sherlock in the christmas/new year issue of radio times… that picture just killed me…
Ben on Sherlock in S3: “I think he’s regressed, which is a shame in way as it would have been lovely to have evolved him into somebody who was perversely different for a little bit. I think without Watson the stabilisers have come off the bike a little bit, or they’ve been put back on, I don’t quite know. He’s not in tune with London, he’s not in tune with his natural habitat and he’s nowhere near in tune with what it is to be a human being in society.”
Oh, that’s sad. Worst suspicions confirmed. Looks like they’ve basically turned the great Sherlock Holmes into a British Sheldon Cooper.
For me, this is a younger Sherlock on his journey to becoming that great man. I like that he’s not going to come back without feeling the effects of what he and others went through during the hiatus. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I think this Sherlock is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.
You can’t imagine how I hope you’re right…but…a “younger Sherlock”? Ben is 37. In S2, he acted more like 12. Which would be fine, if this were a comedy about a tween-age detective, but it isn’t.
In the first series, Sherlock had his snarky moments, but they were framed by extreme competence the rest of the time. He solved five cases in The Great Game, how fabulous was that. When he’s shown in top form most of the time, the shooting at the wall and eyes in the microwave are endearing. But in S2, he was shown at a disadvantage most of the time, plus his negative qualities were magnified, making them not endearing, but off-putting. I’m not in the camp that finds a nasty main character endearing…especially when the character assassination is being perpetrated on someone I’ve admired all of my life. The Holmes of the books would never do, either to Watson or to clients, what the writers had Sherlock do last season.
This article is telling, too, in Moffat and Ben’s reiteration that they never expected the show to be the hit that it was. It leaves me with the niggling thought that maybe the cruel streak that runs through it is deliberate, as if the writers are saying, “You like it, eh? Well…let’s see how unpleasant we can make it before you don’t.”
Hope is hard to kill, and I certainly do hope that Sherlock regains some of the competence he showed in S1. If not - and he is still acting like a spoiled kid at age 39 in S4 - well, that will just be pathetic.
I like this. I am not worried.
One reason that I am so into this show is because I am the same age (as Benedict, and presumably Sherlock) and I relate. Deeply. Sherlock and John are among the most relatable and familiar characters I’ve ever seen on TV. The parts of Sherlock’s character that aren’t me are so very much my husband, to the degree that even though he’s never seen the show he has literally quoted Sherlock on multiple occasions, mid-rant. We have made choices in our lives that have had consequences. We are odd and unpleasant. With questionable mental health. I don’t say these things flippantly. We are both still learning how to be human. One can call us pathetic for these reasons and not be wrong. (“Great, sit and think your deep thoughts. Where has that gotten you?”) We are childish in some ways. In a lot of ways. It’s why I’m fascinated with these characters and seeing how they live their lives.
I am no longer concerned with how ‘Holmesian’ he is. I used to be, but now I think of this show as having spun off into its own reality. If a Sherlockian takes issue with the portrayal of the character, fine, I very much understand that. I am interested in reading those critiques.
You could say I’ve got my fangirl goggles on too tight. Or that I’ve drunk the Kool Aid. That’s fair. It may be true. But as someone who is a hater to a degree that is hard to fully express in a short sentence, who is anti to a degree that is neither cute nor funny, I am deeply enjoying my jaunt into fandom. I consciously choose to enjoy. For me, that is heavy. It is no small thing. I am trying to apply this sentiment to other aspects of my life.
Sorry, I’ve hijacked this and made it about me. But I like that a simple interview about a TV show prompts me to write like this so I will fight the urge to hit delete.
"…nowhere near in tune with what it is to be a human being in society." That. That that that. That makes me sad. I understand that.
Watson humanized him. Away from him, he has regressed. I think that makes sense.
I agree. Your mileage may vary, as they say. I don’t see anything cruel or incompetent about the way Sherlock behaves in S2. He’s actually more emotional and empathetic. Sure, he makes mistakes, but he’s a character who is human and infallible. If you want a mystery series where the main character is never (or rarely wrong) and cases get solved neatly like clockwork, there’s Murder She Wrote and Perry Mason and a bunch more. Including the Grenada series, if you want a pretty faithful literal retelling of the Doyle stories.I don’t see anything in Benedict’s comments about Sherlock being “a spoiled kid.” It’s not like Sherlock regresses while having his support system (including John) and sitting in a spa somewhere. It sounds like he’s gone through some trauma during the hiatus. Why wouldn’t that change him? Wouldn’t any human being who goes through a “shitload” after essentially being forced from their home and their loved ones change? Does an inability to cope after trauma really make one a spoiled child?
Our christmas tree is better than your christmas tree.
You have got to be kidding me..
"I can see them. But I've named them all the same name,
and there's terrible confusion."
BUFFY REWATCH - one gifset per episode
└2.14 - Innocence
mod of the year
reblogable by request~ anon
this had ten notes yesterday.
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OH MY GOD NOT THE PANTS TOO
HIDE YO KIDS HIDE YO WIFE THEY ARE COMING
I swear to fucking god everyone on this whole website is high
High on frikkin bRITAIN BETCH
Supernatural AU: John Barrowman as the Human!Impala
“So you’re saying this….this guy is…”
“Yeah, Dean. I think it’s your car.”
“You got it, big guy. But don’t worry, handsome, you can keep calling me Baby.”
“…Sammy, I think he’s coming on to me.”
God does not love me enough to make this happen.