“Adjust the equalizer.”

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Yes.

My near constant companion. If you see me, my headphones will be in and music playing.

The sound of the notes. Of the words themselves.

The emotion. The imagery.

The sharing of experiences and ideas.

The saving of sanities.

The oneness at a concert, or the aloness of headphones.

Finding that one song to hold to your heart.

The songs that speak what you can’t find words for.

The songs that need no words.

Fits all moods. All occasions.

The universal language.

“Doctor!”

“Time And Relative Dimension In Space.”

“You know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? The Oncoming Storm.”

“I am definitely a madman with a box!”

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The Doctor – from the planet Gallifrey in the Constellation Kasterborous.

The Doctor has been exploring the whole wide universe and time itself for some centuries. Helping people, making friends, and changing lives. Albeit, not always for the better.

But he has an excitement and exuberance that can be infectious.

And he makes mistakes, but do not take him for a fool.

Never, ever, take him for a fool.

He’s worn different clothes, and bodies, and faces, over the years. And how he expresses himself can be different.

But he is the same man, always.

Personal note:

My first Doctor was the Fifth. I saw his first story on PBS during a school vacation. And didn’t really see him again til he was MY Doctor. The Ninth.

They’re in order up there, just count over if you’d like.

If you think the description is a little vague, it is. The Doctor is hard to pin down. And there’s a great tendency to get rambly, cause you think of the time he did this. Or when this happened. And then there’s when this wasn’t actually connected to that, but it seems like it was just because it’s The Doctor.

He has to be experienced. Just jump in. You’ll find your Doctor soon enough. Just be ready for when things go wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

“Connect. Respect. Protect.”

“I have the solution.”
“Scorpio.”

This is the motto of the Toronto Police’s SRU (Strategic Response Unit).

Think S.W.A.T. with a special emphasis on negotiating.

They can take the shot. But they would rather talk the situation down.

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Constable Edward ‘Ed’ Lane – Team Leader. Takes a lot on his shoulders for his team, sometimes too much. Usually the one who has to take the shot.

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Constable Julianna ‘Jules’ Callaghan – The team’s other sniper. And a good negotiator in her own right.

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Constable Michaelangelo ‘Spike’ Scarlatti – Tech and bomb guy. One of the hearts of the team.

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Constable Samuel ‘Sam’ Braddock– The new guy. Fresh out of the military, doesn’t know as much as he thinks.

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Sergeant Gregory ‘Greg’. Parker – The Boss. He wrote the book. Literally.

They win most, and lose some. And have more than one dark night of the soul. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. Days they wish they take back, do over. Innocent lives are in their hands. And the lives of their teammates on any given day.

But through it all, they always have their hands on each others’ backs.  A family in a way most people don’t need to be one. In a way most people couldn’t be.

Personal note:

Once again, a shout out to ION television. Two, three episodes of Flashpoint is shown every night. And thanks to my habit of not making it to bed early, I caught an ep and was hooked.

The change in squad make-up and procedures are half the fun. The little differences due to it being a Canadian outfit adds to it. Always interesting to hear ‘kilometers’ as opposed to ‘miles’.

It’s a great cast and a new perspective on police procedurals for me. Give it a try if you can find it.

221B Baker St.

“Possible suicides. Four of them. There’s no point sitting at home when there’s finally something fun going on.”

“Look at you, all happy. It’s not decent.”

“Who cares about decent? The game, Mrs. Hudson, is on.”

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Darting about London solving crimes. But there’ll be no thick fog and hansom cabs in this telling.

This is London of the modern day. A world of cell phones and the Internet. But don’t think Mr. Holmes puts techonology over the power of his mind.

They’re all here, just not exactly as you remember them.

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Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade. Knows how to deal with Sherlock, even when he’s being a git.

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Mrs. Hudson. The landlady, not the housekeeper. With a bit of a past.

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Mycroft Holmes. Trimmer. Still superior, holding a minor position in the British Government.

Sherlock uses his extensive (and selective) knowledge to solve the cases beyound the abilities of Scotland Yard. Which in his opinion is every case.

John helps him with his medical training, but also with just his knowledge of how ‘ordinary’ people go about their lives. And is also his chronicler  with his online blog.

Sherlock and John show that they truly are timeless and smart enough for any age.

Personal time.

The Sherlock fandom is truly the fandom that waited. With only three seasons (of three ninety minutes episodes each) and one special to our name since the show’s first season in 2010, we have to make much from less than other fandoms.

But we do so delight in it. And we are patient(ish). And yes, a little mad. But it is an earned madness, passed down. Never forget that public outcry cause Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to resurrect Sherlock after his untimely death.

Many of the episodes are updated versions of orginial stories (A Study in Pink is the name of the pilot). But within each case are nods to details from other stories (the five pips are no longer from an orange, but a sound cue used by the BBC).

London is ever Sherlock and John’s city, no matter the century.

And smart will always be the new sexy.

“Age of the geek, baby.”

The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you.”

“Sometimes, the bad guys make the best good guys.”

“We provide…Leverage.”

Meet the crew of Leverage, Inc.

They help the little guy get back at the corrupt using the tricks of their trades. You could say they’re modern day Robin Hoods, if Robin had started out as a con man.

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Eliot Spencer – Hitter. Expert in retrievals, both items and people. Guardian of the team with a personal code of honor.

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Alec Hardison – Hacker. Genius with tech. Only thing faster than his fingers is his mouth.

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Sophie Deveroux – Grifter. Lover of the finer things in life. A thousand looks and accents (and the perfect dress) get her what she wants.

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Parker – Thief. Connoisseur of safes, air ducts, and security systems. Her outlook on life is a bit…askewed.

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Nathan Ford – Mastermind. Former insurance investigator. White Knight turned Black King.

The best in their chosen fields, they were first brought together through deception, and then for revenge. It was supposed to be a one time thing. But the experience, and a huge payoff, showed these loners the benefits of working together. And in time, made them a family.

Leverage used real world scams and scandals as a jumping off point. Along with an expert in cons and thievery as a consultant.

An added delight are the DVD commentaries for every episode, usually featuring the writer(s), producer, and director for that ep.

If you love smart writing, great dialogue, fun stunts, and just damned greatness, check out Leverage and become a Grifter.

So that’s the extended elevator pitch. Now the personal touch. I love this show. ION television does marathons of it on Sundays and I catch it when I can. Despite owning the DVDs.

The actors are great and mad in all the best ways. There’s smart writing, cool premises, great guest stars  and supporting actors.

There’s little geek mentions, especially in the aliases they use (Mary Jane and Tom Baker for one. Or my fav, Ellery Queen.)

If you like a good time with writing that doesn’t dumb down for you, join the con..