Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Uhmerican Dragon Lady

Lucy Liu captures the stereotypical tone of voice and, more importantly, the demeanor in Elementary:




Behind the Scenes

A better example would have her upbraiding Sherlock, but I couldn't find one online. I wouldn't say she talks like the typical ABC - but she did grow up in New York and I would not be surprised if her character and personality were shaped by feminism. At least Watson in BBC's Sherlock, Watson is a male - I have not seen enough of the show to know what the exact dynamic between the two characters is, but they do become friends apparently. But Liu's Watson seems to be more of the maternal type, there to make sure Sherlock does not do anything to harm himself or the case that he is pursuing. It has been a long time since I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, but I never imagined Sherlock Holmes to be anything other than alpha and normal, even if he was more "intelligent" than those around him. All the characterizations of Holmes this century have to make him out to be psychologically abnormal in one way or another - the only one I find tolerable is Robert Downey Jr.'s version in the Guy Ritchie movies, though even his character is rather stunted in his handling of relationships. Apparently the modern audience can't handle a man who excels others in every way - he must be flawed in order to counterbalance his intelligence, and what better flaw than extreme "social awkwardness" or lack of social skills. The envy of those who take themselves to be the cultural elites? Small wonder that mass culture earns the derision of those in the alt right. Sure, some social impairment accompanies high intelligence in certain areas in various developmental disabilities and disorders. But the point is, we are not allowed to have a hero who is better than us, someone we can admire and wish to emulate.

Related:
Guy Ritchie 'signs for Sherlock Holmes 3, wants to film in Hollywood'
Why is there no trace of forensic action in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes?

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