The International Business Times offers more spoilers for Sherlock Series/Season 4. [Do I actually need a SPOILER ALERT here? Really? ] The article quotes Steven Moffat alluding to Moriarty’s returning as a major character and an increase in romance as well as more screen time for Molly and Mrs. Hudson.
The Daily Dot has a piece on the growing concerns among a some Sherlock fans that the apparent sexism and misogyny of Steven Moffat ,expressed in various interviews and certain Dr. Who scripts, has taken root in BBC’s Sherlock series, particularly in the ending of “His Last Vow” in Series/Season 3. Now I’ve expressed my sense that Sherlock has been morphed into The Doctor in my Series/Season 3
rant review, however, I’d avoided publicly airing my earlier concerns about the show’s portrayal of key women from the original Canon. So since I’m burning bridges, let’s go ahead and discuss some issues with the women in Sherlock.
[Oh, and do I really have to say SPOILER ALERT?]
The Daily Dot notes:
What has some fans angry is that Sherlock’s interpretation of Milverton’s death completely removes the agency and power of the female character in the original story. An unfortunate occurrence that neatly fits in with Moffat’s track record with female characters in both Doctor Who and Sherlock.
“The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” is one of the very few examples in Victorian-era Holmes canon where a female character takes practical action on her own behalf, while Holmes and Watson technically fail to solve the case. Milverton, like Sherlock’s Magnussen, is a foe so powerful that it’s virtually impossible to defeat him using Holmes’ usual methods, which is why the story has to end with Milverton’s death. The final scene of the short story is Holmes identifying Milverton’s killer, but tacitly agreeing with Watson to let her get away with the murder because Milverton was such a loathsome figure.
If Moffat and Gatiss had simply said they wanted Sherlock to kill Magnussen because it was a more interesting story for him as a character, or because it provided an exciting development to lead into the next season, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. But the fact that they seemingly couldn’t believe that a woman defeated Milverton only exacerbates their problems with Sherlock fans who already take issue with the way women are portrayed in the show. Links to the interview are already spreading on social media…
Here’s the new non-interactive Sherlock Series/Season 3 trailer:
It’s also a massive SPOILER! So unless you want to be a complete Sherlock Series/Season 3 virgin, head off to BBC One’s new interactive Sherlock trailer. Meantime, here’s a starter of some shots from the video.
(Yes, Virginia, there is a Hogfather and yes, he has done a capture of the video, but he’s also good and isn’t going to post it because there’s no reason for all the good little boys and girls NOT to go to BBC One’s site to watch.)
A big tip of the deerstalker to Anne Zanoni of Ariel’s Miscellany… a la Sherlock blog and Sherlockology for the tweets announcing the BBC announcement. There’s a nice little report of some Cumberbatch snark when Madonna makes the mistake of attempting to diss Mr. Cumberbatch (either that or she was caught in the Stupid Zone (the mysterious force field some people exude that causes others to suddenly lose a 100 I.Q. points — or more — thus rendering them utter morons and incapable of coherent thought, let alone conversation; it is, fortunately, a variable Superpower). And yes, John Watson’s blog has new content as reported the official BBC Sherlock blog, and if you haven’t checked out Mark Gatiss’ official blog, I recommend it highly.
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Have almost achieved velocity to escape Black Hole project. Re-cutting bad narration, missing video, and soundtrack today.
You know you really need to check the contents before you put things in your mouth, Sherlock. And you probably ought to stop nicking people’s things…
Really, I just could resist that face. Benedict Cumberbatch has such a wonderfully mobile and expressive face. Please, Mr. Cumberbatch, don’t even consider Botox — EVER!
And while we’re on the subject, what is wrong with all of these American actresses and performers (and I use the term loosely) making themselves look like plastic dolls, some even starting in their 20’s! Worse, the trend seems to be spreading. I mean look at the photos of Emmy nominated actresses and there’s Maggie Smith looking adorable and radiating charm and personality while all the other nominees in her category look like they’ve died and been embalmed. Even the smiles have a look of rictus.
That’s why I adore Una Stubbs. She looks terrific and acts fabulously and makes us truly believe in a woman who survived a husband she was glad was executed for murder in Florida and can fool the CIA into believing she’s hysterical while hiding the very phone they’re looking for. “That was right on my bins.”
Don’t look, Sherlock! Seriously, if John really wanted to get even with Sherlock, there are many suggestions on the sites for geting even with your ex. I mean, let’s face it, John has plenty of opportunity for some of those Ellen DeGeneres embarrassing Facebook posts entries…
Of course, I’d highly recommend he stay far away from the Mystrade…
Hurray! Another new fan video by HFS (High Functioning Sociopath).
HighFunctioning Sociopath Note:
This one took forever. At times it looks like I channeled Michael Bay. Apologies. I won’t apologize for the innuendo in the final sequence. I don’t actually believe there is anything but a life-long friendship between Holmes and Watson, but an accidental pairing of two clips made me laugh and after that everything just fell into place. I ended up going back and adding all of the Mycroft reaction shots and laughed more. So I kept it.
The song is by a fantastic Seattle-based band called The Senate. The Senate has been on hiatus for a couple of years (although individual members have been creating new work), however, their earlier CDs are still available on iTunes and other places. Check out: http://www.myspace.com/senateband
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Senate/17849979124 (Impossible Bird is Nick Drummond’s new group as well)
And, of course, there are some videos of The Senate on YouTube.
I’m letting SherlockCares to cross-promote this video on Tumblr in hopes it will drive some new visitors to this site and some new sales for the charity.
This is probably the longest I’ll ever type, so I’ll end by saying I hope you enjoy it and feel free to comment.