Sherlock TV Series: kinda nice, 4 out of 5

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I am way behind on watching the TV. Or should I say “telly”, given that this time I’ve been watching British TV series Sherlock from way back in 2010. First episode left me positively impressed, I loved it. Second and third were kinda nice but the actual puzzles in the third one were downright boring. Yes, it all has its roots in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, but still, it’s a bit sad when you guess what really happened faster than Holmes does.

This is a first TV series I’ve seen where the Evildoer goes iPhone. All the good guys seem to run around with dreadful Blackberries (Watson seemed to have something else — a Nokia?). Mycroft Holmes is so evil and suspicious, that for a while I had my doubts about if he actually was Moriarti in this particular interpretations.

All I remember about Sherlock Holmes is what I saw on Russian TV. Given that it was my very first Holmes, I compare all of the other “re-incarnations” to Vasili Livanov’s portrayal, and this one also seemed a bit odd (out of everything I’ve seen, probably only Robert Downey Jr gets close to the same level of charisma).

Biggest disappointment — there’s no episode The Hound of the Baskervilles yet. Mostly because I want to see how scary this will be. Soviet film left quite an impression, especially as I had an encounter with a similar kind of a beast too. It wasn’t ghostly, or glowing, just an extra large German Shepherd dog that loved chasing ball down the extra long corridor in electronics hobby group building. And accidental fuse blow-up, that cut off the light to the most of that corridor while I turned away.
Turning around, expecting to see that dog bringing back the ball all I saw was a blackness, then two orange glowing eyes appeared far away, and with rhythmic “ka-thump, ka-thump, ka-thump” gracefully bobbed up and down getting larger and larger. Only when the dog finally got to semi-lit part of the corridor I’ve realized what the hell it was. I can imagine getting a heart attack from a full-scale great dane with snout covered with phosphorous.

But I digress.

This particular TV series gets 4 out of 5 stars, and I wish the newer episodes were out already (can you really call something a TV series if there’s 3 episodes a year and then a year-long hiatus?).


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