Sherlock 4.3

Rating: 6/10

This review is very late, good thing nobody reads this blog! It’s still basically spoiler free though.

This show got really weird. But truthfully this was always a weird show. It’s always had that Doctor Who vibe…for obvious reasons. But Doctor Who is supposed to be weird, that’s part of its bizarre pulp charm. Sherlock was a strange show because it was part of its time, the time of reboots, and reboots are something Sherlock Holmes adaptations sort of invented. Holmes is kind of the quintessential nerd “IP.”

Let me count the ways:

1. the character is a nerd, socially unacceptable and brilliant

2. he’s clearly a super hero, not just a great detective like Miss Marple but an honest to God crime fighter, he’s like Batman without all the dressing, take Zorro add Holmes throw in some tragedy and empathy out comes Bats

3. After the Cthulhu Mythos, Holmes is one of the main IPs (that aren’t IPs because no one owns them) that essentially produced fan fiction, back when Fan fiction was published novels of IPs in the public domain 

4. He’s a tech and chem nerd

5. He started the whole dead but not really dead thing which is how comic books have survived for so long 

Holmes really has it all when it comes to nerd cred. And by bringing him into the 21st century with such ease the Sherlock team did what really seemed so obvious it was almost mundane after 1 season. This is made more obvious by the fact that the Downey films were concurrent and tried to do the same thing but backwards. Steam punk is in these days so Guy Ritchie et al figured they could update the character by simultaneously returning him to his grungy anti social roots but in a hip Lethal Weaponish way. Those two films did well at the box office but they’re barely watchable trash. It is always obvious that they are trying to entertain you, they are trying to be interesting…and they almost never are.

Sherlock however is effortless. At least when it works. When that show doesn’t work it isn’t ever clear why, something is just a miss. Usually it seems to be the story. Spin a good yarn and Sherlock knits a nice sweater (or peacoat). But if you have no story to tell then…it’s just a weird super smart guy…with a cell phone.

That’s one reason the show works when it works. They embrace the trappings of our time but not it’s sensibilities. Whereas the Ritchie movies don’t embrace the trappings of any time and try to force modern sensibilities. Story is driven by the world the story inhabits. Tolkien is the greatest example of this: he discovered the true nature of Bilbo’s ring within his own mythos, and the rest is…the establishment of a genre essentially relegated to pulp magazines. But in Sherlock the cell phone, the blog, etc are all elements that drive story in very organic ways. It’s simple and honest and that’s why it works.

But the 4th Season of Sherlock and especially the last episode keeps trying to focus on the characters and giving us new things to see and learn about them. That sounds nice but there are several problems with this:

1. These characters are interesting because they are fun to watch not fun to learn about 

2. We don’t really need to learn anything new about these characters, we want to see how they will solve New and original problems

3. The new information given is weak…and feels contrived, but even if it were interesting and organic the first two points would still stand 

I’ve basically kept this spoiler free so I won’t change that now. Sherlock is still far more worth your time than much of the crap on TV/streaming but it certainly has highs and lows. This last episode had some great moments…but it didn’t hold together, and that’s basically true of the whole 4th series. 3 is probably the best series overall but 1&2 have the 4 best episodes. Series 4 is clearly the most mixed. At least it’s something interesting to write about…I don’t know if they’re making more but I’ll certainly watch it if they do but I’m not as excited for a new series as I used to be.
 

Gosnell coverup continues

http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/27/washington-posts-kermit-gosnell-denialism-is-out-of-control/

That’s an old article but it’s subject couldn’t be more relevant. Because it’s proof that the Washington Post, NYT, & any media that is trying to hide the Gosnell story are fake news. The people responsible for this disaster of journalistic integrity would claim that children should be protected when they can be used to discredit the Roman Catholic Church but that they are willing to pay any price to protect the murder of millions of infants. 

The NYT has lied about the sales of the book Gosnell. Eric Metaxas pointed out on his podcast, while interviewing the authors of that book for the second time, that the Times will claim that their bestseller list isn’t a report as much as it is an editorial but that this makes no sense because they actually point to new and noteworthy books that don’t make the list!

There are good sources for true news available for free. It may be time to turn off your TV and start subscribing to some podcasts. There are at least 3 sources you can point people to that will help spread true news about Gosnell:

1. The Federalist Podcast & Blog, there is an interview with the couple who made the film on the podcast from last week and the blog has several articles about this

2. The Eric Metaxas show has at least two interviews with the couple so far, I’m pretty sure he will have them on again sooner rather than later

3. The Bill O’Reilly interview with this couple that basically rocketed the book to an instant bestseller, as well as their coverage since they are the only mainstream media that is covering this

It’s time to turn the tide. The media have declared their allegiance to evil. You need to declare your allegiance to goodness and truth. Metaxas said that this book could be the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of the 21st century because like that book it opened eyes and closed hearts against slavery. The rampant infanticide taking place in the west is the civil rights issue of our time, this may be the key that unlocks the door to freedom for millions. Spread this story.

Is David Harbour going to Punch a Princeton professor?

I sure hope so because Peter Singer is an evil man. He was the philosopher who made it impossible to ignore that what we were calling Abortion was actually infanticide. He believes rats are worth more than my friend who has Downs Syndrome and every single student I work with (all have special needs). 

So where is the outrage? Where is the goddamn outrage over Margaret Sanger? She was a Nazi too. I mean the Nazis were eugenicists right? Well Sanger believed that #blacklivesdontmatter and that infanticide was a great way to get rid of inferior humans. So is Harbour going to dig up her bones and punch her or is he going to remain an idiot and a coward for going along with the evil that Hollywood supports? Is he going to punch Planned Non parenthood?

What about Bryan Singer? Is Harbour going to punch him in the face? Making Apt Pupil doesn’t get Singer off the hook for being a Nazi. Nazi’s are fascists right? Don’t fascists threaten people when they don’t get what they want? Well BSinger has been involved in the raping of boys trying to make it in Hollywood for decades. So where is the $&@%ing GOD DAMN outrage over this Nazi? A man who treats young men like tissue paper that he can use and then discard if they disobey him. A man who hides his deviant evil sexual abuse behind the PC veil of homosexuality.

Is Harbour going to punch the countries that Trump banned from immigrating into the US? I mean the Nazis infamously had it out for the Jews right? Well the banned countries have an immigration ban of their own: Jews. So uh why aren’t we treating these countries like apartheid South Africa? Where is the outrage for this actual evil? Harbour is gonna have some pretty bloody knuckles before he gets anywhere close to the president…unless of course he’s a coward, an idiot, and a hypocrite who hides behind Hollywood…I’m willing to bet he’s all of these things.

Where is the real outrage over really outrageous things? In Hollywood there is none. Only hypocrisy. I pray that Harbour isn’t such a scum bag that those beautiful children in Stranger Things aren’t being subjected to the same kind of evil that generations of child actors have experienced. But sadly his total lack of moral character actually indicates that those kids are in danger. Character and belief are deeply connected and Harbour believes it is virtuous to bluster and yell in a room full people who have covered up for “Nazis” their entire careers about how he is going to punch Nazis. “This is how freedom dies: to thunderous applause.” Those children are being brainwashed by morons.

If I ever meet David Harbour I will not punch him for harboring Nazis. I will ask him to explain himself. Repeatedly and annoyingly. With the intent of provoking him to anger so that we all get to see this coward for what he is: an action less actor. We must be civil but we MUST not be polite about evil. The Nazis hid behind politeness. Evil always butchers true civility by manipulating the kind naive intentions of others. We must use words (real words, not bluster) to fight evil. There may be dark times ahead where the forces of good must raise a gun instead of a pen or microphone again but that time has not yet come in the United States. We must listen to MLK jr and practice radical forgiveness and aggressive non violent resistance against all this nonsense.

Celebrities want to talk big while their careers are built upon the skulls of babies and the lives of the molested. This is evil. This is truly outrageous!

And the truth is that there is plenty of outrage over this lunacy and it comes from right here:


This is where God’s outrage is most clear because this is where his love is most clear and the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is apathy. Hate and love are the same attitude in a perfect soul because you can only hate something if you first love it. Only valuable things are worthy to be hated! I hate David Harbour. I want to fight his brand of bullshit wherever I find it. But I won’t fight it with the stupidity that he wants to fight with. I want to offer him and all the other “Nazi” sympathizers forgiveness. And promise them that if I ever have the chance to annoy them in person I certainly will. I forgive them, I remove my hate, but I do not remove their accountability.

I resist their “intimate truths” with actual truths. I resist their “alternative facts” with facts. I resist their “false bravado” with the humble confidence of Horton: a person’s a person no matter how small. I don’t care how many women march for infanticide it’s still infanticide.

The world has always been crazy, the left is just showing us their true face right now. But it matters not, amidst all this craziness there is a Harbor we can find protection in:

“Out of the night that covers me black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank the God of the tree for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning of providence  my head is bloody and bowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the Horror of the shade and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll Yeshua is master of my fate and the Messiah of my soul.”

Dog Whistle Translation of David Harbour’s SAD Speech

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=david+harbour+speech

I know it’s hard to understand what progressives are actually saying nowadays so I’ve translated Harbour’s sermon for your convenience: 

“I would like to say that in light of Trump it’s easy to celebrate the already celebrated Stephen Kingberg’s Nostalgic Things but this award from you who take your pretending with inordinate $s and persevere in deluding yourselves, like me, that pretending for a few seconds at a time is great acting and that this changes the world when actually it’s the world that changes us is a call to nothing from our fellow pretender men & women to go nowhere and through our pretending to promote groundless fear, self centeredness, and the exclusivity of our narcissistic culture and through our pretending to cultivate a hate filled and ignorant society revealing obvious and boring truths that serve as an enabling reminder to folks that when they are lazy and cowardly and addicted they are not alone. We are all codependent in that we are all Harambe and that we are all trapped on this horrible, painful, joyless, and boring ride that is called Harambe!Now as we promote season two we fictional midwesterners will help bullies! We will shelter criminals! We will buy bigger homes! We will continue to tell lies!We will be monsters!

And when we are at a loss to become bigger hypocrites we will lie that certain institutions are violent and then we will punch those institutions when they seek to do their jobs!

And we will do all these terrible things with brain (because we don’t believe in souls) and emotion (because that’s all we have) and with orgasm (because we have no joy so we just get what we can)!

We thank you for this irresponsibility!”

 Man…I liked Stranger Things…I’m a bit surprised to find out Harbour is such a huge douche. I guess that’s why it’s called the Screen Actor’s Douche…

Sherlock Season 4.2

I can’t remember the last time I actually watched a show on TV. It’s always DVD or Netflix or whatever. I forgot how fun it is. For one thing we don’t have a DVR or anything anymore so if ya gotta pee then you just miss stuff. That sounds annoying (because it is) but it feels more authentic and “old fashioned.” Such a small thing but I like it, I like the inconvenience of it. That sounds so dumb but I don’t care.

In any case this episode was quite good. And I felt like it actually “redeemed” the last episode. I don’t want to do any spoilers but Sherlock is always better when he’s on a case, when the “game is afoot.” This season has been “different” so far. Of course each season and each episode of the whole show has been different. These “movie” miniseries are often that way. But this season has been particularly strange. Sherlock’s character is really undergoing changes, but they’re apart of the story not just arbitrary changes.

I’d say Episode 4.2 deserves at least a 8/10. I’m very excited for the finale.

Sherlock Season 4

Okay so here’s my Sherlock rankings so far

S1.1 9/10

S1.2 5/10

S1.3 9/10

S2.1 10/10

S2.2 4/10

S2.3 9/10

S3.1 8/10

S3.2 8/10

S3.3 10/10

The abominable Bride 7/10

And S4.1

I give 6/10.

I did not love this episode. It was alright but it seems like the creators have really lost their way. Holmes works best when he’s doing something. The character gets boring when you try to make him interesting. He becomes interesting when he is solving a case. That’s when relationships and character etc come into relation with him. Having him relate directly to others kills his ability to relate. He must relate through the actions of the case.

I am a huge fan of this show but it’s always been uneven. One episode is brilliant then one is a dud. These guys hit or they miss. This was a miss…