Sherlock. This BBC mystery series flew under my radar until it showed up as a recommendation on Netflix. I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie Sherlock Holmes so maybe that made me want to watch this a little less. But regardless, I gave this show a chance.
And I’m glad I did.
This “season” consisted of only three episodes, each an hour and a half long. But each episode is a cool and enthralling story, mixing quirky English humor with CSI-like mystery solving, using both science and deduction. The key to this show’s success is the chemisty of the two leads. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock and he has just the right amount of quirky antisocial behavior that makes him semi-loveable but always intriguing. He plays Sherlock as more of a self-proclaimed “high-functioning sociopath” than I’ve ever seen, so it’s a fresh take.
The real star of the show however is Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. Watson’s character is given depth here that hasn’t been shown before. Since the story is told in current day, Watson is a former medic in the military and is seeing a psychiatrist to get over some severe post-tramautic stress. He misses the action of battle so when he meets Sherlock, he naturally dives headfirst into these crazy mysteries.
Since the season is only three episodes, it has to really succeed with each episode. I felt that the opening episode (“A Study in Pink”) was amazing and the closer (“The Great Game”) was a cool mix of mystery and horror (it reminded me a bit of Saw). The middle entry (“The Blind Banker”) was a little weak though it was still a great watch. Out of the three, it easily fell to the bottom for me.
I’m excited for future installments, though Martin Freeman has now been cast as Bilbo in “The Hobbit,” so that may push the Sherlock filming back a bit. I’m excited to see what he can do with Tolkien’s work, however.
If you have Netflix streaming, this series from across the pond is definitely one to consider.