I am positively giddy that the second season of Sherlock begins this weekend. I discovered season one some time ago on Netflix and it was love at first watch. I begged my brother to watch it so I could talk about it with someone. The other night we sat around and giggled like school girls remembering some of the great moments. How can you not love a show with quotes like:
“Hey, you gotta help me, Mr. Holmes! Everyone says you’re the best. Without you… I’ll get hung for this.”
Sherlock: “No, no, Mr. Bewick, not at all. Hanged, yes.”
“Oh, look at you lot. You’re all so vacant. Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.”
“We’ve got a serial killer! Love those, there’s always something to look forward to.”
And my personal favorite….(when accused of being a psychopath):
“I’m not a psychopath, I’m a highly functioning sociopath. Do your research.”
So what makes this Sherlock series so special, you ask?
A New Twist:
For one thing, it’s set in modern-day London. Sherlock and Watson use texting, GPS, blogging and other technologies to solve crimes.
Sherlock is played by Benedict Cumberpatch who frankly, with such a name, would just have to be cool. He does a perfect job of portraying Sherlock as highly intelligent, socially inept and just a little crazy. Some versions of Sherlock have him just a little too somber and normal for my taste.
Instead of a pipe, this Sherlock relies on some twenty-odd nicotine patches when he really needs to think. He has a mild drug problem, shoots the wall when he’s bored, and is one of the most conceited people in the world.
Martin Freeman plays Dr. John Watson and nails it as the straight guy. He’s an Afghanistan War vet who can’t seem to stay out of the action surrounding Sherlock and blogs about their adventures.
It’s smart TV:
I love shows that require you to be mildly intelligent and know something about art, literature, etc in order to fully appreciate them. This is one of those shows. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss a great line or a witty pun. It’s not just about car chases, gunfights or blood and guts.
They have British accents:
Need I say more? Rumor has it they’re trying to come up with an American version with some of the same actors. Bad idea…..
Season two begins this Sunday at 9 p.m. — there will be three 90-minute mysteries. You can always watch it online the next day at pbs.org.
Did anyone watch season one? What were your favorite quotes? I say we start a list of the best quotes from season two in the comments.
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