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Of things and Kings

I have to give Elementary once again props for rather good technical realism, this time with respect to Anonymous Everyone. Also, my god, the ending. My god.

In other news, I'm rereading Richard III, and I swear King Richard just asked a random page if he knew a guy that'd be willing to murder someone for money. I just. I don't know.

I mean, this is Richard, someone who so far has pretty much kicked ass at procuring (and discarding) human resources as needed, and now the King to boot, suddenly behaving as a 40 years old trying to score weed for the first time. I don't know if it's symbolic or just expedient plot-wise, but it's kind of funny, sad, and raw at the same time, almost like one of the good gore-less bits of a Tarantino movie.

Elementary 2x02

Kudos to Elementary for choosing a real mathematical problem, and explaining it well. In fact, the only two caveats I have are due to the fact that reality is a bit more fiction-like than that:

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As far as Moriarty is concerned, the most enjoyable part of her sometimes unavoidable trips to the United States is going to Baltimore and having dinner with Hannibal. He's reasonably smart, an adequate cook, a better conversationalist that most other people in that sad country, and not completely dull.

I don't think they'd be friends as such, but they could be mutually interesting monsters, and they are both perceptive enough that they could *see* each other, up to a point, while at the same time being aware that this mutual knowledge isn't a danger to either; Hannibal knows that as long as he's no threat to Moriarty's interests she has no intention of stopping him, and vice versa.

On the other hand, Will and Sherlock working together would be a terrifying trainwreck of snark.
Alice Morgan: scariest Robin ever. But let's not forget that there's nothing more dangerous to a Robin than their love for Batman.

As an aside, I think Alice highlights for me the uniqueness of the Irene Adler/Moriarty character in Elementary. She had a tiny failure of perception when it came down to Joan and her own feelings for Sherlock, and paid dearly for that, but how much do I love that her plan was mostly about making a billion dollars, and Sherlock was mostly a tool? We desperately need more female characters like her — like Joan! — whose activities are self-directed, and not necessarily relational (e.g., out of revenge, love, etc).

In that sense, I think what I've seen so far of Alice (I just watched S2E01, and of course she wants to see Arecibo, I do wonder if she ever thought about SETI as a metaphor for her own existential situation) sells her short. We've seen her do the family thing, and being fascinated by what she must see as Luther's baby steps towards the self-awareness she knows he's capable of (Alice Morgan: a more persuasive Joker)(also: Alice Morgan wants a friend, so run), but what else has she been up to? What else is she doing? She's this world's Moriarty; it doesn't seem as if she wants money or power, and I can definitely believe that intellectual stimulation is her stock in trade, which is why she does astrophysics and plays with/around Luther, but I don't buy for a second that somebody with her obvious skills, experience, and energy has only done what we've seen her do.

In non-romantic news

There were two or three moments in The Name of the Doctor in which I squealed at the screen in sheer delight at the visuals and the concept behind them. And the very ending of the episode! Ye gods. Doctor Who always falls apart for me when I look at it as if it were science fiction or fantasy conceived tightly enough to just be science-fiction-for-a-different-universe (e.g., Discworld): too much plot-convenient handwaving. That said, at an emotional, ludic, sometimes nightmarish level, when it works, it works really well, and as the episode finished I literally felt a knot on my chest.

I do wonder, though, to what degree Doctor Who is turning out to be about middle age-hood (of course, it could be, and probably mostly is, my own age coloring my perception), but it seems as if, funnily enough for a show about a nearly immortal character with total body regeneration, Doctor Who is exploring the concept of vital finitude/the life-arc, in a way that few other shows do, and in a so far less unrealistically positive way. (Ten is not "my Doctor", but his I don't want to go is among my favorite and truest lines I have ever heard on TV).

And Elementary! Moriarty! Can you imagine Te writing *this* Moriarty, from the inside-out?

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There are many spoilery posts that could be written about this week's Person of Interest and Elementary, alone but mostly as a whole, and most of them would be about love.

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