The first of three 90 minute episodes aired yesterday in the UK. It's a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson.
I'm a pretty big Sherlock Holmes fan, although I've only read The Hound of the Baskervilles so far but that was enough to get me hooked. I really enjoyed the first episode of this show. I think Martin Freeman is a perfect Watson and, although it took a bit of getting used to, Cumberbatch is growing on me as Holmes.
There are a few issues I had with this episode however.
The first is a spoiler:
I'm not, generally speaking, one of those people that figures out the end of a TV program or movie before it happens unless it's spelled out. However I was easily able to figure out that the killer was a cab driver much earlier than Holmes was in this episode. I don't know if it was intentional that the audience is supposed to figure it out first to make us feel smart or what, but it was a little annoying watching Sherlock grapple with something that seemed to be so obvious.
The second issue is just a traditionalist nitpick about Holmes using nicotine patches instead of smoking a pipe. The weak justification being that there's nowhere in London to smoke anymore was obviously ridiculous considering he was sitting in his own home at the time. Sherlock Holmes, no matter how updated he is meant to be, is just not Sherlock Holmes without his pipe.
Those little nitpicks aside this is an absolutely brilliant show. I thought the way they displayed cellphone information was genius and the deduction scenes were spot on. I'm definitely excited for next weeks episode and very disappointed that there's only going to be 3 total.
I liked this much better than Sherlock Robert Downey Ninja. The deductive rants were excellent. The narcissistic insults were well done. Lestrade and Watson were both actually recognizable to fans of the books/short stories.
I agree that Sherlock taking so long to figure out the thing in you spoiler tag was sloppy.
For people that are interested, this guy has been posting the episodes on youtube. I'm sure they'll get taken down eventually, but they've lasted a week so far so you never know. He's got all but the first 10 minutes of the first episode, all of last weeks episode and the first 3 parts of this weeks so far.
The cliff hanger was awesome, although I was a little surprised they went that route because I'm guessing it'll be quite awhile before season two starts.
I don't mind. BBC has committed to doing more episodes. Now they're just deciding on a number and timing. Just knowing we get more will hold me over until the new season.
I'm curious to how the writers resolve the cliff hanger. I'm guessing Sherlock shoots the vest as he and John jump into the pool or something. They can't go to all the trouble of setting up the meeting AT A POOL and not have it play some kind of role.
The three episodes made it to Finnish tv finally. Just watched the last one on the Finnish tv's site. I can definitely see myself watching more of these. I was pleasantly surprised. I hoped Moriarty would have been somewhat older or more intimidating but I'll take this guy.
I actually didn't mind the Robert Downey Jr. movie, but that was the first time I was ever exposed to anything Sherlock Holmes. I was interested enough to buy all of the stories, I only got around to reading the first novel and the first short story (I think, I can't remember I started to read other stuff after that). I definitely plan on starting back up again eventually.
But yeah, I love this Sherlock too. I have the first 3 episodes on blu-ray and I can't wait until the 2nd season.
^ I hate how Robert Downey Jr talks when he's Holmes. Hard to understand without CC.
Mind you the British one is tough to understand too for me (not because of the accent but he just speaks fast) so that's why I'm gonna wait till it airs on PBS here this time...watch it with subs.
Btw, why did you buy the books? They're always at the library. I remember when I was in high school, had to go on a trip and rented two thick books that had the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories and 4 novels, was a pretty fun and addictive read. It's always simple to follow too, some of the other ones like Poirot get drawn out and a bit confusing.