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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sherlock by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat - BBC, 2010-

In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues. At his side -- though hobbling -- is flatmate Dr. John Watson, fresh from the war in Afghanistan.

It has been a while that I haven't watched something that trained my brain, literally. The way the stories are told are in a Conan Doyle style, with Watson's perspective, and a bit of trip to the brain of Sherlock, which turns out to be a great combination of humor and geekiness. Some of the episodes were a bit of a drag, and Sherlock isn't as charismatic as perhaps he should for the sake of the series, but the supporting characters are so good it definitely compensate. London is portrayed as a grey city, but full of colorful characters, exactly as it should. I most loved the paralelism between the fans of Sherlock within the series and the actual fans of the series, who I have to guess much have a geeky side to themselves to enjoy Sherlock.
I have digested, soon after the Emmys total success of the 3rd season, the entire series, and am like an addict that has been cut out of her supplies. Apparently, one episode will be released for Christmas in England, and the others will be shot beginning of January 2015, what do we do till then.
Now, Aside from the awesome characters of Mrs. Hudson (awesomely surprising Una Stubbs), clueless DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves), awkward Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Mycroft Holmes (amazing Co-creator Mark Gatiss), bitchy Sgt Sally Donovan (Vinette Robinson) and (spoiler) quite not what we expected Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington), I have to say the performance of Lara Pulver as Irene Adler was way above the entire series' curiosity, with an amazing script and character fascinating development for the episode "A Scandal in Belgravia". Of course, like any other fan, I would love her character to come back (not only in Sherlock's head) but on the other hand, it couldn't be just for the sake of seeing her come back, it would need a quality script... And to compete might be hard considering the expectations...
Anyway, amazing series, and quite worth the Emmy Awards for best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch) and best supporting actor (Martin Freeman) in a mini-series, and outstanding writting for Steven Moffat for the episode "His Last Vow".

with Benedict Cumberbatch (August: Osage County, Star Trek Into Darkness, War Horse, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, The Whistleblower, 12 Years a Slave), Martin Freeman (Breaking and Entering, Wild Target), Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington, Vinette Robinson, Lara Pulver, Jonathan Aris, Lars Mikkelsen (What Richard Did), Russell Tovey

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