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Jesus. Fucking. Christ. *faints*

I thought, “Oh, maybe this will be fun, I’ll just enjoy this as something to watch that’ll be it."

No. No. No. I am dead. All of my thoughts at current are in an English accent and being an American I feel as if I’m being disrespectful.

First of all, the cases are all fascinating.

"We can’t giggle at a crime scene." EEEEEEEEEEEEEE. <3

I’m fascinated by the relationship between Sherlock and Mycroft. I don’t quite understand it thought. Is Mycroft some sort of detective as well? Why does Sherlock keep bringing up his diet? To annoy him?

I have seen many fics portraying Sherlock as having an eating disorder. While I don’t think he does in canon, I do think there are a fair amount of canonical details that could make for convincing fanon. Each time we’ve seen Sherlock interact with Mycroft after he hasn’t for awhile, he mentions his diet. He knew exactly how many pounds Molly had gained. He rarely eats and keeps a rather thin appearance. I read in an interview that apparently Benedict Cumberbatch did that to better illustrate the obsessive cognitive nature of his character.

I do wonder about their relationship though. Mycroft claims he really does worry about Sherlock. Is he sincere? Watson seems unsure. And Sherlock seemed as though he felt almost affronted when Mycroft accused Sherlock of giving his mother trouble. It’s curious. Sherlock does seem to exhibit many childish characteristics. Making loud noises and a mess when bored? Literally pouting and turning away from John on the couch? I cannot even. It was adorable.

I really am liking Lestrade. There’s a certain softness about him that I just can’t describe. I hope there are more scenes with him in the future.

MRS. HUDSON OMG. She is soooo adorable. I love her. She is just so cute and pleasant, very motherly and doting over Sherlock. (I read in an interview that this mirrors the real life relationship between the actress who plays Mrs. Hudson, as she is a good friend of Benedict Cumberbatch’s mother, and Benedict Cumberbatch.)

I think that so far I liked the case of “The Blind Banker," because I’m a sucker for codes, even though I cannot solve them myself and, of course, “The Great Game" where we meet Moriarity for the first time.

I feel so bad that Soo died. :( I liked her. She was smart and lovely and seemed rather dedicated to her culture. I wonder if she really would have gone out with that guy had she been able to? (He was socially awkward, but I think he meant well. He did go to check on her.) Even though Watson didn’t want one of the lucky cats, I’ve wanted one for awhile, but considering that they are smuggling goods…I should probably check elsewhere.

So awesome, the code though, the numbering system.

Sherlock grasping John’s head…OMG. ERMAHGERD. SHIPPING. I am shipping so hard that it hurts. John took quite some time to pull away, although I think it was to get his bearings.

Everyone continues to accuse Sherlock and John of being gay. It’s the sort of thing where, I want to say canonically that they aren’t, but…THERE ARE SIGNS MAN, OKAY? THERE ARE.

I think that initially their friendship, relationship, or what have you, began as a matter of convenience for both of them. I’m wondering if perhaps John’s getting roped into Sherlock’s cases are a matter of distraction for him from his haunted war memories, just as much as they are a distraction for Sherlock?

Though for Sherlock, perhaps distraction isn’t quite the right word.

God, when John was held at gunpoint…That scene *shouldn’t* have been as hot as it was. I wonder if he got flashbacks from the war? I’m unsure.

Also, I thought I was going to dislike Sarah, but after seeing the way she beat the crap out of the crime syndicate member who was trying to take out Sherlock, she seems pretty cool. Not to mention the fact that even after that horrible first date with John, she still wanted to get together with him. I think she genuinely trusts and likes John.

(I am totally shipping Johnlock but I get stuck in this hopeless pattern where I ship HETEROSEXUAL LIFE PARTNERS that never work out in canon. *sigh* That’s what fic is for. In canon, if John ends up with Sarah, I don’t think I’d mind.)

I am glad that thus far while there is a large focus on the characters, which I am really liking, there isn’t a huge focus on relationships or romance. Honestly, that’s what really soured me on Season 7 of House. Not just that it was House and Cuddy, a relationship I strongly dislike, but that it became the forefront of the show. I hope that doesn’t happen in Sherlock, but perhaps I am doomed to walk the path of disappointed fan once again. *insert melodramatic music here*

Am I the only one thinking that Moriarty somewhat resembles a sort of deranged Willy Wonka? (Probably.)

I very much like the way that Sherlock was able to quickly deduce both the identity of the dead art gallery security guard and also why he was killed. Brilliant deductions.

OMG CHILD ON THE PHONE AND SHERLOCK TRYING TO LOCATE WHAT MADE THE PAINTING A FAKE. *DED* I mean, I knew he would but TENSION. ALL OF THE TENSION. asdfjkl;asdfjkl;

I am fascinated by the way that Moriarty plays with Sherlock and does, in a sense, flirt with him, even if it isn’t romantic or sexual. (Or, it might be, depending on your shipping preferences.) Consulting detective and consulting criminal. That is fascinating. I suppose it makes sense, his interest in Sherlock. Jim knows Sherlock is the best, so he doesn’t want to be caught.

(I can see know it was a rather good thing that Sherlock told Molly to end it with him.) I love the way Moriarty tried to fool Sherlock into thinking he was gay, and the way he succeeded. Placing clues here and there.

OMG. THE SCENE WITH JOHN AND SHERLOCK AT THE POOL I CANNOT EXCUSE ME BRB DYING. Okay. OMG. I just…OMG. OMG. So…like…Sherlock’s FUCKING FACE and VOICE when he sees John. It’s one of the few times we’ve seen panic. Jim says that Sherlock’s claim that he doesn’t have a heart isn’t quite true. Right after he has John strapped into some sort of torturous device. And John risking his life to save Sherlock’s. EEEEE. That is what Sherlock meant when he said that what John was good, yeah? I’m pretty sure.

Sherlock’s reaction when ripping off John’s…electric torture device thingy? Whatever that’s called? He asks if John is alright, and then seems rather frantic. And poor John stumbling and falling over. SQUEE. He is so adorable I cannot even. HIS GODDAMN SWEATERS WHAT EVEN. The comment about people talking about him and Sherlock…that comment seemed rather out of place…it was likely to diffuse the tension but still…Not to mention that when John said he was going on a date with Sarah, Sherlock *really* couldn’t understand the difference…and had no idea John wanted to have sex with her. *facepalm*

I am curious as to what Sherlock’s sexuality is. He claims to be married to his work, and that makes sense. He probably views sex and relationships as inconvenient distractions from his work. Though, if he found the other person fascinating enough, male or female, I think he’d go for him or her.

I have heard that in the books, Irene Adler was his only relationship? I’m not sure how it’s portrayed on the show, but I guess I’ll see in Season 2. I’ve only seen clips of her but she seems like an interesting character.

Jim Moriarty is sort of an over-the-top fabulous villain. I’m rather amused by him. Oh the vids that could be made for him…

John’s sexuality appears to be straight. In fact, he has stated so. Although, it is my personal opinion on sexuality that while people do have preferences for males, females, both…finding the right person can skew their preferences. Once again, only my personal opinion.

EFF THIS EPISODE ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER. And a really really good one too! (Perhaps this is the only good thing about me entering the fandom late. I don’t have to wait as long to see what happens. Although, there is probably a cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 that will have me clawing at the walls.)

I do hope that we get to learn a bit more about John’s past, what haunted him about the war. And Sherlock’s childhood. With the way that Mycroft and Sherlock act…that appears to have dysfunction written all over it. I also hope for more fascinating cases!

(I do enjoy murder mysteries, usually in documentary form, so when Sherlock was excited that he’d found a serial killer, I felt a bit guilty as I find studying them to be fascinating. I’m a psych major and do have an interest in how the minds of criminals work.)

Actually, “A Study In Pink" was interesting to. In a way, I felt bad for the cabbie. He seemed to feel so insignificant. Now, that doesn’t excuse what he did of course. I wonder if Sherlock really did choose the good bottle or the bad bottle? And John is an amazing shot. JESUS CHRIST.

I also think it’s hilarious that police staff reads John’s blog. :D

Moriarty mentioned that the kid that died in the pool made fun of him. Was that the truth, or a ruse?

Anyway, this post is completely all over the place. I am knew to the show, the franchise, the fandom. I hope I have not offended anyone.

Date: 2013-07-02 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
So you didn't like it much then ? ;)

I have too vague a memory of the eps to answer your questions but Mycroft in the books is a very fat man (and lazy, and a better detective than his brother if he could be bothered) so maybe that has something to do with the diet remarks?

Also John in the pool scene - yes! (And I really liked how he took that guy out with a sniper rifle in the first ep - and then Sherlock with his 'I must be in shock, I have a blanket' covering for him)

and dammit - now you make me want to watch it again!

Date: 2013-07-02 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
So you didn't like it much then ? ;)

Nope, not at all. ;)

And I did love the scene where Sherlock says, "I must be in shock, I have a blanket." <3

and dammit - now you make me want to watch it again!

Do it. Watch it again. Dooooo it.

Date: 2013-07-02 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lieueitak.livejournal.com
To add to what [livejournal.com profile] menolly_au said, Mycroft in the text (and on Sherlock) works for the government very high up, like he sometimes runs it high up.

I have heard that in the books, Irene Adler was his only relationship? They do not have a relationship. In the stories, Sherlock shows some interest in multiple women. But it's pretty much exclusively related to the case... sort of like how House flirted with various patients over the years but nothing ever came of it. In the canon, Sherlock is good with women, but he doesn't trust them, as we're all too emotional~* for his logical ways.

Date: 2013-07-02 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Oh okay, so Mycroft works for the government. That makes sense.

And thank you for detailing Sherlock's relationships with women. Or rather...lack thereof. ;)

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Date: 2013-07-02 09:44 am (UTC)
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Date: 2013-07-02 11:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] flywoman.livejournal.com
Just a few comments... I don't think that Sherlock is meant to look like he has an eating disorder. His comments about people's weight etc. are just another example of his observational skills, and food, like sex, is just unimportant to him because all that matters is the brain, not the body.

Speaking of which, I would say that "asexual" best describes ACD's Holmes. I can see the new Sherlock trying sex with people of various genders purely as an experiment to find out what all the fuss was about, but not getting as much pleasure as from his intellectual activities, and being really reluctant to pursue a relationship with anyone (just as he seems to have no friends other than John - it would be a distraction).

ACD's Watson and the new John are portrayed as straight, period, although it's a running joke in the BBC series that many people assume John and Sherlock to be a couple in these modern times.

John/Sherlock is far and away my favorite ship in fic, but I don't watch the show thinking that they are sexually involved - at most, it's bromance/deep friendship.

As pointed out above, canon Holmes has never been involved sexually with any woman that we know of, and Irene Adler was The Woman because she outsmarted him, not because he fell for her not inconsiderable physical charms. And I also strongly disliked the way they repackaged this particular story so that she seemed to seduce Sherlock physically and also required him to rescue her. Feh.

I strongly recommend reading some of ACD's original works, even just the ones directly tied to the cases. The atmosphere in them is wonderful, and the comparisons (and in-jokes) are fun.

Date: 2013-07-02 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Awesome icon!

And I don't think that Sherlock is meant to look as though he has an eating disorder either, and I agree of your assessment of his physique. Sorry, I guess my comment wasn't too clear. What I was intending to say is that I've read believable fic where Sherlock has an eating disorder, not that I think he has one in canon.

I can see the new Sherlock trying sex with people of various genders purely as an experiment to find out what all the fuss was about, but not getting as much pleasure as from his intellectual activities, and being really reluctant to pursue a relationship with anyone (just as he seems to have no friends other than John - it would be a distraction).

the new John are portrayed as straight, period, although it's a running joke in the BBC series that many people assume John and Sherlock to be a couple in these modern times.

That is my feeling as well.

John/Sherlock is far and away my favorite ship in fic, but I don't watch the show thinking that they are sexually involved - at most, it's bromance/deep friendship.

I'm in agreement completely with you here. They are certainly portrayed as friends on the show. (If they were anything more, fic wouldn't be as fun, now would it? ;) )

I haven't read the original story involving Irene Adler, but I've heard of much dislike of her. I do understand the dislike of her seducing Sherlock and the fact that he rescued her. (Having not read the original, I did actually find her interesting. I liked the fact that she was a sexually liberated female character, but that's just me lol.)

And I do hope to read some of the original stories at some point. I have a book that's a collection of stories but I got it in the YA section of a used bookstore, haven't read it, so no idea if it's any good...I'll have to look it up online or actually read it to see.

Date: 2013-07-02 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Oh, also, I forgot to mention that I love your rec-list. I read one of the fics, and the first two parts of another.

Date: 2013-07-02 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Welcome to the club! If you are interested in fics, discussions and so on, have a look here:

http://sherlockbbc.livejournal.com/profile

Best english-speaking Sherlock BBC community on LJ. Different tags=different ships.

Date: 2013-07-03 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Can't wait to read your post about Season 2!

I'd marry Lestrade if I could. He's my favourite character. %)))))

Date: 2013-07-03 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I love Lestrade! He's an awesome character. I actually rather like all of the characters.

Date: 2013-07-03 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
I liked the first season of Sherlock a lot. Some of the modernizing was ingenious. There were a few changes I didn't care for, but overall I thought they did a fabulous job. They also made Sherlock as annoying a housemate as I think he would be, which I was really not expecting.

Date: 2013-07-03 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Did you dislike the second season?

What did you like about the modernizing and what changes didn't you like?

And yes, Sherlock was a rather annoying housemate.

Date: 2013-07-03 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
I didn't dislike the second season so much as I liked it less.

Things I liked: The actors are wonderful. All of them. I love the incorporation of technology! Holmes made use of everything of any practical use, and IMO he'd be all over things like GPS. I also liked the use of first names between the characters. It's much more modern than the use of last names. I wouldn't have thought such a big change would work for me,m but it does. I thought it was brilliant they way they changed from local gentry's home to defense research institute in Hounds of the Baskervilles. I liked the three patch problem in place of the three pipe problem (though I might have been even happier if he simply smoked). Last but far from least, I really enjoy their Mycroft.

Here's what I didn't like: The amount of Moriarty. A little arch-villain goes a long way. This one was responsible for most of what happened in the series, and I got sick of it. Like Swiper the fox in Dora the Explorer, he lurks in the background of almost every plot. I also disliked Adler for all the reasons mentioned above. Some female characters are nothing more than male fantasies, and IMO BBC's Adler is one of those. Also she reminded me too much of the recent film's femme fatale version of Adler. The original character was noteworthy for her intelligence and essential good heartedness. She didn't require a rescue, nor did she work for anyone but herself. Finally, Watson enters ACD's stories as a wounded war veteran. I thought that was a particularly timely bit of backstory. I was pretty unhappy that BBC's Watson instead suffers from missing the adrenaline rush of war. It seemed like an odd and pointless thing to change.

Date: 2013-07-03 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
The actors are wonderful. All of them. I love the incorporation of technology! Holmes made use of everything of any practical use, and IMO he'd be all over things like GPS.

I agree with you 100%.

I enjoy Mycroft too, although his character still puzzles me. Does he genuinely care about Sherlock? Is he working with Moriarty? And why do I keep seeing fics for Mycroft/Lestrade?

Like Swiper the fox in Dora the Explorer, he lurks in the background of almost every plot.

OMG. LOL.

I do understand why you dislike Moriarty. He's a bit over the top.

I'm not really familiar with the original stories, but I can understand disliking Adler and the change in Watson's backstory.

Date: 2013-07-03 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
You're one of us now!
What flywoman said, really: Sherlock seems just asexual to me, and I think his comments on Mycroft's diet are just his way of annoying his older brother.
Moriarty is rather cartoonish, but I enjoyed him.
Did you check out John's blog, or are you waiting until you've watched S2? I posted a question about the S2 finale here once you've watched it, I'd love your input (or anyone else's who sees this!): http://taiga13.dreamwidth.org/168622.html

Date: 2013-07-03 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I'm not sure if he's asexual, or if he finds other things to be more interesting than sex. Although, to be perfectly honest, I don't really know all that much about asexuality.

I like Moriarty as well, but I do agree, he is rather cartoonish.

And I am waiting until I've watched Season 2 to read John's blog. I just have one episode left. And I'd love to read your post when I've seen the last episode that's come out so far. :)

Date: 2013-07-03 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] downuptime.livejournal.com
Yayyyy join the club. We're living out our own Great Hiatus as we wait for Season Three to return.

If you haven't started on Season 2, I absolutely love Scandal of Belgravia. I wasn't a fan of how they modernised Irene Adler to be a _____, but I found the fast pacing and twists and turns of the storyline of that episode to be super engaging and enjoyable. Oh, I absolutely love how Sherlock's deductions are played out onscreen with the typing and zooming in to the various features :)

As others have mentioned above, Mycroft is fat and lazy in the books. I am particularly fond of Stephen Fry's portrayal of Mycroft in the RDJ films because, well, it was Stephen Fry himself. But I do like Mark Gatiss's Mycroft. There is this palpable tension between him and Sherlock. I think the relationship is developed a bit more in Season 2 - there is a hint of Mycroft and John working together to keep Sherlock clean!

Benedict Cumberbatch is glorious as Sherlock. I can understand why they had him and only him as the sole choice for Sherlock. Martin Freeman is a great Watson as well. He and BC are great friends in real life, I think, which translates to great chemistry on screen as well. Benedict Cumberbatch has several wonderful scenes in S2, if you think he is sexy :)

You're right about Moriarty as a deranged Willy Wonka. It's worse in S2 and I have friends who are sorta pissed about this modernised version of him since Moriarty is meant to be the "Napolean of Crime" who is intelligent and logical and just brilliant. At first glance of BBC Sherlock's Moriarty, I thought he was a little too off his rocker.

Oh, Lestrade. I actually want to marry him. I do like to imagine that he is a paternal figure to Sherlock, what with his exasperation towards Sherlock's antics and stuff. "SHERLOCK!"

I do ship Johnlock but prefer not to view the show with such goggles - it's a bromance. Leave it to fanfic to develop the rest :)

Ahhhhh I am all over the place and you do make me feel like watching it all again. It's such high quality and I hope it'll remain so!

Date: 2013-07-03 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I enjoyed Scandal of Belgravia as well. Actually, I'm on the last episode. I'm going to be bleeding feels afterward, from what I've heard about it.

Oh, I absolutely love how Sherlock's deductions are played out onscreen with the typing and zooming in to the various features :)

YES. OMFG. I was worried I'd find it cheesy but I ended up loving it.

I did notice Mycroft and John working together to keep John clean. I want to learn more about him.

Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing as Sherlock. OMG. What do you mean they had him and only him as their choice? Was he hand-selected or did he audition? Martin Freeman is so wonderful as Watson. I'm so glad to know they are good friends in real life. Makes me happy. :)

Benedict Cumberbatch has several wonderful scenes in S2, if you think he is sexy :)

I didn't think I'd find him sexy, didn't want to, and then, well...*sigh* Martin Freeman is also sexy, in my book. (Actually, when I first started watching House, I didn't find HL or RSL hot either. And then...well. DAMN IT THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS.)

OMG LESTRADE AS A PATERNAL FIGURE FOR SHERLOCK. <3 Lestrade is so adorable. I just want to make him cookies.

I never expect to see slash on shows that I watch. I will forever enjoy the "super intelligent heterosexual life partners with dark and twisted pasts" trope, and leave all the slash to fanfic.

DO. WATCH IT AGAIN. DO. IT.


Date: 2013-07-03 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingrat.livejournal.com
I like the way the original stories have been modernised, the use of modern technology, the title theme, Martin Freeman as Watson.

Benedict Cumberbatch is well cast, and I find Sherlock amusing as a character, but he's hardly credible and even a bit flat. He's so devoid of feelings himself that I can't find it in me to sympathise with him. That's my main problem with the series and the reason I haven't taken to it the way I did to House -- the protagonist isn't human enough for me to get caught up in his world. House tramples over other people's feelings, not because he doesn't notice them or has none himself, but because his aim (saving lives/ not getting hurt himself) requires him to do so. (Whether the end justifies the means is another discussion.) Sherlock OTOH tramples over other people's feelings because he doesn't realise they have any. That has a certain entertainment value, but so does watching monkeys in the zoo.

Date: 2013-07-03 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I can understand your dislike of Sherlock when compared to House. I do agree that House's aim does require him to be cruel at times, but there are also times when he's been cruel and tactless. Much less so than Sherlock, of course.

I think the major difference between House and Sherlock is that House seems to be fascinated by the way that not only diseases/cases/puzzles work, but also how the human mind works. He's much more concerned than Sherlock with whose dating whom, what secrets people hide. You are right, in Sherlock lacks that desire to understand human behavior.

I suppose one of the reasons that I do like Holmes is that detachment, and the fact that while less obviously stated, or perhaps merely my interpretation, his detachment is there by choice, something developed long ago. House has detachment as well, certainly, but it isn't the same.

Martin Freeman as Watson...I cannot even...He is just so believably emotional omg.
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