January 11th, 2014


The Empty Hearse: more critical (still spoilerish) thoughts)

I’ve fangirled (when did that become a verb) with the best of them over the first two BBC Sherlock episodes. As a fan, I liked them, really liked them. They’re fun and lighthearted and approachable in so many ways, and still felt true to the characters built up over the series if not the Doyle stories. Sherlock is more pulled toward actually caring about people in a variety of ways than I can imagine the Doyle character ever being, and much more human in his own unique way. But that’s not actually unique to the new series, is it? This is a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes mythos more than an adaptation of those stories, I’ve always felt, so I’ve always been prepared to give Moffat and Gatiss a fair amount of leeway in that department.

Still, there’s something about this first episode that isn’t sitting well with me at all. In two days the BBC is about to lay the finale and inevitable cliffhanger on us, and I rather suspect that’s where peoples’ focuses will be in the upcoming weeks. Rightly so, if previous series are any judge. So before everyone’s attention gets diverted, I’d like to try to work out why something about The Empty Hearse simply refuses to sit well with me. Major spoilers for TEH, and possibly minor ones for TSOT, behind the cut.

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Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.


Fanvid Rec: We Can't Stop

sevenswells has made a really touching fanvid set around "The Sign of Three." Watch it and leave her a comment here.

This can be read as either friendship or slash, I think (more or less unrequited). It also gets at my feelings better than most fan-works I've seen, on why Johnlock is a serious, canon-based interpretation of the BBC canon and not just the result of lusting a little too hard over Benedict Cumberbatch. Even if I didn't see it myself, compilations like this would convince me it deserves to be taken seriously and respected, just like any other fan's read on these characters. As it is, this brought a tear to my eyes. And as I've recently explained, I'm hardly blind to the... bad fanfic tendencies of the current series, TSOT included.

Snowflake Challenge, Day 10

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I got more than a bit behind on the snowflake challenge. I have every intent of finishing it up particularly as there's no end date, but for the moment I'm jumping around a bit. Specifically:

Day 10: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

This one caught my attention immediately, and right away my funny little brain translated it into a regret-list. Some regrets over things I've done and wish I could do over, and also some regrets over things in general. My fannish brain being where it is, this focused on Sherlock. I don't think there are any specifically season three spoilers, but I do discuss my frustrations with series three a bit in the last item. I tried to be vague, but if you're being truly careful perhaps it's best to skip this.

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Bazinga! Series three finale party at La Casa Marta tomorrow night. Unplanned, but not at all unwelcome, as the case may be.

The real question, which I also asked over at FB but am still open to more ideas on: just what do you serve to friends gathering to share their tears?