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Archive for May, 2012

This has been all over the internet today. I first saw it on my colleague’s great blog. Fans of musicals, and “Les Miserables” in particular, enjoy.

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While you may need take a moment to recover from the “Hounds of Baskerville” episode of this excellent series (I still get the shivers thinking about it), you may need to gather yourself again for the season finale, “The Reichenbach Fall.” As with season one’s final episode, there are superb cat-and-mouse mind games between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Moriarty (Andrew Scott, so evil and so good), but events crescendo to an (almost) permanent conclusion. This is not passive television — you must watch and pay attention. Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss definitely leave you wanting more. Hurry back, boys!

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

The boys are back and in delightfully fine form. The second season of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ sly modern adaptations of the stories of “Sherlock Holmes” picks up right where Season One’s cliffhanger ended (remember the poolside standoff with Moriarty?). Holmes and Watson (the perfect matchup of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) investigate “A Scandal in Belgravia” and tussle with the sultry dominatrix Irene Adler (Lara Pulver). This is some damn fine television. Watch at the risk of becoming hopelessly addicted. 9 p.m. May 5 on KCTS.

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U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) has been through a lot in five seasons (not the least of which was the addition of a baby to her personal life), but nothing can compare with the recent reunion with her fugitive father (Stephen Lang). Then there’s the lingering question of her relationship with her work partner Marshall (Fred Weller). They banter and bicker like a lot of the great screen couples. Will they? Won’t they? Marhsall is also a U.S. Marshal, so that makes him Marshal Marshall…get it?.

Mary McCormack and Fred Weller

There are a few things that have elevated this show above the normal bickering/buddy cop show, most notably McCormack’s excellent performance and the great chemisty between her and Weller. I do feel like the show got the short shrift and is ending too soon. Whatever the reason, here’s hoping for some satisfying resolution tonight in the finale of this excellent series.

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