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02 January 2012 @ 04:13 pm
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia  
I watched the Series 2 Premiere of Sherlock.

Short Review: mostly, I really, really enjoyed it, but there were a few things I was displeased with.

Longer, spoilery review below the cut. Ranting in point form, with little to no organization. Bear with.



- First off, character interaction between the main cast was wonderful. I like how John and Sherlock's relationship has grown and how well, or unwell in some cases, they work with each other. I especially loved the Mrs. Hudson stuff, with even Sherlock getting upset when Mycroft is rude to her and being all 'no, you may NOT touch my housekeeper'. I also liked everyone secretly meeting to figure out how to look after Sherlock. And I enjoyed Mycroft and Sherlock interacting, as well. The little moment in the morgue with the cigarettes was really great.

- I did NOT like that they got rid of Sarah. She was literally the only female character I liked last season, apart from Mrs. Hudson. I also did not like how they handled Lestrade. What I really liked in the first series was how they didn't make him the typical buffoon. He was more a good, capable cop, who called in Sherlock when he was in over his head. I felt they made him a bit silly in this episode.

- Sherlock's emotional growth is nice, too. His apologizing to Molly was very sweet and nice to see (even if we had to see him act like a complete asshole in order to get him to do it). I like the idea that John has somehow managed to instill some sense of when he's gone too far, but that he's still Sherlock who says whatever he's thinking and doesn't really care about anything else.

- Irene: yeah, she was about what I expected, really. I thought Lara Pulver did a good job with what was written. She managed to convey being clever and manipulative really well. Having just reread the original Scandal in Bohemia short story, I was probably more aware of what they changed about the original character and I wasn't pleased with a lot of it. I know you need to update and expand what is essentially 'Holmes tries to get photos, woman figures him out', but I felt that they went in the wrong direction. Irene is a high class, demure lady in the story, or at least presents herself as one. That's why she gets away with things. Giving her the profession of essentially beating up and manipulating people for a living does not make it surprising when she beats up and manipulates Sherlock.

- Also, having her lose in the end, while appropriate for the expanded story they'd written for themselves (no one really wanted to see Sherlock's mistake cause a terrorist attack), it defeats her entire original purpose. She's no longer the one who got away.

- Things I did like about her: the fact that Sherlock couldn't read her because she was naked was very clever. Taking away her clothes took away one of his main sources of information and believably befuddled him. I also thought Benedict did a good job of showing how panicked that made Sherlock feel, too. I also thought on the whole they Lara and Benedict had good chemistry and that the show made it so that whether you like them as a couple or not, you could find enough evidence to support either argument.

- There were a bunch of little details I really liked, too: Sherlock's violin playing, the fact that we could tell the time of year by the song he was playing, the immediate panicked response as soon as John's life was threatened, Sherlock and John giggling in Buckingham palace, Sherlock and John's fistfight, the references to the original story with Sherlock's disguise and John's setting off the fire alarm, Sherlock's drugged out episode, the fact that Lestrade apparently filmed it, John acting like a doctor where appropriate, the parade of clients, John's blog titles and Sherlock's deerstalker (thank you so much, writers!).

-In conclusion: acting was awesome, story was a bit meh, and characterization rocked for the most part.



New canon has put the kibosh on at least four different fics I was working on, but I think I can salvage at least three. It also gave us Sherlock's room (yay for my personal canon of the peridoic table being on his wall becoming actual canon). Am I right in thinking it's on the ground floor?

I am looking forward to the rest of the season mightily.

The end.
 
 
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formerly lifeinsomniac: SherlockChaseScenejoonscribble on January 2nd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yep, our reviews: they be twins.

She's no longer the one who got away.

It can't be said enough times how disappointing it was that of all the things to change, Moffat had to change this bit of canon. But even if he did, was it really necessary to have it be followed up with Sherlock essentially rescuing Irene? Couldn't it just be that she was clever enough to come up with her own escape, fooling Mycroft's keen eyes and later sending a text to Sherlock letting him know she had indeed gotten away?

Sherlock's drugged out episode, the fact that Lestrade apparently filmed it,

I'm so writing a short fic of Lestrade having this golden blackmail material.

the parade of clients,

I forgot to mention how much this amused me. We also got a glimpse of how Sherlock speaks to small children. No shocker there.

New canon has put the kibosh on at least four different fics I was working on,

NO!

but I think I can salvage at least three.

YAY!

Am I right in thinking it's on the ground floor?

Same floor as where the kitchen and sitting room is, I believe, yes.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on January 2nd, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Couldn't it just be that she was clever enough to come up with her own escape, fooling Mycroft's keen eyes and later sending a text to Sherlock letting him know she had indeed gotten away?

Yes, that would have been much, much better. I actually find it difficult to believe that she couldn't have done it on her own, considering how she behaved the entire rest of the episode. You can't tell me she couldn't figure out how to overpower the guards or talk her way out of the situation without Sherlock's help. Bah!

I forgot to mention how much this amused me. We also got a glimpse of how Sherlock speaks to small children. No shocker there.

It convinced me that the only way I'm going to get Sherlock's voice down is by having him interacting with a small child. It's my go-to ploy. I just love that he even let them into the flat, as though they might have a serious crime for him to investigate. Unless John let them in and convinced Sherlock to humour them. Either way, it was awesome.

Same floor as where the kitchen and sitting room is, I believe, yes.

Yes, in my head that's what I meant but my fingers apparently disagreed. I was thinking of it as 'not the floor where John sleeps'. Though I can't figure out where Sherlock's room has space to be on the second floor. Maybe 221b is a TARDIS?

The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 2nd, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)

I'm so writing a short fic of Lestrade having this golden blackmail material.


Also, yay!
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on January 2nd, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I liked the episode overall as well. Much more than I thought I would.

As for the layout of 221b, my understanding is Mrs Hudson is on the same floor as "Speedys" and the entrance. Sherlock's bedroom, the kitchen and sitting room (and toilet I think) are all the floor above that and john's bedroom is just above them and it's the only think up there
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on January 3rd, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
I just don't see how there's room for Sherlock's bedroom on the second floor, but I am happy to have a canon confirmation of it. If John's room is the only one upstairs, it must be huge. Unless there's another toilet up there or something. I'm hoping we get to see it at some point.

This was the episode I was most nervous about, so I'm glad we got it out of the way first and that it was overall very good.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 3rd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I think Sherlock's room is past thru the kitchen. There's a little hallway there that leads to it I think.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson giggleawanderingbard on January 4th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
It just seems to me, from the size of the building, that Sherlock's room doesn't have space to exist where it is. But I could be wrong. I think it should put his window looking out onto the main street, if he has one. That means he could be nosy and spy on everyone, which I like the thought of. Hopefully someone will put up some high quality screencaps and I can get a good look at the room. It seemed tidier than I expected, but if he has a sock index, maybe he's anal about his stuff. It would be very Sherlockish to keep his own space pristine and completely destroy the common areas.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 4th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how I feel about Sherlock's room being tidy. I suppose it makes sense that all his clutter gets shoved out into the shared rooms.

I thought I saw a window in Sherlock's room but I couldn't see what might be the view.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Sherlock shockawanderingbard on January 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Or maybe he's just doesn't use it enough to make it messy? I don't picture him sleeping much when he's working. And then, like, sleeping for three days straight when the case is over. Basically a college student.