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: (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.
carmen_lj: (amy; happy as a sunflower)
Here is a lovely Doctor Who & Sherlock meme:

1. Sherlock or Doctor Who

Doctor Who. It is the TELLY OF MY HEART and cannot be beaten by anything.

2. Moriarty or the Master?

Due to me being V JUDGEY at all non-Star Trek Moriartys, it's the Master who is brilliant and I love ridic especially when he is Delgado or Jacobi. The other ones are quite good too - YES EVEN ROBERTS - although I'm not terribly interested in Crispy.

more meme )
carmen_lj: (sherlock; into some sunset)
It occurred that I'm being a bit unfair about a thing in Sherlock, cause, yeah, I don't like this version of Moriarty, but I've just remembered I don't actually like any version of Moriarty. The best thing I can say is the conversation between Sherlock and him in the flat in The Final Problem is pretty decent and I don't actively hate that scene in the Brett version but, yeah, I cannot think of a single Moriarty in canon, apocrypha or adaptation who gets better than "well, he was alright, I guess." And I don't know why either - it's not like I don't love other supervillains - and now I'm a bit annoyed at the not knowing, hrmph.
carmen_lj: (sherlock; cucumbersandwich)
A teeny bit later than the rest of the Interwebs, but never mind:

The Reichenbach Fall )
carmen_lj: (sherlock; cucumbersandwich)
So while I didn't love this with the ridic love of last week's - cause, y'know, Adler - I did love it very much. Although I object to the name. V DIFFICULT not to get it confused with The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The Hounds of Baskerville )
carmen_lj: (sherlock; into some sunset)
I've just about finished tweaking my [ profile] festivids vid, which I currently don't hate, but since reveals are forever away will, annoyingly, probably hate it by then, alas. Also, am really quite scared of the whole thing. Have not actually made a vid for anyone before. Probably it will all be fine.

The next episode of Sherlock has been ruined for me cause I just saw a trailer and that actor that I really don't like for no reason at all he just annoys me is in it, Russell Tovey. I still haven't managed to watch an episode of Being Human because of him. Anyway, I'm terribly arg about it since HOUN is my favourite of ACD's canon and I'm just going to spend the whole time watching it thinking about how much I don't like Russell Tovey and wishing it was one of the Cushing ones instead.* And is Sherlock wielding a lightsabre in the trailer or did my eyes just make that up for my amusement?

*Probably not true. Probably I'll get over it. But still, why couldn't they have cast someone I don't irrationally hate, dammit! PANDER TO MEEEEE.

This is very cool: Midnight has been rewritten slightly, to take out the copyrighted elements owned by the Beeb, and put on in a theatre in Manchester. And the audience is so wee - just 28 per performance - I imagine if it's any good at all (and certainly the script is brilliant, and it sounds like the cast ain't bad either) there'll be a fantastic atmosphere watching it.

And even better, by which I mean, I'll actually get to see this, is Noel Clarke and Benedict Cumberbatch being cast in the new Star Trek movie. Since Cumberbatch is the villain, am assuming it's not going to be a Khan movie, boo. Maybe there will be MORE ROMULANS? Because Trek movies haven't finished using them RUBBISHLY yet?

....I am still so bitter about Nemesis, yes. And Nero wasn't exactly scintillating either, "hello, Christopher!" aside.

There is so little Christmas chocolate left now. It's very sad.
carmen_lj: (sherlock; cucumbersandwich)
Another bit of telly I'm just catching up on. Was really looking forward to this since I love Adler, and she almost always gets A Bigger Part in adaptations which I THOROUGHLY APPROVE OF, and there was a spoiler about the new RDJ Holmes movie I found out that meant I don't even want to see it now, so this is ALL THE HOLMES I HAVE... apart from all the other ones, obv.

A Scandal in Belgravia )
carmen_lj: (cartoon; cunning disguise)
I think all of these things are lovely:

1 - Lara Pulver has been cast as Irene Adler in Sherlock which is Most Awfully Pleasing. I love her. And that is based ENTIRELY on Robin Hood, the rubbish BBC tv series. She was the single really good thing about season three, and I also see she's going to be in the next season of Spooks, so it is a DOUBLE WIN.

2 - I keep being EVER MORE APPALLED at my fangirlishness at Nicolaj Coster-Waldau. I mean look at him being all lovely and enthusiastic and funny and stuff. I also feel like I'm cheating somehow because I care very little about Jaime in the books but I really don't want Bad Things to happen to him on the telly. And not just cause I can actually see how pretty he is. REALLY NOT JUST CAUSE OF THAT. There is a humour and charisma on the screen that is tots lacking in the prose for me. (And it's the other way round for Jon - book!Jon is my favourite dude and on the telly he is just too emoface and ho hum.)

3 - I am now going to talk about Thundercats a TINY BIT. They have rebooted my second most beloved cartoon* and naturally I was HORRIFIED for clearly this was all about Ruining My Childhood even more than those horrid He-man remakes, but no! As it turns out, despite the lack of the Greatest Of All Theme Tunes, it's pretty good. And they seem to have decided their core audience is, in fact, those people with fond childhood memories of a cartoon designed to sell toys.

cut for pilot spoilers )


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