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Release Date: 25 July 2010 – present
Genre: Crime drama
Creators: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington
Summary: Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson’s adventures in 21st Century London. A thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary reimagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.
Quote: “When all else fails, there are two men sitting, arguing in a scruffy flat, like they’ve always been there, and they always will. The best and wisest men I have every known. My Baker Street Boys. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.” – Mary Watson, The Final Problem
Review (more like thoughts, opinions and fangirling):
So I’ve followed this series since 2012/2013 and, while it’s a long wait between each season, it’s definitely, hands down, one of my all time favourite series/films/anything that involves acting and a script.
It’s so clever, so smart. It blurs the lines between what is objectively good and bad. It talks about themes like drugs and depression, which most series, I would say, are afraid to talk about.
Sherlock isn’t perfect. He has his flaws. He’s selfish, arrogant, a drug addict (to a certain extent), self indulgant. He values knowledge over anything and he tends to push the people who care about him away. It’s very refreshing watching a character who doesn’t have a perfect life.
He’s a very complex character, with so many things, both subtle and obvious, that makes his character so deep and, in a way, realistic.
John as well. In fact, none of the characters are ‘perfect’ at all. Everyone is so complex, with their own flaws and all.
And the stories. They’re absolutely genius. It brings you on a rollercoaster of a ride. There are a lot of easter eggs for those who know where to look (ie those who read the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). It’s the only series/film that’s able to make me feel sad, happy, angry, confused, and just ALL THE FEELS in one episode.
As I mentioned, this series really blurs the line between what is good and what is bad. Nothing is truly ever black and white, as with the real world. There are so many grey areas, so many open ended themes, so many difficult choices to make. It’s amazing.
My favourite episode used to be The Reichenbach Fall (Season 2, Episode 3), but the latest one, The Final Problem (Season 4, Episode 3) definitely tops that.
The plot twists are amazing. Especially those revolving ‘Red Beard’, but also concerning Eurus. The plot is brilliant. The way Euros ‘plays’ with the three. The way she toys with their emotions and moral compass and everything. The puzzles that she’s set out for them.
I especially love the scene where Sherlock is forced to choose between Mycroft and John but he can’t. It really shows Sherlock’s human aspect, one that both Mycroft and Eurus calls him out for and claims that’s he’s weak because of.
There are also so many absolutely brilliant quotes in the series, especially in Season 4.
One of my favourite has to be this one:
“Taking your own life. Interesting expression, taking it from who? Once it’s over, it’s not you who’ll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everyone else. Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it.” – Sherlock Holmes, The Lying Detective
It’s such a genius anti-suicide line, isn’t it? Not to call anybody out or to criticise anyone, but coming from someone who knows how it feels like, the common lines of ‘somebody loves you’ and ‘death is not the answer’ yada yada yada doesn’t really work.
But this? This is absolutely genius.
Another quote that I really like is:
“In saving my life she conferred a value on it. It is a currency I do not know how to spend.” – Sherlock Holmes, The Lying Detective
Ironic, isn’t it, that my favourite quotes aren’t from my favourite episode.
It’s just such a beautiful line.
There are so many lines in this series that are absolutely beautiful (as in, in a sad way, like the one where Eurus says, “Emotional context. It destroys you. Every time.”) and I really applaud the writers for them.
The story, the cleverness, the lines, the plot, the complexity, the characters, of BBC’s Sherlock is the kind of story I aspire to write someday.
There are just so many things about this show that words will never do justice.
This show- It really makes you think. And I think those are the best stories out there, don’t you think?
Rating: 99999/10 (absolutely my favourite thing ever to watch)
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys a smart, slightly darker story that isn’t all black and white