I am SHERLOCKED – A Scandal In Belgravia

By Courtney Rowan


Well! Started off with a bang last night, then… um, almost. The States welcomed back the world’s best consulting detective last night and oh what a treat!

*SPOILERS* ahead, you may want to watch first!

We were treated to quickly wrapping up the major cliffhanger from last series and the pool and the bomb and the snipers. “Staying Alive” – just about summed that up, right? Not to mention a scantily clad Miss Adler with a *hush hush* Princess??

And then we were off! I enjoyed the montage of ‘boring’ cases presented to him and the attached humor, but I love that even these, what seemed at the time – nonsense, were a bit of clues in the end. I can’t give enough praise to the writers, Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Being Human), for being able to literally transform the original story from 1891 (A Scandal in Bohemia) to 2012. The tweaks were just so perfect. And they finally gave us the classic deerstalker cap!

The first half of this episode is pretty damn close to the original, at least in regards to the overall story. Months have passed since the standoff at the pool, and Holmes has grown famous thanks to Watson’s blog in which he retells the case stories. Eventually, Holmes’s brother Mycroft brings him to Buckingham palace. The government requires his services, but this time, it’s not the King of Bohemia but an unnamed member of the Royal Family. And a female member! And this Adler’s not a soprano, but a dominatrix. And naturally the original story’s photograph has been swapped out for a camera phone full of them. And all the brotherly banter, Mark Gatiss pulling a wonderful double shift as Mycroft Holmes.

One of my favorite scenes last night had to be the naked Sherlock in Buckingham palace, and he and Watson having a bit of a laugh at it – so classically boys at heart.

We meet then “The Woman”, as Irene Adler is so referred to both in text and now on-screen. Naked – purely, purely naked, which stumps Sherlock, as he is typically attuned to clues via people’s clothing. This whole scene was done to perfection, which is what makes this show so amazing.  Americans show up for her phone, which Holmes and Adler eventually beat, but poor Sherlock is drugged by The Woman.  Shall we even mention the brilliant piece about the safe’s code being her measurements?

The running gag of the *EROTIC MOAN TEXT ALERT* was not only funny, but, you know if Sherlock was really annoyed he’d have changed it right away. It also showed how stealthy The Woman really was.

Months pass and while celebrating Christmas, Sherlock being his usual mean self (poor Molly,  all she really wants is to just snog him), they find out that The Woman has been found dead, but not before sending Sherlock her (locked) phone.

It is later revealed that she had to fake her own death to protect herself from some thugs because she has a stolen code from the Ministry of Defense. Naturally, she goes to Holmes for protection.  It seems both the American and British agents are after her. Since her best people can’t crack the code, she hands it to over to Sherlock who within minutes seconds, realizes it’s not a code at all: it’s an airplane seat allocation for a flight leaving Heathrow the following day. (Um, holy line memorization there??!!)  While Holmes is trying to figure out why this flight matters, The Woman casually texts Moriarty. Moriarty then sends a text to Mycroft, basically rubbing it in his face that he knows the Ministry of Defense’s plan for this flight.

Sherlock figures out that the plane is the intended target of a terrorist attack which the British government knew about.  Recalling one of Mycroft’s phone conversations, in which he referred to the Coventry Blitz, Sherlock remembers that there have long been rumors that the British government allowed the Nazis to bomb Coventry unimpeded, so as to avoid revealing to the Germans that they had successfully cracked German code. He then surmises that the British and American governments plan to let the terrorist attack happen.

Holmes is, of course, correct but when he’s brought to the airport by Mycroft he finds that the plane is full of corpses, so there will be no actual casualties from the attack. They had actually been planning this for years and Sherlock allowed it to be ruined by letting The Woman tip-off Moriarty. Mycroft is pissed! And to add to that The Woman shows up just to boast to Sherlock on how she beat him. And, on top of that, Moriarty construed the whole plan just to piss off Sherlock (and Mycroft)!

In a great scene that follows, The Woman tries to make demands in exchange for her assurance that she’ll keep the phone’s secrets. At this point, Sherlock has lost. The Woman has finally beaten him, the only one that ever could. But, Sherlock recants the past interaction where he could feel physically (faster pulse, dilated pupils) that she indeed has feelings for him, which allows him to reveal the password on her phone (Finally!):

I AM SHERLOCKED. I mean, at this point… who isn’t??!

Aghhhhh… what I wouldn’t give to be That Woman right now. (sorry, fangirl tangent thoughts).

It’s not over yet though, given that the phone is unlocked and all her secrets out, she’ll most likely be killed. Months have passed and Mycroft comes to reveal to Watson that she has in-fact, been beheaded by terrorists. Knowing how much Sherlock did actually care for her, Watson decides to lie and say she has gone to America under witness protection. Sherlock seems distraught/uncaring (as usual) yet, he keeps the camera phone, perhaps as a reminder of the whole experience and more specifically her. We see him reviewing the final texts she sent to him, the last of which was, “Goodbye Mr. Holmes.”

Cut to: Flashback of The Woman texting as a sword is held to her throat by a masked figure. She hits send.

*EROTIC MOAN TEXT ALERT*

It’s SHERLOCK! Sword in hand, rescues her and the episode ends – victoriously! Wow.

Oh, and one more thing – Mrs. Hudson – FTW!  Best. Landlord. EVER.  

Until next week, when we see the “The Hounds of Baskerville“.  Here’s a scene:

The next episode of Series 2 of Sherlock airs Sunday, May 13th on PBS Masterpiece Mystery – check for your local PBS listings.

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New Doctor Who Series 7 Episode Details and other Random Who-ness

By Courtney Rowan

And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

There’s been a ton of news since my last Doctor Who post, so let’s get to it, eh? Possible *SPOILERS* ahead, so if you truly don’t want to know anything about the upcoming series, skip this post!

So where to start… when last we left our heroes, we found out that Arthur Weasley Mark Williams will be on an episode this year. I can now confirm it will be Episode Two, for which the writer is Chris Chibnall. This episode will also star Rupert Graves, who you will most likely recognize from Sherlock on which he plays DI Lestrade.  It will be part set in Ancient Egypt and features Queen Nefertiti, Rory’s dad, and robots. This episode, According to Doctor Who Magazine, will have one of the biggest sets ever constructed for the show.

Episode One

This will be a Dalek story, but with a bit of a spin, apparently.  It will be featuring Daleks from many different eras of the show. Check out the pic below tweeted from Steven Moffat.

Moffat says the first episode will be a bit like the movie Die Hard and teased the title as [Spoiler] of the [Spoilers]. Most likely it will be “[Something] of the Daleks” given the title tradition and the fact they feature. Part-set in Ancient China with The Doctor is given a task to complete by the Chinese Emperor. According to Caroline Skinner, it will feature “Every Dalek known to man.”

Episode Three

Okay, this episode is already my fave because it guest stars Farscape alum, Ben Browder!! (severe fangirl attack.)  On top of that, the episode writer is Toby Whitehouse. This is the ‘gunslinger’ episode featured heavily in the Series 7 trailer released. Whithouse spoke to BBC America about this episode:

“My episode is in a genre I’ve never written before — frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now. But I absolutely love it. Steven gives me a one-line pitch, and then I’ll go away and put together a story and so on. And he gave me a great one-line pitch for this, so I’m really excited about it. Doctor Who is always a joy to write. It never gets boring, it never gets dull, it never gets routine. It’s an incredibly difficult show to write because it’s remarkably complex, but it also has to have such momentum and pace. And within that there has to be room for character and humour and so on. It’s always a huge challenge but always extraordinary fun. That’s why I keep going back.”

Excited?? Yeah, a little.

Episode Four

Not really much to discuss here except that it is written by Chris Chibnall as well.

Episode Five

This is the one… the final goodbye for Amy and Rory. I know I’m going to cry, two reasons; first I’m going to miss these companions immensely and second – the Weeping Angels scare the shit out of me. Yes, Weeping Angels will be back for the parting of the Ponds.  Also, they were recently spotted filming in a Welsh graveyard were the main three characters and Alex Kingston once more reprising her role as River Song.  Oh, and the writer – Steven Moffat, who has made this statement, “Not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time!” Calling it now – Amy is out.  I’m mentally preparing and stocking up on tissues for this one already.  Check out this pic below:

In terms of other casting news for this episode, Mike McShane has revealed, via his Twitter account, that’s he currently filming Doctor Who and that he’s appearing in the fifth episode. His role is unconfirmed.

Episode Six – The Christmas Special

And here is where we get our new companion (pictured below). Welcome, Jenna-Louise Coleman! This episode is also written by Steven Moffat, who says this about this new time traveler, “The Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” I’m excited for the change, but she has huge shoes to fill in place of the Ponds.

Random Who-ness

A couple last things to share. So, driving home from work yesterday I see this in front of me:

What? What? WHAT?! This cannot be a coincidence, although I’m surprised that the 2 of the 100 Whovians in the States live somewhere near me. (I thought the “My other car is a TARDIS’ bumper sticker on my car was already Whovian enough.) I think I now need to upgrade my Whovian Status with an “AL0NS-Y” plate.

Last thing I want to share is actually a video my 10 year old Whovian son found on YouTube.  I loved Rose, I loved 10 and I love 11. I just thought this was a beautiful way to remind the fans that nothing is ever forgotten in the Whoniverse. So, for all you shippers out there – enjoy this one!

So what do you think of how Series 7 is shaping up so far? I’m curious for your opinions in the comments!!

Sources: Doctor Who TV, SFX and Den Of Geek

Doctor Who Series 7 First Official Image and a Weasley!

By Courtney Rowan

Well, fanboys and fangirls, it’s been much, much too long, but I promise I have regained some consciousness and am back! My long pause, you’ll have to excuse, was due to the birth of my baby girl, Melody Rose. (Bonus points for getting the name reference – shouldn’t be hard.)

I make my triumphant  delayed return with some news of Doctor Who series 7! The BBC has released new information in regards to the upcoming series:

“‘Doctor Who’ series seven will consist of fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.”

With those fourteen episodes, the BBC further states that,

“Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend. Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year.”

Are you excited yet??!!

Also some cool guest star news released as Mark Williams, best known for his role as muggle-obsessed Arthur Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, has been seen on set. The BBC has also confirmed that Williams’ ‘Harry Potter’ co-star David Bradley, who played Argus Filch, will also be appearing in ‘Doctor Who’ this time around. Finally, Rupert Graves, (‘Sherlock’) has also been officially announced as a guest.

Here’s a few other images from shooting released as well:

According to Doctor Who TV, news is that Doctor Who Doctor Who will return with “at least” 14 episodes from Autumn 2012. When they asked Steven Moffat himself some details he said,  “I’ll just say it’s at least 14 episodes. Obviously we start in the Autumn so the Christmas special is part of the run.”

Geronimo!!!!!!!!

Source: sciencefiction.com

“Sherlock” Season 2: First Look

By Courtney Rowan

By this point, you must be fully aware of my obsession with all things Doctor.  Well, that obsession seems to be spilling over into all things Moffat.  Admittingly, I have only read a few of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpieces.  But what I do seek out is any modernization of classic notions.  Insert Sherlock last year.  And it was bloody brilliant.  It honestly may have been the most intriguing 4 and half hours of television I watched all last year.   And bonus that Martin Freeman in portraying Watson, and will be Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit.  Double bonus for casting an actor named Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock.  I mean, the name says it all, not to mention, when you get down to it –  he simply kicked ass.

While we will not get any new Sherlock on screen until 2012, The BBC has released some footage through a promotional video highlighting their upcoming programming.  The clip shared is from the second episode, “The Hounds of Baskerville”, an adaptation of a famous Holmes story, The Hound of Baskervilles.

In this sneak peek we see Russell Tovey (Being Human) as Henry Baskerville being dismissed by Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Holmes appears to not see anything significant in the case, telling Baskerville that the footprints “could be anything, therefore nothing.” Though we later see Holmes and Watson (Martin Freeman) investigating in the dark, so something must entice Holmes towards this case. Let’s take a look:

TV Overmind has some more details on this, so head on over and read the full article!

We have our Irene Adler!

This is sort of old news, but since I was sharing some Sherlock stuff, I wanted to add this because I do love this character.  The first book I ever read was of course, A Scandal in Bohemia in which we meet our Irene.  She is in fact a formidable match for Holmes which I think excites and perplexes him.  Throughout Doyle’s writings he always references Adler as ‘her’ , almost as if she’s the one that got away.  The actress who has been cast is Lara Pulver.  Now, the character is American, from new Jersey in-fact, but Pulver is British.  Let’s hope they stick to the storyline.

The three new episodes will be titled:

  • A Scandal in Belgravia
  • The Hounds of Baskerville
  • The Reichenbach Fall
Can’t wait to see how they handle the enormous cliffhanger from last season as well.  Bomb, no bomb? Does  Moriarty get away? (of course, right?)  So many questions!

Season 2 of Sherlock will air in early 2012 on the BBC and in May 2012 on PBS.  Until then, the game, as  they say, is afoot!