Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Freak's Thoughts on CBS's Elementary

  Okay, so something that's really made the Sherlockians up in arms (besides Moffat and Gatniss) is this show CBS is currently getting a pilot for: Elementary.  To summarize it, it's pretty much Sherlock IN AMERICA! I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. So, I'm going to express my thoughts:


  First things first, the fact Sherlock's a recovering drug addict in this, having just gotten out of rehab, from what I read. In the classic books, Sherlock did smoke a pipe and was mentioned to have a cocaine addiction. HOWEVER, he functions perfectly fine on it (he later goes clean after eventually having a problem with it, but I think he broke it on his own (or with Watson), or so I've heard). And while Sherlock's Sherlock uses nicotine patches instead, there was a brief hint to him possibly having more serious drugs hiding around 221B in "A Study in Pink", during Lestrande's "drugs bust":

 As for RDJ!Sherlock, he might, I'm not sure. He does tend to ingest... odd stuff (Jude!Watson: "You do realize this is for eye surgery?"). I actually read a kind of funny debate in the YouTube comments for this clip from Sherlock Holmes (the scene where the duo is in the stocks overnight) as to whether or not Sherlock took a snort of something or was just clearing his nose (personally, I agree with the "nose clearing", that was totally a handkerchief).

  I'm not sure how I feel about Sherlock having to go rehab. As I said before, Sherlock was shown to be a functional addict when it comes to this. It's great they've actually shown some research, but Holmes doesn't strike me as a "go to rehab" guy. If nothing else, he'd probably try and break the habit himself. Or at least get Watson's help at the most. Unless Watson was showing some tough love and MAKING Sherlock go, that I can believe.

  Hilariously, the thought of Sherlock going to rehab makes me think of this song:


-Female Watson

  There is a big change this series, in that Dr. John Watson is now Dr. Joan Watson. Now, don't get me wrong, I like the idea of a girl Watson. Heck, I'd even like to see a girl Sherlock. Yes, part of me screams "BLASPHEMY! WATSON IS A DUDE!", but I'm sort of open to the idea...

  BUT, I don't want it just be so Sherlock can have a love interest. I mean, the "female and male crime fighting duo becomes an item" thing's a little used. It would feel a little cliche.

  PLUS, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is the greatest bromance in literary history, and fictional history in general. Both the movies and Sherlock have shown that. Heck, they played it up even in the first episode of Sherlock, when John and Sherlock have only just met (Mycroft: "...And now you're solving crimes together. Can we expect a happy announcement by the end of the week?"). And the movies has Sherlock obviously a little jealous of having to share Watson with his wife. I really don't want the good thing the characters have had for ages to get changed drastically because Watson's a woman in this show.

  Now, if Elementary wanted to push they envelope a bit, they could've had the duo remain two guys, but still have them become an item. Don't know how well that would be received, it'd probably divide the fandom a bit and make some people mad, worse case scenario. But IF Female!Watson and Rehabilitated!Sherlock (as I feel the need to call him) get together, it'll probably feel like they wanted to have the duo get together, but were too afraid of the taboo it could cause if it were two men.

  Personally, I'm hoping their relationship never gets past "two really good friends". I'd like to see a male and female lead who remain great friends and nothing more. As sweet as "friend-turned-boyfriend/girlfriend" can be, it'd be nice to have some variety of male/female relationships. Heck, they can even have "like an old married couple" moments. I guess what I'm saying is that I want their relationship to remain more or less the way it is. Besides, Sherlock, for the most part, isn't really a "relationship" person, honestly (Except when it comes to Irene Adler in some adaptions, *cough*RDJ!Sherlock*cough*.)

  ...And it would be awesome if Female!Watson stays an ex-army doctor.

-The Station It's On And The Fear That Comes With All Adaptions

   CBS is overrun with Law/Crime/Detective shows. Heck, all of network TV's overrun with those shows. Seriously, if it's not a comedy, it's more than likely a crime show with a hook. Plus, CBS already has a show with a hyper-observer consultant to the authorities. His name is Patrick Jane, and his show is The Mentalist, and it's good, from what few episodes I've seen. Heck, the creator even said Jane is based on Holmes! Is CBS forgetting this? I'm afraid Elementary would pretty much be white noise. Though now I'm liking the idea of a Mentalist/Sherlock crossover, though I know it's impossible.

  And, there's the fear they'll just make it a generic detective show with the fact it has Sherlock being more or less just a gimmick. I hope the show sticks to/takes elements from the canon like Sherlock. And not have "boring", "generic" cases you get in every detective show. Nothing Sherlock does should be boring. As Moffat said, about Sherlock's stories:

"...they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes... Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that's what matters."
    I hope the people behind this keep this in mind, I truly do.


  The guy who's going to be playing Sherlock in Elementary has some high standards set for him. Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch have both knocked it out of the park as the iconic sleuth in their own way. New guy's got a lot to live up to. For me, he needs to live up to the bar set by RDJ and Cumberbatch, AND somehow make his Sherlock stand out in a way. After all, RDJ!Sherock and Cumberbatch!Sherlock are different in ways, but still Sherlock in the end.

 Same goes for Watson. She needs to be notable and still live up to the portrayals by Jude Law and Martin Freeman. You know, besides being a woman.


  Now, I know that it's a little early to be worrying about it. It's just a pilot right now, CBS may not even pick this show up. I want to be optimistic about it. But I'm still wary. And for those worried about it being too much of a Sherlock ripoff, I read that if the people behind Sherlock see the show and find it to be too much like theirs, they'll take legal action. AND they're going to make sure this won't negatively impact their baby.

  I'm afraid of there being a Sherlock Overload, too. I don't want this to be overdoing it like the vampire literary craze years ago.

  I dunno, I might check it out IF it gets the okay, and only time will tell how this thing will turn out.

  Until then, let's enjoy the awesomeness of Sherlock when it comes to the states May 6th, relive Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray June 12th, and eagerly await Series 3 and the third movie in 2013. :D

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

So, Minor KH3D News...

   Well, to start, on the 29th, the game officially releases in Japan. This will make things a LITTLE harder to get news, as my sources (*cough*WikipediaandTVTropes*cough*) will most likely have spoilers... :( Oh well, there's still the page for it on Gamestop as far as the release date goes...

  But, there IS some other news stuffs:

1. THE WORLD THAT NEVER WAS IS PLAYABLE! (Say it with me, Organization XIII fans, "whoo-hoo!")

and 2. It's been revealed David Gallagher will be voicing the "Mysterious Figure" from Birth By Sleep. You know, the bonus boss who's impossible to beat? I know I do. Come to think of it, he might be "Bright Eyes". And now Gallagher has fulfilled his "Voice two characters" obligation all the American voice actors for the game seem to have. (I'm not counting Repliku and Data-Riku, since they're pretty much Riku...)

  So, that's all I got. What do you guys think? Got any news you've gathered? You know the drill!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gaze Upon This, Mortals!

  So, guess what? You know the upcoming Avatar spin-off, Legend of Korra? Well, they released the first two episodes of the series early online! WOOT!

Here's a link to the site!

  IT. IS. AWESOME. Seriously, I can't wait for the next episodes. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil it. Just.. just... just click the link and have yo' mind blown, darlin'!

  Seriously, click it.

UPDATE: Apparently, the episodes were only up for the weekend. Sorry. :( But, hey, it really isn't THAT long until April 14th, so...

  Hey, good thing I didn't post spoilers, right?

Friday, March 23, 2012

YAY MAY! *Foams at Mouth*

  Okay, I am so stoked for May for multiple reasons. Besides The Avengers on the 4th, Sherlock Series II comes to America on PBS May 6th! *Fangirl Squeal*

  Finally! I can get another dose of Sherlockian Awesomeness! Hopefully it can get me through the inevitable wait for Series III, which is due to START production in 2013. *le sigh*

  BUT, until then, we have this trailer!

  "I always hear 'punch me in the face' when you're speaking, but its usually subtext." Oh, John...

Sunday, March 18, 2012


  So, The new Avatar series, Legend of Korra, comes out April 14th (WHOO!) And I found a clip. It'd from when the current Avatar, Korra is little, and the White Lotuses are going to see if she's really the Avatar. And it has the awesomest/most adorable thing EVER!

 Oh, I'm going to like Korra...

UPDATE: Darn it, the poster of the video removed it... >:( Oh well, April 14th isn't that far away... :(

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Things I Would Pay And/Or Kill A Man To See: Benedict Cumberbatch In A Marvel Movie

   Okay, here's my new "segment". Where I pretty much talk about stuff I want to see. (*gasp* Just like the title!)

  Okay, so I love Sherlock, no secret there, am I right? And that has made me a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, the awesome man that plays him. For example, I admit I actually want to see The Hobbit because he's voicing Smaug. And I heard he's going to be in the next Star Trek movie, so I want to see that movie now, too. I'm not ashamed to fess up to that. Benedict's that awesome.

  Now, one thing that I often do with actors I like is try and think of how they could be in my other favorite things. It's hard to do for some people, though. *sigh* Poor Chris Colfer and Jesse McCartney, they have no roles in my hypothetical Marvel movies yet :(. But Benedict is someone I want to see in a Marvel movie, too. It's a little hard to come up with something for him, but I sort of did.

  I want him to play Doctor Strange.

  Here me out, first of all, that movie is on the table for Marvel, so there's a high possibility that can become a reality. I would be interested to see what he would do as the character. Cumberbatch's a good actor. I know that technically Doctor Strange is physically 40, and Cumberbatch does not look 40.  But there's some good make-up artists, and it would be cool to see him (Benedict) with gray hair at the temples. Or it could be younger Strange.

  Plus, think about it: if Benedict were a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he could run into Iron Man/Tony Stark AKA Robert Downey Jr. And then, we would have TWO SHERLOCKS IN ONE MOVIE! SHERLOCK SQUARED! DOUBLE SHERLOCK, WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? THE UNIVERSE WOULD EXPLODE FROM THE AWESOME! And it'd be worth it...

  So, that's why I would love to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Who wants to start a campaign for that?

UPDATE: Just remembered, Cumberbatch has these super-cool eyes. I forget the term, but they change color in different conditions (like more lighting). So, he could, with the right lighting, have the green eyes Doctor Strange has. I'm just sayin'...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Announcement Of Things To Come

  So, I'm not going to let anything get me down! I kind of wanted to let you know some things I got planned:
  • MORE Sherlockian Fangirling!
  • MORE Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance News!
  • NEW! Things I Would Pay And/Or Kill A Man To See!
  • AND A Sherlock/Harry Potter "Crossover" Fanfic!
  Why the quotations over "crossover"? Well, you'll see. I won't give anything major away, but it involves a cat, a chest, and a "children's" book. I'll leave you to speculate on that.

  So, your thoughts? Any post suggestions? Artwork requests? Want a long-distance comment conversation? You know what to do!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Awards Go To...

  So, I had a plan in case my attempt at an award show didn't get no votes.

  Everyone/thing nominated gets the award.

  So, I have a question for you all....

  Should I bother writing out the show/acceptance speeches, or does it make no difference to you, I should move on and forget about this experiment?

  Please let me know.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Three More Days Left!

 There are three more days left to vote for my 1st Annual Freak Flag Awards. Guys, PLEEEEASE vote. Just put your choices in the comments. If your unfamiliar with any nominee, just do what I always did with those Kids' Choice Awards...

 ...Pick whichever one you at least heard of. :P

  I'll reveal the winners in a post, so come on and vote!

  Here's a link to the original post, have fun voing!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ramblin' 'Bout Sherlock (Oh, and Weekend Artwork #17)

   Okay, by "Tomorrow", I meant Sunday. My bad. Anyway, I totally love Sherlock. To sum it up for people who are unfamiliar with the show, it's a British television show that's literally a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes. It's awesome. I finished season one, and I'm waiting to see Season Two on PBS (I heard they're showing it in the US there in their "Masterpiece Theater" or something).

  Anyway, I love this show, as I said before. Sherlock is now one of my favorite self-proclaimed high-functioning sociopaths. I am also now a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. And I gotta admit, the show's version of Moriarty has grown on me. At first, I was like, "Eh, I'm not so sure.." then shortly after finishing "The Great Game" I decided he was alright with me, and I liked him more than Game of Shadows!Moriarty. Sherlock!Moriarty has more charisma.

  Oh, I'm distinguishing the movies and the show mentally by referring to the movies!Holmes and Watson by... calling them "Holmes and Watson". Show!Holmes and Watson are "Sherlock and John" to me, as they are referred to in-show.

  I think I'm starting the metamorphosis into a full-fledged Sherlockian, because I always internally giggle when I hear someone say/I feel bored. Because I think of Sherlock, who gets bored when he doesn't have something like a murder to solve. And this show (along with the Sherlock Holmes movies with my beloved Robert Downey Jr.) is really making me want to read the original books. Plus, it (and Doctor Who, which I recently started watching as well) is helping make me more cultured. I now know a "jumper" is a British term for a sweater! :D

  Anyway, I've been obsessed with the show lately, and I drew some fanarts of the show. This was my favorite, and I thought, "Hey! Let's bring back Weekend Artwork!". So, I posted the AMAZINGNESS that is SHERLOCK AND JOHN DRESSED AS PHINEAS AND FERB!! BEHOLD, MORTALS!

Yes, Skull is the equivalent of Perry in this picture...
 Well, there you go! I feel the need to remind everyone that IF for some reason you want  to use my artwork, please ask me first in the comments. I would prefer it if you asked permission first. Just a request.

 Anyway, there's my ramblin' 'bout Sherlock.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled life.

Friday, March 2, 2012

KH News Brief and SHERLOCK!!

  Okay, so North America has a sorta-kinda release date. We're gettin' it in  the summer, too. No month yet. Well, that's good to know.

  Oh, and I just finished watching the first season (or "series") of this British TV Show, Sherlock. It's awesome, and I'll tell you more stuff 'bout it later. Until then, because I felt this post was too scrawny, I found this video and added it. I kind of like the song...