August 9th, 2010

breaking bad

Sherlock

I didn't blog about the second episode of Sherlock because I didn't think it was very good. This third and final one was a lot better. Overall the absolute best thing about the series is the acting. I didn't think Martin Freeman had been that compelling in his other post-Office work, but he was consistently excellent in this, best thing about it. Cumberbatch has never given a poor performance in anything that I have seen, and he's managed to balance continuity with the tradition, and refreshing the interest of the role. Excellent work.

Apart from that, the plot was complete tosh and didn't even make sense (for instance see ajr's list here), but it was very enjoyable and engaging. And so much happened. After half an hour my daughter and I were astonished to see how little time had passed for the amount that had happened. And satisfying without being too deep - just like the original.

Now for big spoilers about the final scene.
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breaking bad

Mad Men: Dick and Joan and Lane

Ha. Sunday night is the best telly night, both sides of the Atlantic. I just watched Mad Men 4.3. One of the things I like best about Mad Men is I feel it is intelligently engaging with my expectations, and making me deepen them every time. It knows what I have been thinking (I assume because I am representative of the intended audience), but builds from my cynicism, and overturns it, rather than simply checking it off. Learning what it's like to be on the other side of love - check.

Everything I am going to say next is a bit spoilery, but I don't think reading it will spoil your fun.
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