I finally gotten around to seeing Season One of BBC’s brilliant modernized take of Sir Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. I needn’t say how obsessed and how much I’ve read of the original stories throughout the year of 2012; you all should know that by now! So it was appropriate to wrap the year off watching “Sherlock”.
I’d heard a lot of good about this series but considering I’ve always loved the original stories and am very picky when it comes to the different actors who have portrayed Holmes, I spent a good deal of time weighing the series out to get a good feel of it before I borrowed the first three episodes. Basil Rathbone has always been my preferred version for Sherlock Holmes and I’ve disliked most other actors who’ve taken on the role for one reason or another. However, from what I saw of Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, I was actually willing to accept his face and voice for Holmes. I was also open to Martin Freeman’s portrayal for Dr Watson, especially since he hit closer to the original book-Watson (even though I love and adore Nigel Bruce’s silly version of Watson). I gave it a shot.
This is now, literally, my favorite show so I have to share some of my thoughts about it with you, right? Do remember this is all coming from the perspective of someone who’s a huge fan of the books and has read nearly all of them, so I watched this show with it in comparison to the original stories.
Benedict is the perfect ‘modern’ Holmes; his performances in these first three episodes, “A Study in Pink”, “Blind Banker” and “The Great Game” were phenomenal. While he’s more rude then the original Sherlock, his sarcasm is just about the best part of the whole show. Even for it being a modernized version of the character, Benedict’s performance sang true to the heart of Sherlock, a heart which I’ve always loved and just recently been soaked in for a good amount of time. I could ramble on and on here but I’m going to cut to the chase and say Benedict has actually stood up to my strong love of Basil’s version of Sherlock and quite won over my affections–something hard to win from me when you play Sherlock Holmes. He does the character justice and I LOVE HIM TO DEATH OMG I NEED A LIFE SIZE POSTER OF THIS GUY ON MY WALL NEXT TO CAPTAIN AMERICA HE’S MY HERO DJFKSLJFKSJDL.
As to the rest of the casting; it’s all perfect. John, Lastrade, Mycroft, Moriarty, even Sarah. I’m so excited to see what the characters will serve up in the second season and what new characters we’ll meet. Same with Season 3 for all you lucky fans who were smarter then I and got around to seeing the show sooner!
Speaking of cast, Martin Freeman needs a section here, too, to have a million thumbs up given to him as well. His John is perfect for Benedict’s Sherlock and they have so many great lines of banter between them. This is a great adaption of good ol’ Dr. Watson, with his writing/blogging and handgun and admiration for Holmes’ talents. He’s also a great dimensional character all on his own, specifically in A Study In Pink where we see him struggling to adapt to his new problems of returning from the war. The character can stand on his own two feet and isn’t simply there for just comedic relief like he has often been portrayed in adaptions. I like this very much.
I also love how many little things the creators of the show slipped in from the original stories; Sherlock shooting at the wall, they brought out the” chemist” in him that has often been neglected in a lot of adaptions, his ignorance of the solar system, John being a writer by blogging, ect, ect, there have been so many little things that have given the show enough familiarity for old fans of the novels to get comfortable with while at the same time feeling fresh and modern. In many ways, seeing an fairly accurate portrayal of Sherlock and John but in a modern setting makes them even more relate-able.
Looking at it as a whole, it’s very different from the books, but to me, it’s a good different.
I can’t end this post without talking about another one of the elements of perfection. THE SOUNDTRACK. For those of you who haven’t seen the show and therefore have not heard the brilliant themes, do click the picture above for a wide melody of music that is used in the show. I’ve learned to play the main theme on the piano, I liked it that much. 🙂
The show is also very quote-able. I want to go around having witty comebacks like Sherlock. I’m also waiting for the perfect time tell certain someone to be quiet because they are “lowering the IQ of the entire street”.
Seriously, this show has the best dialogue ever.
To wrap this up, I’ll say this is the best first season for a show I’ve ever see and it should be illegal for good shows to have so few episodes per season and I can’t wait to see the second season and I’ll be praying to God that Benedict and Martin will be able to film the third season this spring without any more delays. *deep breath* That was a long sentence.
I’m now off to read the first three chapters of A Valley of Fear; I’ll be very sad when I finish this book, I’ll have read all four of the original Sherlock novels and there will be no more left. Oh well. Let’s see, where did I leave my pipe?