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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sherlock on the Spectrum

Sherlock Holmes, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is definitely on the spectrum, and the familial aspect of this is well demonstrated by his brother Mycroft.  They depict their childhood as relatively loveless, with rampant competition between them, but the mother has certain aspects of Asperger's Syndrome as well (or maybe it is simply that the parents are self-centered).  I like this for a number of reasons.  One is that it puts the viewer in the shoes of someone whose brain works this way.  Sherlock cannot turn off the barrage of observations that he automatically makes every second of every day.  The other is that while Sherlock is very smart, he is also very troubled and impaired by the way his brain works.  You do not envy him but you are a bit more sympathetic to his plight.  So that is a good thing. Unfortunately,  I did not enjoy Season 4 at all, aside from this aspect.

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