I remember what my Grandma Daulton got me for my 12th birthday over 14 years ago. I remember like it was yesterday, going into Half Price books after a meal at Ponderosa, and purchasing the combined collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. I still have that huge book and have read it probably 10 times over the last 14 years. So you know I'm a big fan when it comes to Sherlock Holmes.
Last night we finished watching the BBC series "Sherlock" on Netflix and it is awesome. I've been bugging people around me that they need to watch it, which I think they do, but I'd thought I'd write a blog about it too. Sherlock Holmes has been done many times in movies, the worse interpretation in my opinion being the current American movie series with Robert Downey Jr. playing the great detective. But everything that the American movie does wrong, the BBC series does right. It modernizes Sherlock Holmes, with all his quirks and social issues, and puts him in our modern world of internet and smart phones. He behaves exactly as I'd expect him to behave, even having a "three patch problem" which refers to using nicotine patches instead of smoking the pipes he would've smoked in Doyle's classic literature. He is arrogant and bored without a crime being committed, just as he should be, but just as he should be he is also a great actor when needed to get the information he wants. The series is determined, dramatic, funny, and a great mystery series that I would recommend to everyone and especially Sherlock Holmes fans.
The series is currently only 3 episodes, that are 88 minutes long each, so I'm really looking forward to season 2 which is coming out in the first quarter of 2012. I was reading a review the other day and there were hints of Adler, Hound, and Reichenbach! So will we see the only woman that ever bested Holmes? Will that hellish hound take the life of the man with the butterfly net? Will Moriarty and Holmes fall to their deaths near the rushing river? I don't know, but I will be waiting anxiously to find out!