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A little to my surprise, I really enjoyed the three-episode season of "Sherlock." For my tastes it boasted the best, most tightly-written trio of episodes of the nine broadcast thus far. Although some might not like what happened with Sherlock, I did. The writers returned him to the status of an actual human being, rather than an unpleasant collection of tics I was supposed to be impressed by - without taking away the truly unusual characteristics that make him a fascinating character. It introduced Mary, who I thought was flat out wonderful. I know some on my f'list aren't fond of her, but I truly liked the dynamic between her, Holmes, and Watson. BB and I agreed that the final episode was, in our opinion, the best episode of the show to date. Bottom line - it's still not a show that I am completely enthusiastic about, and it isn't Holmes in a way that I recognize as Holmes (no, I'm not the ACD purist BB is, but envisioning Holmes as a so-called high functioning sociopath, while dramatically interesting, is perhaps not what I would have done.) Still, it's good quality entertainment. And I like the women in the show a lot, thanks muchly.

2. One of the nasty things that seems to accompany my particular version of scleroderma is a propensity for more bruising and longer healing when it comes to cuts and abrasions. I seem to get cuts in my mouth all the time now, and the length of time it takes them to heal is painful and annoying. Got one on my tongue a couple of days ago, and, as has become the usual case, I can't eat solid foods today because it hurts too much, and I talk as if the right side of mouth is stuffed with cotton. These things usually take about 4-5 days to heal, so at least 20-24 more hours of pain. Grumble.
3. I've gotten moving again on Hearts & Moons, greatly to my own surprise. Go, me!.

4. The knowledge that a significant portion of the public is unconcerned with NSA and private corporate intrusion and surveillance into their lives is depressing. So is the knowledge that my company has just ended its lease with the building it rents space in, apparently because it's looking for cheaper space. What these things have in common, I have no idea.

5. I wish Defiance, S2, was airing now. Instead I have to wait until June. Grumble redux.




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/288940.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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a_phoenixdragon
Jan. 21st, 2014 05:16 am (UTC)
This blaseness about the NSA is truly astounding. I'm just...what has our world come to where we are more concerned about the latest reality show twist than where our freedoms are going?! *Cries*

Yeah, don't get me started...

OMG, I'm loving Sherlock!! And I think some of the lessening tics and odd new quirks are leftovers of PTSD. High-functioning sociopath my ass. A lie he tells himself so that he can be Sherlock and not just 'Holmes', if that makes sense...

I love the new take on Sherlock. You can tell Mofftiss are in love with the original text (not to mention the Granada series) but aren't afraid to take it a bit further and flesh out the characters in a more modern era, with a tad more 'new world' understanding.

*SNUGGLES*

I'm sorry you hear you are not well, sweetie. That frigging sucks. Like life doesn't throw enough at you (like losing your work building!!) Arrghhh. Does the Dumb and Awful ever take a holiday?!

Edited at 2014-01-21 05:18 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, don't get me started...

No, I like to get you started. Heh.

High-functioning sociopath my ass. A lie he tells himself so that he can be Sherlock and not just 'Holmes', if that makes sense...

It makes perfect sense to me. And I think that our show-runners have deliberately made the decision to deconstruct the image he (and they) built up over the first two triads' worth of episodes. (I refuse to call them seasons, fer crissake.)

All my love, my dear!
clocketpatch
Jan. 21st, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
1. I've only seen the first episode so far. Mary is great. I'm only going on one episode, but based off that episode I'm a bit shocked that anyone has a problem with her. She's smart, funny, capable, and not at all Mary Sue-ish. Her being Martin Freeman's rl partner only makes watching them interact on screen more adorable.

2. That sounds unimaginably horrendous. *hugs and hugs*

4. Some days it feels like we all live inside the plot of some Dystopia SF thing: the year is 2014 and people docilely accept the entertainment and convenience afforded to them by the sinister 'network' without ever questioning the ways it invades their privacy and how that information is sold on, and to who...
robling_t
Jan. 21st, 2014 07:44 am (UTC)
RE #4: Increasingly I find myself asking the question, "Convenient for whom?" And then I have to go lie down for a while. :(
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
I think we can get cots together. Sigh.
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
1. You may have seen the next two episodes by now; I'm interested in what you might think of Mary at this point. (I still love her.)

2. My mouth seems to have turned the corner (OK, that sounds weird ...) and I'm now in less pain. I am looking forward to eating without any pain whatsoever within the next day or so.

4. At least you made me grin with this one.

3. What happened to 3? *g*

(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2014 07:02 am (UTC)
1. I've only just seen the Sign of Three. I've an idea of what the twist might be, maybe (it's sort of obvious, isn't it? She's going to be secretly working for the bad guys but then she falls in love with John for real... or something along those lines) I still like her. I found the episode a bit draggy and I predicted all of the mysteries before Sherlock, which was a bit annoying because I like it when he's the clever one and I can be impressed.

2. This is good! :D

3. It fell into the ether, perhaps? It's should have had a "YAY!" next to it in any case

4. :D
kaffyr
Jan. 25th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
:)
clocketpatch
Jan. 23rd, 2014 07:03 am (UTC)
I'm the one who forgot to log in
1. I've only just seen the Sign of Three. I've an idea of what the twist might be, maybe (it's sort of obvious, isn't it? She's going to be secretly working for the bad guys but then she falls in love with John for real... or something along those lines) I still like her. I found the episode a bit draggy and I predicted all of the mysteries before Sherlock, which was a bit annoying because I like it when he's the clever one and I can be impressed.

2. This is good! :D

3. It fell into the ether, perhaps? It's should have had a "YAY!" next to it in any case

4. :D
robling_t
Jan. 21st, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
I have no investment in the ACD originals because my brain doesn't 'do' mysteries in general (I'm baffled by the prevalence of cop-shows), so I enjoy Sherlock on the level of a wacky-flatmates comedy/drama and if I can follow what's going on with the actual plot it's a nice bonus. ;) And I do enjoy it, because they've got the knack for writing actual characters and not just Someone Being Insufferably Clever At The Audience, since that's largely wasted on me anyway...
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
so I enjoy Sherlock on the level of a wacky-flatmates comedy/drama and if I can follow what's going on with the actual plot it's a nice bonus. ;)

You are wise. Like, Yoda levels of wise.
lost_spook
Jan. 21st, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought His Last Vow was particularly good (I enjoyed the other two as well, but they were a little looser).

And I hope you feel better very soon!
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:37 am (UTC)
Yay! Another vote for His Last Vow!

I'm feeling better now, and should feel even better within the next 12 hours.

How are you doing?
wendymr
Jan. 21st, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
I did enjoy the recent episodes - until HLV, I thought this was perhaps the best series yet. And I loved Mary. But then came HLV, and I've been ambivalent ever since. Sadly, I think I've now come down on the side of wanting her gone :( Not because of her assassin past; that would be hypocritical, considering that neither John nor Sherlock have spotless pasts. But she shot Sherlock. And I don't buy what he said about her saving his life; he died on the operating table. What we saw was a surgical team having given up, and then Sherlock reviving himself through sheer willpower. So for that reason, pregnant or not, I can't like her now. Which is a shame, because I thought the three of them were turning into a good team up until that moment :(
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
I can understand your ambivalence. Still, I think I've decided that Sherlock understands Mary, and she him. They understand that John brings out what's best in both of them; he makes them better human beings. Both John and Sherlock have agreed that they see, and love, and respect, something in Mary; I'm willing to do so as well.
azalaisdep
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Bah to the mouth abrasions etc - that must be absolutely miserable. Worst place to get even tiny injuries because of all the nerve-endings. Hope these clear up quickly and then give you a break...
kaffyr
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks ... my body is finally getting around to healing itself, which I'm happy about. You're right, the mouth is bad because of the nerve endings, and because any abrasion you get will suffer infection to some degree because there really isn't anyplace I can think of that's more bacteria ridden than the human mouth. :(
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