the bbc sherlock series by the dr who 'bloke' and starring tim from the office

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OK. I think I decided this isn't actually very good. Maybe if I was 10 I would like it.

De La Soil (admrl), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, does it get better? I only seen the first two. There's nothing too wrong with them, it's just a bit bland?

rrrobyn van pursuit (admrl), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think i like it because it makes me feel a bit like a kid, yet still an adult, obv - suspension of disbelief stuff. though the show doesn't always work to that effect, it's true.
(lol @ yr display name)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Adam, the second episode is probably the worst in the series, you should at least watch the third one, it's much better. But if the main concept (aspie guy solves outlandish crimes with the power of deduction) doesn't grab you, that isn't gonna change, though the second series at least has more interpersonal drama.

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Amazon in the UK currently has the first series on region-free blu-ray for £6. I'm guessing there's not much in the way of frills on there.

trishyb, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

bbc dvd/blu-rays are normally pretty extra-laden (cf their doctor who discs), i know these discs have commentary tracks, at the v least

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

old-school Dr Who extras are largely compiled by a dedicated nerd network though, not through endemic BBC policy AFAIU. (no idea about the new series ones though)

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

or you know, we could google

The extras on the DVD are a little thin on the ground. There are commentaries for A Study In Pink and The Great Game, along with a short ‘behind the scenes' feature, Unlocking Sherlock, and the original 60 minute pilot. To be honest, there's little point in watching the pilot, as it's a 60 minute version of A Study In Pink, but it's nice to know that it's there.

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I could go and open the one that arrived from Amazon today, but I'm too lazy.

trishyb, Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not to drag out the Who thing, but I just wanted to point out that as awesome a sci-fi story as it is, and arguably as good a Who episode as it is, "Blink" doesn't really introduce viewers to the Doctor?

omar leeettle (Leee), Friday, 17 February 2012 06:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

It just takes us back to a time when Carey Mulligan wasn't a bland nonentity like she was in Drive.

Nicole, Friday, 17 February 2012 11:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

:(

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 February 2012 12:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp - actually I think it does! It's an intro to the Doctor from the point of view of a bright civilian, we learn what she learns, it's a little brisk but doesn't I think skip past anything you need to know, and by the end you have a decent wordcloud of him - alien, energetic, travels through time, frequently sorry.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

An alternative entrypoint could be the Girl in the Fireplace, which has equally beguiling time travel tricks up its sleeve but features a lot more of the Doctor.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 February 2012 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

A little of that Doctor goes a long way :)

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Isn't there a separate thread for Doctor Who?

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry if that sounded harsh, but it's sad to notice new posts in this thread, but when I click on it none of them are about Sherlock.

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

We have nothing to say until Smilin' Steve Moffatt deigns to drop the revelation bomb on us.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tuomas we are talkin about which Dr Who eps a Sherlock fan might like. So it is sort of connected. Sorry you're bummed out tho.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
1 month passes...

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I watched Hound of the Baskervilles on the plane recently, and actually enjoyed it despite some of the cheesy bits. Cumberbatch is quite a good Sherlock! Think I will investigate more of them.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's the weakest of all of the episodes --which is not to say I didn't enjoy it -- so I think you'd better.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Second weakest. Skip S01e02 altogether Veg.

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 01:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

you're not the boss of me

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 01:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://youtu.be/yrDVSxNycKc

Trailer thingy for CBS' own Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary. Looks like a rather generic police procedural with a 'quirky' lead character - a la Monk - to me.

If I want a Yank Sherlock I'll watch House, I think.

DavidM, Friday, 18 May 2012 09:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

dethklok piccalo (c sharp major), Friday, 18 May 2012 11:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

What is it with America casting short arse Sherlocks. Johnny Lee Miller isn't Robert Downy short but he's hardly tall and striking. (one of the reasons that Cumberbatch makes a good Sherlock)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 18 May 2012 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

what is it with american television and british film actors of the 90s

thomp, Friday, 18 May 2012 11:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

i keep walking past an HMV window with big boardwalk empire and mildred pierce displays with winslet and mcdonald and thinking, just, huh

thomp, Friday, 18 May 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Johnny Lee Miller isn't Robert Downy short but he's hardly tall and striking. (one of the reasons that Cumberbatch makes a good Sherlock)

I really don't think Cumberbatch is all that much taller than Miller, it's probably due to the costume choices. Miller is dressed like an overgrown teenager.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Friday, 18 May 2012 12:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

idgi

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am you
you are me
wth

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah?

gygax! II: pornograffitti (admrl), Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 16 August 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Jan. 29 on these freedom-loving shores, lolling @ u, Blighty!

Matt Groening's Cousin (Leee), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:33 (11 months ago) Permalink

the BBC has the “first window” rights to air the show, so UK fans can at least take heart in knowing they will almost certainly get season 3 sometime before Jan. 19

just sayin, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 22:10 (11 months ago) Permalink

Surely it'll be a flagship Christmas/New Year showing?

ailsa, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 22:24 (11 months ago) Permalink

the BBC has the “first window” rights to air the show, so UK fans can at least take heart in knowing they will almost certainly get season 3 sometime before Jan. 19

USA! USA!

Matt Groening's Cousin (Leee), Thursday, 24 October 2013 05:30 (11 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I liked it when Derren Brown did it, the actual explanation was more plausible but less television-y I suppose.

The episode itself was pretty good even if it owed a debt to V For Vendetta. Do we really need another series arc super-villain though? And I'm still not keen on the 'thinky time' special effects, even if they were less Minority Report this time round.

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Wednesday, 1 January 2014 22:34 (9 months ago) Permalink

didn't think much of it really. lopsided with all the 'coming back' stuff at the beginning. editing/pace was a bit weird more generally - wooshy 'speed up/slow down' stuff over an unnecessarily prolonged motorcycle race. can't remember what colonel moran did in the original story (other than taking a shot at the silhouette of holmes? was it that one?), but big terrorism feels like it's not a great fit for sherlock. felt like an episode where a lot of stuff had to be got out of the way/set up. holmes #bantz bit overplayed. wicker man guy fawkes stuff was fun. compared to the excellent first episode of s2 (admittedly probably the best so far), it all felt badly hobbled.

use of london topography is still a strength i think - the lines of information and communication.

Fizzles, Thursday, 2 January 2014 02:14 (8 months ago) Permalink

tho the ACD stories after holmes returns are also comparatively lumbering and clumsy, so perhaps it's cunning meta.

Fizzles, Thursday, 2 January 2014 02:16 (8 months ago) Permalink

Well what did you all expect? This was a Gatiss episode.

Matt Groening is MY Cousin (Leee), Thursday, 2 January 2014 03:13 (8 months ago) Permalink

Gatiss episodes still >>>>> Thompson episodes on average (esp if you count that Moffat plainly wrote much of Thompson's S2 ep)

giant faps are what you take, wanking on the moon (sic), Thursday, 2 January 2014 08:17 (8 months ago) Permalink

God this was terrible. Just an appalling mess. I thought it was just the middle episodes that sucked so hard?

pandemic, Thursday, 2 January 2014 12:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

'elementary' lookin pretty good now huh you pseuds

j., Thursday, 2 January 2014 14:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

Ha! I actually love 'Elementary'. Sure it's police procedural and an entirely different thing from 'Sherlock', but I'm basically cool with JLM and Lucy Liu just hanging out solving crimes. JLM is incredible in it.

pandemic, Thursday, 2 January 2014 14:26 (8 months ago) Permalink

was about as good/bad as any of the other mediocre episodes i thought. banter was cute. also im not sure that were meant to take the "actual" explanation as the "actual" explanation? but idk

max, Thursday, 2 January 2014 14:46 (8 months ago) Permalink

ok - shd watch elementary. this episode of Sherlock just gets worse and worse as I think about it. a non-case only solved by the agency of the extremely unlikely figure of someone whose job it is, from home, to review tube security tapes before wiping them, who then gets in touch with Sherlock rather than his manager. is an expert on tubes, and categorically states there is nothing between two tube stations whereas in a fact there is an entire siding and station (leading nowhere - why was it built?). this is a version of the "secret passage" get-out much abhorred by golden-age crime and detection writers (Sherlock, with its methodical clues and solutions, partakes of this genre as the original Sherlock Holmes stories did much to produce it). the absence of valuable rolling stock is not noticed by anyone.

there was a lot of horrible public-school/establishment bro behaviour - present in the other episodes obviously, but probably more acceptable (if it is at all acceptable) because they are more vulnerable.

plot holes or lack of realism aren't a problem (for me anyway) as long as the emotion or entertainment conveyed is successful, but this was a total hodge-podge, designed to Holmes and Watson to do an unfunny and actually quite repulsive comedy turn.

Fizzles, Thursday, 2 January 2014 14:54 (8 months ago) Permalink

yeah this "mystery" was one of the absolute worst in terms of plot holes

max, Thursday, 2 January 2014 15:03 (8 months ago) Permalink


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