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Haldur 
Posted: 20-Jan-2012, 01:08 AM
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This year I discovered not only some Doctor Who I've been missing out on but some other excellent British television. BBC's "Sherlock"--a modern re-imagining on the classic detective and his trusting friend and confidant, Dr. John Watson--has grown on me and become a really appealing adaptation, despite my initial perceptions.

For one, I never thought a Sherlock Holmes in the modern era would work. Holmes's London belongs in that dingy yet romantic Victorian Era, where the genius of observation can whisk away to any crime scene, prepared to deduce the most remarkable findings from the most miniscule of details.

But this series actually works, and I must say, I prefer it even to the Basil Rathbone and Guy Ritchie-infused 'Sherlock Holmes' feature film with Robert Downey, Jr. Obviously a completely different take, the BBC series is both sharp-tongued and appeasing dramatically. It's Holmes and Watson utilizing Smartphones and wi-fi connections to help gather clues and update their blogs. At the heart though is the adventurous, CSI-like investigative goodness of the classic Holmes.

When you really think about it though, Doyle's original incarnation also used the latest technology to go about solving crimes. He also utilized newspapers, fliers, letters, etc. for discovering and solving cases. And the original stories were written from the first-person view of Dr. Watson, just as this incarnation tells of his encounters alongside Sherlock in his own personal blog.

I suggest this series for not only those infatuated with the Sherlock Holmes works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but for fans of fast-paced, nail-biting film. And I say film because each episode of the already broadcast 6 episodes (3 90-in episodes per series, series 2 having just ended with "The Reichenbach Fall", a new take on "The Final Problem" in which Sir Conan Doyle notoriously killed off his signature leading character only to bring him back years later at the request of readers) are stellar, self-contained cinematic experiences in their own right.

If you've been viewing each new episode on BBC America as intently as I have (thank God for DVR!), then please feel free to comment, admonish/critique the series, or give any other thoughts whatsoever regarding the production. Might I also add that writer/producer Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who", "Jekyll") is behind this series. He's an utter genius and a Scotsman to boot.

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Posted: 20-Jan-2012, 12:41 PM
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Well, thanks for the recommendation! I just added it to my Netflix queue, so I will definitely watch the past episodes and look for the new ones on BBC America smile.gif


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I've just started watching these via Netflix, and I love it! Quirky and fast-paced dialague, what's not to like? smile.gif
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The most recent episode of the Hound of the Baskervilles was excellent!
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It is a brilliant series. I have been watching it on PBS but good to know Netflix has it.
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QUOTE (Haldur @ 20-Jan-2012, 01:08 AM)
This year I discovered not only some Doctor Who I've been missing out on but some other excellent British television. BBC's "Sherlock"--a modern re-imagining on the classic detective and his trusting friend and confidant, Dr. John Watson--has grown on me and become a really appealing adaptation, despite my initial perceptions.

For one, I never thought a Sherlock Holmes in the modern era would work. Holmes's London belongs in that dingy yet romantic Victorian Era, where the genius of observation can whisk away to any crime scene, prepared to deduce the most remarkable findings from the most miniscule of details.

But this series actually works, and I must say, I prefer it even to the Basil Rathbone and Guy Ritchie-infused 'Sherlock Holmes' feature film with Robert Downey, Jr. Obviously a completely different take, the BBC series is both sharp-tongued and appeasing dramatically. It's Holmes and Watson utilizing Smartphones and wi-fi connections to help gather clues and update their blogs. At the heart though is the adventurous, CSI-like investigative goodness of the classic Holmes.

When you really think about it though, Doyle's original incarnation also used the latest technology to go about solving crimes. He also utilized newspapers, fliers, letters, etc. for discovering and solving cases. And the original stories were written from the first-person view of Dr. Watson, just as this incarnation tells of his encounters alongside Sherlock in his own personal blog.

I suggest this series for not only those infatuated with the Sherlock Holmes works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but for fans of fast-paced, nail-biting film. And I say film because each episode of the already broadcast 6 episodes (3 90-in episodes per series, series 2 having just ended with "The Reichenbach Fall", a new take on "The Final Problem" in which Sir Conan Doyle notoriously killed off his signature leading character only to bring him back years later at the request of readers) are stellar, self-contained cinematic experiences in their own right.

If you've been viewing each new episode on BBC America as intently as I have (thank God for DVR!), then please feel free to comment, admonish/critique the series, or give any other thoughts whatsoever regarding the production. Might I also add that writer/producer Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who", "Jekyll") is behind this series. He's an utter genius and a Scotsman to boot.

Also, it feels good to be back here on CelticRadio.net! For those of you who remember me or whatnot, it's glad to be back.

I agree. This is a brilliant series. Good to know it is on Netfllix..I have been watching it on PBS
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I love the Sherlock series! I watch them as soon as they are out. Can't believe we have to wait another 2 years for the next few episodes! sad.gif. I also liked the movies with Robert Downey Jr and I have watched some of the old series but Sherlock is my favorite. Was NOT a fan of Elementary. Watson is a girl and a doctor who is only there to make sure Sherlock doesn't get back in to drugs...not a great Sherlock show in my opinion. I have an "I AM SHER LOCKED" sticker on my computer haha. Also, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are just awesome actors. I love that they are doing some other famous movies like the Hobbit and Star Trek.
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Thanks for bring this up, I am going to check this out. Hopefully it is on Hulu or streaming as I am using that form of T.V. more than traditional programming.


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you won't be disappointed. You may be able to watch it from the PBS app as well.


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If you have cable and BBC America, they are replaying the Sherlock Series. Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job.


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