This modern reimagining of Sherlock is absolutely brilliant. At a time when most TVs are choking on a glut of bluster-laden procedurals Sherlock is sharp, clear and captivating.
The show format is unusual even for the BBC: three episodes, each of which is 90 minutes. Most procedurals are hampered by their 44 minute run times which have to introduce and make you care about one-off characters and story lines in too little time. This cinematic breath Sherlock allows itself lets you be fully drawn in.
While I love Martin Freeman, who plays Watson, but it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s bristly, mood-swinging, sociopathic Sherlock Holmes that really makes the show. Like the original, this modern Sherlock is driven by the purusit of puzzles, knowledge and, fundamentally, the pull of something new. But this modern Sherlock takes these traits and turns them up to a neurotic degree. Sherlock’s casual misogyny, which can almost certainly be attributed to Stephen Moffat, can be off-putting but as part of the character it works well as a way to define and aliente the character from those around him.
It’s a show well worth pursuing to enjoy that something new it has to offer.
Sherlock is available to stream now on Netflix.