Sunday, August 1, 2010

TV Review: Sherlock [2010]

“DO NOT TALK OUT LOUD YOU WILL LOWER THE IQ OF THE WHOLE STREET”
BBC One brings forth Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson into the 21st century. The show is described as “a thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.” The series is brought to you by creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who have taken over the Doctor Who franchise. Mark Gatiss explains on his tv blog about bringing new audiences up to date with Sherlock Holmes by seeing him through Dr. Watson’s eyes and asking: Who are you?


Co-creator Steven Moffat describes Sherlock Holmes stories were about “brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes…Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that’s what matters.” Moffat really brings the characters to life through the actor’s performance. I remember his 2000 Coupling series which I felt was the best comedy show about relationships and his worthy heir to the Doctor Who series in 2010.

The premiere episode showcased the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. Once interested to play The Doctor after David Tennant however decided not to try for the role. Cumberbatch was born to play Sherlock Holmes and proves it by memorizing the detailed lines needed to bring the character to life.

Martin Freeman portrays the companion Dr. John Watson and he brings out the side of Sherlock that we hardly see or know. Freeman has a diverse resume under him including playing characters in Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy that makes him perfect for the role of Dr. John Watson.

These episodes brought a mystery that unravels one layer at a time to expose the villain facing Sherlock. The writers walk us through Sherlock Holmes’ thoughts, observations, and deductions so the audience participates in the apprehension of the villain. We see our characters strong however flawed and vulnerable when faced with their villainous counterparts. Great series that elevates the standard for crime dramas and storytelling.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – 5 OUT OF 5