This show is pure evil. Broken down it’s not much to cheer for. It’s yet another Sherlock Holmes version and most if its tricks have been stolen from other, better shows (take a look at the characters and see if you can spot the Doctor, the Master or Wilson ). If you ask fans what sets this Sherlock Holmes from all the other ones, they’ll probably point to the writing and stars Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. However, look closer at their writing and you’ll find clichés, sometimes to the point where it removes originality from the original story, such as reducing Irene Adler to a Femme Fatal minion of Moriarty’s who does a High Heel Face Turn. Overall it seems that characters who aren’t white straight middle-or-higher class men are reduced to stereotypes; the fangirl, the maid, the bitch, the flaming gay guy, the lesbian who falls for the hero and Chinese and Arabic characters who look like they’ve just stepped out of a Tintin comic. There is also a cold streak in the show. The eye rolls at people who entertain the idea that two guys acting like a couple could be a couple, Sherlock constantly humiliating people through his scans, and the overall disdain for affection all contribute to a fundamentally unsympathetic core. The writers do try to distract from it with a supposedly warming relationship between John and Sherlock – but ultimately fail because of the constant assurances that they’re not ‘’too’’ close, you know, emotions but controlled manly emotions, vulnerable but not enough to break the façade. And all this is not even mentioning that the episodes are far too long and padded. Yet still, if you watch the show it will suck you in like a black hole. Remember the part about borrowing tricks? The writers have not only borrowed the tricks, they’ve perfected them too. Sherlock himself is fascinating to watch, and with much of the story being told through his eyes, the nerdy enthusiasm that he has for the case drags you in while the passion that everyone else has for him keeps you in place. This is a series that pushes every button available, whether it’s the humor, the bromance, the Estrogen Brigade Bait, the mysteries or the over the top scenarios and acting. This isn’t good writing, it’s cold, calculated entertainment that does exactly what it is supposed to do. Pure evil.
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