Refactoring the “S3 angst” thread and responding to a couple posts at once, since I’ve been mostly away from Tumblr for a couple days:
Honestly, the more I read of what the fandom is producing, the less impressed I get with the actual show. Like, the fans seem a lot more interested than Moffat and Gattis in back story, and consistent character development, and actually dealing with all the stuff the show only makes wink-wink-nudge-nudge references to. The writers can’t even seem to decide whether Watson was protected medical personnel in Afghanistan or was out there kicking down doors and shooting people with hand guns.
So, pretty much, I’m expecting to be disappointed. (I mean, I’m always expecting to be disappointed, because I’m a pessimist, but also in this particular case.)
I see what you’re saying. OTOH, I suspect much of this is true of almost every piece of source media (TV especially so, perhaps). Fandom has the luxury collectively of a tremendous amount of time and brainpower to come up with detailed backstories and to nitpick every detail; nearly every fandom is bound to do a better job with this stuff than the source media creators, right?
Also, Moffat and Gatiss are drawing from an original canon that is riddled contradictions. Was their housekeeper Mrs. Turner or Mrs. Hudson? Was Watson shot in the leg or the arm? Was he John or James, ferchrissake? And some things that weren’t inconsistent in ACD’s work, but were specific to that era (like Watson’s specific military role and the hugely-infamous-at-the-time battle of Maiwand he was injured in — H/T abundantlyqueer) don’t have a strong modern equivalents. So I guess I’m not that surprised that the writers ended up with some dubious background and potential inconsistencies for some of the characters.
I’m not trying to excuse the various sloppinesses on their part; they could & should have consulted someone with military knowledge and picked a plausible & consistent role for John to have filled, for instance. But I also think they’ve done at least as good a job with a lot of the details as most TV shows out there, and have created one of the highest quality TV shows I’ve ever seen. I’m happy to nitpick along with fandom, but I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that most of the reason I’m noticing the issues at all are that I’m in the fandom, and thus thinking about the show more than most people on the planet. :)
yeah, I’m expecting a certain amount of disappointment. But I imagine the two main actors will be entertaining, which is all I really need at this point in my life.
Yeah, I expect the actors will continue to be spectacular individually, and also continue to have amazing chemistry together, regardless of how good the various plots are. But I also think that each of the writers have crafted some very impressive episodes (A Study in Pink, The Great Game, and The Reichenbach Fall, my favorites, were written by Moffat, Gatiss, and Thompson respectively), and I don’t have a reason to expect a drop in quality. Given the past two seasons, I’m kind of expecting two episodes I love and one that’s got a lot of great moments despite some problems. :)
I mean it’s not like I’m not going to watch it. And, yeah, I think the actors do an amazing job. (Also, am I the only one who think Benedict Cumberbatch has this weird Colin Firth/Mr Darcy thing going on with Sherlock, and is otherwise kind of funny looking?)
I mean, I find most human beings attractive, including pretty much all actors, except the ones that I’ve learned are assholes — so I’m not a great judge. However, I agree that BC is generally striking in a sometimes kind of alien way, rather than conventionally handsome. And I also think BC is at his most attractive as Sherlock. But then, I also think MF is at his most attractive as John; I don’t know how much of that is just that I feel so invested in those particular characters far more than the actors.
I’m trying not to get too worried about Series 3 and will be applying nothing more than my minimum movie / mystery show standards to series 3. I will be happy on a certain levei if it looks good and has some good murders. I rewatched the McGuigan episodes and hope that the new series is as visually stunning. I am of course hoping for so much more.
I agree that MF is most attractive as John but his look tends to not change as much from role to role. I think Arthur Dent might have been his least attractive role. I think part of it is I like the way MF looks at this age. While BC as Sherlock is pretty attractive I think I prefer his Frankenstein look or his Khan look, curly or really severe - Sherlock is somewhere in between.