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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The Mentalist – Series

The Mentalist it is a serial about the crimes of Red John, a serial murder who once killed wife and daughter of Patrick Jane, a known psychic. After this murder Jane does not tell anymore that he is psychic, but instead tells everyone the truth, that he was just acting. He knows he is intelligent and most time more intelligent than others and he also knows that with this intelligence he led the attention of the serial murder Red John to his family. They were only murdered, because Jane said in an interview, that Red John is a simple serial murder and has nothing special about him.

Now having lost his beloved ones he attends the CBI team that is in charge of the murders of Red John. He tries his best to solve the crimes and find Red John, because there is one thing he absolutely wants: Revenge.

Now in season 3 the last episode shows the murder of a man that claims for himself to be Red John. We know, there is a fourth season (and a  fifth and sixth) so it is easy to guess, that he is not the murderer but one of his accomplices. I watched the first three seasons a while ago and on Monday started with the fourth season, but because of an lack of time did not watch it that far. Now I started to watch the fourth season and already started with the fifth season and I like the events coming up. The „normal“ crimes of other murderers show Janes ability to watch other people and to observe their motions. A single blinking makes him know things that we would not expect him to know, a slow hesitation makes him solve crimes.

The Mentalist is often compared to Psych, another crime serial about a man who acts as a psych and with this ability solves crimes. The huge difference is that in Psych the protagonist Shawn Spencer tries to convince the police of his abilities while in The Mentalist Patrick Jane says he was fooling other people and now explains his „magic“. Shawn Spencer fools the police and makes the series being a crime comedy, while The Mentalist is rather more serious and deals with the crimes as being expected. Of course sometimes he is more comical when he shows his tricks and fools other people, but he does it to find the murderer, not to fool the police and make himself being a person with credibility. Yes, those two serials can be compared with each other, because both protagonist observe people in the same way, but still those two serials are totally different – and for a different public. I prefer the Mentalist.