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  1. Carol the Dabbler

    Sherlock fan in Paris

    I believe there's someone else in France who's been fairly active on the forum lately, but I can't offhand think who it is, nor do I recall what part of France they're in. There are definitely members in neighboring countries, but again I have no idea how far they may be from you. Are you a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, or mostly just the television show Sherlock? It's my impression that most Holmes Society members are primarily Doyle fans (and a few of them may be fairly snobbish about that), although some members also enjoy watching movies and television programs based on his stories. When you do get a chance to attend a meeting, it might be wise to just listen for a while, until you have some idea who is a media fan and who is strictly a Doyle fan. In other words, don't walk in assuming that they'll all know (or care) who Molly Hooper is.
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    logics inconsistency in Sherlock,

    Yeah, that's the problem as I see it. Laboratory experiments can be repeated exactly, but with real-life stuff, you often get only the one chance. Of course you can do population studies, and see whether Method A or Method B tends to give the best results, but that applies only to the mythical average person. It doesn't necessarily prove which method would work best for you or me.
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    Recently watched movies

    It's one of the recent sidebar movies, not part of the final trilogy. I assume it's backstory, because Han is played by a different (I assume younger) actor. I haven't seen it, but from what I hear he doesn't have the Ford touch.
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    The Political Thread

    This is the thread for ANY and ALL political discussion. Thank you. Sorry, I realize this actually belongs on the Cumberbatch News thread ;) but the polls have just closed in most of Indiana and in half of Kentucky, so the first returns should start coming in soon.
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    Recently watched movies

    I assume the two of you cross-posted -- though now I'm trying to picture BC as Han.
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    GIF Your Mood

    What sort of weapons are you referring to?
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    Which story...?

    About half done then.
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    Which story...?

    How many pages left?
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    Recently watched movies

    Me neither. But I've been so disappointed in the recent movies that I have seen that keeping up with them just isn't a high priority for me. Just noticed that the online buzz says the fourth Trek reboot has been shelved. I will say they'd have been fools to make it without Chris Pine, so if they're not willing/able to pay him what they're contractually obligated to pay him, they're better off just forgetting the whole thing.
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    According to Wikipedia, ... and according to this site, Note that less than a third of the population speaks Hindi, with the rest speaking a large assortment of other languages and dialects. Even though the country was glad to see the end of British rule in 1948, they nevertheless saw the value of keeping the English language. Unlike HIndi, it's not the mother tongue of any ethnic group within India, and (also unlike Hindi) it's widely spoken outside the country as well. It's my impression (from Indians I've known in the US) that hardly anyone in India has English as a first language, but most well-educated Indians speak English as a second or third language. Of course what they speak is Indian English, but that's largely a matter of a unique accent, which shouldn't affect how they write signs. I'm going to guess that the English portion of that sign was worded by the sort of person who thinks they understand the language better than they actually do, plus was trying to keep the wording as brief as possible (which is hard enough to do when you're actually fluent). Goodness knows we have plenty of those people right here in the US, and they're native speakers!
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    Episode 4.3 "The Final Problem"

    I think Eurus is a wonderful character and *very* nicely acted -- but I'd have preferred to see her in some other show / movie. I think introducing her into Sherlock overbalanced the story arc even more than the introduction of Ninja Mary.
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    Sherlock's Fun Facts and Trivia

    I'd guess that the '66 World Cup competition was particularly exciting / close ? It's hard to compare across eras, but I'd say that I Love Lucy was at least as big as Seinfeld, in its day (remember, there were only three networks then). Plus it's been around on reruns ever since, fifty or sixty years. Though why one would actually *need* to be familiar with either one, I have no idea. Ditto Sean Connery. Ditto most of the things on the list, actually. Was it supposed to be things that he would need to know in order to fit in (was he trying to pass for a current person of his physical age?), or was it things that he thought sounded interesting? That would make a big difference. I'm guessing (not having seen the movie) that the list was shown only briefly, rather than being a major plot point. In which case it was probably not given much thought by the production team, just something they dashed off during a coffee break. But that wouldn't stop me from wanting to analyze it.
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    How Did You Find Us?

    Hey, I'm not the only one who uses nicknames -- or even the only one who makes them up. When was the last time anyone around here actually said "Van Buren Supernova" (in reference to the forum member, not the fictitious astronomical event)?
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    Introverts, how is your day?

    I never noticed before that resign could also be read as re-sign -- which could have the opposite meaning, to sign up again. And I agree with Arcadia. Plus in my experience, thinking of ways to put something off can eventually add up to more trouble than just doing it.
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    Sherlock's Fun Facts and Trivia

    I've gotten a crick in my neck from trying to compare the two lists, so here they are side by side (only four items differ, marked below by *): American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . British *I Love Lucy ([something]). . . Sherlock (apparently, followed by some other notation) Moon Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . Moon Landing *Berlin Wall (Up & Down) . . . . The Beatles *Steve Jobs (Apple) . . . . . . . . World Cup Final (1966) *Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Connery Thai Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . That Food Star Wars / Trek . . . . . . . . . Star Wars / Trek Nirvana (Band) . . . . . . . . . . Nirvana (Band) Rocky (Rocky II ?) . . . . . . . . Rocky (Rocky II ?) Troubleman (Soundtrack) . Troubleman (Soundtrack)
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    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Alex goes to India on business now and then. Thanks for the warning, I'll let him know. Wonder what their carpets are made of? Added: According to numerous websites (including this one), the Hindi script actually should have been translated as "Eating on the floor is strictly prohibited," presumably to help keep it clean.
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    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    You used to understand cats? Please enlighten us! Wait a minute, I just figured out why it's been so quiet around here lately == VBS, you're back!!!
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    Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Further discussion of "the Christmas visit" has been moved to the "Final Problem" thread, beginning with the December 30 (2018) posts.
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    How Did You Find Us?

    Been there! Don't worry, you'll be able to make your own free time once you're living on your own -- until you retire, at which point you'll have no free time whatsoever, because you'll be doing all the stuff you didn't have time to do while you were working. Did your parents turn off the TV at that point? 'Cause that wasn't quite the end of the episode. But you knew that Sherlock and John survived anyhow, right? (After all, they've already made three more seasons.) At the end of Season 2, for sure. (Though again it turns out OK eventually.) But in the meanwhile, it should be safe enough to rewatch Season 1. To quote Mark Gatiss (or possibly Stephen Moffat), "it's always two years." (Though he seemed to have forgotten it was only a year and a half between Series 1 and 2 -- and as of yesterday, it's already been an even longer wait for Series 5.) Yes, indeed! Please do add your thoughts to any threads you care to read, latetotheparty, and please note that (unlike some forums) we actually *encourage* people to post on old neglected threads. As Arcadia says, fresh perspective. (I once got chewed out for adding new info to an old thread on a Star Trek forum. *grumph* ) We really do need to come up with a short nickname for you, though!
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    Episode 4.3 "The Final Problem"

    OK, just checked Ariane DeVere's transcript, and when we're seeing Jim Moriarty in the Sherrinford governor's office, the titles "Christmas Day" and "Five years ago" appear on the screen. Again, I'm assuming that the episodes take place roughly when they're aired (based mostly on Ella's comment in "Reichenbach" that it's been 18 months since John was in for a therapy session -- which was the length of time between S1 and S2). "Final Problem" premiered in January of 2017. We could interpret "Christmas Day five years ago" as Christmas of 2017 - 5 = 2012. But since in January of 2017 we had very recently celebrated (or not) Christmas of 2016, we could alternatively say it's the Christmas five years before that, namely Christmas of 2011. So Jim's visit may have occurred more or less during S2 (in 2012) or it may have occurred a year before that, between S1 and S2 (in 2011). But in either case (unless I'm mixed up, which does happen), it seems unlikely to have occurred around the time of Study in Pink (in 2010)
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    Episode 4.3 "The Final Problem"

    Wonder how they got that -- or am I mistaken about the five years?
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    GIF Your Mood

    Dull can be a relief sometimes. Enjoy your nice restful birthday!
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    Episode 4.3 "The Final Problem"

    Hmm, "five years ago," wasn't it? Since the show seems to operate in real time, that would be about S2, wouldn't it.
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    Season 2 DVD Documentary

    This thread is for discussion of "Sherlock Uncovered," the documentary on the Season 2 DVD. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I just noticed something kind of odd in the "talking heads" shots -- they have reversed all the footage of Martin Freeman, so that he looks like a mirror image of himself. Several things didn't look quite right, but the clincher was that his shirt (the same one he was wearing in the scenes they showed from the early part of "Scandal") was buttoned backwards! My husband and I tried to figure out why they might have done this, and the only reason we could think of is that both he and Benedict Cumberbatch were actually filmed facing the same direction, but whoever put the documentary together wanted them sort of facing each other (even though they were never in the same shot). This is what comes of watching a DVD documentary once too often!
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