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  3. Carol the Dabbler

    The WTF Thread

    Depends! Sometimes we get into a really interesting conversation. Or at least a fairly congenial one.
  4. Cotton bag? You might have a look at this website. https://qz.com/1585027/when-it-comes-to-climate-change-cotton-totes-might-be-worse-than-plastic/ It's not even real toys I'm talking about, it's the trash you buy for your smartphone, for your shoes, the giveaways you get at the cash-point. Things you throw away, things with no use at all. The same is for the reusable plastic bottles, but they are much lighter. They actually are a little bit better than recyclable plastic bottles AFAIK.
  5. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Oh, thanks for the intel besleybean. ‘Since you watch what you like, give the Granada version of The Dancing Men , The Norwood Builder, The Blue Carbuncle, The Red-Headed League, The Abbey Grange and The Second Stain a look-see. As Baryshnikov once said of Fred Astaire, “I dance, he’s doing something else.” Jeremy Brett wrought magic at his best.
  6. Arcadia

    The Political Thread

    Hence, our fractured society. We can't agree on who to trust any more. I don't see any way of fixing it, either, for the same reason.
  7. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I don't really do numbers, just watch what I like... I gather they lost a few million on TFP...but they had a few million to spare!
  8. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    They can certainly do what they like with their show. If and when there an S5, we can take a head -count and see how many remain as loyal fans after TFP.
  9. Arcadia

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Again, I basically agree with all this. The show always was a bit OTT, just in different ways at different times. That's part of the fun. And Eurus was definitely mentally ill, that alone was tragedy enough for the Holmes family. That she was murderously so just made it even harder to bear. Well, I can refute each one of those arguments line by line. Shall I? I think more to the point, you had something in mind you wanted to see, and you've made it clear from the start that you would accept nothing less than that. And that's fine; you've always been up front about what you WANTED to see. You weren't alone in being disappointed when your particular vision didn't come about. I was disappointed that the cinematic quality didn't live up to their previous standards, for example. I think it's for each of us to decide what, and how much, disappointment we're willing to accept, though. And I confess that it's just makes more sense to me to keep my expectations tamped down, and go with the flow, enjoying the bits I can enjoy, than to condemn (or avoid) an entire project just because the creators didn't have the same vision I have. I sincerely doubt I will ever regret a moment I spent in the company of The Moftisses singular creation, even if I don't fully embrace the way it turned out. It was (still is?) one of those gems that rarely comes along. But even a diamond can have some flaws and still be precious. In other words … ease up a little, kid!
  10. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    If I want Canon, I read Canon.... Mark and Steven can do what thy like with their show. I never fell for Johnlock. A beautiful, loving male friendship works for me.
  11. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Please not to forget the gratuitous insult to all true Sherlockians of the abominable Three Garridebs moment. It is probably true that Plaidadder is right when she says in one of her Ao3 essays that the universe must hate the Three Garridebs story. In the Granada version, Jeremy Brett was too ill to film this, so it was incorporated into the Mazarin Stone episode, with Mycroft (Charles Gray) filling in at the last moment. But in TFP, it was a deliberate nose-thumping , a poke to the eye, to all the Johnlock part of the fandom. Simply not cricket, Mr Gatiss, if you consider yourself a gentleman, which has been called in doubt in other forums.
  12. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Yeah, but Sherlock wanted to hear it from Mycroft's own mouth...we were still at the sibling rivalry stage, here. Oh yes it was a bit far fetched and OTT. Deliberate, it's TV and it's entertaining...I prefer that to gratuitous violence. I think Eurus was mentally ill, Sherlock was just a feature of that. Oh well, I still love the show.
  13. Arcadia

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I would agree with all this, and there were other aspects of TFP that I … appreciated. ("Enjoyed" isn't the right word, it's too dark for that.) TLD worked for me, in part, because in spite of everything it's still laugh-out-loud funny. And audacious. And gorgeous to look at. That window deduction scene … zowie. However: As far as TFP goes … story-wise, I'm okay with it. I thought Eurus' appearance (all that dark hair!) inexplicable, and the gifs of Moriarty downright embarrassing (to both the character and the actor) but those are minor things. It's more the technical aspects that bothered me; after the cinematic exquisiteness of TLD, I still can't understand why TFP is so visually … boring. All shades of blue, blank sets, static camera angles, and hardly a Belstaff to be seen. (The most visually interesting scenes were 1) Sherlock leaping onto the boat, and 2) Sherlock racing through the graveyard. What's the common denominator? ) For a show that made it's name partly on its visual imagination, those were strange choices.
  14. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    What’s not to like? Let me count the ways: Scaring your brother out of his wits although you have already deduced the answer. Surviving intact a fall from the first floor of a building by bouncing off a super-resistant awning over the cafe just below, vaulting so far out that you and your shorter best friend take a flying leap over said flat’s wrought-iron balcony. Swallowing the whole Musgrave background whole, hook line and sinker. Poor little psychopath Euros just craving Sherlock’s attention as a child. Being sedated and then miraculously transported back to said Musgrave ruin in time to save your best friend by deciphering the moronic tombstones (Nemo, indeed!) although the outward trip was clearly seen to last as long as at least in the middle of the Irish Sea. Being arrogant enough to think that an irredeemable schizoid personality (little girl on the imaginary plane and all-powerful controller of the asylum) can be ‘cured’ by playing music together. Having the absolutely overweening arrogance of Mary’s last voiceover simply to restore our two heroes to their factory settings, according to Mr Gatiss. And that is just the major stuff. If I am forced to re-watch the flipping thing, I am pretty sure I shall find more WTF moments.
  15. Arcadia

    The WTF Thread

    Them wandering away is usually the best case scenario, yes?
  16. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    That's a tad unkind. I don't know the full story of how we got what we did. But we do know they had to leave the story in a sensible place: in case it was over forever, of if they do decide to go back to it. I thought it was the most exciting TV I have ever seen, I loved the ride. Yet the personal touches were my favourite: Sherlock virtually declaring John as more of a brother to him than Mycroft, then almost immediately regretting it...when he learns what Mycroft has had to carry alone, all those years. I love Sherlock reaching out to Eurus, healing her through music and restoring her to the family. Even the Redbeard twist...lovely. Most of all I love being left with the boys going back out on their adventures...what's not to like?
  17. Inge l-w

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Lucky you, Bonnie lass! As for me, I rewatch S1&2 once a month, skip S3 except for parts of TEH and SOT, and watch TST selectively and TLD regularly. After that, TFP is simply not worth paying for the electricity to re-watch. The THIRD one is actually a super-brain, but, hey, she’s female, and intelligent females are all liable to be total nut-jobs if they aren’t freelance assassins! TAB is another kettle of fish, because of its Granada subtext, but is women’s suffrage worth the death of several abusive husbands? Certainly a WTF issue, not to mention the moronic choice of super-fat Mycroft. Mr Gatiss actually presented their project to the Sherlock Holmes Society of London before they even wrote the screenplay for the pilot episode, to test the waters. By the end of S4, they should have started a petition to have him resign his membership, IMHO.
  18. Carol the Dabbler

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I think I'd be fine with it, if not for all the WTF in "Final Problem." Same thing with S3 and "Last Vow," though that wasn't as bad. I'll probably feel a bit leery of S5, whenever that materializes, for fear that its third episode will be even worse.
  19. besleybean

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I am so sorry that people don't love S 4 as I do.
  20. Carol the Dabbler

    The Political Thread

    The problem at this point is, whom to believe, and I'm not real inclined to believe anybody these days.
  21. Carol the Dabbler

    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Me too, all of the above. I haven't rewatched S4 either. In fact, I don't recall rewatching any episodes from any series since S4 happened. We did recently buy an Abominable Bride poster, though (the Victorian Holmes & Watson one), and put it up next to our S3 Sherlock-and-John poster. So I still like the show in general. Maybe I'm afraid that if I start rewatching S1, I'll somehow end up rewatching S4?
  22. Carol the Dabbler

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    Pretty soon you're gonna run out of mice, and then what will the two of you do for entertainment? (Well, there's always the "string.")
  23. Carol the Dabbler

    The WTF Thread

    Or -- I sometimes enjoy taking people at face value and doing my best to answer their questions. Admittedly they sometimes get bored and wander away....
  24. Carol the Dabbler

    Recently watched movies

    I haven't seen that, but please remember that documentaries are virtually never the unvarnished truth. They are one person's (or one group's) impression of the truth, and they're almost always exaggerated just to make sure the audience "gets it."
  25. Carol the Dabbler

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I think she meant glass milk bottles and Coke bottles, like we used to have, before cans. When you bought, say, a six-pack of Coke, you'd pay a deposit for the bottles, which you would get back when you returned the bottles to the store. They would return them to the Coke delivery man, who would return them to the Coke factory, where they would be washed and (unless damaged) reused. So that's a lot of extra work, including heaven knows what they did to get the bottles clean enough to reuse. Makes me wonder why people even bother to drink the stuff, since it's not particularly nutritious anyhow. But the same problems applied to juice bottles, milk bottles, etc. The ones I took didn't turn out very well, I'm afraid. If I'd had a camera with a wide-angle lens, I could have gotten the whole thing in one shot, and if I'd used a camera with settings (and if I'd known how to use the settings!), I could presumably have gotten a really spectacular photo. But I was just using my phone, and it made the rainbow look pretty dim. I got a much better shot earlier in the day, a huge swath of golden ragwort flowers in a farm field that had obviously been sprayed with a type of herbicide that kills everything else (well, everything else except dead nettle -- which has pretty purple flowers earlier in the spring -- and wild onion). The newer herbicides apparently kill golden ragwort as well, but this farmer must be a traditionalist. Will see if I can remember how to get that photo online.
  26. J.P.

    The Political Thread

    If they're talking about keeping non-viable infants as comfortable as possible but not putting them on life support, then there's precedent. It's comparable to the option of not putting an adult on life support when there's no hope of their recovery. I cannot imagine the other version being even considered a possibility, not in the US. That's why this kind of misinformation is so dangerous. People (aka idiots) will start believing it, which is disastrous.
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