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Was there a deliberate "foreignness" to Rozhenko's speech in ST:TNG?

In-universe, it would make sense: they were NOT native speakers (Belorussians or Russians by ancestry; and lived in Russia/USSR territory once they returned to Earth).

Out of universe, Sergey Rozhenko was played by Theodore Bikel, who Memory Alpha notes as "a master of languages, dialects, and accents, he often plays ethnic roles".

However, I'm looking for specific in-universe confirmation of actual speech of Sergey and Helena being "foreign" - a noticeable accent; or ESL patterns of speech.

  • An preferred answer I'd be interested in would be either backed up by audio/video clip; or a quote on the topic from an actor or one of the people involved with the show. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 14 '14 at 10:52
  • Sergey and Helena are specifically mentioned as having brought Work up on the planet Gault, but there's no further hard in-universe evidence of the Rozhenkos having any particular accent outside the characterizations by the actors. The accents used in "Family" by Theodore Bikel and Georgia Brown are Russian and are definitely affected (Bikel is Austrian whilst Brown was English). Likewise the name Rozhenko is predominantly found in Russia (name-list.net/russia/firstname/Rozhenko). – Selezen Apr 14 '14 at 16:43
  • @Selezen - if you have a clip showing the accents, that's what I'm looking for (I speak Russian so I can easily tell a russian accent, even Sean Connery fake one :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 14 '14 at 17:46
  • @DVK - here's a clip: youtube.com/watch?v=2ueUVFOmZHg – Hypnosifl Apr 14 '14 at 19:29
  • With the universal translator, <insert-language>SL speakers probably sound like natives, smoothing over swapped or missing words and correcting grammar. – Xantec Apr 14 '14 at 19:48
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Yes, the two characters were portrayed with accents onscreen. Here's a clip link.

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I'm not entirely sure if this is what you're after, but I've identified two videos that show the character actors using their own (naturally accented) voices;

Georgia Brown:

Theo Bikel

As you can see, Bikel does have a strong (and highly noticeable) Eastern European accent that carries over into his depiction of Sergey Rozhenko whereas Georgia Brown is an English character actor who is clearly putting on a cod russian accent.

  • "cod russian accent"? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 14 '14 at 19:53
  • @DVK - As in unconvincing. Her accent is all over the place veering wildly between what I can only describe as "stage-Russian" and something like Slovenian? – Valorum Apr 14 '14 at 19:59
  • According to Memory Beta, the colony was settled by the Siberian collective; memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Siberian_Collective – Valorum Apr 15 '14 at 19:11
  • his accent as both Rozhenko and as Rabbi Koslov (in Bab5, Ep. TKO), is pretty much what I hear from several Ukrainian expatriots weekly at church. – aramis Apr 15 '14 at 21:29

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