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1. So there's supposed to be an American remake of Sherlock Holmes? Urgh, argh, c'mon, country o' mine, you have enough culture of your own not to continually display these obvious (and immediate) attempts at success!envy. Right? Right? Far be it for me to say, "Do something American," 'cause it sounds so jingoistic. But yeah, that. Sherlock belongs to the UK, always has. And they thought of Being Human first. Deal with it.

The new contemporary UK version of Sherlock, though? Very cool.

2. Same deal with the remake of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The Sculptor begged me to go with her to the theater to see this. Instead, I gave her a three-Saturday-night marathon of the extended versions of the original Swedish films. In Swedish. With Swedes. Noomi Rapace: accept no substitutes.

3. C'mon, country: do something new. Not a big fan of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot. For one thing, it's totally AU after destroying All of Vulcan. But it lost my respect when it make Kirk a Captain straight out of the academy (which is also, btw, totally AU).

4. Why didn't any of you people tell me about the Edwardian soap opera that is Downton Abbey? Oh wait, you did. That's why I'm Netflixing it. Still on Season 1, though, so no spoilers.

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Feb. 29th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I think it's only 1/3 lack of ideas and 2/3 marketing expediency. Its why there are always so many sequels, remakes, and reboots. Why spend $$$ developing an entirely new detective story which you will have to push hard to sell when you can just brand something "Sherlock" and capitalize on an existing audience.

Course, laziness breeds laziness. Someone playing in a dead authors sandbox can't possibly be as invested as someone working on their own direct creation.

But yeah - I know it is a commercial art - but it does suffer when commerce so naked drives the train.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
it does suffer when commerce so naked drives the train

I could not have said it more poetically.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
3. Not only AU, but BS. As for Kirk's sudden rise, does everything have to be teenage fantasy?

4. I think you'll like it.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Kirk-becomes-instant-Captain was fan service pure and simple, and fan service of the most juvenile kind.

I like DA so far, and I only finished disc 2 of Season 1.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as much as I enjoy Chris Pine's Kirk, as much as I can fanwank it as a political move for Starfleet to make Kirk captain so quickly, I really wish JJ had stretched it out more. Save something for the sequel, guys! If you're going to build a franchise, think LONG term.

Re #1: I was completely uninterested in the American remake until they cast Lucy Liu as a female John Watson. Now I'm very, very curious! Mostly because the Holmes and Watson team is suddenly no longer two white guys...
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to see as many women and POC's in roles as possible, but I still don't think I'll watch it, because American remakes of quintessentially British or Swedish or Anythingish stories lose something in the translation and I'm tired, tired of remakes.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction to the American version of Life on Mars. The UK version was so firmly grounded in 70s Manchester that I couldn't even see how it would work in the US. It's one thing to take a franchise like Law & Order and set it in different cities, but another to do an actual remake.

But I'll give Elementary a shot, mostly because I got turned off by Sherlock BBC and want to at least see how it'll be different.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, the big twist at the end of the US Life on Mars was easily the dumbest thing I've ever seen done in any remake anywhere.

Tho I will say the BBC's Sherlock (minus one awful episode) is easily one of my favorite things on TV.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Same here re: Elementary, though I don't know that I'm necessarily more interested in the concept or it's just that I'll pretty much try anything Lucy Liu is in.
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I've only seen Ally McBeal, Charlie's Angels, and this Lifetime movie (that I enjoyed), but I love her enough that I'd want to see this show.

On tumblr, some people were saying it might've been more interesting to cast Liu as Sherlock, given that she can do a really terrific cold and detached stare.
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Mar. 1st, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Oh yeah.
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