Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Elementary, My Dear Watson

My wife and I finished watching series 2 of the BBC's Sherlock the other night. It was great. They had a lot of great visual tricks to show us how Sherlock's mind works. And the way episode's 1 and 3 were written, it felt as they had managed to cram 6 episodes of story into 1. Some very skillful writing there. I like their season structure of three hour and a half episodes. What they're really doing is making a standard movie trilogy, when you think about it. Only instead of waiting months or years between each installment, you only need to wait a week. I'd be interested in seeing this kind of production applied to other properties .

 I enjoy the Robert Downy Jr movies, but for my money, the BBC's modern take is a 1000 times more superior. Also, am I the only that thinks there might be a relation between The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper and the BBC's Sherlock Holmes? Hmmmm.....

Even more fascinating than the modern day take on Sherlock Holmes, I think is the use of Moriarty. In the show, Moriarty is a powerful and scary figure. But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only used him once, maybe twice? Somehow, over the decades, we've transformed Moriarty from a tool Doyle used to kill Sherlock into Sherlock's very own arch nemesis. I wonder what Doyle would think of it...

It also blows my mind that there was a fandom so strong back in the late 1800's that Doyle was actually convinced to bring Sherlock Holmes back to life. I can imagine that happening today with the Internet and email. But back then? It just blows my mind.


I suppose this next part could be considered NSFW. It really depends on how sensitive you are to it.

So, I had this thought:

Why is socially acceptable to call someone a:


But you can't call them a:


What makes the words in the second group any more offensive than the words in the first group? If we're going to insist on being more sensitive and less derogatory, than shouldn't we be against all forms of curse words and derogatory terms?

Some might say that the words in the second group are derogatory towards a specific group. But here's the thing, any of these words, in either category, are derogatory to whoever you're saying them to.

If I call my brother retarded for doing something stupid is that a commentary on people with mental disabilities or am I just calling out my brother for being stupid? Am I being derogatory towards people mental disabilities by calling my brother retarded? Well, since my brother doesn't have a mental disability (None that I know of...) I would say not.

But would anyone have a problem if I called my brother an "idiot assfucker"?

A strange double standard, no?


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