Friday, October 26, 2012

Loveable Freak Reviews Elementary: Episode 4 "The Rat Race"

  Alright. New episode of Elementary last night. Let's get right to it...

  At Wall Street, a COO has disappeared, and Holmes, much to his chagrin, has been hired by his co-workers to find him. He's found dead of an overdose. Holmes suspects foul play, and discovers a string of seemingly unconnected murders within the firm and it's branches. But it seems like Holmes is in for more than he bargained for...

  This episode actually starts in media res, with Joan Watson desperately going to Gregson for help. Holmes has gone missing on a case, and fears that Holmes's gotten high. This requires her to tell him the truth about their relationship (that's she's helping him rehabilitate from drugs). Then it cuts back two days earlier, to when this case began. It was an interesting change of pace.

  Millerlock seemed a little better. Though he seemed to be extra-snarky this episode. Though, since we learned this episode he hates stock market people, that might be why. Though he did do some impressive things this episode.  I liked hearing him do a New York accent, and speaking Mandarin. Plus, there was when he got free and subdued his captor. That was admittedly impressive.

  Also, we learned the drug that got Millerlock into rehab in the first place was heroin. I'm a bit disappointed it wasn't cocaine, but I'll live. And, I get the sense from the ending, when he's telling Joan about the downfalls of being good at deduction, that Millerlock's a bit more self-loathing than the others.

  As for Joan, we got to see her try dating again. It seemed like everyone was meddling with her love life. Her friend, Millerlock (which I find hilarious, when I take into account how the other two Sherlock's I know fairly well deal with their Watson's relationships). I, frankly, didn't care much for the guy of the week, mostly for the same reason I don't get too attached to most of John Watson's love interests in Sherlock: "Is it Mary Morstan or some variant thereof? No? Don't care, not my one true pairing!" But, I did like how she was showing better signs of deductive skill.

  I love how Millerlock and Joan's relationship is improving. You can definitely see they're starting to genuinely care about each other. And I mean more than "you're my client/you're my sober companion", it's starting to be more friendship, I think. Which is good, because that was a complaint I had with "While You Were Sleeping". So yeah, I liked the relationship development here.

  Also, I liked the conversation Gregson and Millerlock have towards the end, too. They discuss the fact Holmes didn't tell him he was a recovering addict, and it was sort of heartwarming. I'm thinking I'll like Gregson here...

  But the last thing I have to go on about is the case. Honestly, it wasn't as interesting. It just wasn't. The villain was alright, but they were no Moriarty. And they definitely couldn't top last week's antagonist. But they were clever. And something about the inconspicuousness of the killer reminded me of the one from A Study in Scarlet. But it wasn't as good as the last three.

  Last minute thoughts:
  •   So, turns out Millerlock luvs 2 use d abbrivs when he's txting. (It saves him time) IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) It did serve as a nice Chekhov's... Character Trait? IDK What to call it.
  •  Sweet, Joan's been promoted from "Valet" to "Bodyguard" in Millerlock's lies!
  •  Well, what interesting thing I learned is... erm... I didn't learn anything! Except for another (interesting) word for prostitute, from (who else?) Millerlock... But I don't think the term "slappper" will ever come in handy, so...
  • My favorite scenes were the one with Gregson and Holmes, the lunch at the fancy restaurant scene, and I liked Millerlock's blunt deductions of the board.
  I have to say, this episode was kind of lackluster to me. I liked the relationship stuff, but there really wasn't much else. The case wasn't as interesting as the past ones. And unlike last week's, which I thought wasn't so good until the end (thanks to it's villain), it was pretty "eh". But, I'm still hoping for more improvement.

  And, now that I think about it, I didn't like "The Blind Banker" episode of Sherlock that much, either. Hmm... Maybe careers in money and Sherlock Holmes don't mix well to me. (I'll have to keep that in mind...)

  Oh! And I found the opening sequence to the show on YouTube, finally! I'll just have it play me out!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Loveable Freak Reviews: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

  Ugh! I've been sick the last three days, and I'm quite sick tired of it! Oh, well. I decided to take advantage of staying in bed today and desided to finally get around to watching something I've really been meaning to see,  Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog!

  The behind-the-scenes story of this musical is simple: Joss Whedon (the genius who wrote and directed the super-special-awesomeness that is The Avengers movie (and apparently helped co-write Toy Story... holy crap this dude is awesome!), along with his brothers, Jack and Zed, and his sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen had an idea. They decided, during the time of the 2007 Writer's Guild Strike, that they would make something. A small, inexpensive, yet professionally-done project, avoiding the problems that were being protested at the time. The result was a three-act web miniseries, called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The whole thing was done out of Joss's own pocket, and everyone did it despite the fact they weren't going to be paid at the time. (Of course, they later released it on iTunes and on DVD, so in the end everyone got paid. Heck, they still made a profit.)

  Anyway, the musical revolves around aspiring supervillian Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), who is trying to get into the supervillian group known as The Evil League of Evil. He has, of course, a video blog documenting his schemes and answering fanmail. Outside of his attempted villiany (in his mild-mannered alter ego, Billy), he tries unsuccessfully to get the girl of his dreams, Penny (played by Felicia Day). But when Dr. Horrible's nemisis, the superhero Captain Hammer (played by Nathan Fillion), "rescues" Penny, and proceeds to go out with her... well...

Thank you, River...

 ...let's just say the end result's not pretty and leave it at that, shall we?

  I liked this musical. It's a really good story. It manages to get what could be a whole movie across in 42 minutes all together. The ending is really sad, but I won't share why. Dr. Horrible is quite sympathetic. And I can see where Dr. Horrible's motivations are coming from. Plus, I'm a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, and he does great job. We also have Captain Hammer, who is the exact opposite. But luckily, Nathan Fillion is able to make him at least a likable kind of horrible (no pun intended). And the love interest, Penny, is likable, too.

  But the big thing here is the music!  I really like the songs here, which is good for any musical. The ones that really stand out (that I like the most) are "My Freeze Ray", both versions of "Bad Horse Chorus", "Brand New Day", and the final song "Everything You Ever" is pretty good, too. I'll definitely buy the soundtrack on iTunes.

  So, some last minute thoughts:
  • My only problem is that it's so short. Yes, it's good and gets everything across. And yes, there's no padding. But still, I'd expected it to be longer. But, there is going to be a sequel, so...
  • I am quite dissapointed in The Avengers fandom, specifically the Loki fans, after watching this/hearing the soundtrack. Seriously? With the big deal y'all make over the fact Loki changed into a horse and got pregnant in Norse Mythology, you've neglected to make a "Bad Horse" video with Loki on YouTube? For shame! We have ones for Moriarty from Sherlock, The Master from Doctor Who, and waaaay too many for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but no Loki yet? Tsk, tsk. I thought I knew you, fandom. (Note: I don't check Tumblr, so there might be one there. If you've seen one, readers who are on Tumblr, let me know) 
  Well, that's all I have to say. Sing me out, Neil Patrick Harris!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Loveable Freak Reviews Elementary Episode 3: "Child Predator"

  Well, back to usual. So long, A Game of Shadows; hello again, Elementary.

  So yesterday's episode sort of mixed it up a little. It wasn't just a (serial) killer, this time, but a serial child abductor! I'm glad they (sort of) changed it up. Mostly because in the original stories, Holmes didn't just deal with murders. There was blackmail, abduction, theft, sometimes just "something that seems sinister is afoot, I heard you're brilliant, Holmes, so help me!", and etc. But I'm going off on a tangent.

   Anyway, a kidnapper called "The Balloon Man" (so called for his signature move of leaving his victims' families a bunch of "Thank You" balloons after kidnapping the children) has abducted and killed children since 2005 and just taken his most recent victim. Naturally, Holmes is called in to help solve the case. But, DUN DUN DUN! The first victim, Adam (hmm... the first male victim's name is Adam... symbolism?) is alive! But appears to have a dependence on his kidnapper...

  Anyway, let's start with the antagonist this episode. I kind of liked our antagonist this episode. First of all, the idea of the Balloon Man is creepy. But I have to admit, the "leaving balloons for your victim's family" thing is kind of a cool creepy. It reminds me of this character I liked (and felt was sadly underused) from the Alex Rider series; an assassin named The Gentleman, who sends flowers to the families of the people he's paid to kill. But anyway, the villain in this episode is awesome. Bit of a psychopath, but awesome (hey, I like psychopaths). I'd even, dare I say it, compare him to Moriarty! That's what he was, a pseudo-Moriarty. In fact, I almost thought there was a moment where they were going to reveal Moriarty to be the mastermind behind it all. Also, there was a moment where I felt bad for our villain. THAT'S HOW GOOD HE WAS! I'll admit, I wouldn't mind seeing this guy again in future episodes...

  Millerlock once again sort of shifted how he is. He toned down the Cumberlock and Downeylock moments here. I'm hoping he's finally settled down on what he's like. Mostly because I want to see him do something to really impress me. He hasn't done much in the way "wow" yet (the closest being his (Holmes') acting/plan in "While You Were Sleeping"). But I've been too busy trying to place him and figure out if I like him or not. (Unlike the other two, who I liked right off the bat and was "wow"ed by) For the love of Conan Doyle, Millerlock! Settle down on what you're like! All I know for sure about your personality is that you're snarky and a "jerk with a heart of gold" (as TV Tropes puts it)! Consistency, man! CONSISTENCY!

  But, on the bright side, he showed another "classic Holmes" trait, the "being so focused he doesn't bother to eat or sleep until the case is solved" trait! Yay!

  Joan didn't really bring much this time. But then again, as far as Millerlock was concerned, her job this time was to listen or just make "white noise" while he talked. But I did like how she at least tried to help Millerlock however she could/he'd let her.

 Okay, last minute thoughts/notes:
  • Millerlock apparently has daddy issues. I get the feeling they'll bring this up more...
  • I think Millerlock and Joan are starting to get along better. Hooray! It's about time!
  • Millerlock sure lies a lot. Hmm... Maybe he is going to end up being the equivalent of The Eleventh Doctor... After all, Rule #1 is The Doctor lies...
  • Hey! Millerlock has a bust he used to carry around to talk to before Joan (named "Angus", I think). Why is it that I could already hear the BBC Sherlock fans who automatically hate this show crying "PLAGIARISM! You ripped off the idea of Sherlock's Skull! A pox on you!"?
  • One last thing on Millerlock, apparently also got random people to listen to him talk, including the "occasional prostitute". WHAT IS IT WITH YOU AND PROSTITUTES, MILLERLOCK? First there was you and that one in the first episode... GAH! I'm not going back there! But, I will admit, that (the mentioned use this episode) is the one of the few times I'm okay with the words "Sherlock Holmes hired a prostitute to" in a sentence. (Wow... that is probably the most times you'll ever see me use that word on this blog. Congrats..)
  • This episode's "thing I didn't know that I've now learned" is how to tell when a wine bottle's been bought (but seeing as I don't drink, this probably will never be of use to me). And apparently, squats help you stay awake.
  • My favorite scene is when Joan teaches Millerlock her method of staying awake back in medical school. Mostly for her line when she tries to convince him she's not crazy ("I was valedictorian. Just sayin'...."). And Millerlock's face just sells it! You can tell he's thinking, "Watson. What, what, what are doing? You are insane." (Honorable mention has to go to the "time to sleep" scene, for seeing Millerlock go from "we can solve at least six more cases!" to sleeping like a baby.) 

  Overall, I don't think this one was quite my favorite. I didn't feel it quite sucked me in. At least, not until the end. The most memorable thing, though, was the villain, who made the the last half interesting, at least. And that's all I have to say about that.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Loveable Freak Reviews: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

  At long last, I'm properly reviewing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows! I've stated how much I love this movie, but now I'm going to go more in-depth about my thoughts on this movie (it's gonna take a while), and it may include a tad more...

I'm using some gifs now. Gifs are cool.
  So be forewarned, those who haven't seen this fantastic movie! Here, there be spoilers.

  Okay, before I get to the actual movie, I have to comment on two of the DVD's ads. One, I find it kind of funny that they have an anti-smoking ad on the DVD, when Holmes and Watson clearly smoke in this movie! (If I'd have been thinking, I'd have kept a tally. Oh well, what could have been...)

  Second, I love that they have an advertisement promoting the DVD and Blu-Ray for Sherlock Series II (or "Season II" as they called it to make it easier for us Americans...). I think it's nice that they aren't pretending they're the only Sherlock Holmes anything out nowadays and promoting another Holmes work. See, Sherlock fandom? They can play nice with the other Sherlock Holmes works and get along! So why can't we all get along?

  Okay, on to the actual movie. A Game of Shadows chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes (played once again by Robert Downey Jr., or "Downeylock" as I call him) and Dr. John Watson (played by Jude Law, who I have yet to come up with a clever nickname for... ("LaWatson?" "Lawson?")) as they trek across Europe (mainly France, Germany, and inevitably Switzerland) to stop the nefarious Professor James Moriarty (played by Jared Harris, who I haven't even bothered with nicknaming, yet). Along the way, they get help from a band of gypsies, Watson gets married, Holmes, Moriarty, and their respective allies cause a lot of stuff to blow up, and we get what is in my humble opinion the best. movie. ending. EVER!

  Okay, so first of all, in this movie, Rachel McAdams's Irene Adler ("McAddler"?) is killed via poison by Moriarty, because she is of no further use to him. *sigh* I shall miss her and her Catwoman/Batman-eske dynamic with Downeylock. WHY MCADDLER!? As cool and nonchalantly as Moriarty killed you here, WHY MUST YOU DIE WHILE LARA PULVER'S ADLER ("Padler?" Oh, I give up on coming up with nicknames until further notice!) LIVES!? (Oops. "Belgravia" spoilers...)

  Though, I did read a theory by some anonymous guy on TV Tropes that Adler could be alive and faked her death. I don't know, I think it's unlikely, and it probably won't happen. But I can see how it could be possible. Like if you do the math that:

                       Irene Adler's proven to be >/= (<- greater than or equal to sign) Sherlock Holmes,
                       and Sherlock Holmes >/= Professor James Moriarty,
                       so by law of substitution/just plain logic,
                       Irene Adler >/= Professor James Moriarty.

  *sigh* Movie!Adler, you are SO much easier to do abstract math for than Sherlock!Adler...

  Anyway, enough of that. Besides, Downeylock is still awesome, with or without her! He doesn't need to be in a romantic relationship anyway...

  Yes, Downeylock is still as amazing as he was the last movie, if not more so. In fact, I love how they show that, despite being undeniably brilliant, he's not some omnipotent, deductive god, and screws up sometimes. He's still very much the Holmes I fell in love with and made me fall in love with Sherlock Holmes things in general.

  And, again, Jude Law shines as Watson once again. I love that they let Watson be brilliant here, as well. Like when he gets in on Sherlock and Mycroft's (Sherlock's older brother) "deduct-off". Even Mycroft admits "he's not as dull-witted as you say..." (a clever nod to the "not so bright" interpretation of the good doctor.)  But I do admit to getting a giggle out of seeing him, the "straight man" of the duo, drunk, hungover to the point of almost acting like a small, sleepy child, and ridiculously dancing in this movie, too... ;)

   The duo's chemistry is still amazing in this movie. Though, I must admit, they certainly got more... "bromantic" this time around. The most blatant examples (to me) being that... kind of awkward fight scene on the train (which I can't help but wonder what was going through the minds of Moriarty's men when they saw that) and the ballroom dance scene:

  Yeah... I think it's a bad sign when, during the scene where Holmes is only mostly dead and Watson's trying desperately to bring him back, that besides thinking: "The adrenaline shot/epi-pen/Chekhov's gun, Watson! Use it! It's a better use then what you were planning to use it for, man!", I was half-expecting him to try to use the kiss of life? (Which then prompted me to be filled with shame, and fear I was turning into one of those fangirls...) But all joking, snark, and possible over-thinking aside, I still love their friendship.

 One more and again before getting to the "new stuff", Hans Zimmer's music is still as glorious as always. My two favorite songs this time being "The End" and "Romanian Wind".

  ANYWAY, enough being a broken record, on to some of the newer elements! :D

  First of all, the big thing here is Holmes's arch-nemesis, Moriarty! Jared Harris plays Moriarty spectacularly! Yeah, I know in an earlier post I said I preferred Andrew Scott's Moriarty (and I still like him, but I'll get into why when I review "The Great Game"), but at the time, it had been about three months since I'd seen this movie, so it was a little fuzzy. Except for the scene where he IMPALES SHERLOCK'S SHOULDER WITH A HOOK, HANGS HIM FROM SAID HOOK, PLAYS/SINGS SHUBERT TO HIM, PLAYS SHERLOCK'S CRIES OF AGONY OVER A PA SYSTEM SO WATSON CAN HEAR, AND BASICALLY TORTURES SHERLOCK! Yeah, that scene was still (and always will be) engraved in my mind forever!

  But now that I've re-watched this at least twice, I feel I can appreciate him a little more than the me of seven months ago. He's clever, subtle, and just magnificently evil. It's really awesome to watch, as all good villains are. He is very much the evil equivalent of Holmes. And his plan in this film (to buy up all the businesses that deal with war necessities, then instigate The Great War/World War I) is ingenious. And the final showdown between Holmes and Moriarty is fantastic. They pretty much fight most of it in their minds, via classic Holmes-O-Vision and spectacular new Moriarty-O-Vision! (Warning: Moriarty-O-Vision is not available in all incarnations...) I'll get to the resolution of that later. Anyway, Moriarty is great here. Nice job, Harris. I'm sorry I said I thought I liked Scott's more, I like you both equally for different reasons (and some similar ones I'll explain in a later post). Moving on!

  We also have Moriarty's right hand man, Col. Sebastian Moran (Paul Anderson). He is just as awesome as his boss! Moffat! Gatiss! Thompson, maybe! (But mostly Gatiss, he is in charge of the "Empty House" episode, after all...) If you're reading this, watch this movie and take notes! Moran had better be this awesome in Series 3 of Sherlock! I really hope we see him again. But, just for an example of how awesome Moran is here, I present a (sadly poor quality) clip:

  And we also finally meet Mycroft Holmes! Here, he's played by Stephen Fry (who now I can't think of without thinking of this song). Fry does a great job of playing Sherlock's older brother. He was the first one I ever saw as Mycroft (again, I saw these movies before Sherlock and reading the books), and I like him for that. And I love how, like his character's first appearance in the story "The Greek Interpreter", he and his little brother "Sherly" get into a little "Deduce-Off". It was a nice way to introduce him.
  One more character introduced is a new character: a gypsy named Simza played by Noomi Rapace. She (the character) is alright, and Rapace plays her well, but I'm not attached to the character. I don't dislike her, but I don't adore her, especially not like Adler or (as I came to adore with this movie) Mary Watson (formerly Morstan). But, I will admit, I am jealous because Sim got to steal then wear Watson's hat. >:( Lucky...
  Anyway, the moment I've been waiting to get to: The Ending! The ending was phenomenal! Again, when I first saw this, I had no idea about The Canon, the movies were all I knew. So I was shocked when Holmes grabbed Moriarty and flung the two of them over the falls. I remember thinking:
"No... They can't be doing this. He... he can't be dead. He survived somehow...Right?"
  Then it got to the funeral, and Watson's narration. And then I thought:
"They...they're going through with this? :( But... but I don't want Holmes to die. I like him..."
  Then came the end, where it's revealed that Sherlock did survive! And he's hiding in Watson's house in his "urban camouflage"! (which, by the way, makes it fun to re-watch to try and spot him) To which I felt like applauding. My thoughts were something along the lines of:
"You faked your own death and are hiding, in camouflage, in your friend's house without his knowledge?"
Okay, I added the "I bloody love you" part later...
  It was quite a finale. Though my inner scientist can't help but wonder how. I mean, yes, he had the breathing thing, but with the force of the fall, the rocks at the bottom, and the cold water... I know, it's just a movie, I should really just relax, but I still want to know. He let go of Moriarty, so he obviously didn't use him to cushion the impact like a human air bag. Was it some crazy survival thing? Is he just more durable? Or is it just the fact he's played by Robert Downey Jr.,  so I should accept that as the answer for now and deal with it?

...He's played by Robert Downey Jr., I should accept that as the answer for now and deal with it...

  Okay, wow, this is long. Last minute thoughts:
  • I cracked up at watching Sherlock Holmes ride a pony. I feel that sentence should be followed by a "your argument is invalid". Thus, I love it.
  • I have a lot of favorite scenes. The aforementioned Pony, Riechenbach! (DUN DUN DUN!*thunderclap*), and final scenes. The gypsy camp scene (Watson dancing ridiculously and Holmes... dancing(?). That is all). The forest scene (loved the striking visuals and Moran's quick scoping). The opening scene (Oh, Adler, I will miss you next movie. And Sherlock is still the man). The train scene (Mary got to do something awesome, Watson and Holmes were awesome as usual, and we got to see Robert Downey Jr. in drag! XD) And.... Well, let's stop there before this list gets too long... ;)
  • I liked seeing more of Mary and Watson together (ah, my honest OTP! How I love their relationship. Especially in The Sign of Four). Heck, I loved seeing more of Mary, period. She did a lot of awesome things in this movie, like when she pulled Watson's gun on the guy attacking them. I hope they ignore the fact Mary dies before "The Empty House", and let her be in the next movie. Hey, maybe she'll get to tag along with Holmes and Watson next time! Please? I really like her...
  •  I noticed last time I watched this, on the train, Downeylock at one point (shortly after pushing Mary off the train ("I timed it perfectly!")) calls Watson "John". I think it was nice to hear a little "first name basis" use. Shows Cumberlock's not the only one (as far as I know of) capable of doing so. Your move, Millerlock!
  • I still want everyone's hats...
  • Am I the only one who thinks Downeylock totally secretly tagged along on Watson's honeymoon at the end?
  • I find it funny that yet another movie with Jude Law has him narrate (at least at the beginning and the end) as his character types at a typewriter, writing about the main character.
  • And I also want Moran's dart cane. That is awesome.
  Overall, this is still one of my favorite movies ever. It's just amazing, and everyone (after watching the first) should watch it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Loveable Freak Reviews Elementary-Episode 2: "While You Were Sleeping"

  Last night the newest episode of Elementary aired, titled "While You Were Sleeping".

 This week's mystery is that two half-siblings were killed. But one of the suspects has been in a coma. Three days, in fact. And her twin is not only fraternal, but claims to be innocent. So who's the murderer? (I will give nothing away...)

  First of all, I was really happy that they had an extended version of the theme song. It is awesome! Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't have it up yet. But there was this whole Rube Goldberg machine with guns... and.... and...

  Oh, I've been wanting to use this clip for a while. I... can't resist... It was just...
...I regret nothing.
*ahem* Anyway, Millerlock seems to be trying to give himself a few more quirks here, a la Downeylock and Cumberlock. For example, he goes to a addicts' meeting and actually hypnotises himself, which personally I find sort of crazy awesome. Personally, I think it's a little better (mostly because it was the quirks of the other two Sherlocks that are part of what drew me to Sherlock Holmes), but I think he still needs time to sort of "grow into" the role.

 Also, I feel I'm starting to see kind of how Millerlock's going to "distinct" himself from the other two (at least, from Cumberlock). To me, he is seeming a bit nicer, at least, more often.... okay, once an episode he seems to do something more human. Mostly because there is a scene where he talks to someone who he deduces is addicted to meth. He suggests to him (privately) that he gets help, even recommending the rehab center he stayed at (at least, I think it was). Which, when you consider the fact he broke out of it but still considered it was helpful, is pretty nice. I don't know if this will be a regular thing with him or if I'm just jumping to conclusions, but that's how I feel right now.

  And he cut down on the overuse of possible British insults! Yay! I was hoping he wouldn't do that all the time...

  Joan Watson is still pretty good here. I like how they're making more use of her medical skill in this show. Like this particular scene where she tests the woman in a coma by holding her arm over her head and dropping it and seeing how her arm moves. (Wow, last week I learned sticking wet electronics in rice helps "save" them, now I learn how to test if someone's really in a coma? I'M LEARNING SO MUCH WATCHING THIS! :D) I loved Sherlock's reaction to her test, particularly the hand slapping the coma victim, also. ("Oh, so I can't stab her in the thigh...")

 And she is definitely not going to put up with some of Holmes's behavior. I liked the part where she tells him (from across the room) she made coffee, and Millerlock holds out his mug, expecting her to just come over and fill it. She tells him to get up and get it himself. Yup, certainly different than Martin Freeman's John Watson (I know I should stop making comparisons between this show and the other, but it's hard when they're what made me fall in love with the stories and characters in the first place), who got Cumberlock his cell phone... from Cumberlock's coat pocket... which was right next to him...

  It seems that the relationship of Holmes and Watson is going to take a while to become friendship. On one hand, I guess that's realistic, but on the other hand, I'm more used to them at least being friends sooner. Again, they say "I'll leave in six weeks" and "we don't have to be friends". But again, he's Holmes, she's Watson. We all know that's not going to happen.

  (Oh, and I read something (not sure how valid it is, Wikipedia and all), that Millerlock and Joan won't get together, it'll remain friendship like it's always been. They even mention that just because they're different genders, it doesn't mean they have to get together (something I've said). I really hope this is so...)

  Anyway, the mystery was another interesting one, and pretty cool like the first.

  There are nods to canon, main ones I noticed were the first appearance of Holmes's violin, and my favorite monologue from A Study in Scarlet, the "the mind is an attic" speech! (which had Joan pricelessly refers to as "the stupidest thing I ever heard". Just as good a reaction as "But it's the solar system!")

  Okay some last minute thoughts:

-I liked that they brought up Joan's reaction to seeing the bodies (mainly why she can't handle seeing them when she used to be a surgeon), something I initially wondered. Her explanation, that it's not the same thing, is sort of what I thought the deal was.

-My favorite scene is when Joan finds Sherlock's old violin, and suggests he plays it to help relieve any stress. He doesn't want to. So what does he do as soon as Watson has her back turned? Set the violin on fire! ("I does work for stress! I felt like Jimi Hendrix!") Relax, he and the violin make amends in the end...

-Why did they repeat the slap line again? You know, the one about how the right side of Millerlock's face is leathery from slaps while the left's smooth? It just seemed redundant.

-Still don't like pop songs (or whatever genre song it was they played) at the end scene. I just feel a lot of detective shows (mostly CBS) I've seen/caught the end of end with some sort of song at the end. What does it really add? Honestly. Oh well, maybe it's just me who finds it cliche...

 Anyway, it was another decent episode. Still needs improvement, mostly from Millerlock, but it's getting better. At least this one I hadn't seen a good portion of the scenes from the trailers, so it was at least newer to me than the pilot was, personally.

 Unfortunately, next Thursday it's pre-empted by politics (Ugh. No me gusta politics. Why couldn't we have taken George Washington's advice and NOT had political parties and stuff?), so there's no episode that day, thus no review. Hmm... maybe next week I'll finally get around to reviewing A Game of Shadows...

  Well, 'til next time!