Sherlock Season 1

The Walking Dead Season 3


Seduction through deduction.


Benedict Cumberbatch
Martin Freeman


Mark Gatiss
Steven Moffat


25th July, 2010





“Watson is not an idiot, although it’s true that Conan Doyle always took the piss out of him,” says co-creator Gatiss. “But only an idiot would surround himself with idiots.”


When you read the stories of Sherlock Holmes in the 7th grade in school, you never imagined Robert Downey Jr would play the legend, did you? And you certainly weren’t the least bit impressed when Ironman not only destroyed the greatest detective ever lived, but also made Jude Law a completely sexless entity. Or maybe I’m jaded.


However, BBC’s Sherlock is a complete 180 to the movies. It’s smart, suave, and seductive. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (both of Doctor Who fame) have gone on to completely revamp the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, setting the series in the present-day London where Watson regularly writes a blog about his ‘adventures’ with his eccentric roommate, and the world’s first consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Nicotine patches as a replacement for a pipe, and instead of telegrams, Holmes relies heavily on his smartphone and his website to solve baffling crimes and occasionally converse with his nemesis – Moriarty.



The update maintains some traditional elements of the stories, such as the Baker Street address and Holmes’s adversary Moriarty. Although the events of the books are transferred to the present day, some preceding elements are incorporated into the story.


Benedict Cumberbatch, the sadistic rapist from Atonement, is a fantastic choice for Sherlock Holmes – he is physically right, he actually comes across as a high-functioning sociopath(his own words) and most importantly, he is a damn good actor. Martin Freeman is an excellent foil for Holmes without being portrayed as the dumb sidekick that Dr Watson has often been shown in the other adaptations.


The series is simply enthralling with just 3 (90 minute) episodes, it is easy to catch up on, and if you’re bored with the predictable and extremely generic type of detective shows out there (read: Castle), Sherlock is for you.





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