Bookish Show: Sherlock Season 1

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I am aware that I'm a bit late jumping on the bandwagon with this one. While I'd heard many people raving about it, I didn't really think of watching it until my husband suggested it. My husband hates all TV shows and most movies, so I was shocked that there was something he wanted to watch. I'm glad that we did dive in, because it has proven to be a great show so far. 

The show is actually more like a mini-series. In the first season, there are three episodes, all lasting about 90 minutes each. Season 1's three are "A Study in Pink," "The Blind Banker," and "The Great Game." I assume that "A Study in Pink" is based upon "A Study in Scarlet," although I haven't read it and can't say for sure (anyone know?). As for the other two, I am in the same boat, although certainly "The Great Game" has elements of traditional Sherlock Holmes that I am familiar with. The premise of the show is that Sherlock is a brilliant amateur detective in the present day, tortured by his need to find something interesting and too wrapped up in his overly intelligent mind to form lasting friendships -- until Watson, an ex-military doctor with a neurosis about a leg injury, shows up to share the rent in his flat. Watson, intrigued by Sherlock's bizarre behavior and adventures, begins a blog about their experiences, and assists Sherlock in many of his endeavors. 

In a nutshell, here are the thins I love about the show: 
* First of all, I love spin-offs -- this is a well-documented thing on this blog. I love retellings. I think certain bits of literature and media become our modern mythology, told again and again in new forms but never growing old.
* Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Sherlock. The recent Sherlock movies starring Robert Downey Jr. are favorites of mine, but I dislike the way Sherlock Holmes is at times portrayed as slapstick. While there is dry humor and a sense of the ridiculous at times with the way Sherlock behaves in the BBC series, it is not silly. The humor is more mature, more erudite. And I like it. 
* Also, Benedict Cumberbatch.
* I love the length of the episodes. They are practically their own movies, but we get more than one.
* I love the way technology supplements Sherlock's deductions. I think it is very cool to see the way someone with an extensive supply of information in his mind can use an endless supply of information at his fingertips.
* Favorite episode? The third, where we are introduced to Jim Moriarty, who is a surprise in every way. I probably wouldn't have portrayed his character the way he is portrayed, but it is a fresh take. And the madness of Moriarty is definitely boundless.

Overall? Highly recommended. 


  1. Oh I LOVE Sherlock! I knew it was going to be amazing because it has the same writers that were on Doctor Who. Plus, Martin Freeman will be playing Bilbo in the new Hobbit movies, and Benedict Cumberbatch will play Smaug!! Glad you like it!

    1. I keep hearing about Doctor Who but I have never watched it. There are so many shows out there that I keep hearing about! Also had no idea that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch would be in the Hobbit! Yay!

  2. And I'll just say it one more time for good measure - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! :P

  3. My daughter told me about this just last night. I queued up the first show on Netflix but haven't watched it yet - am looking forward to it very much!

    1. I hope you like it! They are fun shows.

  4. I too am a huge Sherlock fan.. both the new BBC version as well as the original classic stories. I love your comment about some literature as our mythology, destined to be told and retold... I think this is a brilliant way of explaining why some books are so beloved and become such a part of our society. Great insight! I love your blog!


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