The great Steven Moffat
is involved with this project, and I'm a fan of his, so this only meant increased expectations, and boy were they met. It is a well written, well acted, stylishly edited and directed modern day adaptation of the Conan Doyle classic.
This series is just what it says on the tin, a modern day Sherlock Holmes adaptation, complete with Google Search and text messages (the writers brilliantly incorporate these to keep the episode flowing seamlessly) and a nicotine patch addicted Sherlock Holmes. The show has some witty one liners and call backs to the original ("Its a three patch problem") or ("I feel lost without my blogger") and in its own stylish way stays truthful to the original stories whilst being stylish. Benedict Cumberbatch
is brilliant as the high functioning sociopath Sherlock, while Martin Freeman
is absolutely brilliant as the adorable yet snarky Dr.Watson, and the show also has an array of supporting characters which lend it color.
The second series premier was also dead on target, being funny, stylish and thrilling, all at the same time. It also was one of the best depictions of the relationship between Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes, which thankfully the writers keep mental and not physical. However it was really funny to see Martin Freeman
butt in everytime the two stare at each other, passionately. The only flaw in this particular dynamic was the apparently sexist treatment of Adler, in the books she was a woman who outsmarted Holmes, but in this adaptation she comes across as a woman who is dependent on other people for her survival. The increased screen time for Mycroft and Mrs. Hudson also helped character development, and also made it believable.
But what makes this series so great however is the ever present chemistry between Martin Freeman
and Benedict Cumberbatch
, their on screen relationship is probably one of the best depictions of Bromance anyone has ever seen. The writers are successful in exploiting this dynamic with tons of witty references to said relationship.Add Mark Gatiss
(brilliant as Mycroft, especially with an increased role in the second series premiere) and Andrew Scott (the ever so change-able James Moriarty) and we have a winner.