Rampant Polemic


New PBS BBC Holmes
November 11, 2010, 9:16 am
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Dorney Jr. is a highly-talented actor, but as Sherlocke Holmes in the hollywood production of hte film he was poorly cast and didn’t do his character justice.  I was disgusted and repulsed by the smatterings of the hollywood version of Sherlocke Holmes that I saw.  This BBC version, however, is wonderfully cast.  The usage of real london is brilliant. The Holmes actor is VERY well cast, a twinge too effeminate (Holmes needs to be slightly more rustic) but has the “intellectual momentum, fluidity, and acceleration” that Holmes has.  John Watson is magnificently cast and played and easily the best actor in the entire scene.  But holmes (whom is a VERY hard character to play) is well-cast and well-played.

Problem at first was the “questionable character” of holmes with the very annoying police officer woman saying he was a psychopath and warning watson and then moriarty warning watson.  This was NEVER in the book.  So the deviation from non-canon doyle (which was an unnecessary deviation.  the deviations to improvise for the 21st century were extremely clever) was completely disappointing and aggravating.  This was resolved as lestrade said he was a great man and ultimately the questionable character evolved into “controversial, but trustrworthy” character.

I was definitley impressed with the usage of some of holmes antics from the book (in one short story it was the scratches on a wind-up watch instead of a mobile texting phone that revealed the drinking habits of it’s owner).  The bizarre warped cabbie was clever and might have been in some story.

I thought it was well cast, fairly well done.  Some things were unnecessary (the questionable character sub-theme).  Having primarily only all british actors was ESSENTIAL.  Absolutely essential.  I think moffat wrote some dr. who stuff and I think I remember NOT liking his dr. who stuff, but this was fairly okay.  I still think Basil Rathbone is the best holmes though.  with the combo of WELL-played nad cast watson and the vast momentum of this, it comes close.

Also, I liked the introduction moriarty and would’ve been open to appearances from him now and then but felt ne needed to be heftier (he was a much bigger build in doyle canon) and simply less prevalent (he was in roughly 4 short stories total).

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Amneisa dark descent
November 11, 2010, 9:15 am
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11/11/2010 03:09:17 ##—$

AMNESIA dark descent

Liked how frickin’ scary it was. Liked how it ALL wove together nicely.  the amnesia was a forgetting potion dranken by protagaonist daniel to forget all the atrocities and murder tha alexander convinced him to do.  The orbs opened a portal to hell prob chased by hell shadow.  needed torture victims for anguished blood for orb ritual.  all the orb things were were discroveres around it.

DID NOT LIKE the 6 torture rooms THOSE were WAY too gross the sawing, burn cow, stretch crank, wheel, impaler, and iron maiden were SO fucked up. and unnecessarily disturbing.  Towrads the end of the game the torture and hell got a little to nauseating.

would’ve liked explanation of water thing and monsters (what were all those mosnters areound)

UNQUESTIONABLY the scariest game EVER played.

I like the simplicity of controls and how sections closed off when done and the sanity/health meters and I liked not being abel to kill enemeis.  a VERY different game in that sense.  even in stealth games you can kill enemeis but this is not stealth just hiding. haha. it’s SCARY.  it’s jolt (loud noise).  insidiously scary…so fucked up.

 

I must say I was VERY disheartened and pretty brutally disappointed at the ending
I excpected the encounter with alexander would occur. What did I expect? That alexandar had transformed into some monstrous Baal Diablo Balrog gigantic Demon hellbeast with horns (the best depiction of this would be from that one Dr. Who where they are encircling a black hole). And Daniel has to battle him in an epic heroic struggle against the dark. I also envisoned some sword and/or weaponry of of some sort against this huge massive beast (that basically alexander had become the devil)
What actually happened?
Spoiler

Naked guy floating and hovering a few inches above the ground. You “kill him” by pushing over three pillars. Ummmm WHAT?? This is BY FAR practically indisputably the scariest game ever and I LOVED it (even though the torture scenes were a bit too nauseating) but it was increasing in horror and scariness with each level and the plot is AMAZING and elaborate and complex especially with the amnesia potion and the player is as confused as Daniel for awhile and it’s BRilliant! But then the actual final encounter. Naked scrawny guy floating whom you kill by pushing over pillars?? WHAT??? SERIOUSLY????? This type of horror and immersively scary game needed a Massive final encounter. Even in the chancel there’s all the satanic stars weird blood rituals and the portal that’s modeled off the Event Horizon portal…then scrawny floating white guy. MAn, SOOO lame. The last 5 min of the game were AWFUL. But the first 99% of the game was some of the most horrifying and immersive gameplay ever. Jolly good.