Have You Heard About… Sherlock

… the latest incarnation of Sherlock Holmes from the BBC?  Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is a marvelous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works.  Holmes and Watson are thoroughly modern characters – Sherlock uses nicotine patches rather than smoking a pipe, characters communicate by cell phone and text message, and John chronicles their adventures in his blog.  However, Holmes’ powers of deduction are as sharp as ever, and his personality is every bit as “quirky” (some might say, “difficult” or even “abrasive”) as the original.

DVD-SherlockThe only drawback I found to this series is that the first season had just three episodes.  This is not uncommon for BBC productions, but it is highly frustrating to run out of new material so soon after getting wrapped up in these fascinating characters.  The cliff-hanger ending of episode three does not help at all.  Fortunately, the BBC has confirmed that a second series will come out in late 2011.  I can’t wait!

Reviewed by Fran (staff)