Sherlock – TV Series (Season 1 & 2)
Running Time: 90 minutes per episode
Created by: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves
Sherlock, the 2010 BBC adaptation takes a more modernized approach on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel whereby Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch) lives in the 21st century London. He then meets his ‘sidekick’ Dr John Watson (Freeman) who is a war veteran, just returned from the Afghan war. The pair offers investigative help to those who need it, especially the Scotland Yard, where Holmes’ deductive method is used to solve various cases from murder to kidnap to burglary.
After holding off for so long on watching the show, I found myself immediately hooked in a Sherlock marathon the moment I began. It wasn’t hard to believe the worldwide fan base surrounding the show and characters. The writing for every episode had been riveting, humorous, intelligent, and simply brilliant. The episodes had been fast-paced and at most times, an edge-of-the-seat delight. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the show from the moment the lead characters were introduced. Which leads me to my next point, the cinematography for the show had been nothing but terrific. The texture the show had chosen, the colours, and the angles were consistent and this helped bring audiences to a more convincing and interesting ride.
The main actors, Cumberbatch and Freeman made the perfect partner in crime, with one bringing a more intense and somewhat cold performance while the other was more humanistic and humourous. The duality of the characters kept the story going, and the audience’s interest. The cases for every episode managed to maintain the equal amount of intelligence, quality, and edginess which ensures that the audiences will keep asking for more. This alone is an impressive feat that many other shows lack. Moreover, the score for the show fits the scenes and the storyline perfectly. It definitely reminded me of Hans Zimmer’s score for the 2009 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.
Overall, Sherlock is a television masterpiece that should not be missed by all, and I can’t wait for the next installment to see what the writers have concocted. If you’re a fan of the previous adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, especially the recent Guy Ritchie ones, or if you’re a fan of the TV show, House M.D., I would definitely recommend this show.
Rating: 9 out of 10