Apologies to The Golden Eagle who recently also did a post about Sherlock.
I hadn't intended on talking about this show. I had no intentions of watching it either. For the longest time my sister Bree had been badgering me to watch BBC's Sherlock. But I had other shows to watch, games to play and so Sherlock was left on the backburner.
But one evening I decided on a whim to watch an episode and see what all the fuss was about. Just one episode before bed.
I ended up watching the entire first season in one sitting. And it took all my willpower not to start the second and go to sleep.
Unless you've lived under a rock your entire life you probably know of Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective with his assistant Dr. John Watson. They run around and solve mysteries. But the stories were originally from the 19th century. So, what if it took place in the 21st Century? The BBC series does just that, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern day London.
And together they solve crimes using both Holmes' incredible mind and modern technology.
First off, the characters are played by great actors. Sherlock is observant, inconsiderate, brilliant, cold, witty, and eccentric. There were speculations that Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock on individuals with Aspergers and BBC's Sherlock certainly has it. It's convincing and it feels real, not artificial and forced like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Basically, if upgraded Sheldon enough times, you would get Sherlock.
Watson is exasperated, loyal, and does an excellent straight man for all of Sherlock's antics. There are a lot of discussing online claiming that Watson and Holmes are gay. I don't see that at all. Just because two men hang around each other a lot, care for one another in times of danger, and live together in an apartment does not automatically mean they're gay.
Moriarty on the other hand is a completely different story but I'm not going to delve into that too much.
Each season only has 3 episodes but with each episode being an hour and a half long, each episode is like a mini movie. There is a lot of thought put into each episode, the writing is excellent, almost every joke presented required me to pause the show because I was laughing too hard to keep watching. I've never had a show force me to the edge of my seat in anticipation with what happens next. It's an amazing feeling.
Each crime is loosely based on the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. For example, A Study in Pink is based off of A Study in Scarlet. The crimes are also supposed to be solved in a similar way to the original. Apparently there are tons of little references to the books hidden in the show. This series was clearly made for fans, from fans. So fans of the original Sherlock Holmes story are going to pick up on these things. I didn't. I'm just going to use Wikipedia to find them.
I'm going to watch the second season with Theresa as soon as possible. And then we will sit and wait for the third one to come out. I highly recommend everyone else do the same.
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