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Sunday, September 8, 2013
I recently started watching BBC’s “Sherlock” on Netflix.
I had resisted watching any contemporary versions of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries because I had so loved Basil Rathbone in the 1930-’40s film series. He starred as the eccentric private detective in 14 films, alongside Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.
But BBC’s miniseries version, which premiered in 2010, aimed to give a modern-day spin on the stories: What if Sherlock Holmes had access to — and was of course a whiz at using — laptops, smartphones and Internet search engines?
Thanks to some great effects, story lines and acting by Benedict Cumberbatch (Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Watson) — it turns out this kind of Sherlock is lots of fun to watch.
Not only does he deduce and calculate with the speed of a computer processor, he’s also an action hero. In the first two episodes, he almost got killed three times.
Watson is the audience, saying what we’re all thinking, and plays the necessary anchor to Sherlock’s antics.
Watching the show, I realized how much I enjoyed the twists and details Arthur Conan Doyle put in his books, and how perfect everything has to work out for Sherlock to be Sherlock.
It’s the original “CSI.”
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