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13. After a Season 2 cliffhanger that saw Sherlock fake his own death in front of John, breaking his best friend’s heart, this episode had one major job: to deal with the emotional fallout from that decision and Sherlock’s inevitable return in a satisfying manner. It didn’t. It didn’t feel like John’s forgiveness was truly earned, or like we understood what Sherlock’s time on the run (without John) was like.
12. It tried to do far too much, and therefore succeeded at very little. It was weighed down by its larger-than-life plot twists. Ultimately, however, its biggest crime was in having Sherlock solve the Magnussen problem not with his brain, but with a bullet. It was disappointing to see a show that had once been so finely focused on the play between intellect (as represented by Sherlock) and emotion (as represented by John) as integral to the problem-solving process, introduce a third, all-too-common element to the mix: violence/murder as a solution. We have enough movies and TV shows that solve problems with bullets. One of the reasons why Sherlock was so refreshing was because it glorified other things. As if Sherlock’s assassination of Magnussen wasn’t enough, the episode ended by absolving Sherlock of all possible consequences for the crime.
11. We could have spent the entire season getting to know Eurus Holmes. Instead, we got most of her backstory and characterization stuffed into one episode, which made her feel much more like a plot device than a living, breathing character. When you’ve spent an entire television show proving that just because Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes are smart doesn’t mean that they don’t have feelings or value people, drawing their sister in a way that deliberately conflates her remarkable intelligence with an inability to place value on life is neither smart nor believable. But erhaps most interestingly, we get to see what Mycroft looks like in high-stress situations that are out of his control.
10. Mary’s death wasn’t necessarily the problem (we all knew it was coming), but the way her death was used to create drama between John and Sherlock was not only offensive and lazy, but redundant.
9. This tells us a lot about how Sherlock himself views the people in his life.
8. It’s really all about how Sherlock and John are better together. Their co-dependency has officially begun, but it’s in the throes of its honeymoon period.
6. Early seasons of Sherlock succeeded not only because they had a cohesive narrative (mostly), but because they had a cohesive visual language. It wasn’t stylized for stylized visuals’ sake. It told us something about this central character. When you lose that cohesive visual style, Sherlock’s character doesn’t work as well.
5. After a season of relative low-stakes fun, everything became much more intense in “The Great Game” as Moriarty led Sherlock on a devastating goose chase where real people’s lives were at stake. Inevitably, Moriarty kidnapped John and strapped some bombs to him for good measure, forcing a hostage situation that articulated just how much these two had come to mean to one another.
4. eeps the focus on Sherlock and John’s relationship amidst the major addition of Mary into their lives. Refreshingly, it doesn’t present Mary as an obstacle to their friendship, but rather incorporates her into the two-now-threesome, while also giving some time to the central duo.
3. Would work so much better if Irene had bested Sherlock. Instead, Sherlock chickens out in the final minutes, having Holmes save The Woman instead. Still, it goes on to explore how one person can unsettle Sherlock’s stubbornly-held beliefs about himself and the world.
2. A great job of ambiguously introducing the character of Sherlock. It’s hard to get a read on this guy. Is he a jerk? Does he care? Does it matter? This is the real mystery that needs solving.
1. Demonstrated how good Sherlock can be when every decision, every action has weight, like when there is no easy or good solution, only the lesser of two terrible choices. Effectively building the tension. It started with Moriarty’s stylish robbery “attempt” of the Crown Jewels and slowly escalated until every one but John Watson believed that Sherlock was the criminal.
Ultimately, Sherlock had to take the most drastic of measures to keep his friend safe, not only breaking his best friend’s heart, but also betraying his trust at a visceral level in order to “win” (or come as close as possible) at Moriarty’s no-win game.
Sherlock  Holmes  Television  Narratology  Storytelling 
19 days ago by dbourn
‘The Inventor’ Review: The High Price of Good Intentions| Sundance 2019
It may be a Silicon Valley ethos to “fake it till you make it” but Holmes lacked the humility and the honesty to say, “We haven’t made it and it will take an unspecified amount of time until we do. Hard things are hard and revolutionary technology doesn’t happen overnight.” Instead, she constantly worked to further her deceit and cover up her company’s inability to fulfill its promises.

However, it’s also difficult to see The Inventor as a story about Silicon Valley since Holmes largely got her money from private investors who didn’t look at her books rather than venture capitalists who would demand a full accounting. There are certainly stories to tell about the toxic culture of Silicon Valley and how it facilitates fraud, but The Inventor never seems like the best vehicle for it.

Instead, The Inventor is at its best when it looks at how Holmes conned respectable figures who bought into her narrative rather than taking a hard look at the data. The cautionary tale at the heart of the movie isn’t about self-delusion in service of noble ambitions, but how smart people can be hoodwinked by those noble ambitions. No one wanted to look too closely at Theranos because Theranos was aiming to do something good.

It would be nice to think that victims of con artists are simply greedy. But as The Inventor shows, it’s just as easy to be conned by someone pushing good intentions. And perhaps that’s a darker con because rather than preying on our avarice, it preys on our conscience.
Theranos  Elizabeth  Holmes  Silicon  Valley  Con  Grift  Cynicism  Business  CA  Tech  Blood 
8 weeks ago by dbourn
Winter in London - Chapter 1 - Waid - Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms [Archive of Our Own]
The last stages of a case go dangerously wrong. Afterwards, Watson tries to live with the memory of a terrible bargain in secrecy.
fic  sherlock_holmes  watson  holmes  holmes/watson 
june 2018 by salinea
SEC charges Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes with fraud • WSJ
John Carreyrou:
<p>Theranos founder and chief executive Elizabeth Holmes surrendered voting control of her blood-testing company, paid a $500,000 penalty and agreed to a 10-year ban from being an officer or director in a public company in settling civil-fraud charges Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The settlement follows a more than two-year investigation by the SEC prompted by revelations in The Wall Street Journal. In October 2015, the Journal published an article revealing that Theranos used its proprietary blood-testing technology for only a fraction of the blood tests it offered in Walgreens stores. The article also reported that former employees were leery of the technology’s accuracy.

Theranos has since voided nearly one million test results, and Ms. Holmes agreed to a two-year federal ban from owning or operating laboratories. The company also has settled lawsuits from a hedge-fund investor and Walgreens, its former retail partner, alleging that it made misleading representations to them.

In addition to reaching a settlement with Ms. Holmes, the SEC is pursuing civil securities fraud charges in California against Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, Theranos’s former president and chief operating officer. Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani jointly ran the company for seven years before he retired in May 2016…

…“The Theranos story is an important lesson for Silicon Valley,” said Jina Choi, director of the SEC’s regional office in San Francisco, in a statement released Wednesday by the agency. “Innovators who seek to revolutionize and disrupt an industry must tell investors the truth about what their technology can do today, not just what they hope it might do someday.”</p>


Carreyrou wrote <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/theranos-has-struggled-with-blood-tests-1444881901">the original story in October 2015 casting gigantic doubt over Theranos</a>. At the time, Theranos was said to be worth $9bn. A win for journalism.
theranos  fraud  holmes 
march 2018 by charlesarthur
H.R.2989 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
H.R.2989 Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, became law on November 2nd, 2017
law  Del.  Eleanor  Holmes  Norton 
november 2017 by sunlightfoundation

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