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

We Are The Fandoms United

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It all began one lazy Sunday afternoon, I was merely having a quite lunch at a cafe, and in came Matt Smith with his ancient tweed jacket, that oh so bright bowtie, and the inevitable suspenders. Well, of course it wasn’t really Matt, but a fan in a cosplay. Heart thudding, I approached her, and viola, the rest is history. 

Immediately I was sucked into (quite pleasantly, I assure you) this alternate reality that is the Doctor Who Group, India, and later the Fandoms United India, where everyone is just as much into various fandoms as I am. People take insults to their fandoms quite seriously, something for which I had been mocked for my entire life! Finally, a decade after having been hit by the magic wand that introduced me to Harry Potter, I had a found a place where I belong.

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Here, age is irrelevant, and so is your geographical location, so long as you are passionate about the things that automatically render you socially inept, you are more than welcome. Any and every fandom is offered equal face time (unless you are a fan of the Twilight series, then you will be dragged into a dark alley and be politely beaten up with words that will hurt more than sticks and stones ever will). The only requirements to be a part of the Fandoms United is to be fun, geeky, passionate, bat shit crazy, and of course intellect.

For the first time, you may have more friends than you can count on both your hands (WIN). We come off as normal, with our fancy professional degrees, and our calm demeanour, but dare you bad mouth the characters we worship, and the force shall be with you, and not in a good way. We know what it is like to stay up until late into the night and obsess over things that can so easily be trivialised, and wake up early the next morning only to continue where we left off the previous night even before we have had our first cup of coffee. 

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There are things about us that can be categorised as weird or borderline OCD. Like say for example, crying every time our Doctor regenerates or suffers a major loss, rejoicing at the possibility of a deadly and evil villain being alive, reading a book into the night just cos our favourite character is in a fix, or waiting out in a long queue at the doors of a bookstore braving all kinds of climatic conditions when a new book in the series is about to be released. We laugh reminiscing about something geeky at completely inappropriate times, and we are so, so not sorry about it *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*.

We urge you to come and join us, so long as you do not spam our timeline, bore us with nonsense, and are genuinely geeky, for there is finally a place for you to belong. Signing off, Allons-y, Mischief Managed, Geronimo, Live Long and Prosper, You Shall Pass!

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Review: Sherlock Season 3 Finale- His Last Vow

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I won’t be exaggerating when I say that His Last Vow has shaved off at least half a decade, if not more, from my lifespan. Not even Sherlock jumping off of the hospital’s rooftop affected my brain and heart activity as some of the things in this episode did. It all begins as always with fun and games, this time with a little extra on the fun with Sherlock hooking up on ‘life enhancing’ drugs. He says he is on a case, but I am sure Molly Hooper’s resounding slap(s) has surely cured him of that delusion. Yes, you read right, Molly slaps Sherlock, and not just once. I must say, time and time again Molly surprises me, but I shall leave the intricacies of Molly Hooper’s mind palace to another blog post and get on with the review.

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A client comes along, bearing gifts for Sherlock in the form of Charles Augustus Magnussen, so how can he resist? Instantly, Sherlock is thrown into Magnussen’s world, but he is not alone. Remember the time you fell in love with Mrs. Watson; yes, Mary, charming, adorable, utterly understanding, and for once someone who loves Sherlock? Turns out she isn’t the miss-goody-two-shoes that we thought her to be. In Magnussen’s own words, she is a ‘bad, bad girl’, and he seems to have irrevocable proof. Mary is all set to handle the blackmailer on her own, but in comes Sherlock, and bang, bang! Down goes Sherlock.

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I won’t go into the details of how excruciatingly painful it was to watch Sherlock plunge down the path of death once again, but it was nothing compared to watching him claw (dead literally) his way back from death to life just because John is in trouble. To have someone care for you so much that he would come back from the very dregs of death to protect you, you are a lucky man, John Watson.

 

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Once john learns of his wife’s possible ‘escapades’, there comes a moment when you think that the Watsons are doomed now, as their marriage lies in shambles. But John is a stronger man than that, and together he and Sherlock take on Magnussen in order to protect Mary. Sherlock promises him Mycroft’s laptop brimming with state secrets in exchange for a visit to Appledore, Magnussen’s mansion which has an underground ‘basement’ that contains all the ‘dirt’ he has on various high profile people. However, turns out, Magnussen has a mind palace of his own, which is actually his ‘vault’ in which he preserves all the blackmail-worthy sensitive information. When push comes to shove, Sherlock shoots Magnussen in the head, this irradiating the very vault that could have put Mary in danger.

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Sherlock is immediately rounded up and arrested for committing treason and is about to be sent off on an MI6 mission into Eastern Europe, when there is a national broadcast of Jim Moriarty making a comeback with a funny yet chilling ‘Did you miss me?’ chant which ensures the return of Sherlock Holmes to Britain in order to face the man that made him take the leap.

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My only complaint is that when Magnussen first visits Sherlock at Bake Street, both Sherlock and John are searched for weapons, but when they visit Appledore they are not searched, and John manages to smuggle in a gun without breaking a sweat. That security breach seems a little silly to swallow, and something that someone of Magnussen’s intelligence would never overlook. Lars Mikkelsen is simply magnificent and bone-chilling as Charles Augustus Magnussen, and is a contrast from Moriarty’s playful psychopathic tendencies.

The fact that Mycroft still thinks of Sherlock as a little boy who needs to be look after and rescued is simply adorable, and a testimony to the fact that Mycroft is not without a heart after all. Moriarty’s return made me jump up and down like a little girl who was promised a real pony for her birthday. Come on, admit it, despite being deadly and vicious he is adorable. A lot of people are questioning his survival, and deem it to be a plot hole. Seriously? If Sherlock could come up with 13 alternative routes of preventing his death, do you really think it is too far-fetched to think that Moriarty, who is Sherlock’s intellectual equal, wouldn’t have thought of a couple of them himself?

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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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Upcoming: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

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After playing Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch is all set to make his fans go gaga over his once again in The Fifth Estate scheduled to release on the 18th of October, 2013. He plays Julain Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. The trailer is mind-numbing, and so is the look that Benedict sports in the movie. If Star Trek did not manage to put all the Otter-references to rest, The Fifth Estate surely will. Go ahead, knock yourselves out!

 

 

I Never Choose the Fandom Life

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I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life gripped me tight and didn’t let go like a Whomping Willow.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life broke me free from my mundane existence and ordered, “Don’t wander off!”.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life taught me to shoot holes into a wall when bored.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life pulled me aboard the Knight Bus in the middle of the night.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life promised me all of time and space that I couldn’t resist.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life caught hold of me and said, “Allons-y!”.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life took me for a joyride in a TARDIS.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life kept me up at midnight on my birthdays awaiting the friendly Giant.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life opened the Pandorica showing me a better version of myself.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life dragged me to 221b Baker Street, and I simply could never leave.

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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We all witnessed the heart wrenching Reichenbach fall and the ingenious survival of Sherlock Holmes, and all of us have racked our minds and divulged into the deepest recesses of the internet seeking an explanation of Sherlock’s escape from the deadly fall. If that wasn’t enough, BBC has released a ‘teaser trailer’ that will haunt and taunt you all the more.

This trailer is going to make you undertake some intense therapy in shrink’s office that is painted baby pink and filled with stuffed animals that you can hug and cry until the third season is released this November. The trailer shows all the beloved characters; there is Mrs. Hudson attending to the usual chores with a hint of sadness and apprehension in her eyes as if awaiting someone.

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Then there is Inspector Lestraude apparently investigating a scene and looking over his shoulder as if he sensed a presence. Of course Mycroft seems just as cool, calm and confident as if it is just another day at work when he looks up from his desk. Molly Hopper opens her locker and there seems to be a reflection in the mirror attached to the locker’s door, but before you can make sense of the reflection, its gone.

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Last but not the least, there is of course Dr John Watson, sporting a mustache, looking apprehensive and impatient awaiting someone at a restaurant, when the doors open and Sherlock walks in… YES, that is how we are left hanging, as if the Reichenbach fall wasn’t traumatising enough we have this teaser that leaves us high and dry. All this falls into your lap just when the 12th Doctor is about to be announced and you are barely managing to maintain a hold on your sanity. BBC One should rename itself ‘Trauma Central’.

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Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Horns’

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Yes, you read that right, Daniel Radcliffe of the Harry Potter fame is going to appear in a whole new avatar in the movie ‘Horns’ directed by Alexandre Aja, which is also a novel by the same name by Joe Hills.

Here are some of the pictures that I found from the movie, take a look at how spectacular and different Daniel looks. The once cute and adorable looking young boy aboard the Hogwarts Express has truly arrived!

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The movie is set to release in mid-October. Man, living life on the slow track is so not fun! Wish I could hop onto a TARDIS and move on to the later bit of this year as all the amazing things are scheduled for then. Yes, I am referring to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and also the possibility of Sherlock season 3 premiering in November. Although, I am not getting my hopes high on Sherlock, it could just be one of Moffat’s cruel jokes!

Haters Be Hating The Doctor

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Yeah, I have gone all Ghetto here and frankly, I don’t care what you haters make of it. Every day I read posts and blogs that keep trolling Doctor Who. Initially, I was outraged, but now I smile in amusement, cos you never know how great you have become until a ton of people start bitchin about you. Then you know that you have made it.

What is it that they detest about the show, I do not understand. Is it because it is so successful? How does it matter if the show is a little over the top, it is pure entertainment. Some people have a problem with it being a children’s show; well, the Harry Potter series started off as a children’s book, and look what a phenomenon that was.

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Others keep comparing it to Sherlock. Bitch please! These two shows couldn’t be more different when you take into consideration the fact that Sherlock cannot be caught dead with knowledge of the solar system, and the whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the whole of the universe! There are millions of people out there who simple adore the show, and for good reason. All of them cannot be delusional now, can they?

I have read so many people say things like the show helped them when they were trying to get clean, helped them through the loss of a loved one, proved to be a companion to the loneliest of people, and yet so many people have a problem with Doctor Who. The show gives you infinite hope; hope that one day you may just prove to be as brave as Martha Jones who travelled all over the world spreading the Doctor’s word all by herself, that one day you may have a best friend like Donna Nobel who will save you from yourself, that one day Amy and Rory’s story of infinite patience and immovable love will be yours.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but make sure that you have earned them. I am not saying that every person who watches the show has to be absolutely mental about it, that is simply not possible, but when there is no valid reason to hate it then why despise something that means so much to someone? Agreed, some people fall in love with the love stories in the show, but come on, its not like it is along the lines of Twilight, which is by God the parameter against which all the garbage on this planet is measured. I mean, the Daleks falling in love with the Cybermen will be a better love story than the Twilight horse shit. So be reasonable, be kind, and don’t judge.

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PS: Just had to add this picture of David Tennant’s, cos he is ADORABLE!

Why Choose Books & TV Shows Over People

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Ever since I learnt how to read and discovered the world of books, I haven’t stopped one bit. I have devoured one book after the other, and have loved every second of it. I discovered TV shows, great TV shows that is, a little later, in my late teens, and blimey, what a ride it has been. Never one for small talk or random conversations, I was always content with a book, holed up in my room.

However, there were times when I wished that sometimes I would experience a great friendship, a unique bond, like the ones described in so many books. Come on, who wouldn’t want friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione? And I found friends, not like I didn’t, not that socially inapt I am mind you, but it was never quite the same. Its human nature to expect; and it is the same very human nature to move on to the next best shiny thing that life throws at you. So people left, yeah, and there I was clutching my books and my external drive with lots of TV shows in it, and a thought struck me: why am I running after people, when I have all the company and support that I need right here, in the palm of my very hands?

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That is the day I realised that there isn’t a single human being that is better than a good book and a mind numbing TV show, cos if you pay attention closely, they have the most marvellous things to teach you. Where else would you find someone like Dumbledore, who is the greatest of great men and yet is so humble, where else would you find someone like the Doctor who would make other people’s problems his own?

Any good book is like a teleport that can take you to a whole new world, and so is a great TV show. I know this for a fact, because whenever I watch Doctor Who or Sherlock or read harry Potter, I am instantly in a whole new world, and when I finish the episode or a chapter and return to reality, it takes me a few moments to get my bearings. Are there people on this planet who can make you feel this way? Nope!

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Books and TV shows do not judge. No matter whether you have shaved your legs or are sitting about in your bathrobe without a care in the world, it will not matter to them. Also, books and TV shows won’t leave. They will be there for you at even 2 in the night, and will see you through your tough times. There is no drama involved, no fights, no arguments, you simply pick a book up, or watch an episode if you feel like and you are all sorted out.

They are both great conversation starters, and will not embarrass you in front of other people. Say if you talk of being a Doctor Who fan, your ‘cool’ proportion increases by a million folds; whereas if you are in the company of person who eats with his mouth open and burps in public, you will wish that the floor beneath you parts and swallows you up. 

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Fandoms unite, they do not discriminate, and this very blog and the number of amazing people I have come to know through it is living proof of what I am blabbering about. I could go on and on, round and round the merry go round, but the bottom line is that there is not a single being on this planet that is better than your favourite book and TV show, unless it is a 903 year old alien in a suit. Very specific, I know, its not like I woke up one fine morning and had a craving! Allons-y Alonso! 

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