Talkin’ TV with Steve and Alan.
Sure it was a holiday event, but I think it suits this blog just as much.
I was reading about this event not long ago on Alan’s site. Goddamn it’s AWESOME that you got to go to that! I really love Sherlock, aside from the curse of the middle episodes of the seasons being substantially weaker than the amazing premieres and finales (Baskerville did have at least a few really outstanding moments though).
I have a love/hate relationship with post-2005 Doctor Who (which is all that I’ve seen). I think the very best of it is some of the most purely entertaining and rousing television i’ve ever seen (The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Doomsday, the Library two-parter, A Christmas Carol, The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, The Doctor’s Wife, The Girl who Waited, etc), but I think there’s a massive amount of mediocre and even flat-out bad material to wade through in order to witness the episodes that rock my socks off.
I wish my future self had come back in the TARDIS and given me a list of just the “best of” the episodes, so I could get back many hours of my life that I’ve spent watching shitty eps of Doctor Who. See, not knowing who to trust about how much of it was worth watching, I waded through every single episode that aired from 2005 onwards. I’d say that roughly 40% of that made for treasured, treasured memories and 60% was a real chore. The ratio of amazing/not-so-good material has been much better since Moffat took over as showrunner in Season 5, but I still fear the show will never hit its potential quite as consistently as I would like it to.
As much as I think the peaks of Moffat’s work in Doctor Who and Sherlock are truly astounding, I don’t understand the absolutely RABID “call them the best shows ever made or die now” enthusiasm I encounter everywhere among teenage female viewers. It actually really annoys me.
…My girlfriend is one of those types.
I’m more of a fan of Sherlock than Doctor Who, for consistently related reasons. Of the six episodes of Sherlock, I think four have been amazing, one has been decent (The Hound of Baskerville), and only one has been sh*thouse (The Blind Banker). However, if Sherlock had six 14-episode seasons like the Who reboot has done, then who knows how it would be.
In any case, I would really have loved to have gone to that Moffat/Sepinwall “Sherlock” event!
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