I watched season two of Sherlock. Wow. I have a lot say about these three episodes so I’ll be doing three mini reviews in this post for each show. I’ll refrain from giving spoilers as well as I can as well.
My overall thoughts? I love this show so much; even though it violently shredded my heart at the end of Reichenbach Falls. Actually, that’s part of the ‘wow’ factor for this season. I didn’t know a TV show could have that powerful an impact on me like Reichenback Falls did; like this entire show has. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s start with the infamous first episode, “A Scandal of Belgravia”. I know some of my friends like be warned about what the show might contain, so I’ll take the time to do that.
A lot of warnings came with this episode from lots of friends; one scene is bad, skip several scenes, oh, just don’t watch the episode at all! Wow. Lot of controversy. All I knew was that there were only six episodes for this show in existence and there was no way I was going to completely skip one of those six. So, I just watched the entire show. No regrets.
The mystery was interesting (sadly, I already knew the phone code at the end), the beginning with Sherlock in his bed sheet was hilarious but the ending had a more subdued darker tone. I really liked seeing the parallels between John’s blog post titles to the original short stories. The scene where Sherlock pulled the deerstalker onto his head before trying to push through the paparazzi gave me chills, that was nearly the best scene out of the entire episode. With exception to the Sherlock wrapped in a sheet at Buckingham palace. Now that was both hilarious and priceless. 😛
And Irene Adler was… interesting. I’ve never liked the overall character much at all since filmmakers like to pair her with Holmes, which did not happen in the books and I don’t like that at all. So, this adaption was interesting to see. I didn’t think she was that pretty, actually, and while there was a hint of feelings between her and Holmes, it didn’t bother me like other adaptions have. In regards to the immodesty issues: at the beginning half of the episode you briefly see her several times in really immodest clothing and then there’s the scene where you know she’s wearing absolutely nothing but the cameras don’t let you see very much. After that, she was actually covered up really well for the rest of the show. Overall, both I and my Mom thought it was not as bad as we were led to believe. I will say that guys would certainly have a problem with what was shown, so yeah, viewer discretion is advised.
On the whole, the episode had a dirty feeling to it and it’s not one I will be re-watching very often except maybe for the beginning with Sherlock having the webcam conversation with John and the Buckingham palace part. That was just priceless; Sherlock screaming “SHUT. UP.” at the doorbell nearly put me in stitches from laughing so hard.
If I was to sum up “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” with one word it would be INTENSE. This was an intense episode. I enjoyed seeing the parallels they made to the original story and yet at the same time it was very different. The way the story panned out up to the end was really interesting and clever. It had some funny parts too, of course. Sherlock being desperate for a cigarette at the beginning was hilarious, I was pleased to finally get the smoking aspect of his character in there a little bit. And we got to see a lot of sass from him which is always hilarious. His one liners are the best.
I don’t want to say too much more for fearing of spoiling some things, I’ll just keep this one brief. Overall, it was excellent, a little creepy and a very clever, fresh adaption of one of my favorite Holmes novels.
Okay, moving on to the killer.
I knew “The Reichenbach Falls” was going to be emotionally traumatizing but I didn’t realize just how strongly it would effect me. For a while I put off watching this episode. It wasn’t until a couple nights ago that I felt pumped to watch it and wasn’t already emotionally drained from a long bad day.
WOW. The whole story is Moriarty basically tearing down Sherlock’s reputation and turning him into a bad guy in the eyes of the public. That hurt. And then, of course, the roof scene. Sherlock giving the ultimate sacrifice was amazing and heartbreaking to see. But it wasn’t until I got to the end where John spoke his heart in the grave yard that I totally lost it. It doesn’t help that I’m already emotionally invested in these two character and the entire Holmes franchise. But wow. I didn’t expect to loose it like I did. I haven’t shed that many tears for any movie, ever. I cried a river, was nearly clutching my laptop with both hands, I could barely see the screen through my tears. And then it took me about five minutes to regain my composure after the credits rolled. I knew it was going to be sad. But wow. BBC literally shredded my heart and turned me into a puddle of tears.
So, not only did the show get a hard long cry out of me (an unbelievable accomplishment), it was also just a great mystery. Dark and very sad; it was hard seeing everything just fall apart at the end. But it was AMAZING. The best episode of the entire show.
And Moriarty is despicable and disgusting and slithery and the creepiest villain ever. I love and understand how people can like villains like The Joker or Loki, but I will never understand how anyone can genuinely like Moriarty. Oh my gosh. So creepy. So very creepy. He is disgusting. But perfect for the show.
Overall, the second season is darker and more intense then the first season, but that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s a great continuation and I am DYING for the third season to be released. I’m really curious to see how they continue everything from where they left off.
And I bow to BBC for their amazing characterizations and plot twists and dialogue and just the emotional depth they’ve given this show. I’m really impressed that Riechenbach Falls made me cry like I did, it’s virtually impossible for me to get so emotionally distraught over a TV show. None of my friends were exaggerating when they said they sobbed their eyes out. ‘Cause I did too.
And I don’t shed tears for just anything.
I love you, Sherlock Holmes. You are my hero, and yes, you are my angel. Whether you look like Benedict, or Basil, or just that thin face from the stories, you will live forever in my heart. XOXO