So while everyone in Boston is under lockdown (stay safe, everyone!), and many of us are glued to our TVs, wondering what bad news will happen next, I figured some good news, or at least cool news, would be a good thing. So here are two stories.
First, Peter Jackson met with Steven Moffat to discuss Doctor Who. This gets the Whovian in my excited. Jackson is a super fan, and given his directorial talent, if he could helm an episode, it could really end up being something special. Keep your eye on this one.
Second, io9 has seen some footage from “Ender’s Game.” The early word is pretty favorable–both the effects and the cast. The trailer for “Ender’s Game” will premiere attached to the next “Star Trek” movie, so now you have another reason to go see that.
Alright, that’s it for now. Stay calm, stay safe. Maybe next week will be happier.
Blastr has posted Moffat’s reaction to the CBS Sherlock Holmes show “Elementary.” Go check it out.
Am I wrong to interpret Moffat’s statement as saying 1) CBS had to make enough changes to the show that they could avoid a lawsuit, and 2) they changed a lot of things; therefore, 3) it was started for the wrong reasons and it produced a bad result? Is it relief I detect from Moffat? A bit of schadenfreude in advance, perhaps? Maybe I’m reading too much into it because of my bias in Mr. Moffat’s favor. What’s your take on Moffat’s reaction?
Today, CBS released the first official pic of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson, as set in modern-day New York City. The very idea makes me angry, and the pic only makes it worse. Really–could they put Liu and Miller in more plaid? C’mon.
Sherlock is not an American character. Point one. Moreover, Steven Moffat is currently making an AMAZING modern-day Sherlock TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Point two. Moffat’s Sherlock is incredibly well done, but it airs on PBS in America, and each season only contains three 90-minute episodes, which would never fly on American TV.
So what do we do? We take something lovely and ruin it, just like almost every other British import. So forget about CBS. Go get your hands on Moffat’s Sherlock and really sink your teeth into something wonderful. But knowing my luck, Elementary will turn into yet another CBS mega hit (that, somehow, no one I know will admit to watching–just like every other CBS “hit”). Ugh. Please, go watch the British Sherlock. You can thank me later.
However, all that being said, Cumberbatch and Miller recently starred in a stage production of Frankenstein for the British National Theater. It was directed by Danny Boyle, and videos of the performance are being shown around the US. Do some research and look for it. The two actors switch roles (Dr. Frankenstein and the monster), so try to see both if you can. I only saw the Miller-as-Dr.-Frankenstein performance, but I would love to see the other. It’s really quite good.
I didn’t intend for today to become video-clip day, but here we are. Here is a link to the trailer for the second season of the BBC’s modern day Sherlock.
I can’t wait for season 2. Sherlock is played by Bennedict Cumberbatch, a great actor who you can also see in the new film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Watson is played by Martin Freeman, who you might remember as Tim from the British Office, or as Bilbo Baggins if you watched the Hobbit trailer earlier today. The show is run by Steven Moffat, the incredible showrunner of Doctor Who. Moffat has done a wonderful job of modernizing the stories (Watson is still an Afghanistan vet–and odd coincidence) while also keeping the episodes very funny. And if you missed season 1 of Sherlock, don’t fret, it was only 3 episodes, and you can stream it from Netflix.