Posted by: brookenado | April 11, 2014

Siblings of Three

Dear readers,

Like me, Twitter may have told you today that it is National Siblings Day.  Thank you Twitter.  And maybe you have siblings and spared a thought for them.  For me, blogging inspiration struck!  The thing is, in my totally biased opinion my siblings are the best in the world.  Why?  We share a similar sense of humor, they’re both great people, and I can always count on them.  Basically, our relationship boils to down this:

  1. When we were kids, our parents would occasionally have to come up with a ‘no talking rule’ at the dinner table because an hour+ into dinner we’d still be chatting and giggling at stories with each other (but it was a school night and there were things to be done).
  2. To this day, when we play Mario Party, we play with a collective goal – make sure none of us comes in last and the computer player loses.  Everybody wins.

Of course, that’s not to say we don’t have our disagreements.  It’s not all dinner chats and playing nicely, we certainly hit snags now and then.  But really, what compelling sibling relationship doesn’t?

But that’s the beautiful part…it doesn’t matter.  Whatever happens, at the end of the day we’ve got each other’s backs.

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But then National Sibling Day got me thinking about siblings in pop culture.  After thinking a back to shows I grew up with, books I love, movies, etc., I’ve come the realization that the world of storytelling is sadly lacking in siblings of three (seriously, a gold mine of narrative opportunity).  Characters tend to jump from only child, to one brother or sister, to Weasleys.

"He got off, he got off!" Ginny, Fred, George Weasley - The weasleys by SivJE on deviantART

“He got off!” The little details JK added to imply the strong bond between Ginny and the twins as the books progressed? Brilliant.

And there’s nothing wrong with that; there are fantastic stories featuring those dynamics!  I mean, you’ve got everything from Sherlock Holmes and Thor listed above to Rocket Power (weren’t 90′s cartoons the best?),  to the Boxcar Children, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, and so on and so forth.  All 0, 1, or 3+ siblings.  Sure, it tends to work out fairly well as the protagonist forms a trio or group with best friends (two of which will inevitably enter a romantic relationship).  But there are a few exceptions I’ve managed to pinpoint.

Bob's Burgers siblings - Louise, Tina,and Gene

In the cartoon world, there’s the Simpsons, the Belchers, and the Incredibles (huh, there really aren’t many siblings at all in Disney movies).  Sitcoms seem to be the most common place to find the family with three kids; Modern Family, Boy Meets World, Full House, The Middle, Even Stevens, and probably a few more.  Now in books, the only trio that jumps out at me are the ever unfortunate Baudelaire children.  There must be others, though…

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“Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.”

It’s interesting to me that I’ve never come across any sibling group of characters that exactly mirrors our gender and order (boy, girl, girl) – who knows?  Maybe I’ll write that some day.  If you have a sibling, you know what a huge influence brothers and sisters have on your life.  Mine make me laugh and inspire me all the time with their antics and the way they see the world.  I can’t imagine a life without them!

Anyway the real point here is: Middle children, we’ve got to do something about this woeful under representation.

Have siblings of your own that you connect with certain stories?  Have a favorite sibling duo, trio, clan team that I’ve forgotten?  Leave a comment!  Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

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An old favorite :)

Posted by: brookenado | March 26, 2014

‘Slightly Obscure’ Group Cosplays, You Say?

Dear readers,

By slightly obscure, I mean ‘might not be immediately recognizable but wouldn’t they be fun to pull off all the same for fans who did?‘  I know I’ve said it before, but I am fairly new to the cosplay scene.  But that certainly hasn’t stopped the cosplay versions of a writer’s plot bunnies from running around my brain!

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“Lokitty of Catard.” Cosplay sucess.

I haven’t been part of a group cosplay yet, but I’d love to do so in the future.  I always have the biggest grin when I see a great group cosplay doing a kickass, appropriately themed pose.  Seriously, people are awesome.  And while I have larger fandom group/individual cosplays I’d like to do, I thought I’d share some less obvious ones I think would be a blast to take on…

Inception

It wasn’t long after I saw Inception that the thought of cosplaying as a ‘dream team’ starting bouncing around my head.  What makes this one difficult is that unless each member of the group wears a sign or name tag saying ‘architect’, ‘point man’, ‘Mr. Charles’, etc., it’s likely the group won’t be immediately recognized for what it is (but noted for being very snappily dressed).  So then it’s all about the ‘play’ part of ‘cosplay’ to really pull this one off – and here’s where I imagine it would get really fun!

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I mean…Right?

So you’d have your sleeper device, everyone should have a totem (and have someone who’s really decent at spinning a top), and most importantly – you get to act like your environment is the dream world.  Pretend to sleep (minus the chemist and/or point man, of course), continually pick a ‘target’ and hop to extracting their secrets or planting an idea as a team, attempt your own gravity fight, maybe play some of the ‘oh no, here comes the kick’ music – you can really get creative!

All I know is that it would be awesome.  And maybe it’s just me, but I would love to do the dream team thang.

Bob’s Burgers

If you haven’t seen Bob’s Burgers, you need to.  I was introduced to it last summer and it has become one of my favorite new shows.  It is becoming more widely known, but it remains on the ‘slightly obscure’ list because unless you’re Louise (or Gene in the burger suit, now that I think about it) you’re probably not going to be immediately recognizable on your own.  So boom, another group cosplay that would be a blast.

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The basis for a downright hilarious group cosplay

The Belchers are your average family taking life one mishap at a time.  There’s the nonchalantly hilarious and boy crazy Tina, house music lover and go with the flow Gene, and not afraid to shake things up/maybe a tad prone to violent thoughts Louise.  So yeah, shenanigans abound.  Bob and Linda certainly have their crazy moments as well, but they roll with the punches like any seasoned parent and human being knows how to do.  Plus, if you have a bigger group you can bring in the equally quirky larger cast of characters.  The more the merrier, right?

Cabin Pressure

Ah, Cabin Pressure.  If you are at all a fan of British humor or Benedict Cumberbatch (or really any of the equally talented actors), you need to give Cabin Pressure a listen.  (What’s Cabin Pressure?  Familiarize yourself a bit more with the premise and the radio drama’s hilarity in a previous post from my 15 Days of Sherlock series.)  Pilots, steward with handmade hat, CEO of My Jet Now, (air dots, polar bears, lemons, yellow cars…) what’s not to love?

Cabin Pressure by the-improbable-ive on deviantART

Best. Crew. Ever.

As a British radio comedy, a Cabin Pressure group cosplay might be the most ‘slightly obscure’ one on my list – at least here in the States where it’s less likely to be recognized.  Regardless, get three friends, make some MJN Air uniforms, and basically be either cool and always ready with a quip, generally nervous but proud pilot captain, a big lovable goofball, or the boss all day.  Oh, and toss apples.  And play ridiculous yet clever games.  And, please, try your best not to go bust.  I can only imagine that this group cosplay would make for an undoubtedly brilliant time!

So there you have it.  My top three slightly obscure group cosplays on my nerdy to-do list someday.  I’ve stumbled across photos of only one group cosplay of all three, each amazing (and obviously needing to be cosplayed more!).  What do you think: Agree?  Disagree?  Crazy but might just work?    Do you have any slightly obscure cosplays – group or otherwise – you’re dying to do?

As always, thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | March 18, 2014

Liebster Award!

Dear readers,

I’ve been nominated by the very awesome Joie Fatale of Confessions of a Book Pimp for a Liebster Award!  Wonderful! …But, uh, what the heck is a Liebster Award?

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“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

1. Why did you start blogging?  What have you learned so far?

I started blogging when I studied abroad in England as a sort of travel journal for myself, as well as to keep anyone interested back home in the loop.  As I haven’t had the opportunity to travel much since then, it’s morphed into what it is now (a shrine to geekdom with a British pop culture emphasis?).  As for what I’ve learned – a lot!  I fell in love with writing – I’d always enjoyed it but never did much writing just to write, and setting aside time to blog has solidified my drive to explore what I love.  I continue to learn more about myself, discover new interests, and I love learning from and sharing with other bloggers as well!

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I especially love being a part of the Female Geek Blogger Google Plus Community!

2. If you could have one person narrate your life, who would it be, and why?

My mind naturally drifts to Benedict Cumberbatch (have you heard the guy talk?), but I’m going to take it in a different direction.  I feel it might be more natural to have a female life-narrator, so instead I’m going to say Emma Thompson.  She’s brilliant, if you’ve seen Stranger Than Fiction you know she can narrate someone’s life like a pro, and my life would instantly become sprinkled with more snark.

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3. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character.  Who are they and how do you think it would go?

I am loving this question, but shaking my fist at the same time because I really wouldn’t say no to meeting so many people/characters!  Oh well, here we go: Walt Disney, Sherlock Holmes, and it’s really a toss up between The Doctor or Fred & George Weasley (because they totally come packaged together so it counts – loopholes and all that).  I can only imagine that it would be fairly interesting, that I would probably smile way too much to the point where it gets weird, and wouldn’t be surprised if some magical (literally or figuratively, I’m not sure – probably both) idea were hatched.

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Yeah, that would be me the whole time.

4. What book best describes your adolescence?

Good question…I can’t say I’ve read a book that would literally describe my teenage years (though there must be a sort of quiet girl, soccer playing, guarded and geeky high schooler type story that exists), so instead I’m going to be unoriginal and go with the series that my generation has grown up with – Harry Potter of course.  While I didn’t go to Hogwarts or wasn’t fated to face-off with a megalomaniac wizard with no nose, J.K. Rowling did such a great job of describing the transition from adolescence to adulthood and Harry’s story has been with me in defining parts of my life.  And that will stay with me forever.  Always.

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5. You have 4 albums: one each to describe childhood; adolescence; current “adulthood” and the last to describe what you see your future as. GO!

Alright, let’s see – probably anything Disney for childhood, or maybe something Owl City as his songs have that sort of childhood nostalgia feel that remind me of summer and the ocean.  Adolescence is probably something more akin to Day & Age by The Killers.  Listening to it transports me to the openness of the desert, staring down a road that stretches on for miles – a feeling I associate with my latter years of high school and into college where I felt a growing independence, and possibilities abounded ahead.

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As for current “adulthood” (totally appreciate the quotations), the feel of Vampire Weekend’s recent Modern Vampires of the City seems to fit the bill for now.  The underlying melancholy tone hits home with someone who’s recently finished school (at least for now, because who knows?) and questioning the path ahead while feeling a bit stuck.  And for the future, I’ll say Enya’s Paint the Sky with Stars because listening to Enya never fails to make me feel happy, or dream of the stars, which have always been a source of hope to me.  (Really interesting question – I’ve never thought of my life that way before!)

6. What is your favorite quote from your favorite 80′s Movie?

Confession time.  There are still a few classics I need to see – but one of my favorites has got to be Ferris Bueller’s, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’

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7. What is your least favorite exercise?

Out of exercises I’ll actually do, probably just running or anything on a stationary machine.  Having grown up playing sports, I prefer running when it’s within a game (soccer!), and I’ve found that generally (there are exceptions), I’m way more motivated to exercise outside.

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So yes, but no.  But Mycroft.  So Maybe?

8. Who is your favorite comic book character and why?

Ok, I may not be super qualified to answer this one as I haven’t delved much into comic books themselves yet, but based off of t.v. versions, The Flash is one of my very favorites.  I’ve always liked him because he deals with the bad by being a goofball.  Though he’s not seen as very serious by his peers, I like that he doesn’t want to let all of the horrible things in the world get to him.  At the end of the day he never gives in or gives up, and is willing to sacrifice himself for others.

And basically stuff like that!

9. Remember the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” (the library one where he breaks his glasses & is blind without them)? What would your version Mr. Bemis’ nightmare be?

Another tough one.  Hmmm.  I’m not quite sure exactly what it would be but probably something where the world we live in becomes a completely idyllic society where we basically live without the obligation of money (you know, everyone could do what they loved, try the things we’ve always wanted to try, travel the world – experience life with a less constraining sense of time day in and day out!).  And just as this ideal world came to be, the nightmare would be my facing some sort of abandonment.  After all, what would be the point of this wonderful world when I would feel alone and couldn’t share it – or had no one who wanted share it with me?

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10. What is on your bucket list, that you’re hoping to cross off this year?

I don’t know if these really count as ‘bucket list’, but a few things I’d love to do – that I think are feasible – this year are:

  • Write more (specifically, write a spec script but more in general) and be more confident in pursuing a fulfilling career
  • Finish Sherlock Holmes canon/start making my way through more adaptations
  • Get more into the ‘con scene‘ (and all of the fun crafty creativity that goes with it!)
  • And probably most importantly, be better at reaching out and connecting with people (near & far, old & new friends) – so glad I’ve recently met some wonderful ladies to nerd out with here, and I hope I continue to get to know them!

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Err, I guess those were more like goals – sorry!

11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?

While I think most people have traits that draw from each house, I was sorted by Pottermore into Gryffindor - and yes, I like to think that being a Gryffindor would suit me well.  I certainly hope I would live up to being chivalrous and brave in any given situation!

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And my nominees are (all wonderful blogs):

The Lu Life

Nerdheart

Crafty Little Monster

Girl Hero

Geekphoria

A Bit of Geek

Fancastic Podcast & Blog

Under the Cape Honeysuckle

Your questions, should you choose to accept them:

  1. What have you most enjoyed about blogging?
  2. If you were to voice a character in a Disney film, would you want to be the hero, the villain, or the sassy sidekick/mentor (for hero or villain)?
  3. If you could go anywhere (reality withstanding as much or as little as you’d like), where would you most like to visit?
  4. What was your favorite cartoon to watch when you were a kid?
  5. What would your boggart turn into when you faced it?
  6. You get to have lunch with three people: one historical, one fictional book character, and one fictional film/television character. Who are they, and how do you think it would go?  (Stole Joie’s question, too good to pass up!)
  7. What was your favorite dessert as a kid, your favorite dessert now, and a dessert you’ve never had but want to try?
  8. Sherlock Holmes has ‘Elementary‘, The Doctor has ‘Geronimo‘ and ‘Allons-y‘ among others, and Vizzini’s got a monopoly on ‘Inconceivable‘. So if you were a character in a book/movie/show, what would your catchphrase or signature word be?
  9. What’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn how to do?
  10. Name your top 3 film score (or television, or video game if you so desire) soundtracks and why you like them.
  11. Are you Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff? If you were sorted by Pottermore, do you agree with what you were sorted as?  (Also stealing #11!)

A huge thank you goes out to Joie for nominating me, and please go check out her blog – it is fun, creative, and basically just fantastic!  If I’ve missed a great blog (and I know I have), it’s only because I haven’t made it around the internet to it yet, but to anyone interested, feel free to have a go at any of the questions answered or posted and share below or on your blog.  Joie’s certainly had me deep in thought, and it was so much fun to take a break from the usual routine to ponder them!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome nominated blogs above, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | February 28, 2014

Island Time

Aloha readers,

I’ve been MIA for nearly 3 weeks now which is not cool at all. I’ve been meaning to get a post up, but you know how life goes – best laid plans and all that. There is a good post coming, but perhaps not for another few days as I find myself on island time in the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai!

So for the sake of getting something up, here’s a quick post explaining the situation!

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My uncle is getting married, so I really have him to thank for finding myself here. We’re staying in these beautiful condos right by the beach, and enjoying both Ohana time (although Sis, you are really missed by all – wish you were here too, not stuck at school) and all the awesome things the island has to offer (snorkeling, whales right off the shore, sunsets, smoothies, etc etc).

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Yeah, life is pretty ok right this minute…

And that’ll be it from me for now, more to come I promise! In the meantime I’ll leave you with this all important reminder reminder:

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Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | February 9, 2014

His Last Vow (The awesome, the creepy, & the heartbreaking)

Dear readers,

Series 3 of Sherlock is over, but what a note it ended on.  Before we get to that note, there were some things that happened – awesome things, creepy things, heartbreaking things.  So a quick warning if you haven’t yet watched His Last Vow – here be dragons spoilers!

But yeah.  No new Sherlock episode tonight.  Let me explain:

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We made it to Series 3, now the wait begins for Series 4.  ‘We survived but we’re dead!’

*SPOILERS*

Awesome things – The mind palace rescue

I’m not gonna lie, I majorly fangirled (am still majorly fangirling) over this!  It’s usually impossible for me to pick out a favorite moment, but this was hands down my favorite part of His Last Vow.  It was epic on so many levels.  The filming, acting, and creative imagining of giving a visual to the abstract nature of the mind palace was fantastic.  And the significance of that entire scene was so impressive!  I mean, did Sherlock not have an awesome team inside his mind palace saving his butt?  I loved that Molly, Mycroft, and Anderson appeared to him, it was really lovely.

Then we see Moriarty as Sherlock does in his mind palace and wow – Andrew Scott is an incredible actor, no doubt.  And I could write another entire section about Molly Hooper (um, calling him out at Bart’s? Completely awesome), but I’ll just say that Molly is the one Sherlock has in his mind, walking him through not dying, and isn’t that quite interesting?

Creepy things – Milverton Magnussen

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John looks so done.

Charles Augustus Magnussen.  Cue cringing noises, faces, and some choice vocabulary.  He’s a total creeper and more, and I think we should take a moment to appreciate just how well Lars Mikkelsen brought this character to life.  And, you know, make us dislike him.  There are villains you love to hate – like James Moriarty.  Milverton/Magnussen is not one of those villains.  He’s the kind that raises the hair on the back of your neck in discomfort, that you want to punch in the face but actually, no, you don’t want to touch that guy with a ten foot pole.  And Mikkelsen brought a wonderful performance to the show.

Heartbreaking things – There’s an east wind coming

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So Martin Freeman broke our hearts again with his crushed/rage acting.  Poor John, but he’s a smart man and eventually came around as we knew he would.  Mycroft broke our hearts by voicing love for his brother in a completely not his division sort of way. Sherlock broke our hearts as he was driven to little choice but to destroy a terrible man and probably a part of himself.  (That is, if Magnussen’s really dead – question ALL the deaths.)  Exile, goodbyes – all heartbreaking even if it did only last four minutes.

I liked the episode.  It was a great episode, though arguably the darkest yet and a part of me wishes that they had saved this episode for Series 4.  As His Last Vow came to a head with Magnussen’s death and Sherlock’s goodbyes to John and Mary, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of whiplash.  From our point of view Sherlock had just come back to London and his old life, and the dynamic between him and John had just gotten back to the duo’s unstoppable groove so…yeah, I kind of wish we had one episode that was just a regular ‘take the case, solve the case, run around London’.

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I want more of this. Give me this please.

I’d have liked an episode that alluded to and would be connected with Magnussen directly, but that gave us the chance to enjoy Sherlock, John, and the rest of the gang (with more Lestrade – we need more Lestrade) as they’ve progressed to this point in their characters.  Still, I understand that with only three episodes and it being the last, they wanted to leave us with something major and in true Steven Moffat style, a big ol’ cliff hanger.

But that final note!  OH, no they didn’t!  But they did.

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Did you miss Moriarty?

It was the perfect way to end the episode, letting us end the series on a different note than utter despair as Sherlock boards a plan for a death mission.  I can’t say I’m convinced that it really, actually is Moriarty.  My initial thoughts lie somewhere along the lines of a different baddie using the guise of our favorite consulting criminal to evoke fear and chaos – maybe Moran if it is directly connected with Moriarty.  But I will look forward to the fandom’s speculation as we eagerly await Series 4 (tumblr, here I come).  So what do you think? #MoriartyLives?

As always, thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Bonus: Christmas with the Holmes (because this is a holiday special that needs to happen)

Dear readers,

No, I haven’t forgotten about last week’s Sherlock episode, The Sign of Three – how could I?  It was a brilliant episode.  Why?  Reasons.  And with the last episode of Series 3 upon us, let’s jump right into them!  If you haven’t seen it yet beware, spoilers ahead!  (And go, please go watch it immediately.)

Alright, so it could be argued that not a whole lot happened in The Sign of Three mystery-solving, deduction plot-wise.  That could be true.  But what we did get was character development and amazing insight into Sherlock’s world…

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I am, of course, referring to drunklock.

Sure, the writers could have done something smaller for the wedding and thrown Sherlock and John into a more intricate, drawn out case, and I’ve seen the argument that with only three episodes per series this should have been done.  But here I would have to disagree.  With only three episodes a season it’s crucial to see this kind of development, especially after the hiatus/The Fall when new dynamics are being formed that will have a great affect on where the characters and story go from here.  And what is necessary is never unwise…

With that said, here were some of this fan’s favorite significant moments:

*SPOILERS*

Lestrade and Sherlock, brotp.

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In the span of about a minute and thirty seconds, we see just how loyal Greg Lestrade is to Sherlock.  Obviously we know they’re friends, but we see how deep of a relationship it is (and how much of a pain in the arse it can be) as the DI rushes to Sherlock’s aid – we continue to see how the characters have developed through the time skips and know how they will likely react in a given situation in the future.

*Cue the helicopters, sirens, and grinning facepalms. …and more Rupert Graves love.

Mary Morstan, mastermind.

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Note: Click through for awesome post + ALL the gifs.

Head writer of this episode, Steve Thompson did a wonderful job giving us an idea of how Sherlock has accepted Mary into his life, seamlessly weaving her into the 221B dynamic.  And again, Amanda Abbington was spot on in bringing the character to life.  In The Sign of Three we see Sherlock go total guard dog mode for her (just a sociopath with your number!) and that was a fantastic way to show us how Sherlock’s small group of people he cares about has definitely expanded to include Mary.  I’m not sure we would have had such a natural transition from Sherlock and John to Sherlock-John-Mary if the episode had been focused solely on some sleek sleuthing.

*Cue Mary knowing exactly what’s going on with Sherlock and playing the boys like a fiddle violin.  And Sherlock, she’s not John – she can tell when you’re fibbing.

Molly Hooper, can I just, can we just…YES.

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Perfect expressions all around.

She’s become a regular mainstay in our favourite moments of every episode, but the subtlety and realism that Louise Brealey’s brilliant portrayal brings makes Molly an unforgettable character in a sea of memorable ones.  Exactly.  Though Molly usually has few scenes in any given episode, I always feel that they are very significant scenes.  She is the first and apparently only person to be concerned about Sherlock giving the best man speech – she knows him – and so goes about devising a way to help him through it.  You know, before Sherlock even texts Lestrade about his own concern.

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Drinking? Or science! (Except they forgot to factor in the John Watson element)

Not only was it nice to see that interaction between Sherlock and Molly in the morgue, but we got to see Molly interacting with some of the other characters (Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, Tom) and see the underlying relationships she has with them as well.  Further awesomeness was witness during the wedding.  The fork stab, the fact that she was the first to stand up when Sherlock proposes the toast, and Molly being the only one we are shown taking notice of Sherlock leaving early – it all screams of significance to me and I have loved watching their dynamic grow and solidify throughout Series 3 so far.

*Cue all of the feels.  And all the wants for that yellow dress.

Sherlock and John, always.

First of all, the case itself reminded us of John’s military background and gave us some insight into this John’s past with the introduction of Major Sholto.  But obviously the main significance of the episode is centered around Sherlock.  And it was fun to see him take something so out of his element and make it his own.  What it gets down to is that moment where he shakes off Mycroft in his mind palace and points to John.

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‘It’s always you, John Watson.  You keep me right.’

Things won’t change between John and Sherlock, they will still be best friends and as much as Sherlock makes his vows to always be there for John and Mary, he knows John will always be there to steer him right.  With all of the ‘end of an era’ warnings leading up to it, it was a great moment.

*Cue the Vatican Cameos, crime solving drama queens, and if I try to hug him stop me’s.

And verything else in this episode…

From the wedding planning (swan or Sydney Opera House), to the stag night, to the speech itself, it felt very Sherlock.  Thompson did a fantastic job with the humor in this episode, and the filming was stunning - as usual.  I loved how they decided to show us the online chatroom in Sherlock’s mind, very creative.  And the allusions to the other hilarious cases was not only an amazing montage, but was a total Arthur Conan Doyle move (give us moooore).

I could go on (Mycroft exercising, spotting a Dean Thomas, etc etc), but let’s just say I thought The Sign of Three was fantastic!  And again, I’m very much looking forward to His Last Vow tonight (but so sad it will be the end of Series 3!), how about you?

Thanks for reading, cheers – leave a comment on your thoughts about last week’s episode!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | January 25, 2014

The Empty Hearse (One Fan’s Top 5 Take Aways)

Dear readers,

If you haven’t seen The Empty Hearse, let me warn you that there will be spoilers lurking ahead.  For those of you that have watched the episode, cyber high-five for how amazing it was! Alright, let’s get right down to it.  To begin, go check out Tillie Elvrum’s Top 5 Moments on The Nerdy Girlie – it’s fun, hilarious, and I completely agree with all five on the list!  More importantly, it got my butt into gear to do a little post of my own…

So here we go, one fan’s (sometimes silly) deductions from The Empty Hearse:

*SPOILERS!*

1. Anderson ships Sherlolly.  (Headcanon = Lestrade finds it plausible – it wasn’t until the hypnotist came in that he found it ridiculous.)  A.K.A. Oh my god THE KISS.

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Anderson.  He’s been the butt of many a joke in his small part in the series.  So to have him do a complete 180 in his view about Sherlock Holmes was unexpected and used to great humorous affect.  My only question is, do we still get to poke fun at him now that he’s pretty much become the representation of us – the fandom?  Of course!  If we can’t laugh at ourselves from time to time, where’s the fun in life?  Mark Gatiss penned this episode, and I’m going to say that he definitely had fun sprinkling in the fan service throughout.

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Accurate.

2. Mary Morstan, FTW.

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Just look at this pic from the episode – synchronized posture and all.  Note the badassery of this couple.  Mary comes into the episode and right off the bat you know she’s cool.  ‘I agree.  I’m the best thing that could have happened to you.’  And just like that, you know it’s absolutely true.  Amanda Abbington’s delivery was perfect throughout the episode, and I love how she and the writers have adapted her character thus far.

*Side note: I wonder if this also describes their parenting style?  Like, ‘Oh.  Oh no.  Mum and dad are doing the double arm cross stare-down now.  Not.  Good.’

3. Never expect an explosion when it’s expected.

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Always look for the off switch.

Remember when the fandom waited after The Great Game, and extrapolated theory after theory about the pool explosion and how Sherlock and John would survive the blast?  Yeah.  Remember when at the beginning of Series 2 the situation gets resolved by Moriarty taking a business call?  Mmm-hmm.  All I’m getting at is that we should probably always expect a jaw-dropping (because it’s so simple and/or unexpected) anticlimactic when the explosion is expected.

*Pointer: Have you tried turning it off?

4. Sherlock is still a smart-ass.  Mycroft is a smarter-ass.

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‘I AM the smart one.’  Ok, I hands down loved how they included more focus on the brothers.  Mycroft and Sherlock reuniting (Mycroft willingly going out to do the legwork to bring his brother home).  The boys playing OPERATION, of all things.  And then playing a game of deduction.  Nice way to address that bit of canon – that Mycroft is the smarter of the two, throw in some humor, but also to give us more clues about their relationship and respective development.

*Here’s what it gets down to: Siblings can be complicated, but they are always secretly pleased to see you.  Also, Mark Gatiss just really makes a fantastic Mycroft.

5. Ambiguity at its finest.

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Anderson is tumblr

We got three different Reichenbach theories throughout the episode.  The last one Sherlock describes himself.  To Anderson.  While in front of a camera recording his every word.  Hmmm, let’s review: ‘It’s a trick.  It’s just a magic trick.’  Does a magician reveal their secrets?  Never.  Which is why the scene goes on to have Anderson say he’s disappointed, point out possible ways it could go wrong, and most importantly to question why Sherlock is even telling him, of all people, how he did it.  Sure, like everyone else I really would like to know exactly how Sherlock, Molly, Mycroft, and 25 of the homeless network pulled it off…but I’m actually glad they left it so ambiguous.

It was a brilliant way to give us a perfectly reasonable suggestion, and then plant that seed of doubt in our minds saying, ‘you can believe this if you’d like, or you can believe it was entirely different – it’s completely up to you’.  And so the intrigue surrounding The Fall remains, as does some of the superhuman mythos surrounding Sherlock.

Bonus episode deduction because it’s 180% true.

The final take away: It was a fantastic episode which I enjoyed immensely, and I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s The Sign of Three!  What were your take aways and favorite bits?

Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

Posted by: brookenado | January 19, 2014

15 Days of Sherlock: The Countdown to Series 3, Day 15

Dear readers,

Do you feel that sort of buzzing in your veins and and thrumming in your brain, and you can’t sit still because you’re fairly certain little tiny detectives, pathologists, doctors, criminals, DIs, and not your housekeepers are running amok up there?  Is it the caffeine?  Maybe.  But it’s much more likely because, by Mycroft’s umbrella, you made it.  Day 15 is finally here, and you soldiered through and made it.

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You only have hours to go now until Series 3 premiers with the ‘The Empty Hearse‘ tonight on PBS.  What to do until then (because you swear that clock is deliberately distorting time and 10 o’clock can’t come soon enough)?  Celebrate the end of the great wait - you deserve it.

Day 15 – Bringing Reichenbach

Your excitement levels may very well be reaching heretofore unkown levels, so to keep you from doing anything along the lines of bored Sherlock here are a few ideas for passing these last hours spoiler free.

Review for Series 3.  Go back to your queue of Reichenbach theories and prepare to have your mind even more blown when we actually find out tonight.

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Best. Theory. Ever.

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Beeees!

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Great Mouse Detective?  Yes.

This is also an opportune time to reminisce about how wonderfully insane the Sherlock fandom is.

While you’re at it, look through your tumblr at all those Sherlock-tagged posts and Sherlock Pinterest board.  Retrace your journey to Series 3 through the many gifs, fics, and pics that made you laugh, cry, and love this fandom even more.  There were ups and downs…but mostly there was a lot of silly shenanigans.  Thank you Sherlock fandom, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun, charmingly crazy, and hilarious without you. Now who’s ready to do it again?

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Today, do whatever it is that makes your Sherlockian heart most happy.  Maybe you’ve 221B-ified your house and now you’re preparing for that epic Series 3 Sherlock Party with Sherlockian friends.  Perhaps you’re working on making your board games a little more SHERlocked, and baking some delicious Sherlock themed goodies.  You could be running around as Sherlock, deducing the world.  And maybe you’re having a good old Sherlock Holmes reading or watching marathon!  Whatever it is, do it.

Thank you to everyone who has been following the 15 Days of Sherlock, it’s been a blast to do and I hope you’ve had as much fun with the countdown!  Tonight is the night - tune in at 10pm to PBS Masterpiece Mystery for ‘The Empty Hearse‘!  See you on the other side.  Enjoy and be sure to leave a thought on the episode in the comments!

“I have now been compelled to make a clear statement of his career it is due to those injudicious champions who have endeavored to clear his memory by attacks upon him whom I shall ever regard as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.” – The Final Problem

Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

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Posted by: brookenado | January 19, 2014

15 Days of Sherlock: The Countdown to Series 3, Day 14

Dear readers,

Some people – it’s hard to imagine – but some people may not know about the utter excitement you are experiencing because tomorrow is the day Series 3 airs in the U.S. on PBS!  You’ve waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And now people are unknowingly attempting to engage you in things that aren’t BBC Sherlock, and really world, that’s just not going to be possible until after tomorrow night.  Oh, what’s that?  Not Sherlock related? 

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Now UK Sherlockians just finished watching Series 3, and you’re probably wondering more than ever why you don’t live in the UK.  London, after all, could very easily be your division.

Day 14 – Plan a Trip to London

Unless you live nearby a trip to London will be expensive and, for now, it may just be a trip to look forward to down the road.  But hey, you can never start planning a trip too early (especially to London) and give yourself something to look forward to.  Besides, with ‘The Empty Hearse‘ airing tomorrow, today is the perfect day to reacquaint yourself with Sherlock’s home!

Before going, study the streets and underground lines.  Commit them to your mind palace so that when you do get there, you’ll be navigating those streets like Holmes and Watson themselves.  The city is practically a character itself in the books, and is endlessly fascinating.

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Plan out a loose itinerary.  You’ll be in London, so you will want to see the major sites even if they aren’t directly connected Sherlock Holmes.  Think of it as more data gathering.  You never know when you’ll need to know about a painting in the National Gallery or something.  It might go something like this…

My Sherlockian Trip to London:

Monday - Sightseeing.  (Check out Sherlockology who’s got you covered again, and Visit London actually has a Sherlock Holmes itinerary.)

BBC Sherlock Speedy's Cafe 221B filming location

Tuesday - Take a tour.

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What do you mean you don’t give tours?

Have backup plan in mind.

Wednesday - Museums.

London Sherlock Holmes Museum 221B Baker Street

Others: The British Museum  has Rosetta Stone & mummies.  Could continue study of Oriental ceramic decoration classification at Victoria & Albert.

Thursday - Catch a performance.

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Perhaps something with violin instead.

Friday - Get in touch with London Sherlockians.  Have adventures.  Maybe New Scotland Yard has a case?

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Saturday - Harry Potter Studio Tour.  New Reichenbach theory: Molly is a witch (she’s quirky, a bamf, AND has a cat).  She just ‘wingardium leviosa’-ed Sherlock’s ass.  (In fact, I bet she had practice when Harry ‘died’, and after fooling Voldemort helping Sherlock was child’s play.)  Must gather more data… 

It is seriously amazing, though, and should be on your list.

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I’m on to you Molly Hooper. (This mug is made of awesome and truth)

And so on and so forth, with little doodles and notes littering your page reminding you of this and that.  Always double check appearance of cabbie before getting in.  Smile at the CCTV  cameras, Mycroft is watching.  See Crown Jewels – never know when a consulting criminal is gonna come along, best see them early on.

Yep, this trip is going to be magnificent one day.  In the meantime, spend Day 14 planning, plotting, and dreaming an epic Sherlockian adventure in London.  Hang around for the last of our 15 Days of Sherlock series, and we’ll be watching the consulting detective and good doctor on our screens again soon enough.

‘It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.’ – The Copper Beeches

Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

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Posted by: brookenado | January 18, 2014

15 Days of Sherlock: The Countdown to Series 3, Day 13

Dear readers,

Two more days to go until we get to be shocked, awed, and delighted by ‘The Empty Hearse‘.  Two days, and we still need something to keep us from going mad until then, but what?  Let’s retreat to our mind palace for a moment: The Great Game, A Game of Shadows, playing THE game…Yes, you’re definitely seeing a pattern emerging and surely it points to some sort of common enthusiasm for games- that’s it!  Capitalize on the Sherlockian’s love of a good game.

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Ignore John.  Play the game.

Good thing it’s Friday.  Round up your Sherlock support group friends, and put on your ear hat because game night is afoot!

Day 13 – This or Cluedo

There are quite a few games that can be easily turned into fun Holmes-esque versions so you can host an awesome game night of Sherlockian shenanigans.  The obvious is Cluedo (or Clue), and a BBC Sherlock version of Cluedo does exist for us to geek out over.  Excellent.  (And maybe you took your 221B-ifing a step further and you already have the game.  Hanging on your mantle by a knife…)

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Remember, you never lose. The rules are wrong.

So yes, Cluedo, definitely.  But you may be saying to yourself, hang on, only so many people can play Clue – how about some other games?  Ever played Apples to Apples?  Spend 20 minutes and make some custom Sherlock and fandom related cards to give the game a new twist.  Add characters, favored adjectives (meretricious, sherlocked, dull), nouns like Reichenbach Falls, cake, gigantic hound, cherry cardigan, jam, triple homicide – just get creative with it!

You can really do this for any similar type of game – Things, Consequences, Telephone-Pictionary (also called Telestrations, Drawception), Mafia/Resistance, and the like.

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You can easily make Sherlock pieces for board games!

Is your Sherlock group online?  No problem!  Invite your fellow fans to play some ‘friend-only’ rounds of Drawception online.   You can also try Cards Against Humanity online (think more adult version of Apples to Apples), where you can create your own decks as well.  I played for the first time a little while back with fellow Sherlockians/The Game is On collaborators.  It was hysterical, and lots of giggling ensued!

Of course, you can also go the route of the old ‘name on the forehead’ game.  There are a couple versions of it you can do such as the standard ’20 questions’ type.  Another is where each person gets the card put on their forehead as everyone mingles.  Players respond to whoever they’re talking to as if they were in a discussion with that person’s forehead identity.  Each person must continue to mingle until they figure out who they are and begin to respond in kind.  Again, just theme the cards around Sherlock Holmes and it’s a perfect Series 3 viewing party game!

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Or, taking off from that, you could organize a Sherlock cosplay poker night because, really, a poker game between the Sherlock characters would probably be the most entertaining thing in the world.

Game nights are always a good time and there are a ton of other games out there which can be tweaked to incorporate a Sherlock theme.  So spend your Day 13 with a fun night of awesome Sherlock themed games that you and your Sherlockian buddies will love.  Check back for tomorrow’s 15 Days of Sherlock tip as we survive these next 48 hours spoiler free until Series 3 premiers on PBS Masterpiece Mystery!  (Yes, begin the by-hour-countdown!)

“Let me run over the principal steps. We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind, which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were simply there to observe and to draw inferences from our observations.” – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

Thanks for reading, cheers!  Until then…

Mischief managed

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