May 29, 2013 by bdetienne
There are certain characters in literature that leave such an indelible impression that they are known by generations of people, even those who have not read the books that made them famous/infamous. Captain Nemo (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Ebeneezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), and Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) are just a few literary icons that have accomplished this feat. Another of these renowned figures from literary history is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective, Sherlock Holmes.
I have never read one of Doyle’s books on Holmes but have been increasingly intrigued in Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson since I took in the 2009 film bearing his name (Sherlock Holmes) and its sequel, both fantastic films. In addition, two television series have debuted in the last three years that feature Holmes and Watson solving crimes in present day, Elementary and Sherlock. My wife and I have savored the inaugural season of Elementary and eagerly await its return to the airwaves in the fall. As for Sherlock, a couple of my friends had positive reviews of the series but I had not seen it yet. That changed when I found the first series available at the library recently.
Sherlock, in a word, is incredible. It is well written, the storyline suspenseful, and the acting is top notch. Bennedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Holmes and Martin Freeman (who I have been a huge fan of since his days on the British version of The Office) is a superb Watson. The series is composed of three 90 minute episodes and I nearly watched all thee in the same evening. At the conclusion of the final episode, featuring an epic matchup between Holmes and his arch-rival Moriarty, I was stoked to begin the second series. The only reason I have not yet is because I do not want to have as long of a wait in between the second series and the third, which is currently in production in London.
I strongly recommend this series to everyone from the most ardent Sherlock Holmes fans to others who are not familiar with the detective. One does not have to know anything about Holmes to watch and appreciate this program. Take a break from the warm weather outside and pull up Sherlock on Netflix or rent from your local library and see if you come away as impressed as I was.