LB: Sherlocks, Sherlocks, Everywhere, But This is My Favorite

by Larry  Brody

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So here we are in the middle of another of the periodic deluges of Sherlock Holmes re-imaginings, re-boots, and pastiches, some of which were, are or will be wonderful, others of which were/are/will be trash. Which got me to thinking: Over the years, which branch of the Holmes tree have I enjoyed the most?

The thought process didn’t last very long because the answer came to me instantly: A little (well, it was big for its time) film called THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS made in 1971 and starring what I now see as a “young” George C. Scott and an even younger Joanne Woodward.

Written by James Goldman, who adapted his own play, and directed by Anthony Harvey, this film captivated me back in the day, and a recent look (via Netflix) kept the enchantment alive.

Three Oscar winners! (Goldman,  Scott, and Woodward.) An Oscar nominee! (Harvey, who got royally screwed out of his.) And a heroic, who’s-really-crazy-after-all tale about a New York judge gone bonkers and the psychiatrist who’s supposed to commit him but instead falls in love!

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS is Sherlock Holmes meets Don Quixote, written by a giant of a writer and brought to life by a cast and crew every bit as big. With a heroic finish that more than justifies any tiny lapses that come before. If you don’t like Netflix, watch on YouTube (before some asshat makes them take it down).

Whoa, two positive reviews in two weeks. And this time I’m not related to anyone involved in the creation or distribution of the film. Excuse me while I take a bow.

 (part 1 of the whole film, with links to more)

Supernatural Season Two Episode One – Recap and Review


**This episode originally aired in September 2006. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**

“Oh, I don’t wanna trap you. I wanna make a deal.”  John Winchester

It might have been easy to simply coast on the momentum built from the season one finale, but “In my time of dying” raises the bar yet again for this increasingly strong CW show.

We open with our heroes unconscious on the side of the road as a demon approaches to finish the job. Sam (Jared Padalecki) regains consciousness just in time and uses the Colt to chase the demon away. They end up in the hospital where Dean (Jensen Ackles) remains unconscious and in critical condition. Sam and his father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) discuss their options and argue about whether or not to immediately go after the Yellow Eyed Demon.

Meanwhile, we discover that Dean has become separated from his body and wanders the halls as a ghost. And that’s when he runs into the Reaper who has come to help his spirit move on.

She gives him the choice of passing into the afterlife (whatever that may be) or remaining on Earth as a wandering spirit, exactly the type of supernatural creature he dedicated his life to fighting. This was one of the most powerful scenes in the episode and Jensen Ackles does a great job as he portrays Dean’s realization that every spirit he’s ever fought must have struggled with this same choice.

Yet, before Dean can make his decision, we cut to John who has decided to take matters into his own hands. He summons the Yellow Eyed Demon and proposes a trade for his son’s life. And after some negotiating, the Demon accepts.

Dean wakes up moments later with no recollection of what occurred. Sam and John have a suspiciously pleasant exchange before Sam is sent to get a coffee. John whispers a secret into Dean’s ear and leaves with a teary goodbye. Finally, we follow Sam returning the room only to find John collapsed on the floor, dead.

A father sacrificing himself for his children, I’d compare it to the first season of Game of Thrones, but comparing a CW show (no matter how much I like it) to the HBO mega series might make the universe implode. So I’ll just say that even though they handled his death well and sent him out like a hero. It’s going to be tough getting through the rest of the series without him. Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a great job with the character of John Winchester and he will be greatly missed. Although, if any show were to lend itself to the re-emergence of a dead character, it would be Supernatural.

Thinking Man Rating: 15 Thumbs Up

**Be aware the Thinking Man rating system is based on awesomeness and should be disregarded if you are not now, or have never been, awesome.**


Quick! Name the One Choice the Teen Choice Awards Don’t Offer

The Teen Choice Awards were held last night, and guess what winner wasn’t picked?

Why, that’s right. You’re amazing. There was no “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” award. No “Best Teleplay” or “Best Screenplay” category either.

We know, we know…teens don’t pay attention to the creators of their beloved shows and films and can’t be expected to. Only – they do. At least, when it came to books we and our friends certainly knew who the good writers were not so long ago when we were that age…and the bad ones too.

Are these teens or pre-teens? God, I’m all of 26 and I already can’t tell

So why can’t teenagers be aware of the writing and the writers that underlie the TV shows movies they watch? What if we went way beyond not expecting them to know and insteadtrained them to pay attention to the writers (and, maybe, the directors and producers, although we at TVWriter™ really don’t give a Disney about them)?

How would such training take place? Simple – by making “Best Teleplay” and “Best Screenplay” categories. Putting the winning writers on the air. Glorifying them just the way we do the stars whose jobs are to say the writers’ words?

Nothing’s better at creating public awareness than TV, remember?

Just sayin’.

Yes, this is a toddler agent, the perfect match for a teen writer. Those of you who know the Biz know how perfect this is.


STAR TREK Reanimated?

by Larry Brody

Captain Kirk rises to the occasion in “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”

New Star Trek TV show could be an animated series
by Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

A new Star Trek TV show is looking slightly more likely than it was a little while ago, judging from the slightly cryptic interview movie producer Roberto Orci gave TrekMovie the other day. Orci says the talks over a Trek television show aren’t real yet, but “they are almost real.” Adds Orci, “The relevant parties haven’t sat down in a room together, but they have sent messages through intermediaries.”

In other words, any TV show is probably a long way off, since the “relevant parties” haven’t even spoken face to face yet, including CBS. There may have been some semaphore action.

And it sounds like Orci, at least, is most excited about the idea of an animated Trek series — given that an animated show would have the least risk of “cannibalizing” demand for a third Trek movie, assuming it starts right before or after J.J. Abrams’ second movie. (Much like the way Tron: Uprising isn’t seen as killing the demand for a third Tron movie — probably the reverse, if anything.) And Orci seems to think it could involve the cast of the movies, having adventures in between the films. So, similar to the 1970s animated series, in other words.

The only question now is, will we finally get to see Lt. M’Ress again? And will there be a sequel to “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”?

TVWriter™ doesn’t often quote an entire article from another site, but I’m happy to make an exception in this case because:

  1. I love io9 because they’ve consistently shown their excellent taste by saying nice things about me. (By consistent I mean that as far as I know they’re 1 for 1.)
  2. I also love STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES because not only was it every bit as adult as The Original ST, I also worked on the show as a writer back when I was just starting out. (Want to know more about that?)
  3. Charlie Jane Anders seems to have a thing for The Magicks of Megas-Tu. Which I just happened to have written. Which means I also love Charlie Jane.

But as much as I enjoyed both the content of this article and the way it was written, I’ve got to tell the truth: I would hate to see another animated STAR TREK TV series overseen by Roberto Orci and his partner, Alex Kurtzman (who, although he shares the same last name as all-time genius writer/editor/artist Harvey Kurtzman judging from his work sure as hell ain’t no such genius). I’d also hate to see the rebooted trekosphere get its foot in the TV door because – sorry, gang – I think it’s immature and inane.

I’ll say this though: If the real STAR TREK came back to TV, animated or otherwise, I’d sharpen my pencils and get cracking in a jiff.

(“Pencils? “Get cracking? “Jiff?” Yep. When it comes to ST, my future’s kind of a retro one. Gotta live with that.)

Anti-Gays are Here Again

See, that’s a play on the very old song, Happy Days Are Here Again. But you already know that, right? No? Regardless, here’s why it matters:

NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ Draws Ire of One Million Moms Group
by Lesley Goldberg

Fall TV Pilot Preview: NBC’s ‘The New Normal’
The upcoming freshman comedy from openly gay writer/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Ali Alder (Glee) has drawn the ire of One Million Moms, the conservative anti-gay group that blasted retailer JC Penney for featuring a same-sex couple in a catalog and the ouster of Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

In a posting on its website, OMM blasts the show and calls for advertisers to boycott the series, which revolves around a gay couple (Andrew Rannels and Justin Bartha) who attempt to start a family via surrogate (Georgia King).

“NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage,” the group wrote on its site. “These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

Read the rest of OMM’s ignorant bullshit