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    elsaf, niemann

    Hi.  Now you know somebody else who absolutely hates the Cummerbatch "Sherlock."  It's just a vapid string of gimmicks.

    One of the things I like about Doyle's stories is their smallness.  The crimes are horrible because you're pulled close to them.  The crimes don't have to be gory multiplying slaughters because one death - or one attempted murder or one fraud - is made real in its evils and ironies.

    You're nose to nose with victims and perps, feel the scratch of Holmes's tweeds and smell Watson's pipe tobacco.  You see drab dark colors and know it will rain soon if it isn't already raining.  The Brett series kept that nearly claustrophobic aura intact.  The mod forms have gone prime time schlock tv and wide-screen Dolby.  They're soulless and generic and boring.  

    The Cummerbatch series particularly revolts me because its attempt at techno-savvy is so idiotic that it's an insult to the viewer, and the Holmes/Watson interactions are reduced to schtick.

    An aside:  The first time "Asperger's" was explained to me, what popped into my head was, "Sherlock Holmes":  the detachment, the intensity, the intellect, the disinterest in social niceties, the isolation, the blase daring.  

    (And poor Watson's stuck with an ESFJ in the Myers-Briggs zodiac.)

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:15:04 PM PST

    •  It just occurred to me while reading this ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... that while I agree with you 100% ...

      Maybe we shouldn't be referring to the new series as "the Cummberbatch series."  He's just the poor actor being paid to do the scripts (and a very good actor too)!  And as an actor myself, I say good for him for landing the lead in a series.  

      The faults of the series aren't the actor's fault.  I guess, if anything, we should be calling the series by the creators'/writers'/producers' names.

      •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

        Nothing that is wrong with "Sherlock" is Benedict Cummerbatch's fault. He didn't write this stuff. He only performs it.

        And by the same token, Jonny Lee Miller isn't responsible for "Elementary," though at least one component of my dislike for the series is not finding any charm in his performance.

        The Cummerbatch series is just an easy tag to put on the project. Cummerbatch is who you remember when you watch it. By the same token, Jeremy Brett was just an actor on the other series, though it generally gets called the Brett series, just as the 1940s movies get called the Basil Rathbone films.

        It's easy to confuse titles as bare as "Elementary" and "Sherlock." If you refer to the actors, there is no confusion at all.

        Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

        by elsaf on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 11:23:48 PM PST

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