I’ve never been a fan of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. I’ve never read a single book or seen a single movie about him. I’m sure he is a fine detective, but I just never found him that interesting. However, thanks to pop culture, I know all about The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Reichenbach Falls and naturally, his sidekick Dr John Watson. I probably would have never watched BBC’s version of Sherlock if it hadn’t been created by one of my favourite TV writers, Steven Moffat. I own almost every TV series he has ever written on DVD, that’s how much I love his writing. This is all a long-winded way of saying that even if you don’t care one iota about Sherlock Holmes, you have to watch Sherlock.
Sherlock is one of those rare TV series that treats the viewer as an intelligent person who doesn’t need constant reminding of who every one is and what happened in the last 5 minutes and they definitely don’t need each plot twist strongly hinted at for at least 10 minutes before it happens. Sherlock is fast paced with information coming at you from all angles. If you don’t catch it, then that’s your own damn fault. It is also what makes Sherlock highly re-watchable, you always see stuff you didn’t pick up on the first or second or third viewing. Sherlock also takes the 19th century detective into the 21st century without any of it feeling forced or any of the characters appearing out of place. BBC’s Sherlock is most definitely a modern man and completely comfortable with technology. Still Sherlock’s roots are not forgotten with subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to the books and how Sherlock has been portrayed throughout time scattered throughout the series.
Series 2 of Sherlock has just finished screening in the UK, so those of you in the UK and those of you with ways of accessing the BBC iPlayer can watch it online. Series 1 was released last year and is now available on DVD. For those of you who are more comfortable with German, you can buy it in German and experience what well done dubbing actually looks like – seriously, the German version was brilliantly done and it is very rare I will ever say that about a dubbed TV series.
So, if my excited babbling hasn’t convinced you to watch this fantastic series, how about a clip of Sherlock and Watson’s first meeting?
Series 1 Trailer
Series 2 Trailer
Elementary, wouldn’t you say?