Reviews, Series

Series Review: Sherlock (Series 1-4, 2010-2017)

I realize that I’ve been late to the party since the fourth series of Sherlock was released last 2017 and the fifth series is still under way. Although according to rumor mills, the reason why the fifth series is taking a while is because of a rift between Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, The Current War) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Black Panther), who play Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson respectively. One would have a hard time believing the supposed rift due to the chemistry that they exude onscreen as the quintessential bromance couple. All the elements of the show blend pretty well together, enough to gather a cult following.

I’ve come across Sherlock on Netflix since all its series are being streamed there. I didn’t read the books but I was introduced to Sherlock Holmes by watching Robert Downey, Jr’s version. And watching this series made me download Sherlock Holmes ebooks in order to get to know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character better and if his portrayal on TV is the same as his portrayal in the books.

This Sherlock is set on the present time, although there is an episode on the series where the characters played their Victorian Era counterparts. The series proves to be addictive and entertaining due to Sherlock’s masterful power of deduction that is all too accurate, that it appears almost supernatural. Sometimes you just wonder if he’s reading minds or predicting the future. But then he would explain how he came up with his conclusion in his fast, monotone way that I always find myself pausing the video and going back ten to twenty seconds (sometimes even more) just to comprehend what he was explaining.

During the first episode, I considered the possibility that perhaps this contemporary version of Sherlock is on the autism spectrum because I’ve read about individuals, who are on the spectrum, having spectacular attention to details that ordinary people fail to observe. There was also a funny moment where Dr. Watson implied that Sherlock has Asperger’s.

I was also surprised to learn that one series has only three episodes (one of them a special), but almost all of these episodes span at least 88 minutes long, which in turn compensates somewhat for the measly three episodes as compared to the eight to ten (or sometimes twelve) episodes that we are usually accustomed to with a US series.

What makes this show most endearing to the viewers is that the characters and their relationship with one another and their personal baggages and complexities tend to become endearing as one goes further along the series. I personally didn’t find Benedict Cumberbatch charming before but after I found myself in the middle of the second series, I finally understood why some girls did.

This is one of those series that I didn’t expect to enjoy but did. And now I find myself waiting with the rest of its fans for Cumberbatch and Freeman to just kiss and make up already so they can finally go for the fifth series.

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