Friday, April 20, 2012

BBC Sherlock

Like our esteemed guest yesterday, I have a great love for all things Red Dwarf. The writing, the sense of humor and the sense of fun the actors brought to the show all combined to make us look forward to PBS fund raising drives. To top it all off, when I retweeted the link to yesterday's Red Dwarf blog post, I got a tweet from the Ace Rimmer Twitterbot saying, "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast." Hmph. Heartbreaker. I've heard that line so many times.

That said, there's a new show in town. BBC's Sherlock. Loves me this Sherlock Holmes reboot. It's smart and modern. I adore the alteration of Watson's character - a man you *think* has come home from Afghanistan with a ripping case of PTSD - only to find it isn't quite what you think. Sherlock has been updated, too. He's brilliant and he's clear that he's a sociopath. Don't let the moronic still on the embedded video put you off. This is the trailer for the first season, told mostly from John Watson's point of view.

No. You didn't just see the best parts of the show in the trailer. I swear. They've left the best parts out of this trailer in my opinion. For those of us in the US, the show is only available via DVD rental services like Netflix or as a blu-ray purchase from places like Amazon.

Here's another season one trailer told from Sherlock's point of view (some overlap and a musical backdrop that isn't present in the show). Again, the best stuff is left out.

The thing I like about this update is that Sherlock Holmes is still an addict - but it isn't drugs he's addicted to - unless one counts adrenaline. He's addicted to the cerebral games of one upmanship. I'm also taken with the fact that in this version, John Watson is far more his equal. Perhaps not intellectually, but in a number of other ways, he completely is. Watch the first episode (A Study in Pink). See how that ends and tell me you don't agree.

What else am I missing about the pure win of this show? Anyone?


  1. May 6, PBS, the next three episodes of this very, very awesome reboot of Sherlock air -- "Scandal in Belgravia," "The Hounds of Baskerville," and "The Reichenbach Fall."

  2. You all have great taste and stuff, but Marcella totally wins this week. Love this show!

  3. ARG! And me without a TV. :( May have to go borrow...

  4. OMG, I am forgiving you for stealing my show because I didn't know about this May 6th thing, even though you didn't tell it, but you sparked it.

    Great post!!

    1. :D Sorry! We clearly need to have a Word Whores Watches Sherlock Party. I nominate Jeffe as the drink master for the event.