Ray and I started watching the series “Sherlock” last night for the first time via Roku and Netflix. This is the British series that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. Though we are coming to the series late – it is apparently in its 4th season – the rest of the tv watching public has given the series high praise. So far, with one episode under our belts, I can say that praise is well-deserved.
The acting is superb with Cumberbatch at the helm and Freeman as his sidekick. Also, the story line (the one I’ve seen, at least) was intriguing and proved to be up to the standards of Arthur Conan Doyle. Finally, the special efforts, which allow the audience to zero in on the details that aid in Holmes’s deductive reasoning, is just plain cool. Finally, we, the audience (or readers in the case of the actual stories), can see what Holmes is seeing and understand how obvious deductive reasoning is if approached with the level of precision employed by a super sleuth. Yes, this is extra cool.
The series has earned an impressive 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on IMDB. That bodes well for our viewing future. Apparently, the series has been nominated for a slew of awards every year since its inception and had an Emmy sweep in 2014 with 7 wins and 4 additional nominations. The wins were for best actor and best supporting actor – no surprise there – and Outstanding Writing, Cinematography, Music Composition, Single Camera Picture Editing, and Sound Editing. The creators of the series are Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and apparently Steven Moffat also is a principal writer since he won an Emmy for his writing in 2014. Mark Gatiss plays Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother.
I expect we’ll make our way through the seasons. Each show is 90 minutes long so it will have to be slow, but sure. I love Sherlock Holmes so this will be quite a treat. Nothing like a good dose of deductive reasoning to keep the brain alert.
I’ll let you know how we fare. No time for binge watching at this point so we’ll just have to be methodical. That makes perfect sense given the subject, don’t you think? One clue at a time until we are able to draw clear and obvious conclusions.
Good night to all. I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend.