TV Series: Sherlock

Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) outside 221b Baker Street in BBC One’s Sherlock.

Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) outside 221b Baker Street in BBC’s Sherlock.

My current TV series “obsession” is BBC’s Sherlock. It’s based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. It was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (both involved in another TV series, Doctor Who). It’s currently a three episode series, all three of which run for 90 minutes.

It’s a wonderful rendition of Sherlock Holmes story, differing from the Sherlock Holmes movie (starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law). This version of Sherlock Holmes is about:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson’s adventures in 21st Century London. A thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

Source: BBC’s Official Sherlock Website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh)

I love this adaptation of the classic detective story because it definitely brings the stories in the current era. For example, Sherlock takes advantage of technology in helping him in his deduction. He uses his Blackberry to get information on the go and uses the internet to search for important information. Nothing is outdated here. Even the costumes fit this century’s fashion style.

What I especially love about this adaptation is the interpretation of the characters. Sherlock is:

Brilliant, aloof and almost entirely lacking in social graces. Sherlock is a unique young man with a mind like a ‘racing engine’. Without problems to solve, it will tear itself to pieces. And the more bizarre and baffling the problems the better. He has set himself up as the world’s only consulting detective, whom the police grudgingly accept as their superior.

Source: BBC’s Official Sherlock Website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh)

And John Watson is:

Brave [sic], resourceful, [and] practical. An army doctor somewhat shattered by service in Afghanistan, John Watson finds himself in London, a bit of a lost soul. Soon he is sharing a flat with a complete stranger and his life changes completely. Now he sees the world through Sherlock’s eyes and the most unlikely but immortal friendship is about to begin.

Source: BBC’s Official Sherlock Website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh)

What’s more interesting is that even the villain and the supporting characters are great! Even though Moriarty doesn’t make much of a cameo in the three episodes, he still left a great impression on me. That is genius.

If you’re looking a new TV series to watch, I really recommend this. Even though there’s only three episodes, I promise you that you will be hooked (it helps too that the last episode ends in a big cliffhanger). There’s actually a lot more that I could gush about (like the cinematography, the innuendo), I won’t go into them here.

I hope I teased your curiosities enough. Enjoy!

Don’t make people into heroes, John. Heroes don’t exist, and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.
Sherlock Holmes, BBC’s Sherlock

♥ Eceined

PS. If you’re already screaming for more Sherlock, don’t worry. Sherlock will be renewed for another season. I can’t wait for it!

PPS. A person who commented on this post left a link to the review that they wrote. If you’ve watched the series, it’s a wonderful read. I advise watching first before reading it as there are spoilers in the review. Enjoy! http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/sherlock-season-1-review/

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