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How Carol Kane Crafted Pelia's Accent For Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

How Carol Kane Crafted Pelia's Accent For Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

When asked what she wanted to most bring to her character, Kane replied: 

“A comfort, an ease with her wisdom, her knowledge, and her power, you know? A comfort. A comfort with that. And a voice was born out of that, too. That’s a different voice. And that was really wonderful to do and have them accept that I would do that, because they could have said to me, ‘No, no, we don’t want that. We want just your regular voice.’ But they took the leap with me and I’m grateful for that.” 

It certainly makes the character unique. In a separate interview with Variety, noted that she wanted her character to sound a little implacable so that no one could quite nail where she had come from. Her origins, through her voice, would remain somewhat mysterious. 

Of course, having an unknown origin is also one of the central jokes of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, the character Kane played on the 1978 sitcom “Taxi.” Simka was said to come from the same country as Latka (Andy Kaufman), and his home country was deliberately never specified. It was perhaps somewhere in Eastern Europe, but when he spoke his native language, it was clearly not any kind of Earth language. /Film’s own Danielle Ryan once posited the theory that Pelia — because she is so long-lived, and because she, too, possesses an accent of indeterminate origin — is in fact the exact same person as Simka. Nothing in “Strange New Worlds” has yet contradicted this.

It certainly makes “Taxi” more interesting, pondering that two of its regular characters are, in fact, centuries-old Lanthanites hiding out among humans. It would also explain why they refer to their home merely as “the old country,” and why their language sounds so odd. 

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