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The World of Sherlock

I am a huge (HUGE) fan of the BBC's Sherlock series. The fact that there is no new episode this week is unsettling. (A strangely unfamiliar feeling for me when it comes to TV.)

I watch Sherlock in bed, with the laptop propped on top of a thick book. I saw the first two episodes while horribly ill with the flu and incapable of sitting up for longer than five minutes, and now it's habit. After I am done, I set the laptop on the floor, turn out my light, and lie in the dark. The episode replays itself in my mind - the drama, the dialogue, the cinematography, the music... I am in love.


I have never read any Arthur Conan Doyle, but I may now. Particularly because it turns out that Sherlock was the basis for the character of House (House & Wilson, Holmes & Watson), and I now realize, most of my other preferred crime shows.*

The "Sherlock" character is, in each scenario: exceedingly brilliant, slightly socially inept, emotionally stunted/damaged, and motivated by something other than money. They are sought out by the police force who are incapable of solving complex crimes without the expert's rapidly-firing neurons. They consistently wound their colleagues' egos, but the colleagues always rally together.

Examples: Castle, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, Bones. There are more, I'm sure.

But getting back to the BBC... Season 2 is over. Who knows when Season 3 will be!? I'm not ready to part ways with Benedict Cumberbatch - yes, that is his name - and Martin Freeman - soon to be seen in The Hobbit - for an entire year. So I am looking for friends who want to watch the series. Perhaps for the first time, or perhaps (like me) again and again and again.

If this clip intrigues you, and you live in the GTA, let me know.




*props and thanks to Jesskah & Jonathan for bringing me into the world of Sherlock via Robert Downey Jr at Christmas.

Comments

Thom said…
Sherlock looks neat, thanks for the heads up. I usually give one show a chance at a time, but Alcatraz doesn't have any interesting&flawed&lovable characters yet and this Sherlock business is a cool 6 episodes, surmountable!
Karen said…
Please count me in for a dedicated viewing of the series. I have been in love with Sherlock Holmes since the age of 9 and Mr. Cumberbatch has only served to deepen my affection.

Ah, Sherlock!
Beth said…
Thom. If you don't LOVE this show, I will return all the money I stole from you when we lived in Fun City. (Jokes. I'll never give it back.)

Karen. Counted!
MLW said…
Yeah, Daughters of Toronto! Please do tell us more!
J.r. Fisher said…
Just an FYI you might want to inform people that each episode is almost feature length at an hour and twenty minutes. An awesome hour and twenty minutes, but an hour and twenty minutes none the less.
Beth said…
mlw - coming later tonight!

jr - yes. true... that detail was in an earlier draft of this post, but i apparently took it out. oops.

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