Here I am, down here with Doc Martin …
Forgive me, I have disappeared into the bowels of Netflix – my, that’s a disgusting turn of phrase – but at its heart its true. For the past month or so, on weekends I have run away to Portwenn, England with layovers in New York City to visit Sherlock and Tim Gunn. Mmm hmm, yup … I have officially snapped.
I have been assisting in the total care of my mom now for over a year and I think my mind finally decided I needed a vacation. Enter Doc Martin! Yes, that’s right Doc Martin. After seeing one episode on my local PBS station, I went on Netflix and got lost in Portwenn for six seasons worth of shows. I enjoyed the scenery, ensemble acting, the characters becoming each important in their own way much like in Northern Exposure, if anyone remembers the old CBS show. Portwenn became a place to go to and have stories told me in the gentleness of the British seaside where my reality didn’t exist. Plus I loved the ability of the good doctor to just tell people to shut up and get the hell out of the way. Oh, to be able to do that in real life without consequences. He is grumpy and not the most handsome of men, emotionally inarticulate and yet fun to watch. And look they’re making more!!!
When I wasn’t in Portwenn, I was in New York City, Brooklyn to be exact, supplementing my fantasy life with heaping helpings of Elementary (CBS show). Let it be known, that I am declaring my love for Jonny Lee Miller here and now for all the world to hear (Don’t worry Mr. Rickman, you’re still held fondly in my heart, now stand over their with Viggo). I enjoy Elementary immensely – the relationship between Joan Watson and Holmes has grown and changed and is interesting to watch. I obviously have always had a fascination for Holmes and Mr. Miller’s portrayal is second to only one man – I’m sorry but Basil Rathbone will always be Holmes to me, he being the one that introduced the character and the books to me. But Jonny Lee Miller is a very close second. His representation of Holmes is modern but still adheres to canon – he carries the humor and the humanity that Holmes was imbued with by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as the eccentricity, lack of social graces and penetrating talents that make Holmes who he is. Mr. Miller’s performance is fun to watch – saying so much with just the slightest of eye movements. There is a childlike quality in some of his mannerisms and expressions that make him all the more endearing… okay I’m gushing here aren’t I. Sorry. Lucy Liu’s performance provides the perfect calmness of Watson to the stories. Her character is a more of an equal partner to Holmes than the canonical Watson. She does not merely stand around and say, wow, how’d you figure that one out – she actively participates and assists. Here is video of the pilot episode where Holmes and Watson first meet – their dynamic changes throughout the show.
I think I’m going to have to buy a copy of the BBC’s Emma where Jonny Lee Miller plays Mr. Knightley, a very different character from Holmes. Hopefully, that won’t send me careening into an Austen kick. Actually while I like Austen, I’ve never been obsessive about her as I have been with Bronte or Doyle.
I was going to post a comparison with the BBC Sherlock but I’m opting out after seeing the mayhem and vitriolic hatred that having two good versions (altho’ I find Elementary is much more entertaining) of a modern-day Holmes available for enjoyment has engendered – particularly the Cumberbatch fans (not all of course) on Tumblr. Makes you want to shake people and yell – Its two different interpretations – one does not take anything away from the other. Here is a nice sane comparison of the two shows without drool or drama http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/79347119.html
Anyway, that’s where I’ve been – on a mental vacation. Introverts like myself need alone time, down time, get the hell away from me and don’t ask me anything time. I’ve enjoyed it.