If there is one thing I have learned in these past few weeks, it’s never ever start watching Sherlock before exams.
Because once you’re in, you can never escape.
Basically, every Friday night, my family has a movie night, where we pick a movie, eat sunflower seeds instead of popcorn and watch!
Now, you’d think we’d look like this,
but in reality, we basically fight to the death over which movie is to be played.
Unfortunately for all my siblings, we basically watched every movie worth watching during the Christmas break. So when I suggested Sherlock, my sister needed bribing, my brother rolled his eyes, and my mom didn’t care :P.
Now, going in, I had high expectations. I mean, EVERYONE online, and my BFF was going insane. The hype was intense.
I’m pleased to announce that my expectations were absolutely shattered. Destroyed. Wrecked. Sherlock raised the roof, and then some 😀 It was too good not to review, so here we are!
Title: BBC’s Sherlock
Country: Great Britain
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman as John Watson.
Pilot: A Study in Pink
We start off with John Watson. He’s woken up out of a nightmare from a war zone, and looks extremely tired. He’s a soldier (army doctor), and an injured one at that. However, you get a sense of normalcy looking at him: his hair, sweaters and living quarters are extremely plain and ordinary. He is worried, though: living in London isn’t cheap, especially not in a bachelor pad. So when an old friend suggests a room mate, John agrees to check him out.
Obviously, the potential roommate is Sherlock Holmes. He asks if John served in Afghanistan or Iraq… and the look on John’s face is life. We are then introduced to Sherlock’s genius… and his eccentricity. I won’t spoil anything else (although these were all facts given in the trailer 😉 )
The episode, being the first one ever aired, was everything a first episode should be. Intriguing, funny, witty and extremely entertaining. My sister, who was all like NO WAY, asked immediately to watch the next one, and my brother, who thought it was going to be crappily made, was all like:
Honestly, this episode was extremely well crafted. It gave the viewers insight into how Sherlock did his work, all the while giving us his extremely relatable foil (Dr. Watson).
Their interactions were PURE GOLD. Sherlock was the typical eccentric, weird and fascinating to watch. He also had horrible social skills, which makes him hilarious with no matter whom he’s interacting with. However, if Sherlock was awe-inspiring, then Watson was godly. You’d think that a teenage girl wouldn’t have anything in common with an old, discharged soldier, but Martin Freeman proved me wrong. His reactions to Sherlock are exactly how any normal person would react!
Watson provided an amazing and sane contrast to Sherlock’s genius. He asked the questions all the viewers had, and he never really took Sherlock’s shit. And even though he didn’t get all the snazzy lines, his facial expressions were extremely telling. His sighs, frowns, laughter and denials rang true.
All the other characters added humor, and occasionally gravity to the situation. A special shout out goes to Anderson, who manages to lower the IQ of the whole street whenever he opens his mouth, as well as the drugs bust team.
The plot (and ‘twist’) at the end was predictable to me, but other than that, the episode was perfection!
And now for my favourite quotes!
I hope you enjoyed my fifth attempt at writing a coherent review! I’m not even joking ~ this post has had 25 revisions as of now 😛
😀 Sarah 😀