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Seriously. Have your people call her people and schedule a sleepover ASAP. In the meantime, check out Elle’s interview with BGC!
Q: How did you discover your passion?
A: I started the blog as a travel site. I went to Europe this past summer and before I went I looked for helpful info to plan my trip. Easier said than done. All I found was expensive places to stay/things to do, or where to find cheap beer. Neither suited what I was looking for so I started my own research. When I got back from Europe I started the blog to help others. One problem, I don’t travel enough to keep a ‘travel’ blog going so I had to start adding in other items. My first big reader reaction came when I did a post on the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the film/tv blog posts just grew from there. I’ve always loved film/tv, I work in the industry so it’s a daily interaction for me. I honestly can’t imagine not being in the industry!
Q: Where do you find your inspiration in life?
A: Some inspiration comes from people around me, for example I wrote a Doctor Who post about my godson’s reaction to the show. But I’m also inspired by film and TV work. Buffy and Orphan Black have been big influences in my writing as of late. I’m working on a script and both shows have really been a launching point for the style of writing I’m going for.
Q: When did you discover you were “geeky?”
A: This is a funny question because I’ve never labeled myself as such. I honestly don’t like labels because I feel it confines people. But I guess it began with Buffy, I actually dressed as Buffy for Halloween one year. It unfortunately ended with a hot tempered Harry Potter shoving me (he was 7 years old) and ended in a bloody lip. I figure it came with the territory of being Buffy ;-)
Q: If you could take one fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: Oh gosh, I’d like to say Sherlock but I think if I really had the choice I’d choose Doctor Who. Primarily because I’d like to take a trip in the TARDIS to visit loved ones like Rose did. Since the Doctor hates alcohol, or at least Matt Smith’s Doctor did, I’d get an ice cream soda or something fun like that.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: I’ve actually been working on a blog post about what I would like to have told myself. I wish I had relaxed more, I feel like I was uptight about some things that didn’t matter. My 13th year was actually a really great time for me, I had an amazing best friend. Unfortunately, we don’t talk much now, but I look back on that time fondly.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic. Follow her on Twitter: @emmalynnbauer
Last week I hoped Lestrade would be given a chance to redeem himself before season 2 came to a close. Well, my wish came true. When Elementary excels, it’s because they’re focusing on relationships. Between Holmes and everyone else, yes, but also specifically when the people in Holmes’s life intersect and can teach one another something about working with, living with or even dare I say, being friends with the detective. For the first time, we see one of Holmes’s previous partners and current partners butting heads, but it may not be for the reasons you’d expect.
Holmes and Watson agree to let Lestrade stay with them while he seeks out his next job. Offers are flying in from all over the world and yet he drags his feet in making a decision. After coming off like a bombastic egotist last week, Lestrade is considerably more humble in light of his employment choices and confides in Joan that he doesn’t believe he will be able to live up to expectations. He thoroughly believes he was never more than an average detective. But as Joan points out, there’s no such thing as an average partner when it comes to Sherlock. He only tolerates the best, even if they look average alongside him.
Sometimes I find myself at a dinner party talking about Sherlock Holmes related topics, because yeah, I’m a BSB, of course I’m talking about Holmes at dinner parties. Anyway, after all topics related to Benedict Cumberbatch and the BBC are exhausted, I try to kindly stir people towards CBS’s Elementary. I often find myself saying people should give the show a shot and not discredit it before seeing it. Sometimes I’ll even say, GASP, there are elements of Elementary I like better than Sherlock. Joan Watson is a delight. Canonical references are aplenty. There’s even an update on Sherlock’s drug use, which is handled with tact and dignity.
See, just when I was getting comfortable, a crazy episode like One Percent Solution comes along and I find myself wondering if I’m even watching the same show week to week.
Don’t you hate it when crime procedurals hire way too famous an actor for a part, thus, giving away the killer far too early in the episode and deflating any sense of drama from the story? Yeah, me too. It’s been said before, but this week it was easy to see that CBS often falls into the trap of making CSI: Baker Street when it doesn’t know what else to do.
When a brutally murdered ballerina is found during a dress rehearsal, a dance company is completely uprooted. The prima ballerina, Iris Lanzer, becomes a suspect early on, because it turns out she replaced the now murdered girl as the lead late in the production. It would seem that competition would be the cause for murder, but this is where CBS does itself a disservice. By casting Scott Cohen as Iris’s lawyer, it’s easy to pick him out as being too famous and too prominent to take a small bit part. Of course, it could be a fake out, but in this case it all comes down to a really thin motive that doesn’t necessarily ring true. It does, however, give Sherlock a chance to geek out about the ballet, which was both surprising and delightful because it harkens back to the 1970s Billy Wilder film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The comical film infamously pairs Holmes with a Russian ballerina who proposes that they have a baby. Her hope is that his intellect and her beauty will produce the perfect child. As you can imagine, the two never pair up in the 1970s film, but that didn’t stop CBS from giving Holmes another ballerina flirtation.
Let’s solve a mystery this week, friends. Why bring Moriarty back and then just pretend like she never showed up at all? After her return last week, I was hopeful the season would be headed in a new direction that acknowledged both the difficult dynamic of loving someone who is definably evil and the changed relationship between Holmes and everyone around him because he is clearly capable of this deep love. And yet, this week, it’s like it never happened. I get that she might be back in future weeks, but because we know it’s not the end, this week feels like filler.
Moriarty’s return wasn’t the only huge missed opportunity. Holmes and Watson are having a hard time developing working relationships with the other members of the NYPD. It turns out Detective Bell is missed in more ways than one now that he has taken on a new role in a counter-terrorism unit. It gives the show a reason to bring him back, but not on a counter-terrorism case, which is a bummer. I was hoping for hacking and patterns and data – a real chance to show another side of Holmes’s incredible mind. Despite this, it was great to see Bell again, especially out in the field and working alongside others. Holmes latches onto a bit of hope that he can get involved in this new mafia case Bell is investigating and maybe repair the relationship between the two for a bit. If things go really well, perhaps he and Bell can even work together again in the long-term.
While the world patiently waited for Sherlock to return, Elementary served as a worthy distraction these last 24 months. There were plenty of reasons to believe this American-dwelling Holmes would never be a worthy comparison to our BBC baby, but over time, I’ve become increasingly attached to Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu’s take on the iconic characters. As the third series of Sherlock returned, I wondered if it would taint my feelings about CBS’s efforts. In truth, with new episodes of each series airing, it’s never been more evident that these two shows are distinctly their own.
In The Diabolical Kind, it’s clear that Moriarty is back in more than one way. Sherlock is writing her letters, which are brooding and full of longing. These correspondences are dangerous, but it’s a source of comfort for Holmes. But that’s not the only way she’s returning. After a man is murdered by a trained assassin and his daughter is kidnapped, Sherlock deduces Moriarty is involved. It becomes clear she is no longer imprisoned in a traditional sense, so Holmes and Watson track her down in an abandoned warehouse where the FBI has been holding her. That seemed a little to easy, though, didn’t it?