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    Nathalie Bretecher

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    South West France
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    Literature (French, British, US), TV shows, music.
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    The Hounds Of Baskerville
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Sign of Three
  • Favourite series 4 episode
    The Final Problem

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  1. What other TV shows do you watch?

    There is a British show called "Happy valley" tonight on French TV. Looks good, I'm trying it. The storytelling is amazing, and the two leading roles (the cop and the accountant) are incredibly good, I like the mix of tragedy and comedy, but there's a little too much "pathos" for me. So British.
  2. Mycroft Holmes

    Sorry, I didn't know how to explain at the moment, and that's a bad translation of French. I meant the showrunners using lazy or incoherent writing.
  3. Mycroft Holmes

    LOL! All those "goldfish" in the room! He really couldn't stand it! Well, about sending Sherlock right into John's proposal, what better way for Mycroft to show baby brother that YES, other people's lives have followed their trails in spite of his absence? But I guess he didn't completely anticipate the good doctor's reaction :)! And about the last episodes: I tend to appreciate HLV more and more, and I go on enjoying T6T and TFP in spite of all the problems raised here and all the "white ropes" of the writers. Damn Moftiss.
  4. Mark Gatiss News

    Oh so good to see a man trying to deal with tight skirts and heels! Should be compulsory for all of you guys!
  5. Mark Gatiss News

    A man of great culture, proud of the British artists, writers... but without any "flag waving" attitude... and it looks like he loves sharing this culture...we really, REALLY need someone like him here in France...
  6. Mycroft Holmes

    I always thought this was the reason why Mycroft didn't want to attend the wedding party. Besides, he says something like "better for the happy couple that I stay as far as possible". The fact that Sherlock doesn't finally mind...well, he trusts Mary at the moment, and he may assume that John has some kind of resentment after knowing that Mycroft was involved in the faked death! And Mary...well, she must know a little about the lake of sharks that spying and irregular military action is. Then in T6T, Sherlock has discovered Mary's past, and of course he doesn't believe a word when Mycroft says that he doesn't know anything about it. I've also always had the feeling that in TEH, Mycroft knows that John plans to propose to Mary in the posh restaurant...and doesn't warn Sherlock about it, bad big brother him! In his defend, Sherlock seems so convinced that John can't have any life if he's not here!
  7. Mycroft Holmes

    Very stimulative texts and comments...I really don't know if I search for any coherence or plausible things in Sherlock's plots. Not to defend Moftiss, but about the excerpt J.P. posted: AGRA was hired by Lady Smallwood, and when Mycroft became the one in charge, he stopped hiring them. This said, I guess Mary and Mycroft know about each other, according to the phone call in the wedding episode. When watching in retrospect and with T6T, I assumed Mycroft has wanted to believe in some kind of redemption for her, and chose to shut his eyes. And THAT -shutting eyes and ears on the disasters he knew about, or he created himself- is coherent, at least with the character, and may be even with the story (I must admit I never worry much about the plots, anyway): see the way MG conveys this as an actor in TFP. All along s4, he gets stuck in his lies and in the conséquences of his choices: Moriarty visited Euros because Mycroft chose to rely on her about fighting terrorism. He chose between two kinds dangers, in fact, the ones threatening the British citizens, and the ones about baby brother.
  8. I don't know if that was really a reference Moftiss thought about...A bit unconscious in the maximum...That's something very personal as I assimilate Euros with the darkness of ignorance and totalitarian ideologies, and the character of Sherlock Holmes with some kind of enlightenment, trust in progress and scientific knowledge... However, I'm not really familiar -to say the least- to many references that were quoted, about TFP, by Moftiss themselves or by other fans. I've seen some James Bond, but I didn't think very much about them when watching, I've just heard a few things about Shutter Island and Saw...and I like TFP a lot anyway...Sign of a good job somewhere, everyone can bring in they own représentations of the world...
  9. Oh J.P.! Great! My own association: the "book burning" in the movie... ...and a kind of -as for me- in Sherlock:
  10. Hi Herl, This is about something Moffat and Gatiss said somewhere in the bonus of DVD series 3. I don't remember exactly, I'll try to rewatch, but they say somewhere that ACD MEANT something that the "word-to-word" adaptations miss. If I remember correctly, that is about the interactions between John and Sherlock and humour in it -but they don't suggest any romantic relationship. Moftiss have eliminated this option in their work, which is very coherent as they have chosen to depict the relationship between John and Sherlock as one of brothers by choice. By the way, how could some people blame Mark Gatiss for choosing not to depict John and Sherlock as a couple (as another post quoted)? This, JUST because he himself is gay? Makes no sense. To come back to the first idea: of course anyone can read much, again and again, beyond ACD's words: our writers did this much: if you focus on the way Sherlock refers to his elder in Bruce Partington, you can read "brother Mycroft" in a very neutral way. But Mark Gatiss seems to be the one who read a rivalry between the two brothers by blood in this possibly bitter-sweet expression. Some fans -may be future other Sherlocks creators, whoever knows?- can do the same on amounts of excerpts:: for instance, take these few words in which Watson describes Mycroft paying a visit to Sherlock: "at his (Mycroft's) heels came our old friend Lestrade". You have two choices here: first one, you just consider that Mycroft enters first and Lestrade second. Over. Second one, you think that may be ACD suggests something he couldn't write between the two guys in his very conservative time. Subtext. Oh God. I have a contradiction here between my literary assertions and my "lady Smallwood number one fan -or not that far- mode" :)!
  11. I would be very happy to rewatch Brett's series, and check on my feelings now I've seen Moftiss's one. That is, mainly, what put me in Sherlock Holmes's universe, some 25 years ago now. I think it should match technically...when watching the fog and the grey in London street in it, I had the feeling it was freezy cold even if the temperature outside was 30°C! So I have a great deal of hope on how it has aged! I think Moftiss rank this series in what they consider as very faithful to the wording by ACD (too much for them, as they think that ACD himself implied suggestions even beyond his words), and frankly we can't disagree with them on the point. The screenplayers didn't bother with any kind of interpretation or subtext in any way. The series thus relies on the actors' work, on the plots, on the setting, the clothes...And I'd say it worked, in spite of all that Mark Gatiss (I think he's the main one on the point) can say about it. Doesn't mean one can't make another Victorian Sherlock, things less focused on plots, more on geopolitical situation of the time, whatever.... There's still much to be found in ACD, that's what Moftiss's work reminded of us.
  12. I'd tend to say that we teachers are numerous to have issues with criticism ...old job's remembrance? Seriously, I didn't know Moffat was so reluctant with criticism, but I have seen Mark Gatiss's poem-formed answer to a journalist who hadn't enjoyed TFP. Interesting form, but for a quite bad mood... However, I completely understant that they are proud of their creation; all the criticisms are not really interesting and I think Moftiss have respect for the public in the end.
  13. Well, I've been through the last posts a little, and I realise I'm completely taken aback with the mention of some fans' behaviour. At least I can mention this to my relatives when they charge me with being too much involved in fandoms :)! I assume these people (not a majority, but so dedicated...) tend to mix fiction and reality in a very nasty way (as fiction, being part of our imagination, is ALSO, part of the reality and influences the way we see it). And there's one thing I am strongly determined about people telling stories: they. Are. The. Bosses. If Moftiss don't want to tell more Sherlock stories, they just have to stop. If they don't starve anymore for doing it (even if they have bad reasons not to starve anymore), and try to do it anyway, that'll be bad, that's it. Any good writer, screenplayer...will tell you that first, comes starvation of creating something. Besides, they are the ones who decide to tell you or not about their vision of characters and of storyline. One can be angry at it, that's the same. This said, the creators can't expect any absence of reactions to their choices. They became public personnalities, and there is a price to pay, in the limitations of considering them as human beings. Come on, Mr Moffat, you must have experienced this on a smaller scale when you were a teacher (you certainly have had to be careful with your words, with your interpretation of what you were in charge to teach...). And thus there's no problem questioning (for instance) women's depiction with civilized terms in Sherlock (don't worry, I'm less angry about this now that I've seen last S3 and series 4! No death threats planned!). We must admit, anyway, that about Sherlock, the writers deal with something complicated in the very beginning: after all, Conan Doyle in the first place had to deal with angry fans, and even had to surrender!
  14. I must admit I began with the movie -which really caught me, and that I regularly rewatch, at least a few scènes- and that it was quite difficult to deal with the book! A whole summer leave, pieces by pieces! I didn't succeed for Foucault's pendulum, anyway...later, I discovered a kind of "post-Name of the Rose" by Eco (I don't know the title in English), in which he explains how he created the characters and the story. He goes into details about how he created a detective who could look like both a medieval monk and a kind of Sherlock Holmes. And certainly the name "Adso" is aimed at ringing to us as "Watson". Never thouhgt of it, that's the point of discussing your favourite movies and books!
  15. Sorry Hikari, I meant that the way Sherlock talks about his brother, refering to "brother Mycroft" in front of John, was ironic, not Mycroft himself :). But may be he's a little sharp, too.

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