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Old December 22 2012, 10:31 PM   #1
Dorian Thompson
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Anyone familiar with the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes? (spoilers)

I've never been particularly interested in the fictional character of Holmes or of Dr. Watson. I didn't see either of the recent movies with Robert Downey Jr; I never had the inkling. Never read any of the mysteries. One night stuck at work in the boss's office finishing up his paperwork as usual, I checked out his online BBC feed out of sheer boredom and took a break to watch this ridiculous show about some sort of 21st century Sherlock Holmes. What an absurd set up. It sounded stupid. I ended up visiting a BBC site on my home computer to catch the five other episodes.

Is it my imagination, or is this one of the best shows I've ever seen? Are American writers just crap compared to British/UK writers and I've never acknowledged the chasm between talent levels? I had to go to work early the next day; I was exhausted but I just had to see another episode before I went in. It's bloody brilliant and so are the two leads.

I often hear "punch me in the face" when you're talking Sherlock but it's usually in the subtext.....

Thank God no one saw that....saw what? taking off my clothes near a darkened swimming pool...people will talk

A severed head...a severed head in the's a bloody head....where was I supposed to put it?

Do me one last favor, Sherlock. One last miracle. Don't be...dead.

Six episodes and I'm bawling about this friendship. I knew Sherlock had to be alive before we saw him yet the whole sequence had me in tears: the goodbye on the roof. John with the psychiatrist later. John at the cemetery. Martin Freeman doesn't receive nearly enough accolades, but Benedict Cumberbatch is bloody brilliant. Is it the writing or is it those two? Lightning in a bottle? And how did Sherlock fake it? I know the bicyclist must have knocked John down as part of the plan, of course. Freeman broke my heart as Watson in those last moments. He loves his friend dearly, but it isn't schlocky in the least.

I have never been interested in SH in my entire life and I was enthralled by this. How long do we have to wait for the meager three episodes of season three? Does anyone know? And is that Cumberbatch in the ST trailer? That baritone voice is pretty unmistakable. He's a step up for the Trek franchise. He may overshadow the cast.

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