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.