A month seems like an eternity.
Not a proper spoiler, but. Act causiously anyway. I don’t know how much or little you guys want to know.
I want a Scandal in Belgravia, and I want it now!
Sherlock series 2 episode 1: A Scandal In Belgravia spoiler-free review
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return for more Sherlock. Here’s our spoiler-free review of A Scandal In Belgravia…
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Soon. Soon our waiting will be over.
And this makes me more emotional than I probably should be.
“Sherlock Holmes was written as a modern-day man,” says producer Sue Vertue over the phone from London. “He sort of fell into a reverential fog in translation to the audio visual media.” Watson and Holmes referring to each other by their first names is just one of the things that set the series in the modern day. “Sherlock is a good name. Interestingly, people tend to call him Sherlock but still say Watson.”
The millennial Holmes has traded in his pipe for nicotine patches. So will we see him indulge in his seven percent solution of cocaine? “No, there won’t be any cocaine. Actually there wasn’t cocaine in many of the stories either in the same way Moriarty wasn’t in many of the stories, but he is still very famous.”
Giving a face to the roles
Casting for the iconic roles had to be just right and Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson have brought an extra something to the series.
While Cumberbatch was always visualised in the role of Holmes, according to the makers, casting Watson was a challenge. Gatiss plays Holmes’ brother, Mycroft.
The arch villain, Moriarty, who in earlier productions was always portrayed as a suave and slightly dull character has also had a makeover. Andrew Scott’s Moriarty who we see in the “The Great Game” is evil personified.
“He’s good isn’t he? It is just the evilness. The way he smiles — he has played it in a very personal way.”
Award-winning costume designer Ray Holman designed the costumes for the series. Cumberbatch wears a, believe it or faint, £1,000 Belstaff coat. “We bought up all the coats we could find,” says Vertue. “We bought three. The coat has a good line. It is a beautiful coat — modern, yet traditional. And rather hot in summer though! I think Sherlock is a smart dresser. He wouldn’t follow fashion, but would go once a year to the tailor and get three suits stitched.”
The first episode, “A Study in Pink,” is recognisable as the very first Holmes adventure Doyle wrote, “A Study in Scarlet.” “Steve and Mark were talking about how well the stories could be set in the modern day. In “Scarlet” Watson returns from war in Afghanistan and there is still war going on there now. ‘Scarlet’ was the first book that Steve read. It was sort of the natural place to start.”
The other two episodes, “The Blind Banker” and “The Great Game” have elements of the stories that Holmes buffs will joyfully recognise.
“They are bits of the stories in them. There is ‘Five Orange Pips’ and ‘Dancing Men’. A lot of the original stories are not long enough to run for the 90 minutes. We have taken elements of the original stories and used and abused them.” (Laughs). Of season 2, which will telecast early next year, Vertue says: “We are tackling the big ones — ‘Scandal in Bohemia’ (‘Scandal in Bulgravia’), ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ (‘The Hounds of Baskerville’) and ‘The Final Problem’ (‘The Reichenbach Fall’).”
Gay or not
“A Study in Pink,” which introduces the characters, has quite a few references to Holmes and Watson’s sexual orientation. “The point is that they are not gay. The reason it needed to be addressed is I think partly because in the modern day you don’t necessarily have men in their 20s and 30s sharing a flat as you could in the original stories.”
Talking about the choice of making 90-minute episodes instead of the usual 60 or 30-minute ones, Vertue says: “The pilot was 60 minutes. I think 90 minutes is a proper length. We could do a lot more with the 90s and decided in the end to do fewer 90s rather than six 60s.”
Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is a reimaging of a different kind. Vertue says, “We like the movies. It is two very different styles of showing the same world.”
“The Great Game” ends with Moriarty and Holmes facing off and now we are left gnawing our fingernails wondering at the resolution.
“Sorry about that! I quite like the cliff-hanger ending. It is a talking point for people.” And though Vertue doesn’t reveal much about the second series, she promises that the “cliff-hanger will be resolved.”
I asked him if he wanted to see it. And he said “Yes, of course!”. I know him. I know he expected large breasts, vaginas and heterosexual sex all the way.
I of course sendt him this picture of Sherlock and John in all their well-endowment.
“The… The chair was nice.”
I see what you’re saying, but I’m personally not so sure about that. :) For some, yes, probably. There’s always “someone”.
First of all: On tumblr you see this in nearly every fandom. Shipping different gay pairings as if there was no tomorrow.
I get this question a lot from my friends. “Why do you like to see two men together? What’s so special about it?” they ask me. Well. The answer is painfully simple to me: I’m a heterosexual woman. I like men. Seeing two men together = twice as delicious.
But of course; women are beautiful as well. In some ways I would even go as far as saying that the female body is more aesthetically pleasing than a man’s. But it just happens to be that the female body is of no further interest to me. It’s the male body I am attracted to.
This was an interesting ask, anon! Thank you! :) Why should you be ripped to pieces? You shouldn’t be afraid of hate. You only stated an innocent opinion. You even said “I think”, you didn’t serve me any half-hearted pseudo-fact or anything. ^_^ Thank you for sharing.
Idea from totalcopout’s post. I mean, just look at them!
The Doctor - Rose.
A(n army) Doctor - Sherlock.
Keywords: Post Reichenbach, angst, illness. (No intentional pairing - I leave that to the reader.)
Rating: T (for now).
Why stop when one’s just started? This one is inspired by Dita Von Teese’s cocktail stunt.
This burning desire is turning me to sin.
This is what happens when I’m listening to much to the song “Hellfire” fron The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It occurred to me that Esmeralda and Sherlock’s got one or two things in common. And then I made John become Frollo xD Interesting height difference. Lol. Please ignore all the hundred thousand mistakes. xD
Holmes and Watson|Mitchell and Webb Look Series 4
I know this is supposed to be funny, but after I read the Error 404 fic, this video completely ruined me. ESPECIALLY THE END. OMG. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.
BBC Sherlock| Fix You
I finally got to upload this vid at vimeo, which should allow those of you who asked to download it for private use. Enjoy!