Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sherlock

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A week ago a friend (shirako.tumblr.com) of mine introduced me to the new (not really new) BBC TV series, Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. Even the names of the actors are similar to the role they play in the weirdness of names.

As an avid fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series and having read all of them, I wasn't really keen on for this series, but as soon as I started watching it I was utterly hooked. I am sure if you search Sherlock you will find plenty of information on the internet, so I won't go into details.

The things I liked about Sherlock are:
- First, the titles of each episodes are similar with the original short stories and novels'. For example:
  1. Study in Scarlet became A Study in Pink
  2. Scandal in Bohemia became A Scandal in Belgravia
  3. The Hound of the Baskervilles became The Hounds of Baskerville
- Second, the story line is slightly similar to the original story, but a lot of it and the deductions are different. It is not a close follow-up of Doyle, but it still makes you feel as if you're rediscovering Sherlock Holmes in a very exciting way.

- Third, as opposed to the Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. as the title role and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, the description of the roles are well maintained.
  • Sherlock Holmes: tall, lean
  • Dr. John Watson: a bit on the shorter side, a little bit bulky
- Fourth, every episode is 90 minutes long with pure delight and satisfaction, so that it doesn't get released all year, which makes it more precious.

- Fifth, it is a BBC series, so it has more substance (admit it). Thus resulting that it is in British English, which I prefer over other English accents.

- Sixth and final and not really a point-deserving, I loooove Sherlock Holmes's coat and the way he ties his scarf twisting his wrist and all. (Find more about the coat here.)

The things I didn't like about this series:
- So far, nothing.

If you are a fan of great mystery and a good 90 mins well spent, I would totally recommend you to watch Sherlock, immediately. Top notch!

P.S. In Sherlock, the title role runs a website, The Science of Deduction, and for a great delight, the site is up and running. Click here to go to the site.

P.P.S. I am utterly sorry for writing the name Sherlock so many times that you got bored of reading it.