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Don’t Get Too Excited, Oh Who’re We Kidding

Sherlock Season 4 is filming! I know, I know.  You’ve seen Setlock pictures online.  You’ve seen Gatiss teasing us. (Did you expect him to resist?)

Now, I don’t have cable anymore, BBC doesn’t have a streaming service, and I’m not willing to wait until long after the internet has spoiled all the good stuff before I watch it.  I must discover a way to watch it as soon as it is released.  Fortunately, I have some time to figure this one out.  Fortunately?  Who am I kidding.  The Christmas Special just whetted or appetites.  I need more Sherlock!

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Missed Me?

Moriarty? No?

Sorry, not actually Moriarty, but with with announcement that the Christmas(ish) special of Sherlock will be released in cinemas worldwide, I couldn’t resist.  Of course, we’ve missed Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman!  I’m not even going to mention the rest of the cast, because it would just take to long.  However, you have not been forgotten (as all the weird stuff posted on the internet will let you know), your loyal audience has missed you!

When will we get to see the dynamic duo in action in the 1890’s no less? (not that dynamic duo, the other one)  We’ve no idea.  They’re keeping that close to the vest, but lets face it, when don’t they?  Gatiss and Moffatt love their secrets like they love…well, Sherlock.

As for me, hopefully, I won’t give you quite as much of a chance to miss me from here on out. Maybe it took the impending long-awaited Christmas-y special to bring me out of my cave, but here I am.  I can’t have you thinking of me as the bad guy now, can I?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Any Idea When We’ll See Sherlock’s Season 4?

I got all excited about a headline I saw today.  Sherlock Season 4 “Closer”!  Did they really mean closer to release?  Did I miss something? Nope, but Mark Gatiss tells Radio Times that they’re closer to getting a date to start filming.

This is the problem with a show with fantastically talented and popular creators and actors.  Between Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss working on Doctor Who, Gatiss’s own acting commitments, and Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch’s television and film projects, well to say that scheduling is “challenging” is a vast understatement.  Personally, I’m just glad I’m not responsible for figuring out how to get all these awesome people together…wait.  Who am I kidding?  I would love to be responsible for getting all these people together (Bonus points if I can be there when they all are in the same place together).

We need Sherlock Season 4

This is how I know it is too late.

Normally, I would say “be patient”.  However, I know it is already too late.  The fandom went mad before 1900, and it doesn’t show signs of changing.    Truthfully, we wouldn’t have it any other way (Okay, we’d take more Sherlock.  I thought that was a given though.) Scarily, I nearly scrolled by this one with out noticing anything had been changed.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Coriolanus

I got a text just before we arrived at Circle Cinema for the Nation Theatre Live broadcast of Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston as Caius Martius Coriolanus and Mark Gatiss as Menenius.  “It’s packed already,” the text read.  Truthfully, I wondered how my friend defined “packed”.  Every show I’d seen to that point had filled maybe half the theater, so I couldn’t figure out why she was worried.  Then, I walked into the door.  The line to enter the theater snaked around the corner, through the gallery, and nearly out the back door…hmmm.  Maybe I was wrong to doubt my dear friend. (Sorry about that!)  It was definitely packed.  Fortunately, we had already purchased tickets, so I picked them up and we joined the crowd.  The theater was filled.  As the play began, people were still searching for seats.  It brought joy to my geeky literary heart that so many had turned out for Shakespeare. I’ve been looking forward to this event for…a while, and it was worth the wait.  Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s later plays, and it is one that I hadn’t read or seen before the broadcast.  Considering how much I love Shakespeare, that alone would have made the evening a success.  With a cast such as this, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be an outstanding performance, and I was right.  This production was at the Donmar Warehouse, in London’s West End.  The Donmar is a converted banana ripening facility, so it offers a rather unique space for the production of a play.  With limited space, and therefor stage settings, the use of the walls became essential, and the actors really become the focus.  I love watching Shakespeare performed, because his humor, and sometimes snarkiness, don’t always translate as well on the page.  The beauty of the language really shines through when you can see and hear everything.  When actors are hurling words across the stage, sound and rhythm of the language impact mood and pacing of the story as much as anything else.   Watching the characters, language, and story come to life on the stage permits me to experience well-loved, worn out volumes with fresh eyes.  I knew this would be a great performance going in, but this cast still blew me away. http://youtu.be/2VA3ZSaC2nU In Tom Hiddleston’s performance as the main character, I saw not only a great warrior who was a terrible politician, but also a man who spoke from his heart, didn’t see any need for prevarication or deception, and no reason to sugar coat the truth.   Caius Martius isn’t someone who’s easy to like, his arrogance and surety that there are people meant to rule and others meant to be ruled is off-putting, to say the least. He makes comments about the common people comparing them to measles and remarking that they stink.  Hiddleston’s performance takes him beyond that into a character that has shining moments of humility and caring scattered through…you know, like a real person.  Caius Martius Coriolanus was a man who loved his mother, wife, and child, and wanted to make them proud.  You end up pulling for this guy, even as part of you wonders if you should. Menenius, played by Mark Gatiss, probably came out on top as my favorite character in this play.  Menenius battles as skillfully with wit and humor as Coriolanus does with muscle and sword.  Gatiss’s skill at playing the intellectual politician is evident to anyone who has ever seen Mycroft in the BBC’s Sherlock, but Menenius uses humor and warmth to defuse rising tensions and utilizes sentiment as readily as intellect.  Watching Gatiss’s Menenius deflate overblown egos with a handful of well placed words and a smile, wielding his scarf almost as both a prop and weapon is a joy. Aufidius, the general of the opposing army, played by Hadley Fraser impressed me as a character as well.  Aufidius and Caius Martius met in battle several times, each time Martius emerged victorious.  Aufidius wants nothing more than to defeat this enemy, and swears he would kill him while he was sleeping if the opportunity presented itself.  However, when Caius Martius Coriolanus is banished from Rome he makes his way to Aufidius’s home. Fraser’s character accepts Coriolanus’s offer of service to his former enemy. There is so much I loved about that scene.  The bending of Martius’s stiff pride to ask for help, and putting his life in the hands of his enemy.  Aufidius’s final acceptance of the offer…these actors!  Can I go again? http://youtu.be/1d30XZhnRWs The theater at Circle Cinema was filled with my kind of people.  Shakespeare, Sherlock, and Loki fans alike were out in force, and it made my geeky heart grow three sizes bigger.  I overheard mentions of Loki and Mycroft all over the place.  Both Hiddleston and Gatiss got a cheer during the opening interviews with cast members and directors. Some people even drove 5 1/2 hours just to see the performance, and this was a friendly bunch who struck up conversations with strangers. (Other people do it too.  It isn’t just me!) The whole evening felt like it was spent in a theater packed with friends.  Really, can we do this again? Actually, I have attended four viewings at Circle Cinema in less than two months.  Considering, I maybe went to a movie once a quarter…I thought, maybe I should just become a member, so I did.  Supporting a non-profit independent movie theater is a no-brainer if I get to continue to see these kinds of things.  Other great shows that are coming soon are the National Theatre Live broadcast of Frankenstein, Jerusalem (showing now), Nebraska (showing now), August: Osage County (showing now), Inside Llewyn Davis (showing now), and so many others.  Since three of those feature Benedict Cumberbatch, I would say someone is a member of the Cumbercollective, but that dude just released a wealth of work this past year.  Check out the trailer for Frankenstein below.  Who could resist that?  It looks awesome! http://youtu.be/bLS48tH9Y14 ‘Til next time, Jessica

 

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Shakespeare, Please…With a Side of Hiddleston and Gatiss

Shakespeare has always been one of my favorites.  The plays, the poetry…all of it.  The things that man could do with words…it never fails to impress me.  In this, as everything else, I have my favorites.  Of course, this is me.  I can’t pick just one favorite.  I have…four, yep, four…I think.

Twelfth Night has always been at the top of the list. (Except when it was turned into the modern day movie She’s The Man. I didn’t particularly like it then), but this is one I’ve only read or seen in a movie.  The wit and humor in combination with the beautiful language…Helena Bonham Carter was in a movie version of this in 1996 that tipped it into “favorite status”.  One of my favorite quotes comes from Duke Orsino’s speech…

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it”
― William ShakespeareTwelfth Night

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is another that I fell head over heels for.   Kevin Klein and Michelle Pfeiffer played in a movie version as Nick Bottom and Titania.  Rupert Everett’s Oberon is spectacular, and Stanley Tucci plays an amazing Robin Goodfellow.  I’ve also seen this as a Shakespeare in the Park production here in Tulsa at Woodward Park.  Although it was in the height of summer and temperatures as the sun set were still in the upper ninety’s (at least!).  It was really great.  The hillside was sparsely lit with twinkle lights, and Oberon’s opening lines were done as he swooped down from the top of the hill on a zip line.  Woodward Park is a great setting. Filled with lush trees and plants, it is near the Philbrook Museum.  They even have a small monument to Shakespeare tucked away.

Othello is another that just…it breaks my heart every single time.  Laurence Fishburn’s performance of Othello in the 1995 film version is just amazing.  My living room features a framed poster with text for the entire play.  The only caveat is that it doesn’t ever hang in my bedroom.  A play about a man who strangles his wife in a fit of jealousy?  Nope. As much as I love that play, it is truly a tragedy, and I don’t need that kind of vibe where I sleep.  My imagination is overactive enough.

Hamlet is another favorite.  I’ve never been able to choose my favorite production of that play.  Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad version either.  Okay, focus Jessica.  

So what does this have to do with Tom Hiddleston?  Well, I get to see a Shakespeare play I’ve never seen before.  After watching the trailer (below), I don’t think I’ve read it either.  I am so excited!  The Coriolanus production done by the National Theatre in London is being broadcast at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema at the end of January.  This production stars Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus and Mark Gatiss as Menenius.

Now, I’ve been a Shakespeare fan for…well, a very long time.  I prefer to see it performed, because that is what it was written for. Reading is lovely, but I tend to get all caught up in the layers of meaning in the beautiful language.  I don’t really appreciate how the syllables string together, the rhyme, or the stories that have captured our imaginations through centuries until I see it on stage.  The opportunity to watch Coriolanus before I read it is pretty exciting.  All the rest I’d read long before I had the chance to see them performed.  (Yes, I’m doing my happy dance…well, just in my head.  It is hard to type and dance at the same time!)

Until a few months ago I knew absolutely nothing about either the Circle Cinema or Great Britain’s National Theatre.  Maybe it is acceptable that I was missing out on the National Theatre, after all I don’t actually live in Great Britain.  Circle Cinema, however, has been a Tulsa tradition since 1928.  They are a non-profit, independent art house movie theater in the historic Whittier Square Shopping Center, and it is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and I love to go through the adjacent gallery to look at the local artists.

Circle Cinema is one of those things that everyone just assumed that I would know all about, because it was totally my kind of thing.  Well, yeah, but no one ever told me about it.  I have no idea how I’ve missed out on it in all the years I’ve lived in Tulsa.  From now on, you all have instructions to just tell me about cool stuff.  Really, I don’t mind.  Promise.  Either I learn something or I get to discuss cool stuff with cool people. 

I discovered National Theatre Live after posting about their production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller as both Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature.  Just look at the trailer! Can you tell me you don’t think this will be fantastic?  The Frankenstein production just popped up in a feed somewhere.  Benedict Cumberbatch has shot into stratospheric fame, and someone posts something about him once a minute.  (Actually, it is probably a lot more than that.  I’m kind of afraid if I Googled him it would break…the internet due to the sheer volume of responses, and I’m not willing to test that theory.)  This is also being broadcast at Circle Cinema in March.  I’m super excited.  I thought I missed it, and while it isn’t the typical way you spend St. Patrick’s Day, I will definitely get into less trouble…probably…maybe…okay, no promises.  

 Just after Halloween, I thought they were showing Frankenstein, but I was wrong it was the National Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Special.  Although, not what I was expecting, it was really awesome.  There have been some truly amazing actors cross the stage of the National Theatre, and the 50 Years on Stage special showcased some wonderful plays.

My parents have taken me to see Broadway musical performances at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center since I was…well, a really long time.  I got to see Chicago, 42nd Street, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, A Tuna Christmas…and so many more.  I’ve loved every single one…much to the dismay of my best friend whose relationship with musicals of any kind is…less…enthusiastic.  Fortunately, the poor singing of show-tunes (or any tunes) didn’t ruin the friendship, but my parents did open doors to something I dearly love now.

Until the National Theatre special, I didn’t realize that, other than Shakespeare, I’ve never seen a play that wasn’t a musical.  Oh, what I’ve been missing!  One of the scenes performed was from The History Boys with James Cordon (otherwise known as Craig, Stormageddon’s Dad), Dominic Cooper, Russel Tovey (Allons-y Alonso!) and so many more wonderful actors.  I enjoyed The History Boys so much, I found a film version on Amazon and bought it for myself for Christmas.  (Okay, I didn’t find the film version, my friend did…that purchase is also why I have a ukulele…long story.)  The scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was so amazing that I have to see the rest of the play too.  Angels in America (which actually wasn’t shown in America at the time because it was too controversial),  A Little Night Music, Bedroom Farce, No Man’s Land…so many others that I need to see…well, maybe not the Jerry Springer Opera.  Okay, maybe even the Jerry Springer Opera.  Oh, man now I’m thinking of plays I need to look for…any recommendations?

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 5 Scene 1

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Sherlock Season 3…

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was holding out hope that BBC America would show Sherlock on January 1, 2013.  That hope has indeed been crushed.  Fortunately, I hadn’t planned an elaborate watch party or anything…okay, fine, I hadn’t bought anything for the elaborate watch party.

It wasn’t going to be quite as elaborate as my Doctor Who 50th Anniversary party, but it was going to be pretty stinking cool.  A traditional English tea was planned, I was even busting out a tea set my Grandmother gave me for the occasion.  Tea, cucumber sandwiches, maybe some ham sandwiches if anyone just disliked cucumber, cupcakes…maybe sausage rolls were to be consumed.  There may have been a bit of decorating planned too…wax pencil on the windows reading “Get Sherlock”, Moriarty was Real and I Believe in Sherlock posters were to be printed (from my home printer), and I was even thinking of crowns for the Moriarty fans…I may reschedule, but maybe not.  Sunday, January 19th isn’t exactly convenient for many of my Sherlock addicted friends.

So what happened?  Yesterday, I decided to go on to my DVR to schedule Sherlock to record on January 1st…just in case I forgot. (Yeah, because that was likely.)  I already knew the American release date was January 19th, but BBC America has been so wonderful about simulcasting Doctor Who…Why not do the same with Sherlock?  (No, that’s an actual question…BBC, please feel free to answer.)  For all of two minutes, I considered boycotting all BBC programming…well, except Doctor Who and Sherlock.  Then I realized that wasn’t going to work.

  1. They wouldn’t notice anyway
  2. I watch too much BBC programming

Seriously though, I feel like I’m being punished for being an American fan.  I’m disappointed in the network and anyone else who had a say in this decision.  Do they not realize that the internet has made this a global community?  The actors and creators know this, because they’ve commented on the fanfiction, fandom, popularity, etc…Do I blame Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat?  Did they have a say in this decision?  Then yes, if not, no.  Frankly, after watching the below video, I believe they’re so looking forward to the fans watching this play out for themselves that I doubt they got a say in this debacle…yes, debacle.

I know there are ways to get around this with streaming video and downloads, but why should I have to buck the system to watch a television show on the same day it gets aired in Britain?  I searched the guide for “Sherlock” (you know using the little magnifying glass thing) and my show didn’t come up as a listing…at all.  My heart started beating a bit faster, and maybe my palms got a little damp, because how could it not be on at all?  A heavily anticipated return after what felt like a hiatus that lasted a century?  How could the airwaves not be filled with promotional material for this?  Now, I am not a PBS watcher, typically, so the fluttering, panicky feeling didn’t abate until I looked at Masterpiece Mystery and found “Sherlock II: A Scandal in Belgravia” listed.  No picture of Sherlock or John, no listing of the actors, just the title and a nondescript description.  If they could have revealed less about the show or episode in a description…actually, I’m not sure how they would manage it.  I set it to record, because I need to be absolutely certain that this is my Sherlock before January 19th.

BBC, do you not want to grow your fan base?  Do you not want us spending our money on licensed merchandise, etc?  Messing with one of the most dedicated fandoms out there is not the best way to go about this.  We’re creative…and possibly vindictive.

What do you think?  Also, about those alternatives…I have today and tomorrow to search the internet for solutions, because, so help me, if someone tells me, writes to me, posts a spoilery thing hidden in an innocuous…something before I get to see this all unfold for myself, I will not be held responsible for my actions.  Therefore, I will be scheduling some pre-written blog posts and banning myself from social media until I can be sure that I won’t have to take adverse action against anyone. Since the internet was safe today, I did check it out, I’m not the only one to feel this way.

‘Til next time,
Jessica


On the First Day of the New Year the BBC Gave to Me….Sherlock!

So, in anticipation of Sherlock’s season 3 finally airing on New Year’s Day, I went hunting for something to tide me over…Okay, so I watched all the other episodes and then tried to find more stuff online…here are some highlights from the Nerd HQ panel.

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica


Halloween Costume Help From Sherlock’s Own Mark Gatiss

I came in from my company’s Halloween costume contest and found a link to this lovely video posted by Sherlockology.  On BBC Four’s A History of Horror, Mark Gatiss shows us how to make authentic 60’s horror movie blood.  Now my day is complete.  I can go come and complete my…whatever my bloody costume will be this year to scare the bejesus out of trick-or-treating children.

Happy Halloween!
Jessica


Oh My, A LEGO Sherlock.

Oh My, A LEGO Sherlock.

LEGOs and the BBC’s Sherlock…these are a few of my favorite things.  This definitely needs to happen!


BBC’s Sherlock – A.K.A. Emotional Trauma in Less than 10 Episodes

Oh, Dear Readers, this is my favorite television program.  This is a tragedy.  Why is this a tragedy you ask?  There are only six episodes.  What?  Surely you mean six seasons, right?  No, I do, indeed, mean six episodes.  Each season is three episodes and each episode is two hours long (with commercials).  The real tragedy is the length of the hiatus between seasons…I don’t even want to think about it, but for you I will.  The first season aired in 2010.  The third season will air the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014…does that give you a clue?  So with all of these egregious insults to the fans, why is it that this is still my favorite show on television? It is just that stinking good.

This is a show about Sherlock Holmes (you’re shocked, I’m sure), and I have been a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective since…well, I can’t remember when I read the first stories.  I do remember that I borrowed the book from my cousin in my early teenage years, and I never returned it.  I still have it on my bookshelf today. (Really truly sorry.)  It has been read well.  It isn’t a book that is there for decoration only (Apparently this is a thing people do, buy books to look at them and not to read…why?  It’s a book!  Read it!).  I don’t have books that are for decoration only.

I almost didn’t watch this when Netflix recommended it.  The BBC had created a modernized Sherlock Holmes.  I was a little worried about a modern Sherlock.  Holmes just seemed so at home in 1895, that it was hard to imagine him in our modern era.  I didn’t want them to do something silly like…move him to New York. (Sorry,Elementary, I bear you no ill will.  I swear!  I am a big Johnny Lee Miller fan, but, for me, Holmes just belongs in London.)  Two things persuaded me to give it a shot.

First, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss write for Doctor Who.  (Yes, I am a Whovian.  It will get its own post, but it is very hard to explain and still sound…sane.)  By this point, I’d become addicted to Doctor Who and I finally understood the cries of “MOFFAATTT!!!” that explode across the internet when certain episodes are mentioned.  Anyway, who doesn’t like to suffer more emotional trauma at the hands of a writer who has already proven that the scariest villains are the ones who “kill you kindly”?  I did not understand what a danger Mark Gatiss would become…I have since learned my lesson.  Always beware (but watch immediately), when these two are in cahoots!  Steven Thompson came out of left field and clobbered me, I had no idea.  Apparently, I am a glutton for punishment.

Empire Awards 2008 - Martin Freeman

Empire Awards 2008 – Martin Freeman (Photo credit: claire_h)

Secondly, Bilbo Baggins plays John Watson…I mean Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, plays John Watson.  (Yes, I am also a Tolkien fan.  I could go on and on about The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion…Good grief, just to attend one of his lectures…) Martin Freeman did such an excellent job of embodying a favorite character who I have visited regularly from somewhere around the age of 12 through….well, 36 in The Hobbit, that I would have been willing to watch him act out the phone book.

I began the first episode A Study in Pink on a Saturday morning.  I watched the last episode The Reichenbach Fall later that night.  Here’s what I discovered.  The writers are brilliant.  The actors take these brilliant writers and bring the characters to life.  The jerks make you love the characters and then…yep, trauma. (I mean all of you, actors, writers, photography people and don’t forget the music…you’re all to blame!)  The rest of the crew make everything look so striking and lovely and…well, long before the end credits rolled on A Study in Pink I was hooked.  There are all these details you need to pay attention to.  You can’t be doing other things while you watch, because this is a show for thinkers.  Sunday, I called a friend and I ensnared her too.  There was no way I was going to suffer alone. (You’re welcome, you know who you are.)  Right, I think you’ve caught on to the fact that I watched the entirety of the show twice in two days now.  Still not bored.

So the brilliant writers, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson, they manage to write a script that stays very close to the Doyle, tone and spirit, while still being very fresh and modern.  If you love the original “canon” you will not be disappointed.  Mark Gatiss (otherwise known to Sherlokians the world over as Godtiss) is an enormous fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, and it shines through.  Even if you can quote lines from Doyle, you’ll enjoy Sherlock without becoming bored.  It picks up just enough details, or maybe it is that the right details are chosen from those beloved stories, like the scratched message by the victim in A Study in Scarlet, to warm the hearts of those who love them.   They do love to torture the audience with cliffhangers.  Season One ends with The Great Game in which Sherlock and Moriarty meet face to face for the first time.  Season Two ends with The Reichenbach Fall which parallels Doyle’s story brilliantly.   (Andrew Scott, is an amazing James Moriarty; canny, clever and more than a little bit insane.  “Honey, you should see me in a crown.”)

However, A script will only get you so far.  In order to bring a show to the kind of popularity that Sherlock enjoys, you need so much more.  The facial expressions…good grief. Martin Freeman’s John Watson is unbelievably good.  The delivery of the dialogue is perfect, but John Watson’s silences speak louder than his words in many scenes, and it is fitting for a taciturn former Army doctor.  John defies everyone’s advice when he befriends Sherlock, and you can almost see the “screw you, I do what I want” written on his face during these scenes.

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during...

Sherlock Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  He really brought Sherlock to life for me.  I read the books without thinking too much about what makes him who we see when he meets Dr. Watson.  I’m reading them again with a different eye now.  Mr. Cumberbatch makes Sherlock, a self-proclaimed “high functioning sociopath”, human.  Given, he’s a human who is awkward, lacking in any kind of social niceties (unless he’s faking it to get information), and who really has no idea how to relate to people, but he is very human, nonetheless.  In the original Doyle, Holmes was always at the cutting edge of technology and science.  Our Sherlock is no different, his designer clothes, constant texting and use of Google at crime scenes is something that is something that is easily imaginable for Doyle’s Holmes.  You catch guarded glimpses into a man who has been damaged.  For a man as seemingly cold as Sherlock is to tug at the heartstrings takes an amazing actor, and Benedict Cumberbatch certainly delivers.

Seriously, I could rave about the brilliance of the acting in this show for pages, and I’m not even touching on performances by Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Una Tubbs, Lara Pulver, Andrew Scott, and Mark Gatiss himself right now.  The cinematography is just fantastic, and the music!   If I tried to say everything I want to about this show in a single post, I’d still be writing by the time Season Three airs, which feels like half past never, although they promise the end of this year or the beginning of next….I got sidetracked.  Sorry.  I’m getting impatient.  Okay, fine, maybe it is just that both the main characters are played by amazing actors who have catapulted into hugely successful careers on the big screen…Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Hobbit are just two of the multitude of projects these two have taken on.  Here are a few others, and I know I haven’t even gotten half of what Mr. Cumberbatch has been working on.  The World’s End ,The Fifth Estate, and August: Osage County don’t even scratch the surface.  It isn’t like they’re busy or anything.  Maybe they all just like to torture the fans.  I’ll tell you this much, I’m sure none of them will ever tell you which it is.

Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbac...

Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. From Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem. Original caption in Strand Magazine was “The Death of Sherlock Holmes” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About the fans though…The “fandom” it is one of the oldest and most eccentric out there.  The Sherlockians are enthusiastic, incredibly knowledgeable, and just don’t go away.  They even warrant their own entry in Urban Dictionary.  Fans of the show, obsessively pick over every detail of each episode (there’s nothing else for them to do while they wait for the next to air).   They create elaborate theories, and can find clues and hidden meanings behind all sorts of things.  Then they begin to get bored…you really shouldn’t let these fans get bored.  They create things…fanfics, memes, videos…then they start to get ridiculous.

There’s an additional convert to the fandom just this week, and I am perfectly willing to recruit more, any takers?  Did I mention not to let this fandom get bored?  We’ve all gone a little nuts waiting for the next episode to air.  As Lewis Carroll says:

“Have I gone mad?”

“I’m afraid so.  You’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are.”

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica

Is anyone already there with me?

What’s your favorite television show?