I’m in a bit of a lull right now, getting ready for vacation, nothing new on TV, so I thought I’d go back and talk a little bit about SHERLOCK. This bit of BBC TV, like pretty much everything they put out, is brilliant. An updated, 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary Consulting Detective.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins from THE HOBBIT) playing Dr. John Watson. The chemistry between the two is outstanding, Cumberbatch’s off-the-cuff, impulsive, almost Asperger-like way of dealing with the world playing off of Freeman’s down-to-earth, real Everyman. The books translate exceptionally well, with Watson’s chronicling Holmes’ adventures in ink and paper turning into Watson’s blog. Everyone’s come along for the ride: LeStrade, Moriaty, even Irene Adler. Written by the brilliant Steven Moffat of Doctor Who fame, it’s a grip-the-edge-of-your-seat, not just WHO, but HOW did they do it.
Best of all, it has what I think every TV show and movie needs– MOAR Cumberbatch. Just brilliance on a stick, I could watch him read the ingredients of a box of Cheerios. I mean, how awesome is the name Benedict Cumberbatch?
The one downside of this show is that a season is just three episodes long. Yes, they are an hour-and-a-half each, but ONLY THREE EPISODES. There are two episodes available to watch now on all the usual streaming sites, and Season 3 will premier this fall.
Meanwhile, watch this video he and Martin Freeman did for Comic-Con, where Benedict gives us some spoilers for Season 3. DO NOT watch if you haven’t watched the previous two seasons and/or hate spoilers.