Oh boy, this show. This show.
I can’t even begin to talk about how awesome this show is. It’s funny, fast-paced, and the acting is, in a word, phenomenal. And I mean that for everyone on the show.
BBC’s modern take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective, Sherlock Holmes, brings new interest to the book series. And that’s awesome. Having read the books myself, it’s great to see younger people getting interested in it. This brings up the age-old argument that the books are better than the movies, but that’s a story for another time.
The Sherlock Holmes of the twenty-first century, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (terrible name, great actor) isn’t as brash as the one that had been played by Basil Rathbone throughout the 1940’s. (On a related note, if you ever get the chance to watch those movies, I would – they’re great.) Although the modern Holmes describes himself as “the world’s only consulting detective,” there can be no denying that Rathbone’s Holmes was just as formidable.
Anyway, the one thing you have to understand when it comes to BBC’s “Sherlock” is that this show is a series, not a season. I’m not quite sure why we differentiate between the two, but if you make that mistake on tumblr, heads will roll. So, just a warning. But I have my own theory. Seasons of shows tend to run ten or more episodes. Want to take a guess on how many episodes “Sherlock” runs in a series?
Yeah, you read that right. Three.
Now, each episode is pretty much it’s own movie – running about an hour and a half long. So, for the most part, viewers can walk away happy with what they watched. But – and this is important, so pay attention! – the writers of the show, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, are terrible when it comes to cliff hangers. And I mean that they’re too good, too into it, if that makes any sense…
While the first two series have had, as I said, three episodes apiece, the final episodes of each series have had major cliff hangers. The kind that have you yelling at the screen because how could they leave you like this? Why didn’t they continue? Why? Why? WHY?
I’m not bitter, I swear.
But you get the picture. This is one of those shows that sucks you in and holds on tight. With superb acting and a glorious interpretation of the original plots, you can’t go wrong.
And here comes a shameless Star Trek Into Darkness plug, because I’m so excited – Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the villain in the sequel to the 2009 Star Trek reboot. So if you like him in “Sherlock”, chances are you’ll like him in that. (At least I hope so, there’s been so much hype about this sequel, if it bombs, I’m gonna be so mad… Like I have any control over it. Whatever.)
So there you have our Sherlock Holmes, what about John Watson?
Watson is played by the incomparable Martin Freeman – if his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He’s amazing. Seriously. If you start watching the show, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Especially in the series two episode, “The Reichenbach Fall”.
The moment of truth – sink or swim. Uhm, if you thought it could be anything other than swim, whoa. There’s nothing else I can say about this show apart from how much I love it and how much I firmly recommend watching it. Give it a shot. It’s awesome.
Below you’ll find the preview for the series one episode one, “A Study in Pink”.