Irene Adler (Laura Pulver) confronts Holmes nude (most of Holmes' deductions about people come from observations about their clothing).
Gayle Hunnicutt as Irene Adler with a disguised Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) in 1984.
The latest episode of SHERLOCK to air in the US was A SCANDAL IN BELGRAVIA. I have a small complaint about it.
As written by Conan Doyle, Irene Adler in A Scandal In Bohemia was the only person to ever outwit Sherlock Holmes. As rewritten by Stephen Moffat (Dr. Who, Coupling), Ms. Adler not only fails to outwit Sherlock, but is actually rescued by Mr. Holmes. In Moffat’s vision, Adler is more like Vash in STTNG, an adventurer who survives both by her wits and the assistance of the men she can charm or trick into helping her.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in SHERLOCK
I am surprised by this. SHERLOCK has been, up until this episode, an excellent updating of Holmes and Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch (what an extremely British name) is the best Holmes since Jeremy Brett. There are interesting touches in even this episode, as when a deerstalker cap becomes Holmes’ trademark accidentally as he attempts to hide from the paparazzi.
Irene Adler is a very important character in the Holmes universe. She was the only woman for Holmes, because she had demonstrated that she was his intellectual equal. One fictional biography went so far as to suggest that, after Holmes faked his death at Reichenbach Falls, he and Adler had a son who grew up to become the detective Nero Wolfe. She should not be reduced to an opportune infatuation, nor should she be portrayed as being less than self-sufficient.
NOTE:It’s a good thing that Ellen Fox retweeted a PBS notice that this episode was scheduled to air. Otherwise I would certainly have missed it.
Poster for BLACK DAYS (2005) with Ellen Fox as Sophie
BLACK DAYS, in which Ellen Fox made her first film appearance, is coming to DVD in a new 2 Disc Set with never-before-seen footage, including deleted scenes, an alternate ending, production notes, and a music video. The film itself will have a new edit. The DVD will be released by Midwest Pacific Productions.
Below, Ms. Fox plugs the book HAVE YOURSELF A MOVIE LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Alonzo Duralde on EYE OPENER TV.
Of all the coffee tables I have owned, not one of them has ever been used for coffee.
I know there are subtitles, but for convenience. below there is a translation into English:
I am Taliesin. I sing perfect metre,
Which will last to the end of the world.
My patron is Elphin…
I know why there is an echo in a hollow;
Why silver gleams; why breath is black; why liver is bloody;
Why a cow has horns; why a woman is affectionate;
Why milk is white; why holly is green;
Why a kid is bearded; why the cow-parsnip is hollow;
Why brine is salt; why ale is bitter;
Why the linnet is green and berries red;
Why a cuckoo complains; why it sings;
I know where the cuckoos of summer are in winter.
I know what beasts there are at the bottom of the sea;
How many spears in battle; how may drops in a shower;
Why a river drowned Pharaoh’s people;
Why fishes have scales.
Why a white swan has black feet…
I have been a blue salmon,
I have been a dog, a stag, a roebuck on the mountain,
A stock, a spade, an axe in the hand,
A stallion, a bull, a buck,
I was reaped and placed in an oven;
I fell to the ground when I was being roasted
And a hen swallowed me.
For nine nights was I in her crop.
I have been dead, I have been alive.
I am Taliesin.