When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote A Study in Scarlet it’s doubtful he realized that he was creating one of the most iconic relationships in literature. With adaptations of the characters appearing onscreen and in print at a near geometric pace, in everything period pastiches to openly labeled alternate universes, Holmes and Watson have replaced David and Jonathan in the 21st Century as a shorthand reference to an everlasting and extraordinarily close friendship. But what makes the friendship so appealing that a hundred years later we are still fascinated with them? How do they epitomize the philosophic ideal of friendship? And what, if anything, do the permutations of the relationship and the characters say about the culture in which they were created and re-created?
Just a few quick notes and links. For some really spiffy ones, you might want to check out Anne Zanoni’s Airel’s Miscellany… a la Sherlock and there’s a new site filled with informational resources (growing by leaps and bounds and the sleeplessness of its author) called Guide to Sherlock Episodes and Characters by Barbara Warne.
Word of Warning If You Are Viewing “Sign of Three” For the First Time This Weekend
To avoid choking or spewing, I recommend that first-time viewers NOT drink any beverages during the episodes. Seriously. Each time you think you are going to be safe to take that big gulp, you’re at risk of having things go down the wrong pipe or be shockingly ejected in a wide dispersal pattern (I believe I have found and cleaned everything from the party at this point, although the micro fleece afghan may never be the same. I’m so glad I served champagne and not the red wine!)
While I’m curtailing my Sherlock and Sherlock Holmes fannish spending to optimize my U.K. Invasion funding (%%$%#$$#% Taxes!), I suspect the nerd and geek in me will not be able to avoid buying the Sherlock App for my iPad. There’s a full review and details on Sherlockology here. Who wouldn’t want to be part of Sherlock’s “Homeless Network?” I mean you never know when you might be called upon to help stage a fake suicide, right? But even more exciting is that there are supposedly 10 new mysteries that you get to solve. Alright, Alright, I confess. They got me with the news that there will be some exclusive new footage of Cumberbatch and Freeman as Sherlock and John included as well. The app is a joint venture of The Project Factory and Hartswood Films and should be available now from your UK App store. Supposedly an international and Android release are coming. (You know, it would really be lovely if corporations grasped the fact that these days things need to be released world-wide at the same time because we are connected world-wide and that not doing so only causes people to have to fake IP addresses and engage in behaviours they ordinarily wouldn’t. Just saying…)
And finally, here’s a charming video from CBS about the lasting power of Sherlock Holmes with some nice shots from the Atlantic Sherlock Holmes Convention, some historic footage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and some lovely interview bits with Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller from Elementary — oh, and a brief segment on all the naked Sherlock Holmes of late (that got your attention, didn’t it?).
That’s what you get for letting John fix your drinks. Payback for Baskerville!
There will be something fresh on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I’m desperately working away to finish both (this is worse than promising handmade gifts to family and friends).
A Big Shout Out Thank You to TrickyBonMot at Tumblr (Jenny Jo) for the wonderful BBC Sherlock Christmas Card treat of some lovely fanfic. You can read her Sherlockian Carol here at AO3. I’ve also reblogged it at sherlockcares.tumblr.com.
Meanwhile, there’s news on the RDJ Sherlock Holmes front. Apparently, the script for movie #3 is being ironed out, but there will definitely be a movie #3 with Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr. reprising their roles. They do have lovely chemistry together, although it’s rather explosive (double entendre intended). The current word is that the filming will be somewhere we haven’t been yet, so not strictly set in London.
Oh, and I should mentioned that I opened one of my Christmas gifts early and found out a friend had sent me the set of Baring-Gould Annotated Sherlock Holmes, so I’m having a very hard time concentrating on everything I else I need to do before Tuesday. Thank you, BE Warne (she has several sites including West Wing and House fandoms).
I told you I lost an entire day to reading Sherlock related news pieces. Here are some more ranging from news about the popular game version of our favorite consulting detective and his partner in crime solving to some new interviews and actual analysis of the popularity of the character. To borrow from John Watson, it’s all good.
There’s a nice comparison of the differences in interpretation between the Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law film versions of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and BBC Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the NBC Miami site. SPOILER WARNING if you haven’t seen Game of Shadows yet.
MTV News has a rather lengthy video interview with Benedict Cumberbatch in which he discusses his awareness of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson gay fan fiction (known as “slash” and represented by the symbol “S/J”) thanks to Martin Freeman’s increased tech savvy. Rather than just give you the link to the MTV News, check out the abbreviated version (with link to the full article on Pink News UK) at Democratic Underground (Not what you think).
KQED Public Television has a lovely 5 Reasons to Watch Sherlock Holmes with a smashing photo of Andrew Scott as Moriarty (and I’m sorry but he will go down as Best Moriarty Ever for me).
The Vancouver Sun (sponsors of the amazing Vancouver Sun Run) of British Columbia has a wonderful preview of Scandal in Belgravia with an interview of Benedict Cumberbatch in which he discussed how difficult it is “to play clever.”
While I don’t usually catch the Huffington Post, there’s quite a nice, lengthy piece on BBC Sherlock Season 2, Moffat and Dr. Who. Alas, Moffat makes it clear that we’re never going to get more than 3 episodes per “season” for Sherlock. He calls it “event-status” production versus the standard television approach and he does have a point about the Sherlock episodes becoming events instead of just another episode. I do like that he considers Season 1 to be John-centric while Season 2 is Sherlock focused. It puts much in perspective. He also discussed how difficult it is for him and Gatiss to keep from being drawn into writing from what they know is to come and the middle-aged, settled Holmes and Watson that they grew up with. There’s also a dazzling discussion of the impact of new technology on the amount of fiction we are consuming these days and how we are consuming it. Spoiler Warning! There’s a video clip from the last episode of Season 2 at the end of the article.
There’s a fresh, lengthy article and video clip (in which Benedict Cumberbatch demonstrates the “turn ups” of his jeans) of the PBS NYC Q & A with creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue and Benedict Cumberbatch at Radio Times. There are some interesting questions including one regarding a blank check and ideal project.
And last, but hardly least for us geeks, there’s some news about The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, the next installment in Frogware’s Sherlock Holmes game series.
Whoo! I need some coffee and to pull an all-nighter before I get too far behind in my mundane work. But this was so much more fun!
The only major Sherlock missing is Jeremy Brett. I might have to consider making my own version of this theme. Not only do we need Jeremy Brett’s incarnation, but some more Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law would be nice. But the bit with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the Chinese restaurant is rather cute. But frankly, I think there are enough incarnations to do an entirely new “episode.” Hmmm.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy.
Since the New Zealand group, Flight of the Conchords, are a comedy troupe, this is obviously a funny one. While most of it is Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman from BBC Sherlock, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law appear about a third of the way through in a lovely tie-in.
Note: Any “slash” implications are entirely up to the viewer. And it’s entirely Season 1 so No Spoilers Necessary. Oh, to avoid confusion, it’s not mine but embedded from Youtube.
Youtube Spoiler Alert Warning: Most of the BBC Sherlock videos on Youtube include Season 2 content and are *major spoilers* (I knew the basic plot lines of all 3 episodes long before I got my UK DVDs). I’ll be posting some Season 1 videos until the US gets Season 2.
As always with fan music videos, no copyright infringement is intended and all rights belong to the original rights holders. It’s just for fun, folks (and it promotes the music and the media).