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Series Four Suggestions & Ideas » Four things I would prefer NOT to see in series 4 » January 27, 2014 9:18 pm

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Wow. I've never found this to be a particularly welcoming forum, but this takes the cake. I know I posted some negativity about the show, so maybe I deserve it. I guess it's not ok to prefer Seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. No worries, I won't be back.

Series Four Suggestions & Ideas » Four things I would prefer NOT to see in series 4 » January 27, 2014 7:47 pm

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I was so disappointed with episode 2 that I just went ahead and read about ep 3, so I sort of know what happens. And it sounds a little repetitive. No vault, just like no "code" for Moriarity. Ugh.

I agree bringing Moriarity back would be a mistake. I would be ok with an elaborate ruse, like Moriarity toying with Sherlock from beyond the grave, orchastrated by one of his "network" or something like that. Any way they can have Andrew Scott in the ep without Moriarity being alive is almost ok with me. I love him in that role, but there needs to be a new bad guy or guys.

I don't get how they can keep Mary around with what I've heard goes on in ep 3. So I guess she'll die or get divorced, but either way I don't think I'll enjoy the storyline. I'm disappointed to hear that Gatiss said the story is less important than the characters. That's the beginning of the end for any show. I don't want to watch a soap opera about relationships. I want to watch a mystery with a crazy anti-hero at the center of it.

I liked the nods to the fans in Empty Hearse, but lets keep those to a minimum. If baby Watson has to come along, again a little bit goes a long way. Sherlock was funny and entertaining before the descent into slapstick that was Sign of Three, they don't need to beat us over the head with all the ridiculous fish-out-of-water ideas they can come up with. Oh look, Sherlock's drunk. Oh look, Sherlock is talking to a kid. Oh look, Sherlock is trying to have a girlfriend. Oh look, Sherlock likes to dance. Stop. Just stop.

With all their talk about how "rich" the source material is, I can't believe Gatiss and Moffat couldn't find three good mysteries to adapt, given the 2 years they had to produce them.

 

The Sign of Three » First Thoughts... » January 27, 2014 3:25 pm

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I am sorry to say I'm in the minority who did not like this episode. I am hoping they'll go back to the one-ep-one-mystery format. It worked so well. Why do they feel like they have to change that? It would have been enough of a change just that John has moved out and now Mary is a part of their lives. Why change the whole structure of the show? 

At least three things made no sense to me. 1 - Mycroft being in Sherlock's head. WTF? They're suddenly besties? I thought Sherlock hates his brother. 2 - Sherlock texting Lestrade for help with his speech. Why would Lestrade know funny stories about John? Also, Lestrade would never call in that kind of police presense without knowing exactly what was going on. 3 - The guard was presumably killed recently since it was practice for the murder at the wedding. So, we're supposed to believe that Sherlock just gave up? If he hadn't solved it, he would still be working on it. 

I did not like the line about Sherlock being a drama queen rather than a puzzle-solver. It's not true. Solving puzzles is exactly what he does, and until about 3 years ago, he avoided notoriety.

For me, it's not just that they're having Sherlock "evolve" or whatever. His character now seems completely inconsistent to me. The awkwardness and misanthropy are what makes him interesting. Are we really going to lose that? Anit-heros are so much more compelling than regular people. 

Things I did like:
1- pretty much everything Mary does.
2- the thing with the eyeball and the cup of tea. gross, but hilarious.
3- Sherlock walking around with about 12 cigarettes in his mouth. 
4- Benedict does drunk so very well.

The Empty Hearse » The theory he told Anderson - The actual answer?? » January 23, 2014 9:50 pm

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OMG that picture is hilarious and perfect. Evil geniuses http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.png

TV Programmes » The Hollow Crown » January 22, 2014 4:23 pm

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After watching about 10 minutes of Henry IV part 1, I am even MORE excited to see Tom in Coriolanus next month (NTLive). He is MESMERIZING and I don't think I've ever seen anyone more effortlessly adept at making the language understandable. I'm sure it's partly to do with the director/adaptor as well, so amazing all around. 

I was, and still am, a HUGE fan of Kenneth Brannagh so I've seen all his Shakespeare stuff. There are elements of his Henry V I liked better, but for the most part I think Tom's is somehow even more accessible. 

I thought I could be restrained and start from the beginning, but I couldn't! I started with Henry V and now I'm watching Henry IV. Maybe I'll go back and watch Richard II now though, since I'm guessing Tom's not in that http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/tongue.png
Loving Henry IV even more than V. I like young, trouble-making Prince Hal. Very easy to imagine it's Loki on one of his "expeditions in mischief" that Tom referred to on the Nerdist podcast. 

The Empty Hearse » The theory he told Anderson - The actual answer?? » January 22, 2014 4:12 pm

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Would it be out of line to ask for a Spoiler warning? I know there's a huge sign on the forum that basically says there's going to be spoilers everywhere, but this is the Empty Hearse area and I've seen that ep but not the others since they havent aired in the US.

I'd like to be able to talk about the ep with everyone while it's still new (to me, and other US folks) and not have to wait till all three have aired to come into the forum at all. Truly asking if that's out of line or not.

The Empty Hearse » The theory he told Anderson - The actual answer?? » January 21, 2014 7:40 pm

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My only problem with them not telling us the explanation is that it smacks of lazy writing. As in, the solution was too difficult or even impossible to think of, so they didn't bother. I would be satisfied if I knew that Mofftiss had worked out an explanation but not told us. I just don't want to believe that it was a cop-out on the part of the writers.

So what I will choose to believe instead is that they did work it out but they decided they *couldn't* put it in the show because, as many people on here have suggested, no matter what the explanation was there would be people complaining/disappointed/poking holes/etc. And in a show full of nods to us, Anderson's nit-picking was the wink to us that said "we know no matter what we told you that this is what your reaction would be." 

Either that or Sherlock did give the real explanation and Anderson's reaction was totally meta because his second-guessing makes us second-guess and we're all convinced there's no way that was the real answer when it really was the real answer. 

It's ok, I didn't understand what I just wrote either. 

I only started watching Sherlock last summer, so I can't imagine what people who waited 2 long years for this are feeling like, but I did feel like we were owed an answer. Now, though, I think I understand why they didn't give us one and that the two clearly bogus ones were maybe a way of satisfying us because we weren't going to get what we thought we wanted. And really, I must admit that the GORGEOUSLY filmed slo-mo Sherlock/Molly kiss and the hilarious Sherlock/Moriarity moment were ultimately more satisfying, even if they weren't "real." 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Benedict to play Hamlet on stage » January 21, 2014 7:14 pm

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I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to go to London for this. Does anyone know when final details about the production would have to be worked out? I mean, we don't even know who else will be in it or where it will be, and it's presumably only about, what, 8, 9, months away? I don't know anything about the timeline for productions like this, just wondering when we will know more. Guess I'm used to movies, everything being announced months in advance.

The Empty Hearse » Too many references? » January 20, 2014 9:30 pm

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I personally enjoyed the winks to us, especially the line about the shirt, and the two "kisses." IMO the second near-kiss was just there because of the first one, as if everyone's theory had to involve Sherlock making out with someone.

It's so rare that a show-runner cares what the fans think or say. Everyone involved in the show seems to be genuinely grateful for the attention and adoration fans are demonstrating. I'll admit to some good-natured fist-shaking in Moffat's general direction during the episode (I WANT MY EXPLANATION, DARN IT), but I recognize the show is great in large part because of him.

In general my attitude is sit back, relax, suspend disbelief, and enjoy my favorite favorite favorite show ever http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » January 7, 2014 4:11 am

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Well, everyone can relax now. Turns out he was brilliant. The whole show was so cool, the music, the humor, all the performances. I feel so lucky to have been able to see it.

I've decided I need to see Benedict dance (other than that great candid YouTube vid of course). If I didn't know who he was I'd have sworn he was a trained modern dancer after seeing this performance. And I'm no longer confused about how or why he did the motion capture for Smaug. He. Is. A. Genius.

I read that this show had the most encore performances of any NTLive play. It's easy to see why. What a great idea this is, to let people everywhere be able to (affordably) experience the best live theater in the world!

I have tickets for Tom Hiddleston's Coriolanus next month. Let the parade of brilliance continue!

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » January 6, 2014 11:55 pm

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About to see Ben playing the Creature in just over half an hour! It's freezing here in D.C. and I'm sick. He better be effing brilliant! ;)

Films » Thor: Dark World » November 27, 2013 12:48 am

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I'm always up for more talking about Tom Hiddleston/Loki. This is one Midgardian who would be happy to kneel, say his name, and submit to his benevolent rule, if you know what I mean.

Went to see Dark World on a whim, had seen Avengers and didn't think much of Loki at the time (how was that possible? No one knows). This movie turned me around in a major way. I've now gone back and watched the original, rewatched Avengers, and yes, saw The Dark World in the theater a SECOND time. 

Without rehashing what everyone's already said - bottom line, I adore these movies (high art, no, but super fun and better than most in the genre). And I adore Tom. Loki is a gift of a character, and Tom was born to play him. 

Definitely loved the Loki stuff in this movie the most. He got to be angry, sad, funny, clever, sweet, heroic, and of course devious and manipulative, all at once! Everything Loki should be. I LOVE that they gave him a chance to be with the "good guys" this time, and I love how they constantly walked that line of not making him totally trustworthy but at the same time allowing him to be noble. Kind of like pre-revelation Loki in the first movie, only so much more satisfying because of all he's been through.

Favorite part - the escape. The shapeshifting, the "hero shot" of Loki and Thor walking through the hall, all the Warriors threatening to kill him, his reaction when Jane smacked him, the banter in the ship, aaaahhhhh such cuteness! My affection for Thor is defined by Loki - I don't care about his growth or his relationship with Jane or his taking or not taking the throne, I only really care about his relationship with his brother. I feel like you can really see how much he just wants his brother back, through all the movies. It's very sweet. And inevitably sad.

 

Films » Recently watched movies. » November 19, 2013 4:07 pm

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Oh, poor sweet Loki. I can't think about that scene, so sad. Poor Thor, really. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png


The scene in the prison is gorgeous (FrizzyLoki!), but my favorite might be the one in the hall on the way out--the shapeshifting, the silliness http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


I recently watched a scene from the first movie on Youtube, "Loki discovers he's a frost giant". AAAAUHHHHHGHGGGHGHHG!! WHY IS HE SO PERFECT?  What a great scene. I *may* have just ordered that movie and The Avengers from Amazon. 

I have a Hiddleston problem. The first step is admitting it. I'm pretty sure the second step is marrying him.

Films » Recently watched movies. » November 11, 2013 3:10 am

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Ha! I'm with you, SolarSystem!  Just saw Thor today. Pointless if it weren't for Tom Hiddleston, just like life  

I accidentally fell in love with him the other night and had to immediately go out and see him all big-screened out and Loki-ed up. So freakin' great. When the first Thor came out I didn't really understand the fascination with Loki, but needless to say I get it now. I. Get. It. I want to be his best friend. I just want to hang out with Loki, play poker, watch movies, take over planets. 

General Benedict Appreciation » Britannia Awards » November 11, 2013 2:56 am

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Sorry if there's already a thread for this. Just watching the awards on BBC America right now, Benny just accepted his Artist of the Year award. So cute, so gracious, so funny. Anybody else see it? So happy to see him recognized for the tremendous work he's doing.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Enter the Dragon (Tolkien-Style!) » November 11, 2013 2:45 am

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I saw the trailer in the theater today!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! 

I don't really care what critics of any kind have to say, I dearly love Peter Jackson's LOTR and Hobbit. *Dearly.* I'm not sure what could make me more happy than having John and Sherlock together in one of these movies! All my favorite things happening at once! AAH!

He sounds SPECTACULAR in this trailer. I cannot WAIT to see this!! Seriously. Ugh, so excited. 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » November 11, 2013 2:21 am

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Cannot WAIT! I will be going to the Ben-as-the-Creature version in Washington DC on January 6th!

In the last few weeks I've seen 12 Years, 5th Estate, and the latest trailer for the Hobbit. It's The Season of Benedict! I think Frankenstein might be what I'm most excited to see, although his Smaug voice is to DIE for...

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » 12 Years a Slave » November 11, 2013 2:16 am

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Saw it several weeks ago. It's a gorgeous movie. Everyone in it is absolutely brilliant and perfect in their role. I really can't say enough about how good it is, from the music to the cinematography, eveything. Benedict's character is very likeable in the context of the story. 

While it is graphic and very upsetting, it does not go overboard on the violence. It's just real, it gives you a sense of being there. It's hard to watch, but everyone should watch it. 

General Sherlock Discussion » Have you had any dreams about Sherlock? » July 12, 2013 5:03 am

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I know, right? I mean, I'll be sad for a while, but not as sad as I was when I found out she was kissing my boyfriend in her dreams.

General Sherlock Discussion » Have you had any dreams about Sherlock? » July 12, 2013 2:31 am

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My friend, who I spent weeks begging to watch Sherlock and finally did, told me today that she had a dream Sherlock was in love with her! And they were kissing! She described it as "intense." I told her I was pretty upset with her  

I asked if he was wearing The Coat, because she loves The Coat. She said "No, he was shirtless." I told her we can't be friends anymore http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/stoned.png

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