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Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, Sherlock is a British TV show that first aired in 2010 and is set in modern times. Although the series draws much inspiration from the original stories, the plots are original, the writing incredibly clever, and to make the stories more relevant to the present day, incorporate modern technology, dialogue, and events. As such, it is perhaps inevitable that parts of the modern show do not reflect the original stories so well.

Take, for example, the character of Dr. Watson. In the series, when we are first introduced to the character, we learn that he is an injured veteran of Afghanistan who has recently returned to London. In their first meeting, Sherlock even deduces as much.

So here we have an example of where the modern day adaptation takes some liberties from the original story to incorporate modern day events. Compare this to how Dr. Watson is originally introduced by Doyle, which was first published in 1887...

as an injured veteran of Afghanistan who has recently returned to London.

Actually, that's no different at all. While most of the other aspects of Watson have changed to keep up with the times, this is one of the few that has carried over from the past. It has been over a hundred years, and the Western World is still sending our youth over to die and be injured in the Middle East, to serve nothing more than some sort of imperialistic interests.

President Obama was not wrong to withdraw our troops from Iraq. His predecessor(s) were wrong to send them over in the first place. We are doing nothing more than perpetuating a pointless and violent conflict, and the longer we stay, the longer we continue this cycle of war and bloodshed, with no end in sight.

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. The second anyone mentions sending our troops off to the Middle East, first and foremost we should always remind them of how many times we have tried that in the past, and how futile it is. Perhaps the violence in the Middle East would not be any better if we hadn't intervened at all; but theren't no reason we should have anything to do with it in the first place. And still, we continue.

I guess we can't blame the Republicans who criticize Obama for failing to recognize this pattern. They are basically today's incarnation of oppressive imperialists, so of course they see nothing wrong with this cycle.

But it says quite a lot that the writers of a tv show have learned to adapt this historic plot for modern times, while our representatives in office haven't even done that much.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 10:54:08 AM PDT

  •  The Low Down. (5+ / 0-)
    The 1842 Kabul Retreat (or Massacre of Elphinstone's Army) took place during the First Anglo-Afghan War. Following an uprising in Kabul, Major General Sir William Elphinstone negotiated an agreement with Akbar Khan, one of the sons of King Dost Mohammad Khan of Afghanistan, by which his army was to withdraw to the British garrison at Jalalabad, more than 90 miles (140 km) away. As the army and its numerous dependents and camp-followers began its march, it came under attack from Afghan tribesmen. Many of the column died of exposure, frostbite or starvation or were killed during the fighting.[2]

    The Afghans launched numerous attacks against the column as it made slow progress through the winter snows of the Hindu Kush. In total the British army lost 4,500 troops, along with 12,000 mainly Indian camp-followers. The final stand was made just outside a village called Gandamak on 13 January.[3]

    Out of more than 16,000 people from the column commanded by Elphinstone, only one European (Assistant Surgeon William Brydon) and a few Indian sepoys reached Jalalabad.

    Dr. Watson was made of very tough stuff indeed.
  •  Sherlock is amazing. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Johnny Q, pvasileff, BlackSheep1, Bluefin

    Wild cinematography, brilliant character studies, delightful acting, sober drama, self-referential and self-deprecating humor... it's the whole package.  The plot quality is a little uneven IMO, but the characterizations are positively top.

    Dr. Watson's origin isn't the only thing almost copy-pasted from the original writings.  Sherlock's deduction about John's sibling was performed on a pocket-watch in the original, but the details he noted are almost identical.  The poison pills used by the killer cabbie are a reference to a Holmes story I forget; the lost cell-phone is a reference to the killer's lost ring; the word "Rache" is a clue in both stories, though with very different meanings.  Most of the new stories have these same kinds of uplinks and callouts.

    I really, really, really love this series.  There is a lot to love about it, but the characters and interaction of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (the latter actually being my favorite) are its highest point, and that is quite high.  Though Rupert Graves* and Mark Gatiss turn in sterling performances as well, just with less screen time.

    * = Sherlock (scornfully):  "Meretricious!"
    Lestrade:  "And a happy new year."

    Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

    by Jon Sitzman on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:14:22 AM PDT

  •  at least we have not experienced an event (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Johnny Q, pvasileff

    similar to the British disaster in 1842; 1600 men set out in a retreat from Kabul and a single man staggered into British territory, carrying the tale of the massacre of the entire unit by Afghan insurgents.

    •  entlord: not a publicly acknowledged (0+ / 0-)

      one, anyway. Who knows what secrets academi keeps?

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 01:50:44 PM PDT

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