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The new series of SHERLOCK has just finished airing tonight... :(

but tonight's finale was absolutely amazing! You guys are in for a treat! :)

[pssst...Martin Freeman was sitting there with bare feet in one scene and I couldn't help but think Bilbo!!)

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I can't wait for Sherlock to air here! I thought the first batch of episodes was amazing.

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I liked the episodes, but they weren't amazing. Ben was a goodly annoying Sherlock, but he was a bit too over the top for my taste. Watson was good. Better than good but not amazing.

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I liked The first one - "A Study in Pink" - for the wild sense of adventure. The others were not as good, IMHO. I watched it on the Internet. So it may be available to you that way.

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I liked The first one - "A Study in Pink" - for the wild sense of adventure. The others were not as good, IMHO. I watched it on the Internet. So it may be available to you that way.


Funny, I found the first one the weakest, and enjoyed the second an third more. Yes, Ben's Sherlock is incredibly annoying at time, and it took me a while to accept the modernising of the stories. However, this new season really goes from strength to strength, particularly with the strong psychological focus. I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to tell you that the new episodes will feature [spoiler]a naked Irene Adler, the Hound of the Baskervilles and Jim Moriarty, solving the Final probem... [/spoiler] (but just in case ;) )

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I like the current BBC series Sherlock rather more than I've liked previous adaptations for a couple of reasons, any one of which has popped up before, but the combination of which I think is unique to this one:

1) Watson isn't a buffoon. He's the protagonist. That's as it should be, because his struggles are, long-term, more recognizable than the puzzles Holmes solves.
2) The last episode of the first season demonstrates how narrow the moral gap between Holmes and Moriarity is, and their common motivation: to escape the tedium of mere existence.
3) Holmes isn't just smarter than you and me, he's wired differently. Although he's not entirely alien--witness the interplay with his brother. It's a portrayal that doesn't lend itself to easy categorization, psychologically. Not quite Asperger's, not quite full out psychopathy, not OCD, nowhere near normal.
4) The subtlety of that over-the-top portrayal. Saw the third episode of season one last night: a character tells police no one could have been expected to notice something, and Sherlock makes a little noise, less than a cough or a cleared throat, because of course he'd noticed it.

Is this Osgiliating off toward the TV thread? :D

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3) Holmes isn't just smarter than you and me, he's wired differently. Although he's not entirely alien--witness the interplay with his brother. It's a portrayal that doesn't lend itself to easy categorization, psychologically. Not quite Asperger's, not quite full out psychopathy, not OCD, nowhere near normal.


This makes the character very unusual and very difficult and IMO the actor pulls it off amazingly well. It's one of the best pieces of TV acting I can recall ever seeing. Despite not generally caring for detective stories, the performances make it worth watching to me.

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2) The last episode of the first season demonstrates how narrow the moral gap between Holmes and Moriarity is, and their common motivation: to escape the tedium of mere existence.


Word. This is played out big time in the last episode of the new season

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Is this Osgiliating off toward the TV thread? :D


:oops: mea culpa! Perhaps it might be best to adjourn elsewhere?

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It seems about time a thread was started for this acclaimed reworking of Conan Doyle's much-loved detective.

Although most of the world has only seen the first series, Season 2 has just finished airing in the UK, and I have to say you guys are in for a treat!

Whilst the modernization has proved a little controversial among die-hard fans, by-and-large this 21st Century updating has won plaudits from critics and audiences. One of the great joys of this super-cool reboot, masterminded by Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss, has been the way in which it pays homage to the original stories while twisting their plots into smart, up-to-date, psychological thrillers involving the latest technology.

The rewrites are at times "faithful to Sir ACD's originals, then they will wander, taking in mobile phone technology and computer hacking and what have you."

Cumberbatch's Holmes can be an infuriating show-off of a know-it-all, and personally whilst I like the visual display of how he is taking in all the relevant information, I do find the regulation soliloquy of rapid-fire verbal explanation every episode rather tiresome. At least Watson told Holmes off for showing-off in the season finale!

And the good news is that Season 3 has been confirmed by Mark Gatiss on Twitter!

Hobbit fans: Martin Freeman was sitting there with bare feet in one scene of the finale and I couldn't help but think Bilbo!! Watching Freeman, I can certainly imagine several of his mannerisms making their way into Bilbo's characterization.

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Looks like we can't see it In the US (thru normal, legal means) until May.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2 ... eason-two/

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Hmm. Thought I saw a Jan. date for the Blu-ray. Maybe I was looking at the wrong Sherlock.

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That's the Blu-Ray of the first series, Ax. There doesn't appear to be any legal way to watch it in the States. It won't be shown on PBS until May.

The first season is being re-shown starting last night :( on Masterpiece Mystery (after Downton Abbey, maybe?), and those episodes can be viewed on the PBS website, I believe each one during the week after it's shown on TV.

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Study in Pink, Available on the Internet, but not iPhone :(
http://video.pbs.org/video/1619685888/
Link expires March 1, 2012. Remainder of series one will be added soon.

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Got all of season one via Netflix.

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I watched season one on Netflix too. Excited to watch season two. :)


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Ax, you may be right: I just received an email from Amazon UK saying that a "region free" Blu-Ray DVD of Season 2 is released on Jan 23 :)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005UL53AQ/ref=pe_3521_28229121_snp_dp

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One thing I like about this version (and I second all of Ax's reasons) is how the updating has not detracted from the essence of the characters. Of course Holmes would be plugged into the Internet. Of course That Character (for the benefit of anyone who hasn't seen the first episode) would be able to track people using street cameras. Of course Watson suffers from PTSD after his injury in (some things didn't have to change) Afghanistan.

It just makes sense.

I'm really eager to see more.

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The final episode of Series Two -- The Reichenbach Fall -- was fantastic television. 8)

I also loved A Scandal in Belgravia.

Benedict Cumberbatch's mesmerising, infuriating, amazing Sherlock and Martin Freeman's adorable yet steely John ... my favourite bromance since Frodo/Sam. :D

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I've been whimpering pathetically in delight at watching this.

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