I’m usually the last one to catch the trendiest, most-talked about, newest “in” thing, so it wasn’t a shock that I hadn’t seen even one episode of the BBC’s award winning series, Sherlock, until now. Of course, it was my younger daughter who introduced it to me. Now, I am in love — with the show, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s John Watson! We watched all six episodes of the two series (known as seasons here in North America) in rapid succession and are now both eagerly awaiting the third series which is currently in production.
Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular Sherlock Holmes detective stories, this slick, contemporary drama is set in modern day London, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are consulting detectives, who solve perplexing crimes using modern technology as well as SH’s amazing intellect and powers of observation.
Each 90 minute episode is a smart, masterful retelling of a classic Holmes tale, filmed with a monochromatic feel (sort of steampunk) with vivid splashes of colour (reds and pinks, sometimes yellows). The music is a perfect complement to the mood of the theme and the acting is superb. Benedict Cumberbatch is incomparable as Holmes, he plays the ego-centric, uber-intelligent detective with just the right amount of superiority and aloofness, with a touch of ingenuosness that makes the character so likeable. Martin Freeman, as John Watson, is wonderful in his portrayal of Sherlock’s loyal friend and colleague — often making up for Sherlock’s lack of social graces. The two of them make a brilliant team, as they chase down clues and gather evidence, from London’s underground to Buckingham Palace. I love all the actors in this series, they are very well-cast and all play their roles magnificently. I especially appreciate the actors who play Mycroft, Jim Moriarty, Irene Adler, Detective Inspector Lestrade, Molly Hooper and Mrs. Hudson, the landlady – they are all fantastic! I love that the show is suspenseful, exciting, witty and funny all at the same time.
The second series ended with a “how did he do that?” moment, not exactly a cliff hanger, but definitely a puzzler guaranteed to get people tearing their hair out trying to figure out exactly how Sherlock accomplished his amazing feat.
Check out the BBC trailer for the third series of Sherlock: