Without a Hint of irony

Jane Clare Jones manages to find a feminist cause even when reviewing television programmes. In this case, the opening episode of Steven Moffat’s Sherlock Holmes. This one has a female protagonist, but she just isn’t Guardian enough. What follows is the usual feminists drivel that might have come straight from Pseud’s corner, wrapped around an apparent critique of a lightweight television programme.

In many ways the Holmes stories are a perfect fit for Moffat’s skill-set. The puzzle-box plotting, the 24/7 bromance, the fetishisation of “masculine” reason over pesky “feminine” emotion, all suit him right down to the ground. In the case of his stewardship of Doctor Who, Moffat’s tendency to write women plucked straight from a box marked “tired old tropes” (drip/scold/temptress/earth mother to name but a few), and his consequent failure to sketch a compelling central dynamic between the lead and his companion, has seriously affected the show’s dramatic power. But no such trouble with Sherlock.

“Tired old tropes…” All said without a hint of irony…

Read and enjoy –  but take the blood pressure tablets first.


4 comments for “Without a Hint of irony

  1. James Strong
    January 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t know any of Steven Moffat’s work except his comedy series ‘Coupling’. And I’ve recently re-watched the DVD box set.

    It’s the funniest sitcom I’ve ever seen.

    If Mr. Moffat writes drama as well as he wrote that comedy then I’d be keen to watch it.

    But it is only entertainment, let’s leave the pseuds and luvvies and analysts of the human condition elsewhere.

    • January 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      The first series of Sherlock was very good. So well worth catching up on. I’ve recorded the episode being discussed, but will watch it without any deep analysis of political correctness. It’s entertaining fluff – nothing more.

    • January 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Wonder what sort of film it would take to make our Jane happy?

  2. January 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    “What follows is the usual feminists drivel that might have come straight from Pseud’s corner…”

    Oh, my Twitter timeline filled up with reaction to this last night, while I was watching ‘Endeavour’. A lot of frothing from the feminist cadre…. 😈

    I’ve not seen any of this version of Sherlock Holmes yet, but I might watch this coming Sunday episode, since ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ has always been my favourite.

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