Tuesday, December 4, 2012

TV Series: SHERLOCK



                                      SHERLOCK (Seasons 1 & 2)

This series is a BBC production and that is something that- speaking for myself - adds  an extra plus on every TV Series. (Or movies).
To be honest, I never thought that I would sit down and watch this. And why? Only because of the length of the episodes. Imagine that every episode could easily be a stand-alone movie. Watching this, is like watching many movies of Sherlock Holmes one after the other. But finally I found the courage to give it a try.
  Season 1 consists of 3+1 episodes, and each one of them is almost 1.5 hours long. Ouch! (The ‘+1’ is the pilot but it is the same story as the first episode so I wouldnt recommend watching it). The set up is very modern, and that is a very odd feeling. But only for the start. Once you get used to it, it is very enjoyable actually. Forget what you have seen or read so far. This Sherlock is a very modern one, that solves crimes in today’s London. And the big success of these series is exactly that: They managed to mingle the modern life with the story without losing the essence of the original. An that -I think- is a very difficult thing to do.
Season 1 starts with how Sherlock met Dr.Watson, (who just came back from the war in Afganistan), and how they are starting to work together. The 1st season consists of 3 episodes, and every one has a different story and a different plot. As I said before, is like 3 different movies. This will change on season 2 though. Because in the episodes of Season 2, except for the main story on each episode, there is one extra story that lies behind as a sequence. This is a very interesting twist, and gives more suspense to the series.
The 2 main characters here are being portrayed perfectly  by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr.John Watson), and they manage to excell these two characters from a new perspective.  
Another interesting point is the humour that has been used, but in very good doses. Not too much, not too few. It just makes the series more enjoyable to watch, without making them silly.
   Closing this, I have to say that if you are the kind of person who enjoys good mystery crime-solving movies, and you don’t have any problem with the long episodes, then this series is made for you! As for the ones who got a problem with the length of the episodes, I suggest to give it a try. I did it as well, and I surely enjoyed it! 
Here you can watch one of the trailers available...