In a few short weeks, the third season of Sherlock airs and this yank, for one, cannot wait. It’s one of my favorite shows EVER. I used to read the Sherlock Holmes books as a kid and loved them. I have always been a fan of good mysteries. And nothing was better than Sherlock Holmes. I would watch the shows that the BBC would make, and always found them great interpretations of the original works.
Then, in 2009, Robert Downey Jr started in a theatrical version. And it was very good and very different. Not at all what I expected, but still very good. I enjoyed Downey Jr showing the quirks of Sherlock in such a different fashion.
This seemed to open the floodgates for Sherlock Holmes projects. The BBC was the first to capitalize on these renewed interest in the character. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Sherlock aired to massive acclaim. Fans and critics alike raved about the show. The show takes a character from the late 1800’s, and puts him in modern times. That concept doesn’t always work. I mean, it’s kinda hard for characters to have the same motivation as they did over 100 years ago. Sherlock, however, does this very well. The spirit of Sherlock Holmes is captured to perfection on this show. It’s as if Sir Arthur Doyle was writing these stories now.
The key, of course, is getting a good Sherlock. No story is more driven by the main character than Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect modern day Holmes. He is amazing. The quirks, the mannerisms, the attention to every minute detail, just is done very well. Cumberbatch is a very good actor. Sherlock has definitely catapulted him to another stratosphere. His performance is enthralling.
At Sherlock’s side is his trusted companion, Dr. Watson. In this modern update, Watson is a war veteran returning from Afghanistan. Martin Freeman is the actor tapped to play this role, and he plays a very convincing grounded foil to Sherlock. He is more aware of the friendship that he and Sherlock have than Sherlock is, and always tries to keep Sherlock grounded. He becomes a quick assist to Holmes, and gives the show a very human side.
Sherlock is just an amazing show. My one and only complaint is that the seasons are TOO SHORT. Each season is only 3 episodes. Granted, each episode is 90 minutes, so it’s like getting 3 average movies a year from the series. But, I am always left craving more. So, January 19, 2014 can’t come fast enough. Catch up on Netflix, and catch the newest episodes on PBS, and let me know what you think. Laters.