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sherlock: a scandal in belgravia redux
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
This may be my favorite episode so far.



In the beginning:

That was very not how I expected that to play out. I think my favorite thing about Moriarty is the ridiculousness adds to instead of detracts from the creepiness and ruthlessness. The first time, the phone ring irritated me right up until what came after; it's an interesting contrast that illustrates Moriarty's instability.

I worried how they'd handle Adler without disrespecting either character's brilliance: abruptly requiring Sherlock to be led by his cock or downplaying Adler's effect on him. I liked this balance very much. She had an obvious effect on him and, very interestingly like Moriarty, the intellectual seduction is paramount as she adapts to what makes him hot. Which makes a very interesting argument about Sherlock's attraction to intelligent criminals (his reaction to the pilot ep serial killer in this context is interesting as hell).

I liked Irene. The adaptation of her character was fascinating, and I like her cold ruthlessness and her intensely practical self-interest and her obvious enjoyment of her work, both in the bedroom and in manipulation games. I feel sympathy for those with pictures in her possession, but I'm a lot less sympathetic to idiots who brag about their top secret work, because come the fuck on, she has a reputation for doing this shit. Not like she tied them down--no, wait--not like they didn't go in asking to be tied down, so.

You know, what's really killing me is how this hooks back to The Great Game.

Mycroft's surprising volatility during this ep was utterly bewildering up until it was completely understandable. Mycroft handled Sherlock badly; he's made a profession of holding the higher, condescending ground, so letting Sherlock get to him, and so fast, and with such hilarious and painful results, and for really shitty reasons, was weird.

Am I right in suspecting Mycroft and Moriarty worked together and/or were friends at some point? This is circumstantial, but the sex remark from Mycroft early on--again, that was a shock, Mycroft doesn't taunt personally, but in that meeting, that was brutal--combined with Moriarty's Iceman and Virgin characterization, which again, that's personal--Moriarty gave her advice, Moriarty is familiar with them, and not just with Sherlock, it's personal.

Now I wonder what the hell was actually happening with Moriarty and Sherlock in The Great Game.

More later; I need to watch again. This was fantastic.

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I appreciate your comments, but my point was that the line seemed to me to be a throwaway line - something that was unnecessary for the story that was being told, and thus leaving me wondering to what end was the line included. I am not arguing the fluidity of sexuality, nor even trying to pigeonhole the character, but there are certain connotations with identifying a character as gay and SM doesn't strike me as one who delves into the more subtle variations and meanings. She's says I'm gay, a large part of the latter half of the story empahsises an overt sexual as well as emotional connection between her and Sherlock. So, what was the point of the line in the first place? To be edgy? To set up Sherlock as the man who can overcome all people's professed sexual inclinations? Or some other reason. The lack of clear purpose bugged me.

I feel awkward hijacking someone else's journal for this discussion, willing to continue elsewhere if necessary.

Edited at 2012-01-02 08:56 am (UTC)

Ah, I could see how lack of clear motive would bug you there. I do have thoughts about that (although I'm scrambling to put them in order as it's 3am and I'm hyped up as all hell) would you prefer me to DM you (here/twitter/tumblr)? Or what would you have in mind?

Jumping in quick and hoping to say nothing offensive because sexuality can be very touchy. I thought it actually wasn't a throw away line at all, but intended to be part of this theme of sexuality at intersections/fluid sexuality within the ep. You have the self-identified lesbian who falls in love with a man, a virgin man who is asexual but is attracted to a woman, and a "not gay" man who protests he's not in love with another man yet his every action shows everyone else that he is and they constantly tell him that.

I'm not going to say they did it well or anything, nor am I going to suggest it was a good idea necessarily - I think we all view media through our own lens and whether this worked for any one person or not is a matter of individuality. Within the context of that theme as part of the storyline, though, Irene saying she's gay was necessary to create the sexual intersection represented by all three of them.

I appear to be the one offending here for which I apologise. In the end, the line just struck me as odd, as did one or two other things, and perhaps did not deserve mention. I will try and . I will rewatch and try and keep your's and bendtothesun's POVs in mind as soon as I get the chance. Truly. Just rushing to get ready for a flight so it may not be for a bit.

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