Jul 2010

A Study in Sherlock

So, with the mighty power of iPlayer, I watched part one of BBC’s new Sherlock mini-series last night. And, all in all, I was pretty impressed…

Spoilers ahoy!

The attempts to bring this up to date were nice (and the SMS on screen ‘trick’ was useful without being overdone) and the characters were nicely believable. The plot was pretty good too. But… I did have a two issues with it…

1) How the hell was Sherlock so slow about the profession of the murderer? The moment he announced that the murderer was “someone who is trusted and invisible” I knew who the killer would be. Okay, I thought that the Taxi would be bright pink, but I was close. I like the idea of a pink taxi, because I liked the idea of the lady in pink stumbling to her fate because of her love of the colour. I also loved the idea of this man who was sick of being invisible still being invisible in a bright pink car. But then, all the taxis in Sherlock were black, so maybe the BBC were worried the foreign markets wouldn’t accept the idea of London cabs in other colours.

2) I really hated the way that the murderer killed people. Don’t get me wrong, the single pill of unknown poison was a nice way to go, but it really was just a game of chance. Does that sound particularly cool and clever for the murderer? Don’t get me wrong, I like the fact that he gives his victims the concept of a game, a route out of the problem, but does a 50-50 chance of your own demise controlled by your ‘victim’ sound like the way to do things? The guy is going to die, so why not make his method of murder something that is part of his treatment, but which would kill his victims? The obvious (but insufficiently lethal) option would be insulin. You have your diabetic taxi driver who loads himself with sugar before the killing. The victim chooses from one of two identical needles – one of which they are assured is safe. The thing is, to a diabetic who is sugar loaded, it’s safe. To Joe Public… *throat slitting gesture*

But, that said, I loved it – it was laugh out loud funny, tense and involving. I’ll be there expectantly next Sunday…

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    Tue 3rd Aug '10
    17:19 UTC

    I thought that Martin Freeman made a very much more interesting Dr Watson that the more traditional way the role has been played. Much more of a 3d character with issues and shoulder chips of his own, and not just a pallid side kick/diarist for the great man. The obvious taxi solution spoiled it a bit for me, but things have to start somewhere.

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