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Les chien de Baskerville

Continuing with my geekiness and watching Sherlock in French. This week: Les chiens de Baskerville. There was some trouble getting it to load, so I also watched a bit of Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game) while I was waiting, which was taken down last year before I had a chance to watch it but has been reuploaded.

Last week, I mentioned in the comments to donutsweeper about the use of 'vous' vs. 'tu' on the show. Basically, the use of a formal or informal 'you'. John and Sherlock start off using the more formal 'vous' with each other, then switch to the friendlier 'tu' one they get to know each other better. Sherlock continues to use 'vous' with pretty much everyone else, though, implying he doesn't feel he's close enough to them to be informal. I took note of that this time and the only other person he uses 'tu' with is Mycroft. Mrs Hudson, Lestrade and Molly are all 'vous'. Interestingly, Molly uses 'vous' with him as well, which is a great touch to show how nervous she is around him.

Translation notes:
- I learned a new word! 'Molosse', meaning 'huge dog'. A very cool thing was done with the whole HOUND thing. [Spoilers!]The acronym for the H.O.U.N.D project is changed to M.O.L.O.S (Mann, O'Mara, Lanski, Oster, Stewart). I think this is sort of clever, because 'molosse' becomes even more a twist of Henry's child's mind. He saw 'M.O.L.O.S' and the logo on the shirt, likened it to 'molosse' and created the hound to explain it.
- Mrs Hudson says 'coucou!' whenever she comes up to the flat. Which is sort of a friendly, 'hey there!' that I find very cute. It's also what you say to babies when you play peekaboo in French.
- They had to add another syllable to the 'I don't have friends' line to make it work, so Sherlock says 'I don't have friends, John'. Which is even more insulting, because he's not only saying he doesn't have friends, but that John most certainly isn't one of them.
- Another translation I liked: instead of John's 'IT'S NOT OKAY!', Sherlock says 'it's over now' and John says "NO, IT'S NOT OVER!'. Like 'we will be discussing this further, Sherlock!'.
- Also, re: The Great Game. According to French!Sherlock, the solar system does round and round a carousel like wooden horses, as opposed to round and round the garden like a teddy bear.

Rewatching notes: [More Spoilers!]
Watching this again knowing that Sherlock is attempting to drug John's coffee made me notice all the little things Cumberbatch is doing in the background. Sherlock is all 'hey John, do you want coffee? You should drink this coffee. This is awesome coffee. Look, I made you some coffee. Oh no, I am so sad you won't drink this coffee. Have you drunk your coffee?' and then when John walks out, he checks the cup to see if he's drunk enough of it. I also love the face that Sherlock makes when he's spooning the coffee out at Henry's. It's this 'oh, what you have to say is very interesting. I am totally listening to it. This is what people look like when they are listening and interested.'
Tags: fangirling, misc./non-fic, rantage and randomosity

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