Rockin’ out with Marlee Matlin

Ever since the kid showed up we have watched television with the close captioning turned on. At night while we're trying to wind him down and get him to sleep, it allows us to turn the volume down without missing anything, and there is research out there that says that having the captioning on does a small part in helping children learn to read.

It was annoying at first to have the words on the screen; but you get used to it, and eventually you sort of forget that it's there.

     But sometimes it gives you a little surprise.

Most movies that have been bleeped for television forget to fix the close captioning. This can lead to some funny moments, especially when you're watching a movie where everyone is always saying "Forget you, sucka!"

     The edited for television version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? – Hilarious
     Watching with the real script showing at the bottom? – Gnarly

Another thing to keep in mind is that most closed captioning is taken straight from the original script - many times before the actual filming takes place. As a result, a lot of the time you’ll end up seeing lines the actors don't say, or hearing how they change them along the way.

I suppose it’s kinda geeky to get excited about seeing the directors cut of a re-run, though…

       “Dammit Roger Lodge, this is not your personal war!”

What’s that old Primus lyric?

               "Funny thing about weekends When you're unemployed. They don't quite mean so much…”


Last night while watching Smallville, during the two scenes of telekinesis-boy doing his victims in, the music in the background was from two new Warner Brothers recording artists who I had never heard of (and may never hear again). But the lyrics being listed in the captions?

      ‘The Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen.

Maybe I’m just old school, but the killing scene I read was much better than the one I heard.