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Aug. 13th, 2010 | 06:27 pm

Sherlock Holmes BBC is absolutely amazing. Adored episode one, found episode two to be cringe inducing, and episode three to be all sort of brilliant. Two out of three is a pretty good record. The casting for Sherlock in this is sublime, the amount of reference it makes to the original books series (updated of course) is absolutely delightful, and I pretty much watched the first episode with this expression (*_*) all the way.

It is just so damn fun!

Also, the decision to keep it at three episodes is brilliant. I LOVE short seasons and long episodes. Just - well, just can we not have another episode two? There is a difference between using another culture for inspiration, and using it to make people and events 'exotic', and my friends, it is very easy to confuse the two.

Now I want gen fics based off this series. (It is distressful, but I'm finding himself attempting to find plot driven gen fics. Unfortunately it is greatly lacking. SIGHS).

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from: abrandnewboom
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
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this show is breaking my heart. when ppl ask whether it is good i have to whisper out of excessive joy

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from: naanima
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
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I UNDERSTAND completely!

OMFG! So AMAZING! The excessive joy is so very true. And OMFG! That whole scene - wasn't it just fantastic?

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from: _leareth
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
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I've been pushing this series onto pretty much everyone I know. Also, totally agree re: ep 2, writers should stick to remixing Doyle's stories rather than make up their own whole cloth if ep 2 is indicative of how they'd go.

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from: naanima
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
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I know exactly what you mean. Retelling of Doyle's story is absolutely amazing, I honestly think they are rather bad at telling a completely original story (episode had wonderful character moments, but the plot and the villain were completely ridiculous and REALLY bad).

But gods, isn't it AMAZING?! LOVES so VERY MUCH!

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Leareth

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from: _leareth
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
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What do you think of their interpretation of Moriarty?

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from: naanima
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
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I'm conflicted. I think it is a very interesting choice - I do like the fact that they focused on his ability for disguise, but the actor is not what I pictured Moriaty to be, however, it is hard to gauge whether he can live up to being Moriaty when he has been in the show for about 10 mins.

His speech patterns, the accents is absolutely excellent, I adore the whole plot arc, the way they revealed. Basically, I love their interpretation of him - I'm just not sold on the actor, yet. Like, Watson, Holmes, Mycroft, hell, Lestrade, I was sold straight away, but Moriaty is just, well, he is just really, really, really young. Or appears to be very young, and I was expecting someone a bit more impressive, or I don't know, more physically distinctive(?). I know that would defeat the purpose of him, it is just hard to explain.

In short - I'm INTRIGUED. However, the actor have not sold me on the fact that he is Moriaty. I LOVE their interpretation of him. Time will tell.

I'm SO EXCITED by this series!

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from: _leareth
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
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Agree with the need to see more of the actor, though with what we have although I was unsure I can't say I definitely dislike this interpretation. On one hand I like the fluctuating accents and manic energy, on the other hand given how much the writers have gone with canon as far as characterisation goes I expected Moriarty to be the older, reptilian math professor hooded eyes and all. The original character description by Doyle is:

"[Moriarty] is extremely tall and thin, his forehead domes out in a white curve, and his eyes are deeply sunken in his head. He is clean shaven, pale, and ascetic-looking, retaining something of the professor in his features. His shoulders are rounded from much study, and his face portrudes forward, and is forever slowly oscillating from side to side in a curiously reptilian fashion."

I didn't get a "professor" or "reptilian" or any similar impression from this Moriarty. I obviously don't expect actors to look 100% like their described character, and accept that changes have to be made, but whereas Mycroft's image change makes sense in a health and image obsessed 21st century (and in any case keeps getting referenced with diet jokes) and considering how well Holmes and Watson have been cast, this very different interpretation is a little perplexing.

But as you said. Give it time.

Edited at 2010-08-13 03:19 pm (UTC)

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from: naanima
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
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EXACTLY! I was expecting someone older, someone more impressive, and I WANTED a tall, thin actor, and I'm just not sold. I kept on hoping that this Moriaty is a fake, that the real Moriaty will be much more awesome. The problem is that the actor lacks physical presence, and you need someone that can play off Holmes convincingly, as it is the actor who plays Holmes is just so much more impressive.

But yeah, time.

*SIGHS*

(I just want to say once more that I DO LOVE this series. It has been absolutely fantastic so far... but yeah, I fear that this Moriarty won't be able to sell his role convincingly. SIGHS).

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