In the updated reboot of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous hero on TV, Martin Freeman (who plays Dr Watson) stares at his personal blog, clueless on what to write. I have only started with the first episode of the first season. The scene I described happens in the first couple of minutes. Dr Watson is suffering post war trauma. He limps using his walking aid, sits in front of laptop and stares at it. It is a role written for Martin Freeman who is known for playing interesting supporting roles.
But what is more interesting is the modern setting of the series. It happens in modern London. Watson has a therapist. The therapist looks like a cross dresser. Of the lot, Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be the unlikely character to play the superstar sleuth. But if you have seen the eccentric team leader played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Starter for 10, you will have no doubt he possesses the right eccentric acting style. It may not be the overly energetic style of Robert Downey Jr used for the big screen adaptation. But one with restricted body movements, fast dialogue delivery, piercing looks and slow cautious movements interrupted by abrupt movements. It is how Guy Ritchie likes to film in action scenes.
Yes, I admit I have "pre"decided to love the series. Like all others for whom these books were the first brush with the science of deduction, the characters are enchanting and endearing (than the author himself!). The image of Dr Watson staring into the monitor was in fact an eye-opener for me. Having read the book, we know Dr Watson is going to meet a new friend soon and will start writing about his new friend after successfully conquering the writer's block. Just thinking about it was so pleasant that I was smiling in no time. That also brought me to reality. I have not been writing for a long time. What am I waiting for? Dr Watson will meet his muse. Where is my muse? Using the yard stick of muse, I am the luckier than Dr Watson. While Dr Watson has only one person to be inspired from, I have many people around me. Then what do I need? A quiet seat in a bus or train to start writing? To tell you truth, I don't need a quiet seat. I am actually sitting in a crowded train and writing this.
And it feels so good to write.
Tags: Musings,Muse,Watson,Arthur Conan Doyle