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28 July 2010 @ 11:48 am
Slightly late to the review party but I have an icon, so I hope I may be forgiven! Wasn't it good!?

I was prepared to like it, but obviously it surpassed that! How wonderfully witty and warm it was! Ooh, I'm all alliterative! I've seen Benedict Cumberbatch in several things now and I must admit this is the one that has impressed me the most. He seems to do attractive arrogance extremely well, and that's what Sherlock Holmes is all about IMO. I must admit Martin Freeman's Watson was slightly more problematic in my head, because I am more used to warming to Watson and admiring Sherlock from a little distance, and I actually found that Watson was the more disconnected to the real world of the two. He's also a killer! I love that! That sounds bad, doesn't it? I suppose I mean that the man this Watson seems to be could have had his teeth drawn given how sanitised our dramas tend to be. And he hasn't! This Watson is actully dangerous, that's brilliant! I suppose I should trust Moffat more, but I've never 100% bought in to that particular myth. And I didn't think his Jekyll was all that. Or Coupling, if you want to know.

Anyway, I'm on the edge of my seat for the next two episodes and wish there were more. And there may be fic... Although I'm not promising!
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on July 28th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Well, I enjoyed it! And had to make an icon, because I got so fed up with having to use something else when commenting on it!

Which obliges me to make some sort of comment now... I suppose (in this episode, at least) they're making more of a feature of what Holmes and Watson have in common, rather than contrasting them - eg that they're both cut off from society to some extent, Holmes though his personality, Watson through his experiences, and both addicted to gore and danger. And they're both unattached men who don't get on with their siblings and are short of friends and cash.
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
I wonder if one of the remaining two episodes will concentrate on their differences? Or maybe there's not enough time to do that - but if they make a longer series for next year, whether they can look at both sides of that friendship, because they're contrasts too...

And I know what you mean about the icon! I've joined a community and grabbed one from there!
glitterboy - the dark lord of washing: reading2glitterboy1 on July 28th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet, but I just wanted to say that I like your icon! :-)
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on July 28th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Do let us know where you stand on the "Is Benedict Cumberbatch pretty?" question. I was surprised to see the description in two quite different reviews, and have begun to doubt my previous assumption that he was plain-but-interesting. They did do his hair nicely...

Edited at 2010-07-28 01:04 pm (UTC)
Hilaryelenopa on July 28th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
I certainly find him very easy on the eyes.

But then I always seem to run to guys with lots of dark hair and adventurous personalaties (fictional guys I mean).
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on July 28th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
I think I start off on the basis that large dark eyes are an essential requirement, whereas his are pale and slightly scrunched.
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
I've always thought Benedict Cumberbatch is rather attractive, but then he falls into my slim geeky non-conventionally good-looking category that a lot of my pashes seem to be in :) His ears don't stick out but then, I don't think that's a requirement, it just seems to often be part of the package!

And I'm another person who likes lovely eyes, but they're non-essential (well, I mean - some eyes are essential, two by preference, but otherwise I'm not fussed :) And for me, blue are better.
 Communicatorcommunicator on July 29th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Not attractive to me, not that this is a crucial point or anything
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Oh, do see it if you can - I think it's worth your time! And thank you, although I grabbed it from a community, so it's not mine - but then, I'm rubbish at graphics, so I see nothing wrong with airing somone else's hard work! (Since I do always credit...)
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Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I thought there were many elegant ways around the various classic parts of Holmes - "Not your housekeeper!" Three patch problem! The whole business with John's watch/phone thing! Lovely stuff.

And I always thought Benedict Cumberbatch could be cool, but I've never seen him play a character that is, until now. Unless you count William Pitt in Amazing Grace, but although he's cool, it's also historic and he's doing it in wigs and stockings, so it's not entirely the same... :)
Triskellian: yumtriskellian on July 28th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I hadn't even heard that it existed until people started mentioning it on Facebook, and their enthusiasm and yours (although I've only just clicked your cut-tag) convinced me to watch it on the basis of no more than its name, the identity of the writer, and that people liked it. I didn't even know it was an updating, and was initially extremely dubious about both actors, but wasn't it marvellous? :-)
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed it was! I was initially dubious of Martin Freeman, but he did excellently in the end, so I'm glad they went with him. And I'm glad my rec wasn't wholly off! I'm very happy to be whole-heartedly appreciative of a Moffat thing too - I did love the most recent Who but there were enough doubts to give me pause. So far, with Sherlock, no doubts!
Triskellian: yumtriskellian on July 29th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
I have one doubt, and it's that Holmes had moments of being rather Doctor-ish, but that's not really surprising, and since I like the Doctor, it's not a problem :-)
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on July 29th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
I can certainly see that - I think it's just that they share a similar dynamic with regard to companions and to the role they play in the story as well - it's no wonder really!
absinthefairy88absinthefairy88 on July 29th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with all of this.

Cumberbatch is the perfect choice for this and it's nice to see him take more of a central role in something a lot of people are going to see. I like it when people like him get a chance to shine.

Though I will admit that the whole thing sent my brain into a quite odd train of thought. Odd but good.

I want more of it now. More than just the three episodes.