One of my favourite things about Netflix is that it exposes me to shows that I never would have watched anyway. Shows like Sherlock because I never watch BBC stuff. But one day we were looking for something to watch and I knew that Bilbo from The Hobbit and the bad guy on the new Star Trek were both in Sherlock so I suggested we watch it.
Best decision ever.
Each season only has three episodes but each episode is the length of a movie. To be honest, I liked most of these TV episodes more than I did the big Hollywood blockbusters that came out recently.
This version of Sherlock is not a period piece. It takes place in the present day. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work but they pulled it off brilliantly with Sherlock and Watson embracing the technology of our day. The characters are constantly texting, which you would think would be boring to watch but they make it so visually appealing that it doesn’t pull you out of the story at all. I love the way they do it.
I also love how smart Sherlock is and how they show it. They did a much better job of this than the guys in Hollywood. They make Sherlock a believable character who is smarter than everyone else on screen put together.
Unless that person is James Moriarty or Irene Adler who are easily the best two characters beside Sherlock and Watson.
Irene Adler was a departure from the original story. In this version she is a dominatrix. When that was revealed I was greatly disappointed. I figured the writers of this show were better than that. They didn’t need sex to sell their story; their awesome writing did the work for them. But they pulled it off without me feeling like I was compromising. I love the way that Sherlock can’t read Irene like he can everyone else. That first scene with them is genius. It’s almost as amazing as the last scene of that episode which made me want to stand up and cheer for how clever it was.
Back to the technology aspect of the show there is a running joke going through the Irene Adler episode that revolves around a cell phone ringtone that pays off in a big way. So good. I want to tell you about it but I would rather you watched it for yourself.
Now to James Moriarty who is in serious contention for being one of the best literary villains of all time. He is the exact opposite of Sherlock. Sherlock is a consulting detective and Moriarty is a consulting criminal. His introduction into the series is tricky if you don’t know what to look for but that’s the way that Moriarty is so it works out.
He pops in every now and then to cause trouble or just drop some wicked lines but the best Moriarty stuff is in the last episode of the second season. It’s the final show down between him and Sherlock and if you know how it goes in the books then you know that it is epic and ends with a shocking twist. This episode is my favourite and I’m not sure how they are going to be able to top it.
But having watched what they were able to do with six episodes I have faith that they will be able to blow my mind again when the show comes back next year.
- Sherlock series three: creators give clues about episodes (guardian.co.uk)
- SHERLOCK Creators Tease Three Key Words for Season 3; Set to Debut Fall 2013 (collider.com)