Sherlock: Series 1
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A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade.
John Watson: doctor, soldier, war hero, lost soul. Fresh from fighting the war in Afghanistan, a chance encounter brings him into the world of Sherlock Holmes: loner, detective, genius. A woman in pink lies murdered in an abandoned house. The fifth victim of a seemingly motiveless killer. Inspector Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got. But he knows he’s nothing compared to a young man called Sherlock. Sherlock can tell a software designer by his tie, an airline pilot by his thumb. He has a unique analytical brain unlike anyone else in the world, who earns his living and staves off boredom by solving crimes. The weirder and more baffling the better…
The two men couldn’t be more different, but Sherlock’s inspired leaps of intellect coupled with John’s pragmatism soon forge an unbreakable alliance. Across three, 90-minute, thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly entertaining television movies, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.
The world’s favourite detective has come out of the fog. With sparkling scripts and unforgettable performances from the two leads, this is Sherlock for a new generation. This set contains all three episodes and the original Pilot.
In the wake of Guy Ritchie's re-imagining, the BBC puts its own stamp on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth--and sets him in a London filled with cell phones and laptops. In the pilot, director Paul McGuigan (a keen visual stylist) introduces Sherlock Holmes (Atonement's Benedict Cumberbatch) as a "high-functioning sociopath" and Dr. John Watson (The Office's Martin Freeman) as an army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Through a mutual friend, the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street (Una Stubbs plays their landlady). Holmes, who consults with Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) on his trickier cases, drafts Watson to assist him.
In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode 3, Sherlock's archenemy, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (co-creator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson as a spy, an offer the good doctor refuses. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.
Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which co-creator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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It is a perfect series from any point of view, and the ability was to show how still great it can be even if they use smartphone and internet. Indeed, te brilliant thing is that they perfectly adapt original elements to contemporary world: so Watson's diary become a blog, Sherlock's ambiguity is not just a matter of homosexual attraction to Watson but a more complex question about him not belonging to the common people and world (which is a distinctive quality and also a damnation), and even the smartest direction ideas (like mobile texts popping up on screen, or some montage and editing cuts) are not just showing off but a way to make it appealing without betraying the true spirit of the books.
It has the merit to having launched great actors who became stars (Benedict is truly great). The blu ray is incredibly good
The casting for the most part is perfect. Benedict Cumberbatch nails the role of Sherlock, Martin Freeman as Watson is also the perfect counter point to Holme's eccentric consultant detective persona. These two as the core of the series play the most important roles but other characters such as Mycroft are equally well presented all of which impressed me greatly.
The episodes also, characters aside, give great nods to the original stories while updating them, Watson had been in the recent Afghanistan war, blogs, texts and the internet are all brought in as part of the cases to modernize it and makes for tightly told and cohesive plots.
I also really enjoyed the short season (only three episodes) but at an almost movie like length of 90 minutes. It allowed for much deeper and focused character and plot development.
So this series was feeling like it was going to be near perfect with respect given, well written stories and excellent casting but Moriarty's appearance was so badly implimented, cast and acted with him being hugely in Sherlock's face rather than pulling strings in the background left a rather large bitter taste in my mouth at the last minute. It was such a huge disappointment to what had blown away all my expectations up until then. He was the only miscast character but one that is so important.
I still liked the show despite that one flaw though, it's clever and well acted.
+ Modernization of the series is excellent.
+ Casting for Sherlock and Watson were bang on the money.
+ Short season but long episodes worked well.
- Moriarty was so abysmal it almost put me off the whole show.
What is really outstanding about this version of Sherlock Holmes is the superb DEDUCTIVE DIALOGUES; I absolutely love the way in episode 1 how Sherlock deduced the truth about John's family and war service in Afghanistan, and the pink lady as being a serial adulterer from Cardiff, among many other examples in the series, showing more of the incredibly sharp powers of observation than other versions that the fictional character is famous for (said to be derived from a real-life Scottish doctor, Dr. Bell, that Doyle knew, according to one TV programme about this author).
Martin Freeman has a face like a book, giving off his emotions. Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant at playing Sherlock, and his very clear diction in saying these long, all-in-one-go convoluted sentences in explaining his conclusions is a delight, engaging your intellect, to work out how Sherlock works it out. His arrogance in showing off his superior intellect amongst these lower-IQ policemen is quite amusing, though not a good idea to do so yourself with other people! You could say that this programme is very intellectual in making you think clever, sharpening your own discernment, enhancing your own logic (called therein as Deductive Science), which is addictive because it's not long before you are imitating Sherlock in assessing people!