January 19th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Sherlock, season 3 (BBC, 2014)

Sherlock Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch
John Watson: Martin Freeman
Year: 2014
Note: a modern re-imagining of Canon

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After yet another extended hiatus, Sherlock has returned for a much anticipated third season. Unfortunately, all that anticipation seems to have been for naught, for in the interim the creators’ egos have inflated beyond their writing abilities, and it shows. Sherlock’s third season is a resounding disappointment, fraught with plot inconsistencies, characterization missteps, and far more style than substance. It is with great sadness that I award what was once such a promising series a mere two pipes, for this, its third season.

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October 1st, 2012 | Tags:

Hello patrons of this blog.

With tremendous apologies for the delays between updates, I wanted to take a moment to touch on some of the up and coming adaptations we can look forward to.

First, I have seen the pilot episode of Elementary (and was not terribly impressed) but I do want to wait to see at least the second episode before writing a review. Pilots can be notoriously rough, so to give the series a fair chance, I thought it best to sample a handful. I have posted some of my preliminary thoughts on my personal tumblr for those who are interested.

In addition to Elementary, we have several things to look forward to:

  • The third season/series of BBC’s Sherlock begins filming this January.
  • Guy Ritchie has signed on (along with RDJ and Jude Law) for Sherlock Holmes 3, which should see release in 2014.
  • Sherlock Holmes, a new Russian Adaptation, has completed filming with scheduled release date sometime later this year. No word on exactly when, but as soon as I’ve seen it I’ll be sure to let you know.

Of course, if I’ve missed something or you’ve heard something through the grapevine, With Love S.H. always welcomes tips/information/etc. Feel free to email.

February 27th, 2012 | Tags:

I thought it might interest some of my readers to learn CBS has a new series planned, called Elementary, in which Doctor Watson will be played by Lucy Liu.

Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of grumbling over both an American series (it is set in NY), another modern series (on the heels of the BBC’s Sherlock) and now a female Watson. I am interested to see an American take on a modern Holmes and will reserve all judgement on the series until it airs. I do, however, feel compelled to point out that BBC’s Sherlock was not the first adaptation to modernize Sherlock Holmes.

In fact, prior to the Sherlock Holmes revolution (what I’m calling this sudden resurgence in SH interest) the most popular Sherlock Holmes was Basil Rathbone. All of his films were made during the late 30s/early 40s and featured Sherlock Holmes fighting the Nazis.

I want to also point out that Elementary (as I understand the CBS series will be called) will not be the first Sherlock Holmes adaptation to cast Watson as a woman.

Speculation that Watson was a woman began as early as 1941. Rex Stout’s famous essay, Watson was a woman, rather shook up the Holmesian/Sherlockian community of the day.

Then of course there was They Might Be Giants, which featured a female Dr. Watson as a psychiatrist whose patient believed he was Sherlock Holmes (and I’m interested to see if they do something similar in Elementary or if it will be a strict genderswap).

I’ll also point out that I’ve been a fan of genderswaps in the past. Battlestar Galatica’s recasting of beloved male characters as women was quite refreshing and I think part of what made the series so enjoyable.

So what is the problem?

On the one hand, yes, genderswapping Watson in order to allow for the Holmes/Watson ship (in order to heternormalize the H/W ship) is problematic, but considering ten years ago even suggesting the possibility of Holmes/Watson would have gotten you blacklisted. That people are even considering the possibility of the pairing marks a drastic leap forward.

I was blacklisted from several mainstream Sherlockian/Holmesian communities because I dared to write Decoding the Subtext, in which I suggested Holmes and Watson were involved in a romantic and sexual relationship. I wrote DTS in 2006/2007. To have gotten to the point where the pairing is now actively recognized and catered to in media is astounding.

To have an American series genderswap Watson in order to make the pairing acceptable to an American audience is not good, but it is perhaps a step in the right direction. I’m sure there are plenty who would disagree (and by all means, please share–I am very open to discussing this) but to even make the leap in suggesting these two names (which carry such significant weight, particularly with an older, largely male US demographic) might have a romantic connection, regardless of their genders, is breaking apart some very old and once impenetrable paradigms. While I agree, it would be nice to see the world change in leaps and bounds that is not how progress is made. It’s made in baby steps. Today we have a male Sherlock and female Watson as a romantic pairing. Tomorrow we have a male Sherlock and male Watson, or a female Sherlock and female Watson as a romantic pairing.

If you had asked me five years ago if I thought an actor portraying Holmes, or a director directing Holmes, or a writer writing Holmes would ever toy with the idea of him and Watson being anything more than friends, I would have laughed at you. We’ve come a long way, and while there is still so much room for improvement, I’m choosing to see this development as the industry’s acceptance of the romance that lies at the heart of the source material. You can make your Watson female, but it still means you have to acknowledge the homoerotic subtext of the original.

January 15th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Sherlock, season 2 (BBC, 2012)

Sherlock Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch
John Watson: Martin Freeman
Year: 2012
Note: a modern re-imagining of Canon

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December 17th, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Sherlock Holmes 2 (2011)

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr.
Doctor Watson: Jude Law
Year: 2011
Case: The Final Problem

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August 10th, 2010 | Tags: , ,

Sherlock (BBC, 2010)

Sherlock Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch
John Watson: Martin Freeman
Year: 2010
Note: a modern re-imagining of Canon
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January 2nd, 2010 | Tags: ,

A Layman’s Guide to the Holmes/Watson Relationship

In the past week, this site has seen a dramatic surge in visitors (and for this I thank you, Guy Ritchie). Many of them are emailing, wanting more information on Holmes and Watson, and their relationship. While I still recommend reading Canon and then my series, Decoding the Subtext, I thought providing a summary of Holmes and Watson’s relationship, as found in Canon, would prove useful.

So here is a more or less chronological (hard to do as not all the stories are dated, or dated correctly) summary of their relationship, along with the key Holmes/Watson stories all newcomers to the pairing should read. If I’ve missed anything, please feel free to let me know, and I’ll add it to the table.  As I attempt my annual winter re-reading of Canon, I may add to the table myself.

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December 31st, 2009 | Tags: , ,

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr.
Dr. Watson: Jude Law
Year: 2009
Case: Original

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August 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , , ,

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (Russian)

Sherlock Holmes: Vasily Livanov
Dr. Watson: Vitaly Solomin
Years: 1979 – 1986
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June 16th, 2009 | Tags: , ,

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Holmes: Richard Roxburgh
Watson: Ian Hart
Year: 2002
Case: HOUN

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