carmen_lj: (river; unicorns and rainbows)
I'm watching The Musketeers, purely for shallow reasons of sword-fighting and Capaldi and OMG CAPALDI. Turns out he is basically the RICHELIEU OF MY HEART except a bit more evil. But he is properly loyal to France and his foreign policy of making France the pre-eminent European power is there and also he is Capaldi and brilliant. Mostly my opinion of things three-musketeer-y rests on what they do with Richelieu. The recent steampunk film version (which I ADORE MADLY) still managed to score points by remembering he used to be a soldier, though mostly the love there is earned with the ridiculous and their fabulous version of Milady and OMG ORLANDO BLOOM'S BUCKINGHAM. Best. Buckingham. Ever.

ALso started Sleepy Hollow. I am like three episodes in and got spoiled for the finale a bit. Only pre-credits BUT STILL. On the other hand, the lolariousness of it is making me try to get a move on. IT IS V GOOD.

Made it to end of first season of Elementary and that was BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT and I love how should they not have got another season it could have ended there and been a wonderful, lovely thing. BUT THERE IS MORE THANK GOODNESS YAY. It is better than Sherlock, but I still quite love Sherlock and this year's was winning as Sherlock develops some empathy and sense of justice. And then I was sad because the only good Moriarty is Trek Moriarty (ooh, and Elementary now! Well done, Elementary. I forgot I basically always hate Moriarty characters when I was watching cause omg AWESOMENESS)

I am aware there is now a Scottish Doctor.
carmen_lj: (amy; giddy with starlight)
I can only assume the makers' of Elementary called me up, asked what I most wanted on the show, and got on with doing that and I COMPLETELY FORGOT.

Elementary casting news of PERFECTION )
carmen_lj: (rome; fight until you can't)
Telly stopped deserting me! That was quite good. And apparently there is a NEW COMMUNITY EPISODE now or soon which is EXTRA LOVELY. And there will be LOVELY SPARTACUS and DOCTOR WHO and GAME OF THRONES in the Eastertimes, so really that is Quite A Lot of Catering To Meeeeee, so I am well pleased.

Mostly I've been watching Elementary which I don't think I'm fannish about in the way I consider myself fannish, by which I mean I don't want to read or write fic. I do want to draw platonic hearts of perfect love around Joan and Sherlock though. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I love pretty much everything about them. I love their expressions, I love their banter, I love the way they look at each other. I love how calm and practical and in control Joan is. I love how her medical expertise is often VITAL and IMPORTANT to the plots that I'm not really paying attention to cause wtf, plot? getting in the way of AMUSING CHARACTER INTERACTION, but she does doctor things Quite Frequently and I do love that. And her unflusterability and reactions in the face of ridic provocations. And that she basically wants to be a detective and has a mother who knows her very well and HER CLOTHES. And Johnny Lee Miller is QUITE MAGIC as Sherlock. His Sherlock makes me happy with the way his not playing well with others manifests without him being a complete dick but really quite lovely and charming and funny a lot. AND THE WAY HE MOVES. He is not a Sherlock who can really be appreciated in photos. He needs to be moving.

Basically together they light up my telly with charisma and joy and I love them like the best of all possible toffee popcorn.

Despite their loveliness, I don't ship them. I've never shipped any Holmes/Watson pairing, something about their dynamic in every incarnation I've seen just doesn't say "ship em!" to me. I am shipping Sherlock/Irene like woah though, cause I always ship them and NO SHE'S NOT DEAD NOT IN MY HEAD NOT EVEN IF THERE'S A BODY ONSCREEN. FACT. I also loled at Sebastian Moran being Vinnie Jones.

The other telly I'm watching like a wee hawk is The Following. I HAVE NO GOOD EXCUSES. All I can say is that James Purefoy is in it and I'm spending most of my time going lalalalalalala. Partly because he's a serial killer and I'm trying to ignore that. Partly because he's a serial killer who idolises the works of Edgar Allan Poe and I'm REALLY REALLY trying to ignore that. I like Poe, I do. I appreciate The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of Red Death and that he wrote some of the earliest detective fiction (Dupin being a proto-Sherlock Holmes...though I recall Sherlock doesn't appreciate the comparison) and, yes, I do like The Raven. But if you're going to idolise the man's work and start writing "EVERMORE!" at the scenes of your victims, and go on and on and on about the death of beautiful women, I feel that during your incarceration you should be made to write out a few lines of James Russell Lowell's for a couple of hours every day: "There comes Poe, with his Raven, like Barnaby Rudge/ Three fifths of him genius and two fifths sheer fudge."

There's also a lot of utterly charming violence against women graphically shown which I'm sure is just to be 'gritty' and 'realistic' and not at all sexist in its origin.

It's not awful telly though, just not terribly good, and really not my sort of thing. But shallowness prevails, so I'm watching it.
carmen_lj: (sherlockholmes; his brettness)
So having now watched a couple of episodes of Elementary, in the exciting wank of Sherlock vs Elementary, I come down in the area of 'I'm going to be shot by both sides'.

Sherlock's keen, y'see. I like it a lot. I love it when it's proper good, and am prepared to handwave the boring bits, and try and ignore that cringingly racist episode. I think Cumberbatch is fantastic, and it's an interesting take on the character. Freeman is boring, as I generally find him, but works just splendidly in his scenes with Cumberbatch. It's not always as smart as it thinks it is, but it tends to feel like it is, and that's enough for me. It looks awesome, it's clearly written by fanboys (which I mean in a good way - the love for ACD's work does shine through), and it's got Rupert Graves, easily the best of all possible Lestrades.

And Elementary? Well, I think Elementary's more fun. Less intense. Miller's as good an actor as Cumberbatch, and he's got a gentler take on the character. He's oblivious to the social niceties at times, he can behave like a jerk, but it never feels cruel (well, overtly cruel...he does want to check if someone's in a coma by stabbing them with a needle...I can see the other Sherlock trying that). He's messed up too, but that doesn't manifest in the level of unpleasantness Sherlock's Sherlock sometimes displayed. (I imagine someone could write quite an interesting post contrasting the psychologies of these two modern Holmeses.) Liu easily wins out over Freeman what with possessing charisma and her usual awesome screen presence; but Graves is clearly better than the Gregson dude whose actor name escapes me.

And Watson has classic manpain, but she's a woman, which is quite nice.

As for the Holmes/Watson relationships, both delight me. Sherlock's is more sharply written, Elementary is trying but I don't think the writers are as good as Moffat & co when Moffat & co are on their game. The second episode does pick it up a bit, lots of nice wee character moments - there's a delightful response from Holmes when Watson suggests he play the violin. Miller's delivery of "Hacking is such an ugly word" followed by Watson's muttered "remember to swing from the left" made me glee.

The show's also managed to address two crits I recall seeing more than once after the trailer - first, Watson's reaction to dead bodies. "Why d'you keep pretending you've never seen dead bodies before?" asks Holmes when she yargs at another murder victim. "Remember all those cadavers at medical school?" And Watson quite rightly points out that there's a bit of a difference between a cadaver donated by someone for medical study and someone who's just died of murderous murder.

The other thing was a crit of her going from the dizzy heights of a surgeon down to a mere companion for recovering addicts. Which her high-flying ex-lawyer (I think?) boyfriend is like, dude, what's that all about. And she says she's good at it; she's doing it because she likes it, because she's getting job satisfaction, so quit being so judgey. Which I liked a lot.

Also, I find Miller a heck of a lot more attractive than Cumberbatch. (Though neither is as delightful as Rupert Graves.)

So, yeah, I like both shows quite a bit. OH NOES.
carmen_lj: (sherlockholmes; his brettness)
You remember that time that Sherlock Holmes fought the Nazis? Cause if not, he did. And I would give up a delicious cupcake to never ever have to read again anyone suggesting that Holmes set in the present day is something Moff invented. A DELICIOUS CUPCAKE. Quite possibly a chocolate one.

This annoyance brought to you courtesy of the Elementary trailer, which has many absurd and entertaining comments, if that's your sort of thing:

Admittedly I was predisposed to like this cause it has Lucy Lui in it. But now a good part of my Giving It A Chance is composed of Petty Contrariness cause omg Sherlock fandom, whatever. Sherlock, like it though I do, is not the One True Holmes Canon, and sometimes there are even versions of Sherlock Holmes where he's Not A Total Dick To Everyone He Meets. Which is something that I like about the trailer here - this Holmes seems a warmer character. And that makes me think of Cushing!Holmes which can only be a good thing.

I'm having thoughts about emptying my fannish email. Which I'm just mentioning incase you get a reply to a six month old comment and wander why that happened. I probably won't, cause it intimidates me and I prefer to ignore it, but just incase.

And I have seen The Avengers! I keep meaning to write a post about that. It's a thumbs up anyway.


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