I’m a nerd, have been for most of my life. Nowhere is this more obvious than when you look at the shows I loved to watch as a kid and shows that later joined the crowd of things I loved. I can remember being a little kid and watching Cleopatra 2525, Xena, Hercules, Lost World etc. all those awesomely geeky shows from the 90’s and early 2000’s.
But my geekishness isn’t what this post is about, not really, it’s about the BBC’s latest version of A.C. Doyle’s Sherlock. Sherlock is the latest in movie and TV adaptations of stories featuring Doyle’s famous super sleuth, set in 21st century London. Staring Martin Freemen and Benedict Cumberbatch as John Watson and Sherlock Holmes respectively, it first began airing in 2010.
Each season airs about two years after the last one ended, which as a fan of the show I must tell you is just absolutely torture. Torture I say! You don’t believe me, then try loving a show that only has a new season every two years. Currently there are three seasons of the show, with season four being slated to air in 2016. I’ve watched the first two seasons repeatedly, and am just getting into season 3. Good stuff, good stuff.
I’m sure you’re asking where the review part of this review is going to come in, because so far all I’m doing is gushing about the show and how much I love it. Well, that starts right about now. Sherlock is the brainchild of Doyle fans Mark Gratiss (who also plays an awesome Mycroft!) and Steven Moffat, setting the stories of the Consulting Detective in our modern era.
John Watson is Army Surgeon invalided home from the front line in Afghanistan after being wounded in action. Watson runs into a friend from medical school, who introduces him to Sherlock Holmes who happens to be looking for a roommate (flatmate to the Brits out there). From there the story unfolds in typical Sherlock fashion, there’s trouble and the two men solve the trouble together. Every episode after that is much the same in that regard, because this is a Crime Drama much like A.C. Doyle’s original Sherlock stories are one of the foundations of the modern Mystery genre of literature.
The episodes are each 90 minutes long and have the feel and quality of a movie as supposed to a TV show. This means more budget for costumes and the like that go into shows and movies, and let me tell you it really shows when you watch it. And I mean really shows. The locations around London and Britain in general are just breath taking, and the clothes the actors wear are as well.
Each episode is written in a style that as someone who has always been a fan of the original Sherlock stories, I am confident in saying would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle very proud were the man alive today. Though I am glad he isn’t, or we would still be waiting for the awesome stories the man produced and hence this show.
The acting is beyond good, it’s stunning. Just simply stunning. And it makes me want to hug the characters, something that isn’t all that easy to begin with. Much as I love some shows I rarely want to hug the characters or actually be able to sit and talk to them, with this one I do.
If you haven’t seen the show I suggest you find in on Netflix and start brushing up. It’s only nine episodes long and you have just under 1.5 years till the premier of the next season. Don’t get eaten or abducted dear readers!