Other Topics => Television => Topic started by: indianasmith on July 21, 2017, 06:57:25 AM

Post by: indianasmith on July 21, 2017, 06:57:25 AM
  Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring Conan Doyle's classic characters into modern times, some decent and some painfully bad.  But the BBC series SHERLOCK has finally found the perfect chemistry between two actors, and the perfect mix of classical elements with modern themes.  Benedict Cumberbatch is the modern incarnation of Sherlock, a "high functioning sociopath" with substance abuse issues who solves crimes as an alternative to getting high.  Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins of THE HOBBIT trilogy) is John Watson, an army doctor fresh home from service in Afghanistan.  They meet up and begin working together, and their reputation grows as John begins blogging about their cases.
   I highly recommend this series to Doyly fans everywhere!  :thumbup:

Post by: messedup on July 21, 2017, 10:44:50 AM
Fans of Crimeshows should also consider giving Elementary a chance. It's not nearly as good as Sherlock, but after a slow start it really developed a interesting take on the classic characters. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu also share a pretty good chemistry on screen and it's a fun Murder-of-day type show. Just don't expect the subtleness that Sherlock has...

Post by: Pacman000 on July 21, 2017, 10:54:31 AM
I've enjoyed Elementary, but haven't seen Sherlock.

Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 22, 2017, 03:20:12 PM
I must say, that when I 1st saw the idea for the modern version of Sherlock Holmes, I was suitably unimpressed. Then I read the graphic novel based upon what appeared to be the 1st episode of the series, and I must say I went from unimpressed to extremely impressed.

Something old. (the idea)
Something new. (modern times)
Something borrowed. (Easter eggs from the original novel.)
Something blue. (if this is true, a scene that implies oral sex between two of the characters.)

And what impressed me the most, is not Benedict Cumberbatch, who I expected to do well as Sherlock, but Martin Freeman as Watson, who took me totally by surprise, at how well he did as Watson.

Thus, if the show continues in the same vein as that 1st episode, it gets my recommendation, and I am looking forward to reading the next graphic novel in the series.

Post by: ER on July 23, 2017, 11:30:28 AM
This is the only re-telling of Sherlock Holmes I've embraced, and practically the only version of the stories, I've watched that I approved of. I did not expect to like Sherlock and I do. I grew up watching the Jeremy Brett series with my dad on Mystery! in the 1980s (Vincent Price creeped me out til Edward Scissorhands made him seem nice) and if your beginning comes from seeing something that faithful to the source material (and Holmes so masterfully played as he was by Brett) it leaves you a purist. But Sherlock was (it's over, right?) is well worth seeing and a lot of fun.

Dang, now I may have to re-watch to spot the implication Kevin cited....

Post by: A.J. Bauer on July 23, 2017, 04:27:52 PM
It's my favorite show.

Post by: Archivist on August 04, 2017, 11:48:11 PM
Sherlock is the best thing I've seen on TV in years, and I watch a fair number of TV shows.  The scriptwriting, direction, cinematography, editing, everything is just great.  And Benedict Cumberbatch is the bomb as Sherlock Holmes.

Post by: Paquita on November 06, 2017, 09:11:58 PM
I've been toying with possibly watching this show.  The idea of Watson blogging kind of makes me feel ill.  I liked the Jeremy Brett series too and thought it did a good job capturing the darkness of the character, but I also really enjoyed the show from the 50's with Ronald Howard, though I admit that was a very cutesy rendition, but it's a "feel good" favorite of mine.

Since so many of you recommend it, I think I might give it a try.

Post by: A.J. Bauer on November 07, 2017, 09:10:04 AM
The idea of Watson blogging kind of makes me feel ill.

He blogs because the original novels were told from Watson's perspective.

It's not really a big deal just a way Watson gets Sherlock more clients.

Although they do argue about the way Watson writes the blog in the show.