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SHERLOCK 2×02: The Hounds of Baskerville

So, as usual, THIS POST WILL INCLUDE SPOILERS.

Before I start posting whatever spills out of my brain, I’ll mention that I have never read the original novel (or any of Doyle’s work) so while people may be upset with how the story was adapted into the 21st century, or all the changes the writers made, I can’t comment on that because this is just my experience with a fresh story I’ve only heard the title of.

 

I think I’ve mentioned (of course I have) how I find Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock to be absolutely brilliant and witty and entertaining, and I’m sure the 10 million or so viewers agree so yeah, just a note about his genius and my lurve for it. Watson is suitably fantastic and awesome as well, and I really think he humanizes the show just the slightest. Now, my thoughts:

  • cold turkey. I like how Sherlock has a harpoon and John’s so nonchalant about it
  • Cluedo!! I know, it was just a passing comment but I found it hilarious.
  • sniffing the smoke… hahha.. slightly uncomfortable and oddly perfect
  • Yay creepy yet expansive and lovely shot of the moor!
  • I like how they played up the setting, it really does feel so much different than the usual “London” (if that makes sense)
  • John pulling rank, BAMF.
  • I thought the introduction of Dr. Franklyn at that time in the episode was too much like those serial crime shows like CSI. If you asked me to guess who the bad guy was halfway through, that’d be my immediate thought (because somehow the bad guy is always introduced in CSI at the, like, 20 minute mark)
  • When they’re in the forest, I was suitably creeped out
  • I liked the scene after Sherlock thinks he sees the hound, it’s interesting to get a different side of him
  • why so rude, Sherlock.
  • UMQRA hahaha
  • those bright lights going on and off at Henry’s house that night really freaked me out, I kept expecting the hound to jump through the glass
  • “I only have one friend” d’awwww
  • LOL GREG
  • OH SHIT JOHN OH SHIT
  • I was totally freaked out in the lab scene as well, I’m reminded by how awesome Martin Freeman is as an actor
  • mind palace! I wasn’t too big of a fan of all the hand waving, but the CGI (is it CGI? my ignorant mind doesn’t know) was neat though
  • Maggie definitely was a surprising password.. definitely something I thought was kind of unlikely
  • HOUND oooooooh. Interesting.
  • I thought I’d add that as soon as they mentioned aerosol, I thought of the fog :p I felt smart haha
  • That hound beast was flippin scary, I don’t do well with mildly-scary things, as you can probably tell by now
  • Way to have the perfect shot, John
  • AN EXPERIMENT? That was kind of cruel.
  • THAT ENDING OMGOMGOMG.

 

Okay, this post was kind of lacklustre, but agh, oh well. I thought overall it wasn’t my favourite episode but it was still entertaining and engrossing as always, and even on an okay/good day, Sherlock still surpasses the good-ness of many other TV shows. The mystery with the lab didn’t take me too much by surprise, but I’ll admit I spent a large chunk of the episode believing the Hound was just a genetically modified animal that escaped, and wondering why no one jumped to that conclusion, considering the lab made animals glow. The villain wasn’t surprising either, but it might have been a bit too tidy with him coming down to the foggy area and such at the end (I mean, why did he go down there anyways? Why not keep messing with their minds?). Dialogue is another thing that makes the whole series work, it was sharp, clever and hugely awesome on the awesome scale. The style of the series is still there and still enjoyable, though I’m fearing that the uniqueness and stellar-ness of it is wearing off, I hope not!

 

Grade: A- 

 

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SHERLOCK 2×01: A Scandal in Belgravia

alternative title: Brainy is the New Sexy

GUYS GUYS GUYS IT’S BACK IT’S BACK IT’S BAAAAAAACK!!!!!

(if you don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you! Sherlock is a BBC series that adapts Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century and it is ahmaaaaaaaazing)

My most hotly anticipated show of 2012 seriously did not let me down, as the first episode of series 2 started and finished with me at the edge of my seat. As you should become more familiar with my blog, a lack of coherency should be expected.

OMGGGGG DID YOU SEE THAT DID YOU SEE THAT?? So much amazeballs, I can’t even.It’s hard to sit back and soak all the brilliance in when all I wanted to do was absorb and decode EVERYTHING that happened.

The episode was just brilliant. Fastpaced, funny, precise, smart, and with such marvelously portrayed characters and filmed with a sense of style that is very pleasing. And this is coming from someone who knows nada about filmmaking but I can still spot the difference and uniqueness of its style. The plot was convoluting but fantastic, I can’t think of a more apt description. I’m completely unfamiliar with the book series by Doyle but this episode just blew me away. The details of the characters, the text messages, the small glances, the off-handed comments, I loved every moment of it. I loved the way John and Sherlock’s relationship was developed and explored, but I also loved the portrayal of Sherlock Holmes by Benedict Cumberbatch. At the end of the episode (with one big revelation after another after another) we learn that Sherlock isn’t the invincible know-it-all and sometimes things do crumble and ‘the game’ crosses over to something much bigger. But you see all these sides to him that might be less than socially acceptable, yet you can’t help but totally sympathize with him.

But WHATEVER I just want to mention AGAIN all those little parts I liked, because hell, this is a new blog and I made no rules for myself.

  • the part when Mycroft says “shut up, Mrs. Hudson” and Sherlock and John both yell at him. Then Sherlock’s little comment right after :p
  • pretty much EVERY scene with Mrs. Hudson actually, by gosh, I love that woman
  • IRENE ADLER WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME
  • IRENE ADLER WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SHERLOCK
  • ^^ that character is just… @_@ LOOOOVED her and her role
  • *AAAAAAH*
  • oh poor Molly, I really do feel bad for you
  • “we’re not a couple”… “yes you are” (I don’t even ship them!)
  • SHERLOCK IN A BEDSHEET
  • THAT PASSCODE
  • THE ENDING OMGOSH THAT ENDING. to say I did not expect that would be an understatement… I need to stop underestimating our Sherlock here

So there you have it. My fresh thoughts on Sherlock… oh what did you think of this episode?