This week, thanks to our ‘Zach On Film’ presentation and some leftover Twilight Zones from the July 4th marathon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the traditional idea of a narrator, someone who moves the story along in a voice-over capacity.   It’s a classic storytelling technique, and there are a lot of example of legendary narrator: Captain Kirk opening every episode of ‘Star Trek’, Earl Hamner Jr. as the voice of grown-up John-Boy in ‘The Waltons’, even more recently examples like Ron Howard’s work on ‘Arrested Development.’  Of course, my fave-rave sitcom also uses the technique, though Ted Mosby is an unreliable example of the trope, leading us to today’s expository query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) spent some time perusing old Transformers clips recently, and could also make a serious case for Generation 1’s voice-over announcer Victor Caroli, asking: Who is the most legendary narrator of all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. July 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    To me its Richard Dean Anderson when he’s narrating in MacGyver how those contraptions he comes up with work.

  2. Rob
    July 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    London, England. The home of the left handed screwdriver and the world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse.

    And where would the world’s greatest secret agent be without the world’s greatest narrator David Jason?

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