Being the sibling of Sherlock Holmes cannot be easy -- unless you're Enola and you're at least as smart as he is. However, it has to be incredibly difficult when you're the brother of both Sherlock and Enola Holmes. Being someone of such average everything when compared to them would be difficult. And that is where the version of Mycroft Holmes in Netflix's Enola Holmes excels. Based on the novels about the younger sister of the world's greatest and most famous detective, Enola Holmes is the first in what may be a series of films about the character. After the disappearance of her mother, Eudoria, Enola makes her way to London in an effort to find her. Along the way, she picks up her first case as an aspiring detective. Part of Enola's life is dodging her two older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. Both of them want her to conform to the era's expectations of women. Eudoria raised her to be the exact opposite, which is where Enola is her most vibrant.
Mycroft, on the other hand, wants to shove her in a boarding school where her spirit will be broken. Sherlock reluctantly goes along with this plan at first, though he becomes far more supportive of Enola by the end of the film. In Enola Holmes, Sherlock is far more pleasant than he is in the books. It takes him until the sixth book to get to a point where he's on Enola's side. Mycroft, on the other hand, is certainly not nicer than he was in the same books. In fact, he might be an even bigger bastard in the film, which works quite well. Mycroft may not be the movie's villain, but he is a force of impending doom that hangs over every moment. Mycroft's first appearance was in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1893 story, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter. In those days, it was said that his intelligence and powers of deductive reasoning exceeded that of even Sherlock's. He just hated working with people. That certainly isn't true of the Enola Holmes version of the character.
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He is quite average, and is both jealous of and annoyed by Sherlock's gifts and the attention he gets. Dedicated to the cultural norms of 1900s Britain, Mycroft saw his mother as a threat to the status quo. He had also grown quite resentful of how she was raising his younger sister. Mycroft hoped to correct the problem via a terrible boarding school, which Enola understandably hated. More than that, Mycroft most likely did not want another Holmes sibling outshining him in the public eye. In secret, Mycroft is jealous of Enola in the same way he is jealous of Sherlock. The fact that Enola is a young lady only compounds his internal struggle. It's unlikely that someone like Mycroft could emotionally handle being outshone by a woman of any age, which is why he treats Enola so horribly. His longstanding resentment towards Eudoria, which predated his issues with how Enola was raised, didn't help the situation, either. While Mycroft comes across as a petty, egotistical tyrant in Enola Holmes, that's exactly who he needs to be. He represents the societal forces pushing back against Enola, the exact ones Eudoria was trying to prepare her daughter to deal with as an adult. He may not be the traditional Mycroft, but this is the version of Mycroft Holmes this specific story needs to work.
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It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life -changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.
He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.
Tenma. He's the true MVP of the show. He starts out as an up-and-coming doctor paving his way into a bright future and then quickly ends up as an outlaw pursuing a phantom-type serial killer who some people, including Dr. Lunge at the BKA, refuse to believe is a real person. We find ourselves shouting "JOHAN IS NOT IN TENMA'S HEAD!" and rooting breathlessly for the doctor as he runs from the law and those wishing to cause him harm or kill him altogether. It's hard to not be on edge as the doctor pursues Johan and debates whether or not he should take away the life he gave to Liebert a decade prior. Something ending about Dr. Tenma is that no matter how much trouble he's in, he always stops to help someone in need, even if it's someone who actively fights against him. This is one of the ways he shows that he truly does believe all lives are equal. He doesn't pick and choose who he will save or give any type of medical attention to. He gives it to anyone who needs it, even if it gets him in trouble. Parallel to Dr. Tenma on the quest to take down Johan is Johan's twin sister, Nina Fortner (aka She and Johan grew up together until shortly after they were sent to the hospital the night Dr. Tenma treated Johan for his gunshot wound. After that, Anna became Nina and grew up in a nice home with adoptive parents who loved her, along with a memory problem blocking out any recollection of her childhood.