Mom visited over the weekend and we watched the first episode of Sherlock, that BBC TV series that updates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters into a 21st century setting. It's an interesting show. Long. The actor playing Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, has an awesome name. It sounds like it fell out of a Monty Python sketch - the name's so very quintessentially British. But I digress. Sherlock. The first episode, although a bit long, was definitely promising. Is it an original story or an update on one of Doyle's short stories? I'm not familiar enough with the Sherlock Holmes canon to know. But I think that the essential qualities of the two leads, Holmes and Watson, were captured in the dialogue and movements of the actors.
Sherlock Holmes has been experiencing something of a resurgence in popular culture. Was this triggered by the 2009 film or was it brewing even earlier? I did not like the stories when I read them, but the popularity of the character makes me wonder if I missed something. It almost makes me want to tackle the mysteries one more time, to see if I'll like them more. But that's a big almost. Whenever I pick up one of the big compilations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I get this sinking feeling that I just won't like it, so I put the book back. Is this a lingering memory of the last time I tried to read them - or just something I've convinced myself over the years?