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About Zain

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  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    A Scandal In Belgravia
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Empty Hearse
  1. I find it depends on which produce you're talking about. Our new natural market's produce department has far more variety, and most of it's very good quality. But of the limited organic items our regular market has, theirs are better -- bigger more intact heads of romaine lettuce, larger fresher bunches of parsley and cilantro. Odd, but we try our best to buy different things at different places accordingly. I wonder, how big is your organic produce industry? I know that a lot of people around here are worried about the pending TTIP, because they are rather fond of the strict(er) European guidelines when it comes to organic food. I have not yet made my mind up, frankly, because I avoid buying goods which are imported farther than from neighbouring countries. TTIP does not concern me this much... But maybe you can shed some light? I am not even sure about the common American position when it comes to organic food in relation to genetically manipulated crops? Or is that up to the states? Do you have independent labels which check that the guidelines are kept? I am quite curious, to be honest.
  2. Oh, I did not intend to make it sound as if I was packing my back and leaving for the New World. I am quite fond of this forum (especially the people!), and I will definitely stick around. There's general discussion as well, and I am still familiar with the 'old seasons'. But I don't think I'll give the Christmas special or the fourth season a go. Since HLV was aired, I never was particularly keen on S4 anyway. Unlike with S3, ironically. I think we've gone quite off track, haven't we? You should be discussion how to "fix" HLV here. Shame on you! ;)
  3. I am sorry to have made you sad. Well, it's not exactly a revelation, as I stated before. It was one of the first changes that we talked about in the HLV thread. I always loved about the show that while Sherlock and John were very different people (John = popular, easy to talk to; Sherlock = difficult), from the very beginning they had been on equal standing. And this was only deepened when they became mutually dependent of one another. To me, that is no longer the case. I should have known that I had fallen out of love with Sherlock when I became enarmoured with the idea of Victor Trevor as the 'one' character to restore the inequality in John and Sherlock's friendship. I also quite liked how Sherlock made derisive comments about life and people in general, but when it came down to it, he had compassion for Henry Knight, for Mrs Hudson, and even for Irene, a criminal. That conformed with my view that life is to be valued, and I respected that they had Irene saved. But I suppose I interpreted too much into this as a statement that nobody deserved death. To me, that was something I appreciated very much. Mostly, though, it's the first point that is gone and put me off. Funny, in a way, because lately, I was more concerned with the moral issues. I guess I'll just have to look for something else that appeals to me.
  4. I cannot make a definite statement about Moffat, that is true. However, I have to shatter your belief in one regard. Of course there are writers who write award bait. Why do you think there are agencies especially designed to analyze the success stories of previous winners and nominees to understand how much and what kind of promotion is needed for specific themes, plot, setting? And there are well-known studies on which themes/settings do BETTER than others. Just like in the book sector, there is a very powerful machinery behind what you see in the top 10 lists. That's not myth or rumour or badmouthing. It's a fact. That does not mean that only bad movies and books come from these deliberate decision-makings. However, the industry is not a business which works solely chance, on hit-and-miss. And Arcadia, thank you but I fear that will not make me fall in love with Sherlock again. It's curious, I feel... almost liberated now. Because I do not feel like I should defend HLV as a fan. In a way, I am not even sad about realizing that.
  5. That's why I called it award bait about three pages ago... Nothing wrong with wanting recognition for your work, and if that is your priority.. I know your advice was directed at joanneta, but actually, I think I should heed it. Because you showed me that I fell out of love with the show when you asked what inge particularly liked. Most of what I stayed for is not there anymore. Thank you for that. It's rare to suddenly realize how blind one has been to their own feelings. It's quite a baffling revelation to me - and yet somehow... as if I had known already.
  6. The deus ex machina 'turns' are partly why I think HLV is not living up to the quality of the previous episodes. But I also have noticed in S3 that Sherlock's deductions rely more on circumstantial evidence than on the carefully constructed 'induction path' which they showed us in the past. I'll try to put this chronologically, and to be precise about the eyesores of HLV: Sherlock's drug use when he did not know about Magnussen's interest in him (yet). Also, he kept a low profile, which is a contradiction in itself If Lord Smallwood was innocent, and Lady Smallwood complained that nobody was willing to stand up to him (unless she said it in self-irony): Why did they not challenge Magnussen on open ground instead of risking making it worse? Imagine what Magnussen can do with the knowledge about the letters. And now imagine what he could do with an article about how Lord Smallwood was willing to hide the incident at all costs. How did Sherlock know that Janine was working for Magnussen? How did Mary and Janine's friendship fit into this mess? How come the emergency service did not provide the police with the information that there were two different callers? (two different phones!) How come Mary is even able to visit Sherlock in hospital? Since he was shot and Magnussen hinted at a third party who might intend to kill a potential witness: The standard protocol would be to have someone guarding his room, and nobody would be allowed to visit him except close family members (Mycroft, his parents) until he is ready for questioning. If Sherlock climbed out of that window - care to explain how that works as Lestrade and John head upstairs? It is by no means a room on ground level. Yet his wounds do not open from this exertion. How did Mary get a thumbdrive, and if she's one of the 'good guys', why did she not use it to prove her innocence? How come the bodyguards do not find John's weapon? And those are just the obvious issues which have mostly been discussed in the HLV thread. It's alright if not everything adds up in a satisfying way. However, HLV is riddled with those 'let's turn a blind eye to it' questions. I do not even need to dissect the episode to find obvious continuance errors. That's why I insist that HLV is NOT intelligent. Emotionally challenging, yes. And daring, alright. But intelligent in itself? Not really. Even the noisy, gun-heavy mood and flashy twists do not hide the holes. And I feel insulted that they believe a few gunshots would smoothe it over. Actually, all the depth that you mention has been added by the fan dialogue. It's not really in the episode. The characters do not lead the moral debate... I agree, though, that this forum has seen a highly productive discussion of HLV. I'd call that intelligent. Not the episode, though... But that's my humble opinion. It it unlikely we'll find common ground. I just wished to express what I am missing from HLV, because we were talking about different meanings of the word 'intelligent'.
  7. The controversy. Look, this episode aired a year ago, and here we're still discussing it more than any other. It raises big questions - like is it ever okay to take a life, and if so when, and can you love a murderer, and if so, should you be allowed to / allow yourself to, and what can you forgive in a relationship, and should you do that, and what about fiction, do the rules for real life have to apply there? If that's not intellectually stimulating, then I don't know. I find it more interesting certainly than different types of tobacco ash - sorry, Sherlock. So it's not that you think HLV in itself intelligent either. It is the moral issues and plane debate which you find well-placed. I'd call that thought-provoking. Can you agree with that or did I misunderstand you?
  8. I thought I'd quote something nice for once. We tend to 'like' posts, but usually it's the parts we disagree on that we comment on. Believe it or not (I've turned from a sceptic into a firm opponent of HLV, so this is probably unbelievable): I agree. I love it too when writers make intratextual references to prior statements or events. As you said, HLV comes full circle as it confirms that 'caring is not an advantage'. However, that is not something that is unique to HLV. The entire show has got a strong element of quoting itself, and at times: Misquoting. In a way, the writers deconstruct their own work by giving new meaning to once defined 'statements'. I can appreciate how HLV carries this element as well. You've said that you like the episode intellectually, too. May I ask you to elaborate? I believe I - and others who find fault with HLV -have spent many paragraphs explaining why we find the episode too noisy, too 'brawny', too less focused on intellect. I find myself at a loss right now. Usually, I prefer to take in the "opposing" arguments to phrase my own opinion in an according form. If we neglect the moral issues, the plane debate, and the murder controversy: What is it that strikes you as intellectually pleasing about HLV?
  9. Funny, because I feel like I've watched a completely different episode Sherlock is proven to be very much mortal, and more: He is proven to be very much human. He clings to any thread dangling in his mind, because admitting to himself that Mary could have killed him is too painful. She cannot have accepted the risk of his death, therefore ... That's what I see behind his deductions. They are incongruous with what's happening, because he is no longer seeing things clearly. Instead of wanting to find the truth, he is constructing a truth with which he can live. Then there's his loss of control. Unless they make dramatical changes, Sherlock had no influence on his fate. Be his motives selfish or to protect his brother, in the end, it is Mycroft who calls him back. In TRF, Sherlock at least plotted with Mycroft, he took charge of his future. However, Sherlock is completely in the hands of others on the plane. It is not that he cannot die as long as he is needed, he is, to a degree, not ALLOWED to die as long as he is needed. Even if Mycroft acts in Sherlock's interest, there is an element of deprivation of the right of decision. That isn't news, though Sherlock in the past had enough control over his life to voice his discontent. Just to make clear: I am not criticizing Mycroft's decision. I just tried to show why I did not get any reassuring feelings from HLV. All of the above is subjective. It's the "feeling" I got.
  10. I have to disagree. I know that HLV has been lauded by many, but to me, it is a rather weak story. I know that my opinion will be biased to some degree, because I did not like the outcome. However, even if I put Mary's solution aside, I am bothered by its superficiality. It feels like award bait due to its showy nature. I'd rather they went back to their extremely British style of the first season.
  11. Your theory sounds quite good to me. I cannot remember, though, which paw the cats had raised. I believe that a 'japanese' lucky cat has got to have a very specific look. I once did a bit of Japanese studies, and (I hope I am not making this up...) I vaguely remember that the lucky cat originated from folklore, based on a cat-like spirit/demon. I never questioned their logic, funnily, because I thought there might be a Chinese version. They tend to share lots of tales, similar to our European folktales, which often have common roots. But your reasoning is sound. They probably are mistaken and took for granted that a Chinese shop would sell Chinese items, and that something that is called 'Chinese lucky cat' originated from China.
  12. I now wish I had some talent when it comes to art. I'd love to see Arcadia's story as a cartoon. We should start a new hype. Just imagine Moftiss' faces when they get to see the sudden influx of lifeguard!Mary tags. That would be worth it.
  13. And unless wet jobs refers to her having been a lifeguard, I do not see much room for a different interpretation of the term...
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