Human Target in: Rocky Mountain Quebec

Now, I love the Human Target tv show, but sometimes its British Columbia locations don't double all that well for the places they're meant to. Vancouver is a passable San Francisco or New York, and redwoods don't seem out of place in Washington State or the Andes. HOWEVER, "Sanctuary" - the one with the monastery high in the mountains of Quebec - is a real howler! Here's our approach:The location is stated to be in Port-Cartier, 100 miles north of the U.S.-Canada border. Here's what the real Port-Cartier looks like:
Yeah... Quebec doesn't have much in the way of the Rockies... Appalachians are more our speed in Eastern Canada (the cable-car stuff at least matches that mountain range... if Port-Cartier was anywhere near it). And I have no idea why the monks had to be in Quebec. No one in the story speaks French. Montreal is mentioned as close by, but Calgary might have worked just as well (later we learn that Chance knows a dead pilot from that city as well). And this monastery?
It's really in Greece.

Hey, you think British Columbia can pass as a credible Gobi Desert? I've got an idea for an episode...


LoneStar said...

I found that pretty funny as well (I am watching the episodes in a marathon). It is so funny how often Canada and Quebec are mentioned in this show.

They should have picked a location really isolated in Abitibi. So few people have ever been there that it might have gone unnoticed.

In episode 1x07, they also refer to an incident as "the nun from Montreal"...

Does anyone know what is their fascination with Quebec?

Anonymous said...

No specific reason other than Quebec is "exotic". Like some piece of Europe smack dab in North America. They have some of the oldest post-colonization history in North America and have been part of USA-Canadian relations before either country even existed.

In Prohibition Era in the USA, Montreal was known as the "Sin City" for booze and a good time for desperate Americans.

A huge number of Quebecers do the snowbird thing in winter and head south along the eastern seaboard, mostly to Florida.

As a result, American viewers *might* have heard of Montreal and Quebec and immediately gives the plot an undefined foreign flavour. "Calgary" or "Winnipeg" and maybe even "Toronto" will only result in bovine incomprehension.

That's my take on it, anyway. Too bad "Human Target" is no more.


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