Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sherlock Holmes reloaded

"Sherlock", "A Study in Pink". (BBC)

Mission impossible, you might think. BBC One doesn't. They bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyles's Sherlock Holmes back to life, contemporary, intelligent, edgy, difficult, and dangerous. His alter ego John Watson is a doctor, a soldier, war-disabled, pragmatical, a war hero from Afghanistan, and the two forge an unbreakable alliance. The BBC's innovative, fast-paced "Sherlock" is a crime series, and the episode "A Study in Pink" tells the story of a woman clothed in pink suits and found dead - the fourth in a series of impossible suicides. There's only one man who can crack the case ("Aaah! Brilliant! Four impossible suicides in a series! That's christmas!"). His name is... you name it.

Although the storytelling may appear somewhat artistic, the episode is very well-acted and produced in an innovative way. Reanimating a character belonging to the cultural heritage is a hard thing. The BBC was successful. Well done lads.

Spoiler warning, stop reading! (It was the cab driver. It always is the cab driver.)

1 comment:

  1. Nice review of the series. I too liked the first season.

    Cumberbatch is a great modern Holmes.