NPR Fresh Air’s Interview with Sherlock’s Co-Creator Steven Moffat

On embracing current technology on Sherlock:

Well, the thing about Sherlock Holmes in the original is that he’s very, very techno-literate. I mean to a contemporary Victorian reader he was a sort of cutting-edge scientist. He was well up with all the stuff. He was also born for the Internet age because he loves research. He loves acquiring knowledge. So I just imagined that, you know, the Sherlock would be lurking on the chat rooms and forums and finding out what’s going on. So far from being a difficult thing to embrace, it was a joy because he would love it.

Moffat insulting Cumberbatch’s name. Hah! Not very diplomatic, sir.

That’s his name. Benedict Cumberbatch is actually his actual real name. I know, isn’t that great? How often is Sherlock Holmes played by someone with an even stupider name?

On Watson’s importance to the show:

Because if you look at the stories, you look you look at any good version of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson is every bit as important a character as Sherlock Holmes, and some would argue more so because he’s our conduit to Sherlock Holmes. He’s the person to whom the story in a way happens. We are more emotionally resonant with Dr. Watson that we are with Sherlock Holmes because Sherlock Holmes is, you know, a hard man to empathize with.

On Sherlock’s future, now that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbath are bigger stars, busy with other projects:

Yes, but we have their families trapped in a cellar. (Laugh) They are both, I can honestly say, very, very keen to carry on with “Sherlock” as it stands. Thing is, we do a limited amount of “Sherlock.” That’s the way we do it. Every year or so we get together and do three movies. So you are free to do other things. And I think it’ll do them both good to descend from their mighty star status in L.A. and New Zealand and get back in a small caravan in Wales and make some more “Sherlock.”

Listen to /download the interview here: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/03/151938002/the-man-who-revitalized-doctor-who-and-sherlock

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BAFTA TV Nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for leading actor, while Watson and Moriarty will duke it out in the supporting actor category. Hmm, seems unfair to Martin Freeman, Moriarty is not in the show that much. But Andrew Scott was a very memorable Moriarty, so I can’t complain too much. Only one nomination for Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith for supporting actress. It’s tricky with Downton Abbey, I don’t think anyone would qualify as leading actor or leading actress, based on screentime or importance of storyline.  I’m tempted to say Mary-Matthew, but only because that’s the storyline I’m most invested in. No best drama series nomination for Sherlock or Downton Abbey, but Sherlock is nominated for YouTube audience award.  Spooks is nominated for best drama, but the final season is pretty boring and all over the place (really, Russia as the enemy again? The Cold War is over, guys!), I suspect it’s nominated partly because it’s the final season,

Full list of nominations: http://www.bafta.org/television/awards/nominees-winner-2012,3256,BA.html

Summer of Superheroes

It’s Batman versus Spiderman versus The Avengers this summer. I was pretty certain The Dark Knight Rises would win this battle easily (dollar-wise), but the buzz for The Avengers seems pretty strong lately. The sheer number of characters in The Avengers can cut both ways – either it would attract more audience (hey, if you’re not a fan of Iron Man, there’s always Captain America, or Hulk, or Thor), or some people might be turned off by the shorter screentime for their favorite character. I don’t think The Amazing Spider-Man really stands a chance. From the trailer, it’s looking like a moody, angst-ridden high school movie. That’s what the Twilight movies are for, right? I’m not really interested in teenage angst in my superhero movies, thank you very much! And the tone seems uneven as well, the trailer starts off serious and moody, but then goes almost fun and games at the fairground. I’m thinking that it would be better to commit one way or the other. Either go full-on dark and disturbing like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, or keep it light, fun and with a sense of levity, like the Iron Man movies.

The Avengers (opens May 4th in the US)

The Amazing Spider-Man (opens July 3rd in the US)

The Dark Knight Rises (opens July 20th in the US)

Another movie I’m really looking forward to is The Hobbit. I missed the trailer when it came out, but it looks awesome! But hey, wait, don’t try to distract me with Martin Freeman and the pretty, pretty shire – what the heck is Galadriel doing touching Gandalf’s hair and exchanging meaningful glances with him??!! Where did this come from?

 

“I can just go running off into the blue. I am a Baggins of Bag End”.

Hey, it’s that guy from Spooks (Richard Armitage) as Thorin.

But seriously, if I had not check the cast list, I probably wouldn’t have recognized him. Here’s Armitage as MI5 officer Lucas North in Spooks (no, not the older gentleman, the other one, heh).

Random Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch doing impressions of Alan Rickman, David Tennant and Jonathan Ross (I’m guessing that’s the host?) His Alan Rickman is PERFECT!!

P&P, Sherlock Edition – Holmes and Watson as Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Special appearance by Inspector Lestrade as Mr Collins. And Moriarty as Judi Dench.

“Did you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?”
“From the first moment I met you, your arrogance made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever marry.”

Are you sure about that, John .. umm, I mean, Lizzie?


Sherlock S02E01 – A Scandal in Belgravia,Bromance Edition

And somebody loves you. If I had to punch that face, I’d avoid your nose and teeth too.

My friends are so wrong about you. You’re a great boyfriend. Sherlock Holmes is a very lucky man.
Jeanette, please.
No, it’s heartwarming, you’ll do anything for him. You can’t even tell your girlfriends apart.
I’ll do anything for you, just tell me what it is I’m not doing. Tell me.
Don’t make me compete with Sherlock Holmes!

What do you normally say? You’ve texted him a lot.
You …. flirted, with Sherlock Holmes?

Does that make me special?
I don’t know, maybe.
Are you jealous?
We’re not a couple.
Yes you are.
Who the hell knows about Sherlock Holmes. But for the record, if anyone out there still cares, I’m not actually gay.

Why would he care? He despises her at the end. Won’t even mention her by name. Just “the woman”.
Is that loathing, or a salute? One of a kind, the one woman who matters?
He’s not like that. He doesn’t feel things that way.

Yeahhhh, keep telling yourself that, Watson. They’re really going all out for the bromance this episode! Be back later for full episode review, but in the meantime, let’s enjoy Holmes’ and Watson’s awkwardness here:

Maybe it’s because Rachel McAdams will always be “that girl from The Notebook” to me, but the Irene Adler from this episode fits more as the mysterious, brilliant, alluring woman that could conceivably stole Sherlock Holmes’ heart, than the Irene Adler from the movie.