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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


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


Eleven’s Hour Is At An End

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The Doctor’s influence is everywhere.  Have you discovered this?  I’m running into fans all over the place!

Last week my dishwasher sprung a leak.  I know, really fun stuff.  The guys that came in to dry out the flooding were pretty cool.  One of them commented that I had the best coffee mug ever.  I didn’t even have to peek around the corner to know which mug had caught his eye.  It was the disappearing TARDIS mug I got for my birthday.  Like I said, Doctor Who fans are everywhere.  For 20 minutes we discussed the show, Peter Capaldi, and the 50th anniversary episode that he hadn’t seen.  (Don’t worry, no spoilers.)  The only spoiler-y bit I disclosed was that an older Doctor in Peter Capaldi makes perfect sense after seeing The Day of the Doctor.  I know it was a little cruel to whet his appetite with that tidbit, but…how could I resist?  We finally had to explain what we were talking about to the other gentleman working with him.

In the airport’s Starbucks, my barista had a “Police Call Box” lanyard around her neck. Again, speculation about the Christmas episode swirled through the air along with the sounds from the espresso machine.  Our conversation did more to wake me up for the flight and meetings ahead than the caffeine in my chai latte.

During my Random Acts of Kindness last month, I gave “awesome” cards to everyone I came across in Doctor Who apparel.  There were more than a couple out and about.  It is like belonging to a not -so-secret club or something.  Every time you hear the whooshing groan of the TARDIS, you look around, just in case a blue police box really does show up somewhere, and if anyone else’s head pops up at the unique sound, you can’t help but share a smile.

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a new Doctor Who Christmas special trailer for The Time of the Doctor.  Matt Smith is facing all of those villains? It took me a while to warm up to the 11th Doctor, but now I am not ready to see him go.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Peter Capaldi will be amazing, but Eleven stormed his way into fans’ hearts.  Of course, Steven Moffat is an expert at tugging on those same heartstrings, so I expect a thrilling, emotional roller coaster for Christmas from him.  This trailer is all the confirmation necessary for me to stock up on tissues, straighten my metaphorical bow tie, and make sure the shock blanket will be freshly laundered for the occasion. Oh it makes me giddy…and fills me with dread…so, here it is.  

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What do you think about the trailer?  Have you run into fellow Whovians in unexpected places?

Geronimo!
Jessica


What, Why and…Doctor Who

images (24)Oh holy cow! I can’t believe I only discovered Doctor Who less than a year ago.  It seems as if it has been part of my life forever!  My mission, and I have definitely chosen to accept it, is to convert as many people to Whovianism as possible. Now, I promise no spoilers here.  Since I have promised no spoilers, I’m going to give general information here for non-Whovians, and I’m going to try to do it as logically as possible. (Whovians, stop laughing. Come on, really. Stop laughing!)

First, what is a Whovian?  Well, it is a fan of the British television show Doctor Who, of course.  We even get our own Urban Dictionary entry.  According to Wikipedia, it is a term that became common in the United States during the 1980’s when the Doctor Who Fan Club of America published their newsletter titled Whovian Times.  (You learn something new everyday!)  The fan club is no longer active these days though.

1383715_661960093837624_158818129_nSo what exactly is Doctor Who? To begin, Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show of all time. This year it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a much-anticipated special that will air November 23, 2013.  Here is your own invitation to join the celebration.  The show originally aired on November 23, 1963…nice symmetry there huh? I made a comment earlier about Whovian’s laughing at me when I tried to apply logic to Doctor Who. It is not an easy show to explain logically. I’ve tried…a lot. I usually end up sounding like I’m mentally unstable. The plot is full of twists and turns throughout all of time and space. Doctor Who is rarely boring.

The show began in 1963 and ran through 1989 before taking a lengthy hiatus and returning in 2005 when Russell T. Davies revived the show as the head writer and Christopher Eccelston took on the role of The Doctor. The period before the hiatus is typically referred to as Classic Who and everything after 2005 is the New Who. As a disclaimer, I do have to admit that I haven’t seen much Classic Who (I’m working my way through them all) but I have seen all of the New Who episodes.   What do you do with a show with such a lengthy run that has the same main character?  Well, there have been 11 actors who have played the Doctor over the years.

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Christopher Eccleston & Billie Piper

Now how, you ask, have the fans rolled with those punches? See the Doctor doesn’t die, necessarily, he regenerates. William Hartnell got the party started and this year we will see the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith regenerate in the Christmas Special. In all his regenerations the Doctor is old and young; serious and sassy; wise and irreverent; trustworthy and a liar; in control and flying by the seat of his pants. There’s typically a sense of the ridiculous and fun about him, but he is not someone to cross because his wrath is ferocious.  Underneath all his many faces he is always the same man, and this point has been reiterated by the current head writer and general fan torturer, Steven Moffat, as recently as the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

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David Tennant

I have a recommended watch list for people who I indoctrinate addict encourage to join our little fandom.  Usually, I start them out with Blink an episode from the 10th Doctor (David Tennant’s) era that is exciting, a little scary, and it doesn’t require any previous knowledge of the show to be enjoyable.  Then I take them back to Rose which is the episode from the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) that rejuvenated the series, and then move through the “New Who” episodes from there.

There have been varying responses to fans hearing about my methods that have ranged from “you are brilliant!” (my favorite) to “are you crazy?” (possibly accurate, but not my favorite).  What are your thoughts?  I am open to suggestions.  So far, I’ve only lost one person (however, since she was playing CandyCrush on her phone the whole time…you know who you are!)  Well, my Dad fell asleep by the time Sally found the peeling wallpaper, but he wanted my Mom to give him a recap in the car…of everything. (Bonus, this time she got to sound like the crazy person, not me!)  Everyone else is hooked.  I had to reassure my nephew a couple of weeks ago that he did get BBC America at his house, and I promised to text him when each new episode came on.

Don’t let the rather cheesy special effects turn you off in the early episodes of the 9th Doctor’s tenure. The characters, story line, and acting more than make up for the less than stellar effects. It took me two maybe three episodes before I was completely hooked. I watched every episode from 2005-March of 2013 in like two and a half months…it is addicting. Now, I was also motivated to be caught up on the story line before the new episodes aired in March.

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Matt Smith

They say you never forget your first Doctor, which would be Christopher Eccleston for me, with his leather jacket and sarcastic sassiness were the perfect introduction for me. (Sarcastic? Who me? Say it ain’t so!) David Tennant follows, and I was a little worried for like an episode before I got behind the change in the Doctor. I loved his enthusiasm and exuberance that covered up.  The latest regeneration in Matt Smith, took me a little more time, but I’ve come to love him as well. He’s announced he is leaving the show, so we will see the 11th Doctor regenerate in the Christmas Special.  Recently, they announced that Peter Capaldi will be coming on board as the 12th Doctor in the series.

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Peter Capaldi

Since the announcement of Peter Capaldi’s casting as the 12th Doctor, people have asked me what I think. Only natural, it isn’t as if I keep my enjoyment of the show a secret. (Stop laughing, friends and family. Really, it could have happened!) With the direction Matt Smith’s Doctor took toward the end, I think someone a bit older is warranted. The Doctor feels older now with the weight of circumstances and events weighing on him. When the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, regenerated there was an almost childlike desire to stay as he was. His last words “I don’t want to go” reflect that. His end set the tone for, Matt Smith’s Doctor. Younger on the outside, but it disguises the same man who regenerated alone. The 9th Doctor, Eccleston, we meet as a man who is bearing the weight of the events of the Time War. He is the last of his kind, alone, and he believes that is the price he must pay for everything he’s done. At his regeneration, he’s healed a bit from that. He’s with Rose Tyler and at the end you see his dawning realization that he’s “fantastic” too. The exuberance in 9’s final moments is directly reflected in David Tennant’s Doctor. Enthusiastic, effervescent, and happy to be out there saving the universe again. I can’t wait to see what happens with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. As Steven Moffat has reiterated recently. He is always the same man underneath the different exteriors.

timthumb (23)Whovians have been known to loudly curse the name of Steven Moffat who took over as head writer when Russell T. Davies left. He is credited with the creation of some of the most frightening villains since the Daleks and the Cybermen arrived on the scene…Weeping Angles, Vashta Neruda, and the Silence have made people the world over afraid to blink, afraid of the dark, and … what was I saying?  He’s also credited with the emotional trauma of Doctor Who fans the world over. The Angels Take Manhattan anyone? (Don’t get me started on the emotional trauma caused by Moffat, Gatiss and Thompson in the BBC’s Sherlock. That is another post in and of itself.)

On the surface Doctor Who an alien who travels through all of time and space with a series of companion in a police phone box from the 60’s….that’s bigger on the inside….do you see the problem now? Really, that’s not what Doctor Who is all about though, those are just plot points, and while it is important it doesn’t explain why this show has held a fascination for viewers for 50 years. For all of us who are avid viewers and Whovians, hopefully it never ends!

images (15)So, if Doctor Who isn’t actually about a “madman in a blue box” what is it about? It’s about courage and friendship. The friendships and trust inherent in the relationship between the Doctor and his companions is just …it’s great. Life and death, guilt and forgiveness play a huge role in the newer episodes as well. Anyone who has lived as long as the Doctor, has seen more than his share of individuals pass in and out of his life…not all relationships end well, now do they. When you’re 900+ years old, you’ve made some mistakes as well, and learning how to forgive others and especially to forgive yourself. This show is about being human….sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. It is about realizing how small we really are in the grand scheme of things, and knowing that we will never have all the answers…no matter how clever we are. Doctor Who is about learning to see yourself clearly, and realizing that you are more than you realize. You’re brilliant. Shopgirl, med student, temp, impossible girl…there are no unimportant people and although, one moment you may be the most important person in the universe, the next you’re just a cog in the wheel. Knowing which to choose each moment is the important part. What you think is cool…is cool, at least for you, whether it is a bow tie or a fez…not everyone will agree with you, and that’s okay. Whether you yell Geronimo at the top of your lungs or whisper it as you take that leap, it’s about having the courage to do the right thing when everyone else is running away. Sometimes love conquers all…and sometimes…

Doctor Who has taught me one of the most important lessons of life (Pinterest):

Sometimes you fail, sometimes you screw up, and sometimes you try your very hardest, do your very best, and it still isn’t enough. And at those times, you just have to pick yourself up, adjust your bow tie, re-tie your shoelaces, dust off your jacket, loosen your cravat, shoulder your umbrella, polish your cat pin, straighten your celery, wrap your scarf a little tighter, throw your opera cape, pocket your recorder, grab your jacket labels, and

images (29)Now, typically, I am not an emotional person when it comes to movies or television shows. I didn’t shed a tear during The Notebook. Titanic didn’t make me misty eyed (Come on, everybody knew how it was going to end!). As a matter of fact, I can only count a couple of movies that get to me Ol’ Yeller, and Steel Magnolias are two of them. Let me tell you, that Doctor Who will get you though…repeatedly and frequently. There are still scenes that only have to be mentioned and I can feel the moisture gathering behind my eyes. It kills me, and I never saw it coming. It was supposed to be a show about a time traveling alien, for crying out loud. Now, ask me if I would change it….

‘Allons-y!

Jessica


Doctor Who Trailer for The Day of the Doctor…Oh My!

I would be lying if I said the countdown hasn’t already begun.  All over the world, fans have been counting down to the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor.  It is no different in my home.  As a matter of fact, the timing works out so that I am hosting a watch party/birthday party for myself that evening. (No one says that grown ups can’t have themed birthday parties…most people don’t actually accuse me of being a grown up either.)  Here’s the teaser the BBC has given us for this episode….

47 days and counting…


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.

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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?


World War Z….Just Another Zombie Movie?

Here comes the zombie apocalypse.  I didn’t really think of myself as a real fan of zombie…stuff before this movie.  I haven’t watched The Walking Dead,

 

seen Warm Bodies,

or any movies with zombies in them actually.  Not that these haven’t been on my radar, I just haven’t gotten to them…yet.  (I’m easily distracted.)  Then I started thinking about books, because, well, World War Z is based on the novel by Max Brooks.  The book has been on my “grocery” list of books for a while, but I’ve been waiting until I saw the movie first. (My theory is that if I see the movie and then read the book I’m not disappointed the movie isn’t more like the book.  The book has always been better, so far.)

I read a lot of books with zombies, I just didn’t think of them as “zombie books” necessarily.  Of course, I’ve already mentioned Laurell K. Hamilton (I promise, she’s getting her own post too!)  Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter can also raise the dead.  As a matter of fact, that is her…well, not her day job, per say, it is done at night, but….you get my point, right?  So if you count all of the Anita Blake novels there are 22 of them now (The 22nd was just released.  You’ll get your Hamilton post as soon as I read Affliction)….then I got curious so I looked up List of Zombie Novels on Wikipedia.  Hamilton’s aren’t even on this list…probably because Anita is a vampire hunter, huh?  There are a lot of zombie books out there…my “grocery list” may have just gotten a bit longer.

Sorry, I got distracted.  From everything I’ve heard/read/discovered this is a very loose adaptation of the Max Brooks novel.  The film follows Brad Pitt’s character, Gerry, and his family during the initial attacks and the aftermath of these attacks as Gerry tries to find out how this “virus” started and how they can stop it.

World War Z in 3D was a good action movie.  It was fast paced, and never boring.  There are some fantastic scenes of zombies taking over the city too.

Is there a lot of character development? Well, not really.  The action sequences and zombie attacks are what kept movie going, and when I read complaints about character development in reviews I had a thought.  There is a raging zombie virus taking over the world, how much character development do you really need?  On the one hand, I didn’t really miss it in the movie.  On the other, when a character died it didn’t have the emotional impact of other character deaths…Joss Whedon, you know what you’ve done…Don’t even get me started on the emotional trauma inflicted by a certain writer for the BBC…yes, Steven Moffat, I mean you. I’m not even touching Supernatural.  (I got distracted AGAIN!)

I really liked that the zombies were not these shambling undead creatures that manage to still kill a large portion of the world’s population.  These things are wicked fast.  Seriously, fast, mindless, killing machines…what happens when their food supply (a.k.a. HUMANS) runs out?  They don’t die, they just…do what?  Rot away?  Eat animals?  Go into a weird hibernation thing?  (Okay, apparently this is a really distracting post for me.  I apologize…just not enough to stop.)

I mentioned lots of action right?  Lots of action in a zombie movie in 3D means that it felt like a zombie was going to eat my face. (It’s 3D!  As long as it isn’t overused, isn’t that the point?)  I screamed.  (I’m not going to say like a girl, because well a) duh, I am a girl b) I’m pretty sure a guy behind me screamed too.)  I may have jumped a lot too…or so I’ve been told.  See, the problem is, I know that somethings going to happen somewhere in a particular scene.  It isn’t like it takes me by surprise.  The anticipation gets me. The whole time I’m thinking (dangerous, I know) it’s coming, any second something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen any momeOHMYGODTHEREITIS!  Every. Single. Time.  It’s exhausting and exhilarating…when’s the next one?

What’s your favorite zombie….thing?

Which character’s death has hit you the hardest? (I know other people have been traumatized by writers….I’m not alone in this.  Am I?)

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica