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09 August 2010 @ 10:29 am
Sherlock: The Great Game  
Lots of posts out there already, but just my four penn'orth. Well done, Mark Gatiss! The Great Game is possibly the best thing you've ever written! That's not to say that it's perfect, of course it's not, but it's of a high enough quality and playfulness that I am no longer afeared of your showrunning ability. I think the suggestion that you take Sherlock forward, and Steven Moffat carries on with Who, is a sensible one.
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on August 9th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Only if Moffat tells him how to write Lestrade.
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on August 9th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
I didn't see any jarring inconsistencies? His glare at Donovan regarding testing the blood was spot on, I thought?
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on August 9th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
First-episode Lestrade was a witty detective who knew how to handle Sherlock and got some of the best lines. This was was just a place-holder policeman - he might as well have been Dimmock.
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on August 9th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
That wasn't my perception of Lestrade in the first one at all! Isn't that funny? He seemed put upon and a bit persecuted, and always running to catch up. He wasn't as bad as Dimmock!

Actually, the second episode was *so* different - it was as though they'd been made at completely separate times. Maybe that's why we had Dimmock at all? Rupert Graves couldn't make it?
Our Drama Queenourdramaqueen on August 9th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
I was wondering about that too, regarding episode 2!

I can *not* wait for more... good thing I have lots of other things to keep me occupied right now. Though that doesn't lower the temptation of going out there to find fic, screen caps (I need a Sherlock and/or Sherlock/Watson icon), etc. Ack!
Valderys: Sherlock - three patch problemvalderys on August 9th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I signed up to sherlockbbc in the first week!! :) My god this fandom is buzzing - I suspect it will be a very sharp hot fire that will die down just as quickly but wow, it's fun while it lasts!
Our Drama Queenourdramaqueen on August 9th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
LOL it sure is! One of my flist pointed out 221b_slash and I've been reading a little there, but I really must be careful not to spend too much time on this or anything else that's not related to my move and other important things on my plate! :)
Kalypso: Morikalypso_v on August 9th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
The thing about Lestrade was that (unlike all his colleagues) he was sufficiently confident in himself to admit he needed Sherlock's help from time to time. Although he was frequently exasperated by Sherlock - who wouldn't be? - he was relaxed around him, and could tease him (eg the blanket scene), whereas his uptight colleagues had to fall back on insults. And he instinctively understood Watson too, implicitly setting him the mission of redeeming Sherlock in his speech about a great man who could become a good one.

I don't know why Rupert Graves wasn't used in the second episode (though eventually I was quite glad, because I think he'd have got the Stupid Policeman lines), but I've been wondering about the difference in tone, and whether it was connected with the reported fact that they almost completely reshot the first episode after scrapping an earlier 60-minute version. Someone said the original would be on the DVD, so it would be interesting to know if it's more like the weak second episode. Maybe they shot the later version last, after finding their feet in the finale?
Malkmr_malk on August 9th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
I only saw last night's episode, although I will be trying to catch up on the others before they disappear from iPlayer. I was quite impressed - far more than I expected to be if I'm honest. Wonderful some wonderful characterisations, particularly Holmes himself.