sad about matt smith leaving
sadder about steven moffat staying
Steven Moffat on Female Characters. (x)
Think about this next time you decide to praise his “not sexist” writing.
Warning: total spoilers.
I hadn’t planned on watching Doctor Who tonight for the same reason that I didn’t watch the most recent Christmas special, viz: a complete lack of faith in Steven Moffat’s ability to competently write and manage the series. My husband, however, was curious, with the result that we sat down to watch it over dinner. And even though the end result was just as frustrating as I’d feared it would be, having gone to the effort of watching, it seems wrong (or at least, deeply uncharacteristic) not to bother with analysing why.
Thus, I bring you Asylem of the Daleks: a review in three parts.
This one. Like… really? I can’t believe anyone actually fell for that.
If the grammar and capitalization didn’t tip you off, the “probably deleting this right after posting it” should’ve been a dead giveaway…
laughing so hard at the people who actually believe that moffat tweet was legit
guys do you even LOOK at his twitter, he uses proper capitalization/punctuation and would not use that sort of phrasing in a million years, that quote would look right at home on a teenage girl’s tumblr, not on the twitter feed of a 50-year-old male acclaimed television writer
Oh my god.
I love how people actually think that tweet from Moffat is real.
Why does it have 4,000 notes.
Oh my god.
Okay listen, everyone needs to calm down about the American/CBS Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
Am I expecting to like it? No.
Do I think it will be any good? Not really, but I haven’t seen it so I can’t say for sure.
I can say with confidence that it won’t be as good as BBC’s Sherlock, but that’s just because, as far as I’m concerned, no TV show has ever been as good as BBC Sherlock. And yes, I mean ever.
MY POINT IS, however, that people need to stop freaking out and saying that CBS is stealing the idea from Moffat and Gatiss because, um, no. Maybe they were inspired by it, sure. But they did not by any means “steal the idea.”
First of all, Sherlock Holmes has been around since… what, 1887? The original stories were set in contemporary times. So, the idea of doing a “modern Sherlock Holmes”? That was Arthur Conan Doyle’s idea.
"But Sarah, all the other adaptations before Sherlock were set in the time period the original books were set in, Moffat and Gatiss were the first ones to adapt it into modern times."
Wrong again. Moffat and Gatiss have actually cited (I believe in a commentary, or maybe a making of video, I honestly can’t remember) that they were inspired by the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films that were set in contemporary times. So, CBS is not stealing from Moffat and Gatiss any more than Moffat and Gatiss are stealing from Universal Pictures.
So sit down, and shut up. I’m not asking you to like it. Once the show airs, I invite you to go ahead and pick it apart and point out all the little things that are wrong with it, as I’m sure there will be numerous problems. But don’t be so ignorant as to suggest that Moffat and Gatiss have some god-given right to modernizing Sherlock Holmes.
And remember - Sherlock Holmes has probably been adapted more than any other literary character. You do not own Sherlock Holmes. This fandom does not own Sherlock Holmes. This will not be the first shitty (or mediocre, or just okay) Sherlock Holmes adaptation, nor will it be the last. So if you don’t like it… just leave it. It’s not worth the time and effort you will expend getting upset about it. If you like it, great! Fantastic! Go on liking it, and don’t worry that you’re betraying Mofftiss or something. If you hate it, don’t freak out or run to tumblr to shit on other people’s joy. Just relax and pop in your Sherlock DVDs and all will be right with the world.
Show co-creator Steven Moffat said there was a good explanation for Sherlock’s survival - and all the clues were in the episode.
‘It’s all set up. We just want people to be in a frenzy of speculation.’
But he added that he would not be revealing any more clues, and added: ‘We’re going to be complete bastards about it.’
You motherfucking troll.
Texts I received this morning:
- Blithe telling me how unprepared she was
- Ashley asking me to please not jump off a building
- Moffat trolling the hell out of twitter