Got the Normandy SR-2 for my new bookshelf.
This is an actual ad in an actual mall.
And all I can think of is Mighty Jill Off
So I’ve been playing through the Mass Effect trilogy recently, and one of the background advertisements in Mass Effect 1 and 2 is for a production of Hamlet played by a cast made of entirely of Elcor.
For those of you who haven’t played Mass Effect, the Elcor are an alien species who speak in complete monotone and “prefix all their dialog with non-Elcor with an emotive statement to clarify their tone.”
The purpose of an all-Elcor cast, according to Mass Effect 1, is to give audiences the chance to judge Hamlet by his actions, rather than his emotions.
I feel that when people first read Hamlet, they find it to be boring because all Hamlet seems to do is mope around about his father’s death and contemplate suicide. However, if we had Elcor Hamlet we would have more insight into Hamlet’s true motives.
What true motives? Glad you asked. A closer reading of Hamlet offers a different interpretation in which Hamlet is not a man who is depressed about his father’s death, but a Prince who is actively seeking political power that should be rightfully his. Therefore, I think that Elcor Hamlet, or at least a completely monotone Hamlet, would be a way to properly express the political conflict going on within the play.