June 26, 2011

As Seen On TV: Sherlock - Season One (BBC)


Sherlock is a new spin on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson as they run around modern day London solving mysteries.

In this take, Sherlock is the world's only consulting detective, chasing after mysteries and answers, and willing to do whatever it takes to solve the cases. Dr. Watson is just John, an army veteran and doctor who is struggling to adapt to civilian life after being injured in Afghanistan.

Due to an acquittance in common, they decide to become flatmates at Baker St. and soon John is being dragged into whatever case Sherlock is working on.

With only 3 episodes clocking 90 minutes each, the first series (as the Brits call it) of Sherlock was an absolute delight to watch when I stumbled into it on BBC Entrainment. 

Everything I've ever loved about the Sherlock Holmes stories is still there but with an updated, modern twist - for example, Sherlock and John call each other by their first names rather than by their surnames as they do in the book.

Sherlock is a very magnetic character, even though he's a bit of a sociopath, doesn't read social clues well and finds baffling that John would complain about Sherlock's shooting at the wall just because he's bored. On the other hand, John is sort of the anchor of their relationship, the more practical one.

I simply adored this series. I love that there are super long episodes, even if there are only three of them so far, they are like mini-movies, so it's awesome.

I can't wait for the second season - also made of 3 90-minute episodes - which is set to be released in this fall.

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