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Posted on Friday 9 August 2013 at 8:04 am

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What was supposed to be a somewhat quiet week has instead been a somewhat crazy week. Isn't that the way it always goes? I've almost done everything I had to do and should be able to get the rest of the have-to-do stuff done today without any problems, but I didn't get nearly as much of the downtime as I'd hoped for and haven't even been able to do much of my normal routine (e.g. I've made it to the gym once this week so far rather than my usual daily with a few exceptions). Hopefully next week things will get back to normal!

In the meantime, have a few links to short things to watch, some older and some newer, that have kept me entertained in my brief moments of downtime.

An oldie (ancient in fandom terms), but possibly forever my favorite fanvid: Cat's in the Cradle by dassgrrl. As she explains it, "In the beginning, there was Sherlock Holmes. And Holmes brought forth the brilliant doctor House, embodied by the lovely Hugh Laurie. Who prior to that in Fortysomething played a slightly less brilliant doctor, Paul Slippery, who begat three sons, the eldest of which was played by the equally-lovely-if-somewhat-peculiarly-named Benedict Cumberbatch. Who of course grew up to play Sherlock. And the Universe looked upon its work and pronounced it good. And then my head exploded." In other words, it is a fanvid using footage from Fortysomething (which really is an atrocious train wreck of a show, but if you can survive it there is some payoff in the end and hey, in addition to Laurie and Cumberbatch it has Peter Capaldi, a.k.a. the new Doctor Who), House, and Sherlock to make it look like House is Sherlock's dad. This video really is brilliantly done, using just the right footage to show the parallels between the two Holmes-riff characters.

Another oldie, but new to me, and continuing on a Cumberbatch theme: Inseparable, a 2007 shortfilm (11 min) starring Cumberbatch with a few other people in it but there's a solid 5 or 6 min chunk of the 9 minutes of story (last couple of minutes are credits) that are just Cumberbatch. I don't know if this has been on the internet before and I just missed it or if it just popped up on the 'net but I only stumbled on it this week.

EDIT: Crap! I forgot one earlier. Continuing on the Hugh Laurie theme from above, he was on the Colbert Report this week. Colbert did a segment on the broadcast networks in the US trying to get permission to say some slightly dirty words (yes, my crap at the beginning of this paragraph is thematic!) on air. Laurie and Colbert then took turns reading the words and phrases. Hilarious.

This one's only been out a couple of weeks, and I suspect many of my flisters have seen it even in that short time, but it is awesome enough to share again anyway: Nothing to Prove a music video by The Doubleclicks. This is basically a geek girl anthem, telling the gatekeepers who speak of "Fake Geek Girls" to fuck off. If you like this, you should totally check out more of the Doubleclicks. They do lots of geeky songs. This one about how falling in love as a preteen / teen with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries created screwed up expectations for real relationships is another personal favorite.

If you've got time for something longer and like board and card games, Wil Wheaton has a youtube series called Table Top, which is just him and some other celebs playing a game for a half hour or so. In the latest episode, they play Star Wars X-wing. I haven't watched this one yet, but I've watched all the previous ones and they are often hilarious and have been very bad for my budget as they have led to me buying several new games.

Comments:

chemina42
chemina42 at 3:42 pm on 09 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I never knew that Cat's in the Cradle video existed! I've been saying it for ages, 'House is Sherlock's father' and people keep looking at me like I'm crazy. They don't seem to understand the awesomeness of it all, and how it all has become one endless loop. I believe Conan Doyle's inspiration for Holmes was a doctor! *headasplode*

I've seen worse things than Fortysomething. Flight of the Phoenix anyone? I have to remind myself that it is a farce. It also introduced me to Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Capaldi. The first episode wasn't even over and I was already thinking to myself, I really hope this guy playing Rory is in more things so I can watch more of him! Peter Capaldi brought me to In the Loop, which continues to be the funniest movie I've ever seen! I then had to immediately go dig up the TV series.

Did you see the one Colbert did of the song Get Lucky? He got Hugh Laurie to dance to a hit song from 2013! That alone deserves a medal. :D
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:28 pm on 09 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've been saying it for ages, 'House is Sherlock's father' and people keep looking at me like I'm crazy.
Now you can just show them the video! It may not convince them you are right and/or not crazy, but it will at least demonstrate that you aren't the only one to see the connection.

I believe Conan Doyle's inspiration for Holmes was a doctor!
Yep. I think his name was Bell, but I could be misremembering. I know in addition to the handful of times House is spotted reading Conan Doyle Holmes canon or having the books in his apartment, there is one time when House is reading one of Dr. Bell's (pretty sure that's his name) books.

Fortysomething certainly has moments of charm and humor both. If you make it to the end, I think the last episode is actually pretty good and makes the rest almost worth it. My big problem is the AA episode. There is no explanation for that. It also bugs me that the hearing voices thing just disappears for a while without explanation or even comment and then reappears, again without explanation. Fortysomething is to-date the biggest Capaldi role I've seen. I'm going to start on Thick of It soon.

Did you see the one Colbert did of the song Get Lucky?
I did! It was pretty fantastic.
chemina42
chemina42 at 5:55 am on 10 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Yep. I think his name was Bell, but I could be misremembering.
Dr. Joseph Bell I think, yes. I'm pretty sure there was a Christmas episode that revolved around a first (second?) edition of a Dr. Bell book given to House for Christmas.

If you make it to the end, I think the last episode is actually pretty good and makes the rest almost worth it.
I certainly found watching the last episode the most enjoyable, and its probably because of the added emotion. Oh right, he has to repair his relationship! I do love how Pilfrey's hypnotizing in the end genuinely helps Paul.

My big problem is the AA episode. There is no explanation for that.
I think that episode is tenuously explained by the fact that one of Paul's friends, Peter, has been invited along to a surprize party by Estelle, but Paul wants to find out what really is going on (because he's irrationally paranoid). Peter is on his way to an AA meeting. So Paul happens to be near the AA meeting, when this man comes up to Paul and just seems to assume because Paul is acting strange, he's here for the AA meeting. The rest of it can be explained by Paul's inability to deal with his irrational paranoia. I actually feel bad for Edwin in this episode because he seems to have a moment where he wants to connect with his father, but by this point he's too angry to notice. At least that's how I saw it.

It took me a long time to understand the little joke hiding near the beginning of the episode:
Man: Are you here for the AA meeting?
Paul: No, I'm RAC.
Man: Alcoholics Anonymous.
Paul: *confused* Alcoholics Anonymous? What am I doing outside an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

AA and RAC are both auto insurers in the UK, like our AAA and CAA.

For me, my issue is with the episode where Estelle is giving a speech to the women's group. For some reason, that episode rubs me the wrong way. I have no idea why.

I never really noticed that the voices thing disappears for a while, heh.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 9:12 pm on 11 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure there was a Christmas episode that revolved around a first (second?) edition of a Dr. Bell book given to House for Christmas.
Yes! That's it! Isn't that when Wilson makes up a mystery woman from House's past who supposedly gave him the book and he names the woman Irene Adler?

My problem with the AA episode of Fortysomething is just that if anyone actually completed a conversation, the whole "plot" falls apart. It requires so much stupidity on the part of every character and should stop long before it does.
donutsweeper
donutsweeper at 7:02 pm on 09 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh that VID! I'm always amazed when I see it. And I love that the Fortysomething was done in B&W which hides the dye job on Benedict for Sherlock.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:32 pm on 09 August 2013 (UTC) (Link)
That is probably the only fanvid I rewatch and I just love it to pieces. The B&W was a great decision, though it doesn't fix the different dye and styling for the one clip used from the un-aired Sherlock pilot versus the rest of Sherlock.


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