Holmes/Watson BBC2

But the "great game" is spycraft, so where's this going, really?

That was a game of spot the reference to canon, almost non-stop. From Holmes shooting the walls, to the Bruce-Partington plans, to the Baker Street Irregulars, to the dialog from "The Final Problem", to things I probably haven't noticed yet and will catch on a rewatch.

The interesting thing about the Bruce-Partington plans stuff was that familiarity with the source allowed me to tell Mr Pedia who'd committed the murder instantly, but that wasn't the point. It wasn't the interesting part of the storyline for Holmes, either. It was a side pleasure, the pleasure of recognition, in the middle of a chase after a new puzzle. However, Mr Pedia & I did agree as we watched that the title "the great game" might be a pointer to spycraft/national security being more important to the overall story than we thought. Moriarty's action at the end, throwing the thumb drive into the pool-- "I can get those plans anywhere"-- argues against it. Dunno. Remind me of this question a year from now when we get the conclusion.

This one also gave me a moment of one of my hardcore character kinks, the reason I love Holmes and his offshoot House so much: Would giving shallow evidence of caring about this woman help save her? No. So quit hand-wringing and let me work. Deeds matter more than words, always always.

And then there's my competence kink.

Cumberbatch's Holmes continues to make me incredibly happy. Yeah, here's our man, here's this specific strange character, as a modern writer would see him. Moffat has successfully resisted the urge to smooth over the rough edges, the essential obnoxiousness, and Cumberbatch carries it through for him. Freeman's Watson makes me even happier. Rupert Graves as Lestrade is almost an embarrassment of riches after those two.

bakerstreaders. Re-reading Doyle in order. The edition to get if you're needing one and have the bucks for hardcover is the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: novels, short stories. Otherwise, Project Gutenberg has it all, as does wikisource.

And what a pleasure it is to see a long-standing fandom burst into new life. But this fandom is very busy indeed. I'm going to have to make a Holmesian filter just for the Holmesian comms. I sort of wish for an all genfic comm, though, because I'm still unable to slash them the way the rest of fandom does. It's epic friendship for me. Holmes is asexual.
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The show was wonderful, wasn't it? The Blind Banker didn't work for me as much as the other two, but in overall, the fangirl in me is bubbling with happiness since A Study in Pink. Cumberbatch was pitch-perfect.
About "The Great game", I'm divided. It could simply be an allusion to "The game is on, Mrs. Hudson, but Mycroft's importance on the show could indicate more. And we could do with a modern Van Bork and an undercover Altamont.

I also see Holmes as asexual, either being not at all interested or choosing coldly to deny it, even though he might regret it later (I rather liked Wilder's movie in this aspect).
The Blind Banker suffered from disconnection with the Mycroft-Moriarty overall story arc, and also from a video game version of Hong Kong crime syndicates. The character bits in it made me happy, though. Cumberbatch is a great Holmes.

I'm expecting to see Mycroft almost instantly in whatever the conclusion turns out to be.
*sigh* I wish I could get over the a) complete lack of likeable female characters (why oh why couldn't they have made Lestrade a really kickass woman?) and b) the racism (not to mention utter irrelevance) of the second episode. Then I could be gleeful about it without reservation. Alas, I can't let either of those things go, as there's just no excuse for them in this day and age and from a writer I trust.
You didn't like Sarah? I did, though I didn't feel I saw enough of her. I suspect she is the series's Mary Morstan, and therefore I do expect to hear from more people who loathe her just because she gets in the way of the slash. Sigh.
I liked her okay. I do give her credit for not running screaming from Watson after their first date got her tied up and almost killed. But I would have preferred a female Lestrade knocking Sherlock down a peg or two on occasion, a la Lisa Cuddy.
Hmm, on the plus side, we have a couple more canonical recurring Scotland Yard inspectors that could yet show up in a remade way: Gregson and Bradstreet. Bradstreet is kinda minor, but Gregson appeared in a lot of stories. Let's let Moffat have his way with a larger series, I think. He generally does very well with female characters, cough.
I didn't like that she just sat there. Even after the gangsters weren't standing next to her, she didn't even try to knock her chair over or anything. She just kind of sat there like a deer, wide-eyed and helpless waiting for Teh Hero.
Yeah, that was my feeling as well. I'd be more on board if she'd done anything to rescue herself.
Holmes shoots the walls in the original stories? It's going to be even more fun to read them all than I thought.
Oh dear lord, you have some amusing moments ahead of you. "Oh, this is where that trope came from!" It's like reading "Romeo & Juliet" for the first time and realizing that those are its bootprints stomped all over the English language.

Mind you, Doyle is a hack and he was very fond of the "just make shit up" approach to writing about cultures not his own. The bit in Sherlock about Watson's psychosomatic limp and his real shoulder wound will become hilarious to you as you watch his Afghanistan injury wander around in the stories.
I had been indignant about the disappearing limp until somebody told me it was an in-joke about the original stories. And as the only other reference I spotted was the "Five Orange Pips" one, I have many bootprints ahead of me.
And a fresh context for so much detective fiction. Doyle reacts to Poe; Doyle's successors react to him.
Oh, wow, how do I love this show? It is awesome, in many ways. I still haven't seen the third ep, though--eek.

It's not perfect; I could wish for a bit better handling of the few female characters, and for less exoticism/orientalism in the Blind Banker. (The imperialistic patriarchalism of the original source was the one thing I wish they hadn't kept.) But the rest of it is awesome beyond belief.
I was reminded of video games more than anything: oh boy it's the Hong Kong Triad trope again! With plot holes and the technology of the thirties! The lucky cat is Japanese, not Chinese, so wtf. I have no idea what it looks like to British viewers, however, with Hong Kong business being an ordinary thing for a London investment banker. But the real criticism ends up being what it always is-- the writer has committed the sin of sloppy observation of the world around him or her. It's by far the weakest script of the three, though it did give us some nice character work for Holmes and Watson both.

Female characters I'll give the series a little time on. They've introduced their Mary Morstan, but we haven't seen much of her yet. Utterly sucks that we have to wait a year, though. Grrrr.