Sherlock – Series

Guess what? Another TV-series, that totally fascinates me. And watching the first episode of the third season this time made my day.

Just some information for those who do not know the British series Sherlock:

There are three season yet to watch, each containing three episodes à 90 minutes. Sherlock is based on the stories about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though setting has changed into the modern London as we know it yet and therefore also the background stories of the characters have changed slightly, Watson for example has not been in the second Anglo-Afghan War, but instead fought in the war in Afghanistan that started in 2001.

There are people who say this series is totally annoying. And there are the ones who totally love it. I think this extreme segregation originates in the format itself: Sherlock is faster as any other series we are used to. It uses technology and makes it present for our eyes in a way no other famous series has done it before. The viewer has no other choice than to watch very attentive and remember every little word and every piece of the story, everything he sees, to understand the whole story. Actually the viewer has to become a „Sherlockian“ itself, do detective work, observe and connect what he sees and hears. Sherlock is absolutely no series for someone who watches TV lazily. Of course this is no generalization, there may be other reasons why one does not like Sherlock. Anyway, it is nothing for people who like to shut down their mind and relax, because watching is really exhausting. Though, for those who want to watch quality TV that still entertains, I can absolutely recommend Sherlock. Just give it a try. Either you like it or you don’t. 

Oh, and please do not compare Sherlock to the american version Elementary, because this comparison only hurts. Even if I admit that Elementary does not claim to be based on the original by Doyle it is obvious that this series wants to tell a new version of Sherlock Holmes and totally fails, because it looses the fascination of a detective who observes things and understands them in a way ordinary people will never be able to. You want to watch a funny Sherlock Holmes version instead? Well, better watch Psych then. Though Shawn Spencer does not claim to be a Sherlock, he still is a better one than our detective in Elementary.

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