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15 October 2012 @ 11:51 am
Sherlock Holmes (British TV Show)  

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?
 
 
 
kerokerotab on November 10th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
All the episodes are long (hr and a half). Each season is only 3 episodes
VLelfbiter on November 10th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
The episodes are essentially rewritten forms of original stories - many of them very good adaptations (at least those episodes I have seen). Half the fun - to me - was to figure out what original story was behind a particular episode (it's not always obvious). Crime gangs updated to modern day, for example. Althought the one based on the Hound of Baskerville went bit more far. And, well, Moriarty is mentioned in many episodes even if he originally was a one-shot villain in _one_ original story.
Nechtan Albaflameelf on November 12th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
I really love this version of Sherlock--more than the network version.

As said, the eps are all rewrites of original stories, and ditto on the "Hound" one going 'way too far--at one point I was yelling at the screen that it wasn't making any sense, it was obvious it was a nerve-agent, etc...but they're trying. I really loved some of them.

I think that thing of making Moriarity a perpetual villain is a modern thing; we've all grasped it from all the movies, etc. over the years. Good Guy has a Nemesis; right, got it! That said, it's interesting how this Moriarity is used--sometimes cocky and mad as a hatter, other times nothing one expects. He 'shifts'.

You'll find the ep with The Love Interest ("Her") Irene is both informative--and totally beyond logic by the end. Still, this is my fave series from the past two years and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Grey :)
Mark: Godzillaying_ko_4 on November 13th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I watched the first three episodes over the weekend. Quite fun, and I thought much better than they had any right to be. I shall be watching the second set of three episodes sooner rather than later as a result.