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A while ago, Rachelle did this and made up backstory for Holmes to replace the almost nothing that Doyle gave us. And I've been sort of jealous of this, bizarrely, because while yes, I've been playing Watson for like two years without doing something similar, Watson gets even less backstory than Holmes does.

This is what's canon for Watson's background:

1. His father's name seemed to have been H. Watson. No idea what the H stood for.
2. He had an older brother, who was probably also an H. Watson, who inherited an extremely expensive watch from their father, but treated it like shit and pawned it several times and eventually drank himself to death by about 1888, looks like.
3. He played rugby for the Blackheath Football Club as a young man. Incidentally, I love so much that Watson gets mentioned on the wikipedia entry, there. There is no real reason for it.
4. He seems to have lived in Ballarat, Australia at some point, and probably during the Victoria gold rush (which began in earnest in 1851 and stretched out through the 1860s) because he mentions the gold fields specifically.
5. He claims to have an experience of women spanning many nations and three continents.

He's most informative in the very first paragraph of A Study in Scarlet, in which he also informs us that:

6. He attended the University of London and graduated in 1878.
7. He joined the army, and served in India and Afghanistan, assistant surgeon for this regiment and this regiment.
8. He got shot at the Battle of Maiwand and nearly died and then got better and then got typhoid and nearly died again and then he got sent back to England, where, as of 1881, he had "neither kith nor kin" and also pretty much no money to speak of, despite coming from a family that has fifty guinea watches to be inherited. In fact, Watson's military history is highly based upon the military history of the actual surgeon-major of the 66th Foot, who was shot at Maiwand and invalided out of the army.

That is... more or less all I have been working with for the last two years. Almost nothing is known about Watson's life before he got his medical degree, and what there is has no order to it. We don't know what his family was like (presumably there was money at some point), we don't know how much of his youth he spent in Australia and how much in England and at what point or why he might have made the move. We don't know which three continents. Europe's a given, as is Asia. Does Australia count? If he was only a boy when he lived there, can he really be said to have had much experience of women at all while he was there?

For a while I've been dodging around a lot of this stuff, but sometimes... what actually happened would really make a difference to how Watson might feel about something.

Today, I'm going on an adventure to make a lot of shit up. )

There. That was... enjoyable, if a slightly silly exercise.
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It occurred to Rachelle and I that in this thread, particularly from about here onward, that, uh... very few people would realise just how dorky we were being.

And how dorky Holmes and Watson were being.

So, here. Their dialogue above, and to compare with the text from Study in Scarlet... )
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So, in case anyone was wondering.

By some bizarre fluke, this is pretty much exactly the right size for iPod touch wallpaper.

It makes me smile.

Even with the imminent death.

It also looks insanely classy.
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My younger sister was here the other day, and she desired a google image search for "Doctor Watson." Uh, because. No idea. I humoured her.

Anyway, we got some Sidney Paget illustrations, approximately a thousand picture of Jude Law, one picture of Jeremy Brett and Edward Harwicke (honestly, that's it?), and someone's pictures of their wargaming miniatures, themed around the exploration of Africa.

Which I thought was kind of cool.

Here are some spear-wielding natives, here are some lions, here are some pith-helmeted explorers. That sort of thing.

And then there is Dr. Watson.

I can tell you, I'm honestly not entirely sure what Watson's doing exploring Africa, or why he's a part of this set. I could get into this whole canon-debate about the likelihood that he's even been to Africa, except a lot of the argument comes down to 'does Australia count as a continent,' and I admit it's likely he would have been, if at least just en route to India. That's hardly 'exploration.'

But look at him. He's here to kick ass and take names. And his gun is bigger than his head.

I love it.
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Aha, I have found something. A series of screenshots. I did not take them, I merely found and nicked them.

We had this computer game when I was a kid, called Hugo 2: Whodunit. It was the sequel to another game (which I never played until grade 12, at my then-boyfriend's house, during which I got vaguely annoyed at him and our other friend during the copy-protection trivia because goddammit, if I tell you the right answer is that you drink a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, I know what I'm talking about). Released in 1991, it's a parser-based DOS adventure game. It's... pretty hideous. And pretty merciless, too. It's very easy to die, and even easier to get yourself in a situation where you cannot beat the game.

The plot is such: You are Penelope, the girlfriend of Hugo. In the first game you needed to be rescued by terrible villains, but have now gone with Hugo on a holiday to a nonspecified place in England to visit relatives. And then Hugo disappears and you witness a murder, and you must, of course, solve it.

Simple enough.

There is a sequence in the game which is, frankly, kind of insane, and it also terrified the crap out of me at the time. I was probably ten or eleven. The game was a few years old at the time.

After getting out of the house through a series of secret passages, and passing by deadly killer bees and navigating an extremely irritating maze, Penelope comes across a phone booth. She calls the police. They say, "Sure, well, we're busy right now, but if it's a murder, we'll be there at six. See you then!" Gee, thanks.

If you then dial a number you find written on a wall nearby, you get the following experience. This is not an easter egg. You have to do this to get a an object needed to win the game.

Are you ready? )
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Before I get ten thousand IMs asking me, have I seen this yet?

Yes, I have seen the newest version of the Sherlock Holmes trailer.

Robert Downey Jr is still a lousy Holmes.

Jude Law is still an amazing Watson.

The dog, lol. So, that's what happened to Watson's bull-pup.

"It's not in your face, it's in my hand."

Oh my god the explosions.

So, I am still full of misgivings, but this is the most I've been intrigued by the bloody thing since I heard about it nearly two years ago. I may need alcohol to get through it, I dunno.


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