TV Spot

Day 13. 35 pages, 15,538 words.

A little while ago, the third season (for “season”, read “three stinkin’ episodes, but at least they’re an hour and a half long each, what the fuck BBC, get your shit together”) of the Benedict Cumberbatch / Martin Freeman Sherlock came to Netflix.

Majestic emperor pengwings.

There are so many jokes about the main actor’s first name and surname each having three syllables, I decided to put a picture of some pengwings instead.

So, some spoilers here, but this is pretty old by now so I’m not going to mark it up. Plus, the shows follow the books in an amusing sort of way, or at least reference them – so it shouldn’t really be a surprise.

A while ago we watched the last episode of season two, where Sherlock ‘dies’ and Moriarty shoots himself in the head – apparently entirely fatally – in order to destroy Holmes.

I wasn’t sure if that was a really powerful and extremely cool move – I mean come on, how often will a nutty bad guy go that far? – or if it was just way over the top and unbelievable. And I’m still not entirely sure, so I’d welcome some suggestions on different aspects of the plot point I ought to consider.

But then the end of season three came around, and added the new plot twist of Moriarty maybe-sorta-kinda being back.


At least in gif-with-sound form.

It was predictable enough, since one thing I was sure of was that Moriarty’s ‘death’ had come too suddenly and his defeat was too unsatisfying, but then – it was always a bit like that in the books, too. Conan Doyle desperately wanted to get rid of his characters, but his readers just wouldn’t let him!

So now, far from just being uncertain how I feel about Moriarty’s bullet-eating in season two, now I am uncertain how I feel about his return in season four.

Oh, so confusing.

Defiance, fuck yeah.

In other news, we’ve started watching Defiance, and it’s awesome. And oh my God I just realised that’s Wayne from Blue Heelers.

Defiance is really excellent (so far). For obvious reasons, I really enjoy this look at post-alien-contact, post-Earth-calamity human civilisation, and the different issues they tackle. Really interesting and inspiring stuff.

Here’s to hoping this is one Syfy show that goes the distance. Gives us something to watch while we wait for the next seasons of basically everything.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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6 Responses to TV Spot

  1. thelinza says:

    Definitely will check out Defiance. Unless it’s expensive or inaccessible, then definitely will not check out Defiance.

    IMO on Moriarty: Om nom nom bullet. *bets it’s Mary*

    • stchucky says:

      Well, season 1 is on Netflix if you have that over there, and if it shows the same stuff on the lists. No guarantee that it does, I’ve found.

      This one, I’m thinking of buying on DVD.

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        I too will check out Defiance, thanks for the information! Did you enjoy Moriarty? I thought his performance has been inspired, especially the first meeting. Also, what of the woman in season 2 episode 1? That’s my favorite episode so far, though you are ahead of me now I think. Can’t quite recall…I’m on the one where Moriarty goes on trial and wins without staging a defense.

      • stchucky says:

        Yeah, as I think I said in the post, we just finished the last episode to date, where … well, the blog post was full of spoilers if you haven’t seen the third season, so never mind. It was definitely cool, though.

        Still not sure if I prefer the Irene Adler of the movies, or the one in the TV series.

      • stchucky says:

        On balance I think I’m going to go with “TV series”.

    • stchucky says:

      Poor Watson. Never gets a break with the ladies.

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