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热门美剧:《超感八人组》 与陌生人的心有灵犀

2015-07-21    来源:21英语    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

《超感八人组》 与陌生人的心有灵犀

原标题:A link among strangers

从《黑客帝国》开始,沃卓斯基姐弟执导的影片经常让人觉得酷到没朋友。今夏姐弟俩转战电视银屏,携《超感八人组》归来。八线叙事,大片剪辑,酷炫配乐,开播便以脑洞大开的设定和烧脑剧情“燃”足几周。

Everything the Wachowskis create is inevitably compared to "The Matrix" (1999), their cyberpunk masterwork. "The Matrix" set the bar high for what the directing duo is capable of, and ever since their output has drifted further and further beneath that mark. So it’s with great relief that they’ve now turned their attention to television. The new sci-fi drama series "Sense8" proves to be a pasture a bit more fertile for the two.
作为网络朋克的杰出代表作,沃卓斯基姐弟执导的《黑客帝国》总是不可避免地被拿来与他们的其他作品相比。《黑客帝国》为这对导演二人组接下来的创作设定了高标准,但自这一系列影片后,作品离他们设定的高标准越来越远。但令人欣慰的是,现在他们把注意力转移到了电视银屏。新的科幻剧集《超感八人组》充分的创作空间,让这对姐弟有了更广阔的用武之地。

Sense8 turns eight people from across the globe into telepaths who can communicate with one another remotely through feelings, words, and thoughts. Confused and disoriented by their mysterious abilities, each character sets out to uncover the origin of their powers while dodging the deadly villain trying to capture them.
在《超感八人组》里,来自世界各地的八位陌生人实现了通感,他们能远程交流彼此的情感、言语和思想。这八个人对自己的超能力感到茫然困惑,在躲避致命反派追捕的过程中,每个人都开始去探寻自身超能力背后的秘密。

The mechanism for weaving the story together, typically just one character suddenly switching places with another in a scene, takes some getting used to. But once you can feel out the show’s seams, most of the confusion falls away. What you’re left with are characters who might matter more to you than the link between them.
在《超感八人组》中,一个角色在某个场景里突然附身于另一个角色身上,从而将故事整合起来,这一编剧方式让人有点不适应。但是,一旦你摸清了剧情的接合点,大部分疑团也就烟消云散。那时你更关心的将是剧中的人物,而不是他们之间的关联。

Each "sensate" has a charm of their own, lives of their own and troubles of their own. They aren’t the most complete-feeling characters, and the show might be more enjoyable without one or two, but in a pinch they’ll keep you entertained. One sensate, however, stands firmly above the rest. Nomi, a transgender woman, feels like she actually exists in the real world. Expect to sometimes find yourself wondering about her while other cast members are getting screen time.
每一位“通感者”都有他们独特的魅力,拥有属于他们自己的生活,同时也有一堆自己的麻烦事。他们不是最完美的通感人物,而且也许少一两个人物,这部电视会更有趣;但在紧要关头他们会让你感到开心愉悦。其中一个通感者在这八人中更引人注目。她就是Nomi, 一个变性女子,她感觉自己真真切切地存在于真实的世界。有的时候,你会和局中人一样,对Nomi感到疑惑。

The Wachowskis’ post-Matrix work demonstrates they’re not the best at gluing things together with story alone. Luckily, they know how to use a camera. There are moments in Sense8 that are so well shot you’ll remember why executives keep writing checks for these two to experiment. When the story starts to languish, just focus on what you see. You’ll feel better soon enough.
沃卓斯基姐弟的后《黑客帝国》作品表明,他们并不只是擅长用剧情把事件粘合在一起。幸运的是,他们还知道如何巧妙利用摄像机。在《超感八人组》里,有些情景拍摄得非常好,这也是为什么电影公司高管一直出资让他们俩在拍摄中尝试新东西的原因。当剧情开始变得无趣时,只要将注意力放在你所看到的场景上,你就马上感觉好多了。

So Sense8 isn’t perfect. It’s good at being human, better at looking pretty, and not the best at achieving its ambitious goals. Still, it all evens out into a series you should commit a few hours to before writing off.
《超感八人组》并非尽善尽美。它很好地表现了人性,制作也更精良,却未能很好地实现它的宏大目标。即便如此,在你一票否决这部电视剧前,你还是应该花上几小时来观看它。

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. pasture n. 牧草地,牧场,牲畜饲养,放牧

2. telepath n. 精神感应,心灵感应

3. in a pinch <美>必要时, 如果有必要

4. languish v/n. 憔悴,潦倒,失去活力,  惹人怜爱的感伤模样[倦态等],脉脉含情

5. even out 变平,平稳, (使)均衡(使),铲平



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