Melodramatic flaws

bbc-sherlock-04-01-the-six-thatchers-screen-capture-ab0196hWell, I thought the first episode of the fourth series of Sherlock – the Six Thatchers – was great, no matter what the Guardian’s readers have commented.
But perhaps I have too willingly passed over some of the obvious flaws – e.g. not sure Sherlock should be able overwhelm a trained and experienced assassin in a fight in and out of a swimming pool. (But what do I know – turns out the original Holmes knew a type of Asian fighting.)
As for Mary’s death scene,  switched off, cos unlike when Sherlock was shot and a whole set of procedures were followed, here, even her husband, an Army doctor with military experience, did not go through all the proper procedures for someone who has been shot.
Those kind of melodramatic death scenes should have been finished by all the modern portrayals of treating traumatic injuries and life resuscitation.
All those movies involving moving vehicles out of control should now be considered flawed cos we should know better.  –
– for runaway cars – switch off the ignition;
– for runaway cars in lift shafts – a number of measures exist to stop their fall;
– for runaway trains – even in my Dad’s days, there were seven ways to stop a train.
(Mind, Mission Impossible trumped everything with a sequence showing a TGV on the Channel Tunnel route, and without the pantographs and overhead power lines used to feed power to the train – yep, not so much ‘out of control’ as ‘should never have been able to  start in the first place’.)
Still it was better than ITV 1’s alternative – the best of Morecambe & Wise sketches – cos we need celebrities who are trained on telling stories to camera explaining what was funny about the funniest ever British comedy duo on sketches honed to impart joy to half the nation at a time there and then without any explanation.
Banal, and requiring no effort.
But in a way smart, cos really, what else should you put up against Sherlock?

As for other TV highlights shown during the festive period (that I’d not seen before) –
– “The Saving of Mr.Banks” – propaganda for Walt Disney no doubt, along with some documentaries, but enjoyable anyway; and quite a few Walt Disney cartoons;
– Ricky Tomlinson on “Who do you think you are?” bringing light to why Scousers are friendly with strangers and how they got so organised; and how divides between Protestants and Catholics in the city started to be broken down (apparently a repeat);
– “Ethel and Ernest” – a cartoon of an afrtist’s normal parents and their normal ;ife through Britain’s recent history; mildly informative and gentle and pleasant and why not?
– “Doctor Who” – reworking how Lois Lane should never again be allowed to shown not being able to see the difference between Clark Kent and Superman;
– “The Real Marigold on Tour” – the Kyoto episode; highlighting how others are different without implying it makes them ridiculous.


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