Sherlock (The Man, The Myth, The T.V. Star)

The newest reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes on BBC TV is fascinating. Sherlock seems to fit seamlessly into 21st-century London.  Instead of Watson writing the adventures of Holmes as a written history in novel form he blogs them to a wide readership. Holme’s police associates delight in poking fun of some of Sherlock’s complete lack of simple grade school facts. Like the Earth rotating around the sun. Also of interest is Holme’s relationship with his brother. They actually treat each other as if they were still adolescents. You cannot help but to revel in their sibling rivalry. I have read a few Sherlock Holmes novels and I honestly didn’t realize Sherlock brother Mycroft happens to be in a somewhat similar field of work. That however is not the main focus of the exciting adventures. The focus is of course on Sherlock’s incredible mastery of deduction which is what he’s known for the world over and why more than a century later he still fascinates the newest fans as well as their veteran counterparts. The infamous Moriarty is introduced in Episode Three. He is quite devious and completely sociopathic. He doesn’t really portray himself as a super intellect on the same level of Holmes uncanny brilliance as of yet, but rather a malcontent, petulant man-child that absolutely has to have his way. In fact, Holmes is in the way as Moriarty bluntly points out. The actor Benedict Cumberbatch that plays Sherlock is awesome. I feel that I am watching Sherlock Holmes as if he had just lept from the pages of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel. As for Dr. Watson played by Martin Freeman, who has won awards as best supporting actor, I would like to see a more fleshed out character that helps Holmes using his medical expertise instead of Sherlock making Watson try to deduce like Sherlock. It is no shock to see how many awards and nominations the show has received. The British Academy Television Awards or BAFTA has handed out awards along with nominations while The Emmies have only nominated the show and cast. What is completely shocking is that Benedict Cumberbatch has not won either award for best actor. I cannot fathom how he was overlooked. Although nominated, I believe he should have walked away a winner. As for the show I find it fascinating and well written. I definitely place it in my top-five and hope to see many more episodes in the future.

P.S. If you like Sherlock Holmes and were disappointed in the Robert Downey Jr. films which featured a Kungfu, bullet battling Holmes that seemed only able to deduce how best to beat up bad guys, then Sherlock from BBC TV is for you. It’s introduced by Masterpiece on your local PBS Station and it can be found on Netflix. Thanks for reading. Respectful Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks again. Oh and if you would like to see a very upside dow version of Holmes that throws traditon to the winds you may find yourself enjoying the American version of Holmes called Elementary. I find if I can ignore the fact that both main players are just normal folks and not Sherlock and Lady Watson, so stories themselves are pretty good. Prepare to swallow belief however as Holmes and Watson have nothing to do with the literary figures. I suggest The BBC version for edge of your seat excitement and Elementary for a laod back noe to serious trip into television. Enjoy either way.

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