as far as the black rock."]
Uh, I hope this mysterious black rock isn't important, because it didn't make it into Shannon's translation at all!
* "Il" can mean "he" or "it," but I think think that since there's no context, my first thought would be to translate it as "he".
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