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A Study in Pink – A Few More Thoughts

4 Jan

Here in Australia the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission – equivalent to the BBC) has picked up the first two seasons of “Sherlock” to show on repeat.  Even though I have them all on dvd the temptation to watch without interruptions from commercials was too good to pass by, so I settled down last night to watch “A Study in Pink” – AGAIN.

I have lost count of how many times I have watched this episode.  It remains one of my favourites, and every time I watch it, I discover something new.  I have a few thoughts to share on the subject.

I have blogged previously on the episode, in case you missed it.  https://margysmusings.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/a-study-in-pink/

John’s therapist writes that he has “trust issues” at the start of the episode.  If John has trust issues, how come he offers the use of his mobile phone to a complete stranger, to whit, one Sherlock Holmes?  The scene also raises another pertinent question.  How the hell did Ella qualify as a bloody therapist as she’s so damn incompetent?

Just how did Detective Inspector Lestrade know where Sherlock was living?  He’d just moved in that day!  Is this a continuity error…. or early evidence of Lestrade being handled by Mycroft?  There is some interesting fan fiction in there somewhere, and I DON’T mean Mystrade.

The big question.  Did Sherlock and John  save the life of the man from Santa Monica when they chased Jeff Hope’s cab, on foot, through London?  Was the mystery American to have been victim number 5?  Hope couldn’t kill him after that…there were witnesses that the man had been in his cab.

Every time I watch “A Study In Pink” I find something new.  A line I’ve missed, or in these instances, questions to be asked.

Still think the man from Santa Monica is the biggest question of all.

Hating on Anderson

16 Sep

It’s amazing the things you think about when you’re pottering around the apartment at 5.30am.  This morning I started musing on why the Sherlock fandom loathes the character of Anderson.  I had read somewhere that when the pilot was shot, people decided Anderson was a villain based on the fact the actor who plays him, Jonathan Aris, had a beard.  Yet when the re-shot “A Study in Pink” aired, with a beardless Jonathan Aris, people still started hating on Anderson.

Before we met the character we knew he didn’t like Sherlock. Sherlock: Who’s on forensics? Lestrade: Anderson. Sherlock: Anderson won’t work with me,

We also know Anderson will do anything to discomfit Sherlock. Sherlock: Anderson? What are you doing on a drugs bust? Anderson: I volunteered.

But thinking about it I am pretty sure that it is the first meeting with Anderson that cemented the nascent fandom’s open hatred of Anderson.

When we meet him, Sherlock cheerfully imparts the knowledge that Anderson is cheating on his wife with Sally Donovan.

The Sherlock fandom is mostly female.  To most women cheating men are the lowest form of pond scum.  At that point, whether Steve Moffat intended it or not, the character of Anderson became the most loathed character on Sherlock.  Even the real villain of seasons 1 and 2, Jim Moriarty, is loved more than Anderson!

It is now virtually impossible to find someone with a positive view of Anderson.  Even the fan fiction very much thumps on Anderson.  Something I am guilty of myself – in my writing I’ve had John break his nose, Lestrade publicly humiliate him, Mycroft’s had him drag naked from Sally’s bed to be bullied, and he’s been humiliated playing Strip Monopoly.   And I am nowhere near as vicious as some writers! ( http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4797350/MargyW )

The interesting thing will be how Anderson is treated in season 3.  Will the writers give us some back story that may, at least, mitigate some of the Anderson bashing we’re all guilty of?  Or will they happily fuel the Anderson whumping?  I very much suspect the latter.

A Study in Sherlock

15 Sep

“A Study in Sherlock” is an anthology first published in 2011.  The stories allegedly take inspiration from the Holmes canon.  The problem is, sometimes the inspiration is so obscure that even the most dedicated Sherlockian can’t spot the bloody thing.

The anthology was edited by noted Sherlockian Leslie S. Klinger (who is currently up to his arse in a lawsuit) and author Laurie R. King.  I am being honest that I would think twice about picking up an anthology edited by them again.  “A Study in Sherlock” did not meet my expectations.  Too many of the stories had modern settings and did not feature Sherlock Holmes and John Watson at all.

Two stories, however, made up for much of my disappointment with the rest of the book.  One was by Tony Broadbent and featured a London taxi driver who as well as name checking almost ever actor who has played Holmes and Watson, had a lovely rant about the cab driver being a serial killer in the very first Sherlock episode “A Study in Pink”.

The other story was by Lee Child, an author I normally don’t enjoy.  However, his story, also with a modern setting, involving an FBI agent and the murder of an American in Baker Street, was delightful.

If you are just after interesting detective stories, then by all means pick up a copy of “A Study in Sherlock”, but I would steer any Sherlockian or Sherlock fan well away from it.

A Study In Pink

21 Apr

Having got everything arse about face by writing about Reichenbach Fall first, I decided that I really need to write about each Sherlock episode and from this point forward actually be logical about it.

First off, I have to say that “A Study in Pink” (written by Steve Moffat) is one of my favorite Sherlock episodes.  I was hooked from the opening scenes of John’s flashback dream. 

The press conference scene started reeling me in.  Reporter: But if they are murders, how do people keep themselves safe? Lestrade: Well, don’t commit suicide.

You have no idea just how much the sheer absurdity of that scene delighted me.

The final scene that frankly had me landed and gaffed was the scene in the mortuary with Sherlock beating the corpse.  As a Sherlockian since the age of 10, seeing the scene that is mentioned in passing in “A Study in Scarlet”, actually acted out on screen was the icing on the cake.  I knew then that this show was for me.  Clever, witty, and loaded with treats for Sherlockians.

The chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman was immediate and electric. They are just pure joy to watch together on screen.  I think the scene in the taxi on the way to Lauriston Gardens is one of my favorite scenes across the entire series.  Sherlock explaining his deductions and John’s stunned, awed reactions.  And in that scene there is the moment when you know those two characters are bonded for life.  Sherlock: That’s not what people normally say.  John: What do people normally say? Sherlock: Piss off!

Watching again for about the fifth time, one thing struck me about the first scene with Donovan and Anderson.  If our Sherlock is a virgin I’ll eat Benedict’s coat!  Sherlock’s comment on the state of Sally’s knees could be construed as innocent.  Except for the sarcastic tone and the snide expression on his face!  How many virgins do you know that know about blow jobs?  All answers in the comments section below please.

The scene where John meets Mycroft is pure perfection.  I guessed that the character was Mycroft not Moriarty.  Mostly because something in Mark Gatiss’ body language immediately put me in mind of Christopher Lee in that role in “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”.  Best exchange in that scene: Mycroft: You don’t seem very afraid.  John: You don’t seem very frightening.

Also the text messages from Sherlock to John in that scene are canon.  They comprise a telegram sent by Holmes to Watson in one of Conan Doyle’s books.  Not telling you which one.  Chasing around looking for the reference will do you good.

The scene in the restaurant is good too.  Even if our Sherlock slips up.  He misinterprets John’s comments, showing a rather sweet, naive side to him.

The drugs bust at 221B Baker Street shows Lestrade has an edge which makes him a more interesting character than one immediately supposes from his first appearances.  Lestrade is more than a generic police character.  Rupert Graves was the perfect choice for Lestrade.

The scenes with the cabbie.  Okay.  Those were just damn creepy, though not without a sort of macabre humour. Jeff Hope: I’ve out lived four people.  Most fun you can have with an aneurism. 

The very best scenes of the episode come right at the end.  Sherlock realizing that it was John who saved his life.  The grin on Lestrade’s face as he turns away from a blustering Sherlock says clearly that he, too, knows who killed the cabbie, and has no intention of doing a damn thing about it.  Best exchange comes from this scene.  John: We can’t giggle at a crime scene! Sherlock: You’re the one who shot him!

The revelation that Mycroft is Sherlock’s brother and basically the entire British government sets the tone for the future, as he intones their names as they walk away towards the camera.

Absolute perfection.


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