Sherlock: The Tormentor Tormented

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The wait is nearly over. The dawn of the year 2017 will set us on the trail of the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. The Abominable Bride shocked and awed us with its brilliant storytelling and an unpredictable ending. We know that Sherlock got off the plane because somehow Moriarty managed to haunt Sherlock’s homeland. However, is it really Moriarty or another vile villain gleaning off some of Moriatry’s notoriety to facilitate his own devious plans? Or perhaps it is Sherlock himself who orchestrated the whole show, ensuring his release from exile.

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The official trailer of season 4 shows us a more vulnerable, nearly unstable Sherlock. A man haunted by the demons he had time and time again so efficiently managed to brush under the rug. He is clearly tormented, but why? That remains to be seen. January 2017 cannot come soon enough!

Sherlock Season 4 Official Trailer

Review: Sherlock Season 3 Premier- The Empty Hearse

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Phew! Its finally here. After the life-altering trauma and the heartbreak, after all the speculation and the endless obsession, Baker Street’s favourite detective is back. However, things are not as hunky-dory as he would have pleased them to be. Things have changed, and maybe not for the better (of course the reference is to the little snail under Watson’s nose).

After burying Sherlock, John seems to have left Baker Street behind. I understand that, anyone would want to get away from all those memories. However, John, how could you leave Mrs. Hudson behind? Why didn’t you call, John?! Hell, I would have called her! If only I knew her number.

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It took two years for Sherlock to break Moriarty’s terrorist cell, and with the help of Mycroft he once again returns to London with another terrorist threat in the horizon. Sherlock couldn’t be more pleased, and despite his well-meaning ‘I-want-to-jump-out-of-a-cake-and-surprise-John’, he clearly has a lesson to learn about ‘human nature’. After delivering a split lip and a broken nose, John makes it perfectly clear that he wants Sherlock around him as much as he does Moriarty.

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Mary Morstan, played by Amanda Abbington is a brilliant addition to the show as John’s girlfriend-soon-to-be-fiancé. This time it isn’t some lowly little imbecile screaming, “Don’t make me compete with Sherlock Holmes!”, instead, she likes him! Charles Augustus Magnussen is going to be the foe that Sherlock is up against this season. Although, in the books he is supposed to be a blackmailer, let’s see what his character turns out to be like this season.

Anderson is without a doubt the nut job that he always is, and has the most bizarre theories about how Sherlock pulled off his suicide attempt, and every time Lestrade ‘bollocks’ his off. Anderson believes that Moriarty is locked up in Sherlock’s grave, as Sherlock ‘switched’ places with Moriarty. I found this to be quite epic, however there was a nagging feeling at the back of my mind which I couldn’t place immediately, but then I realised this: Moriarty is a little too short to pass for Sherlock. Small technicality, I know, but I am sure someone would have noticed. Ugh! Typical Anderson!

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There are quite a number of kisses galore, and the most impossible kind at that. Like say for example, Sherlock kissing Molly Hooper (poor gal got lucky in Anderson’s imagination), and Moriarty having an ‘intense’ moment with Sherlock, leaning in for a… if only.

All in all, The Empty Hearse is quite entertaining and exhilarating, and yet the biggest mystery still remains just that: how did Sherlock pull it off? There are a number of possible scenarios that are drawn out (I am rooting for the intense moment between Sherlock and Moriarty), but nothing definite. Gatiss is most definite taking a leaf out the evil genius a.k.a Moffat’s diary about how to leave the fans damn near a stroke if not a full blown heart attack. Let me tell you sir, we are not amused! Just kidding, please don’t leave us or quit on Sherlock!

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The Drug that Never Fails

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Ummm, so what is that feeling? Those tiny butterflies that tingle in the insides of your stomach, and you are so restless and anxious all the time. What is it that makes you feel that way? Oh don’t get all gooey, I am not talking of the arrival of the love of your life, no, what I am referring to is the arrival of a book. Yes, a good old brand new book! Thanks to all the online shopping sites with their prompt delivery options, you can simply sit on your bum and acquire your favourite book without breaking a sweat.

Just yesterday I ordered The Complete Sherlock Holmes, and also Inferno by Dan Brown, and there in started the tingly feeling at the pit of my stomach that only abated upon their arrival today. Have you ever opened a brand new book, poked your nose in, and taken a deep breath, inhaling the smell of the pages? Man, there is no drug like that smell of those freshly printed pages.

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I have read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but never owned the volumes, and now I do! Its like finally coming face to face with a person you love, but have only spoken to over the internet. Dan Brown is one of the very few American authors I admire, and can’t wait to take the plunge into the book and lose myself in the depths of history that all his works promise.

Keep your eyes peeled for a review, however, it won’t happen for long, as I am going to cherish every word of the book to the fullest possible extent!

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Brainy is the New Sexy

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These men that you see in the picture above- Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, and Matt Smith, none of them conform to the supposedly ‘ideal’ hunk-like male prototypes that we are so used to seeing on screen; more often than not they look like a part of their physical growth was stunted after the age of 18, or like puberty washed its hands off of them. And yet these are a few examples of men with an average physique who are so very popular that make women’s panties drop so hard they make a hole that leads all the way to China. It is not their bodies that we fell in love, but their immense talent and personality. Irene Adler, you smart and saucy woman! You got it so right, brainy is indeed the new sexy, no doubts about that. The million dollar question is: What is it that makes these men who are so different from the regular superhero-type men that people are bound to approve of?

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch is rather more famously known as the modern-day Sherlock Holmes from the TV show Sherlock. Tall and lanky with high cheekbones, alabaster skin, and ocean blue eyes, Sherlock is what makes Irene Adler want to improvise on her ‘recreational scolding’. He is a high-performing sociopath with an IQ that’s off the charts, rude, self-obsessed, a compulsive loner and every time he talks in his obnoxious manner, people around him are itching to act on the urge to punch him hard. Although that is not true if you are a woman, in that case you are only itching to grab hold of him and… well, I will leave that to your imagination. There is nothing hunk-like to his physique, and yet I bet there isn’t a single straight woman in the entire solar system who would be able to resist him.

  • Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman plays the role of Sherlock’s ever faithful companion, Dr. John Watson. If you passed by him on the street there isn’t a fraction of a chance that you would look back to glance at him again, or even notice him in the first place. A very plain looking bloke and it is what he represents in terms of his character and his stability that makes him such a darling. He puts up with all the loony bin traits that his friend Sherlock is so famous for. Never does he waiver in his role as a true companion. His bravery and loyalty is surreal in today’s ‘to each his own’ kinda world. Even though Sherlock hogs all the attention with his high cheekbones and upturned collar, Watson holds his own and we love him for that!

  • David Tennant

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David Tennant is the eleventh Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who. By God, I have hated this man since David Tennant had also played the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and since then I have despised him for everything that he put my darling Harry through. However, all it took was ONE of the Doctor Who Christmas Special Episode, and the effect was mind=blown! That man has talent and then some. I watched that episode four times just to experience over and over again the extent of his talent, and also his magnificent looks. The goofy grin and the adorable quirks just make it impossible to resist this man

  • Daniel Radcliff

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Well, my obsession with Daniel Radcliff started when I watched the first Harry Potter movie at the age of 13, and it hasn’t abated the slightest bit. Instead, it has only grown as the years have passed. A number of psychoanalysts will have a field day analysing my obsession over Daniel, and even they wouldn’t get it. For almost 8 years I have lived and breathed Harry Potter (I still do; only now there are a number of other fandoms added to the list). Again, Radcliff has the boyish good looks and the slight physique that has no Thor-like quality to it, yet, it is the talent, always the talent that gets my motor running!

Clean shaven men with boyish good looks were never my thing, but all of that has changed since my encounter with the men mentioned above. These men are the television equivalent of Nutella, and that about explains it all.