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 Sherlock: Season One

 

  Review by Suzanne 11/17/10

I love all Sherlock Holmes stories, even the recent movie with Robert Downey, Jr.  This recent BBC version is awesome. It's a series, but it is really more like a series of short films. Each episode is 90 minutes long. The DVD set only has three episodes (well, sort of four).  I wish there were more! I can't wait for the second season.

Even though this show is set in modern times, they have taken great care to preserve a lot of the original Sherlock Holmes lore, such as the names of the characters, where Holmes and Watson lived, and many other things.  In the series, Holmes seems to be a little bit of Gregory House, a little bit of Doctor Who, a little bit of Patrick Jane, and a little bit of Adrian Monk.  The Doctor Who part isn't too surprising, since the people who created this series also work on Doctor Who.  They have done a great job here of casting and writing the show.

The actor who plays Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, is amazing. He is good at conveying Holmes arrogance and obnoxiousness, but he also surprises us with moments of vulnerability and even glee. (I could see him as another Doctor Who, as well - he has great energy). The actor who plays Watsin, Martin Freeman, is also very good. Watson has to be a little more subdued, but also strong enough to be Holmes' sidekick and biographer.  The stores are really good.

The first episode is great, everything you would expect to draw you into the story and see how this new version goes. The second story I found a little bit boring, at least as far as the murders and the espionage, but the character stuff was great.  The third story was really good, and it made me laugh quite a bit as well (not that it was all fun, and it had an exciting cliffhanger ending).  There is also the original pilot that they filmed, which was only an hour long. They redid it as the 90 minute version, so you can watch and compare.

The extras include two commentaries of the episodes with the writers and actors; and "Unlocking Sherlock" which tells you all about how the show came to be.  It could definitely use some more extras, to be sure.  However, this is a great set for any Sherlock Holmes fan, or anyone who loves good drama or mystery, or British television.

Other info:

Sherlock: Season One DVD!
BBC America DVD release of Sherlock: Season One is out...
Synopsis: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain - they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day adventures, Holmes and Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.
Available on DVD: November 9th
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