Introduced to this, primarily by a love of BBC British costume adaptations, Sherlock is one of those TV shows that intrigues from the start. Then, a friend saw it and despite her initial skepticism, it totally won her over to the point that she recommends it. Not something everyone will immediately like – or maybe appreciate, for me, Sherlock, series one is one of the BEST series… ever.
Sherlock, Series One (2010) BBC TV Review
Only just back from war, John Watson (Martin Freeman) suffers nightmare. Seeing a therapist, John is desperate to find normalcy. Certain no one would be interested in becoming his flat-mate, John is uncertain what’s next. Little does John know just how closely his life is about to intersect with the law. London police have their hands full. Four people have committed suicide… or have they? Their bodies are found in most unusual locations. Places the victim have no reason to be. They appear to take poison voluntarily, so the ruling is suicide, but why all with the same MO? DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves) feels good about his ruling, but someone else isn’t so sure.
“Wrong.” This is the one-word text message the police and media find on their cell phone screens during Lestrade’s press conference. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a “consulting detective” who no one he works with really likes. They put up with him because they “need” him. A brilliant mastermind who can deduce things at a glance, Sherlock believes this is all murder. Despite the doubts, once again, Sherlock sets out to prove his theories.
At its start, this makes us quite skeptical for a number of reasons. The “visual” reasons being: the set-up is curious. There is such confusion in the first five minutes, and nothing is clear. And, in the end, that’s okay. As I look back, that first hour-and-a-half show all comes right, and I realize just how impressive the suspense is hyped. Something required as a necessary to any mystery series. Having said that, this new spin on a classic figure is – may I just say it? – brilliant!
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Likely, the fact this is set in the 21st century albeit still against the murky streets of London, won’t be incentive for canon fans. If this describes you, then this might be best left alone. I am not part of this mindset. I suppose I’m merely a casual fan; I’ve neither read the novels nor seen the bulk of adaptations apart from the latest feature film and one Basil Hawthorne title. Rarely do screenplays get the humor just right. Here they hit the nail every line. The humor is fabulous! (I cannot count the number of fabulous one-liners and could probably devote an entire blog to it in combination with Holmes dry-wit persona.) The fabulous quips add up in numbers too great to describe; the writers don’t skimp, and all delivered with memorable pizzazz, to say the least.
The writing, direction and costumes are all grand, but what about the stars? Benedict is spot-on perfection. I love his Sherlock. The mad way he dashes about all contributes to his character. He’s depicted to be sort of a mad genius bored with anything and everything, and Benedict pulls this all together so that we like him yet understand why others do not. The supporting cast is, likewise good. Martin and Benedict have a good camaraderie working together as if they really were the infamous Watson and Holmes. The allure of seeing Holmes as an addict “texter” is just too good to pass up. (Plus, other than using his brain, Sherlock is not interested in “work”; and he continuously sends John on errands.) Sherlock, series one is one visit to 221 Baker that won’t disappoint its target audience, trust me.
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Content: By America’s rating system, this would most likely receive a PG13-rating. Cautions: several jokes in “A Study in Pink” question whether or not Sherlock is homosexual; John is annoyed to be thought his “date.” Naturally the crime scenes are most bothersome. A woman is said to have had a string of lovers. Some sexual connotations and jokes do worm their way into the episodes.