Friday, January 20, 2012

TV to Watch: Sherlock

Do it! Do it! If you like mysteries, then you're in for a treat. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you'll go gaga over this. I fall into the latter category, having read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's series back when I was a kid. Here, in this modern retelling, Sherlock Holmes is a "consulting detective" while Doctor Watson is a war veteran who served in Afghanistan (as well as a blogger). It works superlatively well, and the series has some of the best writing you'll find on television today. It will keep your brain actively engaged as you try to figure out whodunnit, and even the twists have twists. Delicious. For Sherlock Holmes fans, there's plenty of references to the books. See if you can spot them!

Out of the six episodes so far -- each is an hour and a half long -- they've all been excellent except for one. The very first episode, A Study In Pink, will hook you with the most intriguing serial killer I've met since Kevin Spacey's character in Seven. Episode 2, The Blind Banker, just felt a little low budget and is the only episode where I felt letdown. The third episode, The Great Game, more than made up for it with a chess game of wits between Sherlock and Moriarty. And it just gets better and better, with Season 2's A Scandal in Belgravia being my favorite episode (featuring Irene Adler from the books!). If there's a downside to this series it's that there's only three bloody episodes per season and only two seasons so far. And no, the Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law won't scratch that itch.


JoanneRK said...

The hubs recommended this to watch one lazy afternoon. Was pretty boring at first but now I'm hooked! I look forward to watching every episode on the weekends because it's when I have an hour and a half to spare.

The Third World Nerd said...

Yeah the episodes are really long. But mostly worth it. I only have one left. Boohoo!