Friday, August 13, 2010

The World's First Forensic Expert

I’ve been watching for the past three weeks a great new series. The title is Sherlock, and it is a re-imagining of the World’s First ‘Consulting Detective’ and the Original CSI expert, Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle more than one hundred years ago. 

In this new TV series, Holmes and his sidekick were re- branded into a new century. Holmes is still brilliant and peculiar and egotistical to the max. However his dedication and his deductions made him a compelling persona. Aided with the advent of the 21st century, internet and mobile phones, his deduction power is almost godlike. In the third episode, he deduced the real affair by looking at a body found by the riverside! Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character and he does it pretty well. He looks ocd and brilliant at the same time.

The same goes for Dr Watson. Now, he just returned from war in Afghanistan and under therapy, was advised to write a blog to clear his nerves. When he shared flat with Holmes due to financial difficulties, it seemed he had found his forte. Martin Freeman played Watson beautifully. Here’s a man who could take all of Holmes eccentricities without losing his own identity. Unlike all the other bumbling fools portrayal of him, Freeman’s Watson is almost streetwise smart-he’s resourceful and he completes the pair by bringing warmth, humanity and compassion in their interaction. He’s also the paragon of right and wrong because Holmes would easily be lost in the ‘game’ if Watson’s not there to pull him from his fuzzy logic.

I quite like the series. It stays true to the spirit that Doyle portrayed. In almost every interaction Holmes had with Watson, the former would trash the latter but he never does that menacingly-it’s just because Holmes is actually tired of seeing everything but no one could see what he sees. Their bromance was cool too. Watson actually shot someone to save Holmes and episode 3 proves their strengthened bond.

The jokes are funny too. I love the fact that they knew Sherlock’s strongest asset is not in astronomy (or philosophy for that matter) so they made fun of this by making Holmes not knowing whether the earth goes around the sun or the moon LOLOLOL And Mycroft (the more brilliant brother of Sherlock) made his appearance-as bizarre and as pompous as Sherlock, only lazier :PPPPPPPP

Oh and Moriarty came too! I miss Sherlock saying PROFFESSOR MORIARTY but Moriarty was bad ass (and sexy, in an evil and incomprehensible way) in the series. So much in love with Holmes that he pretended to be gay to be near him though Sherlock rejects him within seconds of seeing him. His diabolical genius was evident when Holmes shouted to him that he made “people die”, Moriarty retorted, “That’s what PEOPLE DO!”

Well, since the series has been renewed for the second season, all I could say is “ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON, ELEMENTARY”

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