How do we not have a designated thread for this incredible show yet? I only became a fan myself late last year, when, ideally, I got caught up with the entirety of Series 1. I say 'ideally', because BBC just wrapped up Series 2 on TV this month, and I was able to jump headfirst into the new episodes straight away. Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to surmise that this is easily the smartest, engaging and most entertaining television I've seen in a good while.
More than the modern day contemporary spin working so well within Conan Doyle's classic framework, more than the terrific actors and performances (count me in as a newly christened "Cumberbitch", and more than the delightful David Arnold/Michael Prince musical score, I particularly dig the 90 minutes per episode format. Each episode is essentially a full-length film, making for lean, but substantially fulfilling stories. The plots are largely self-contained, but for anyone who decides to start in on the show, begin with Series 1; there's still a number of recurring threads and characters that play crucial roles in Series 2.
I know Smeg's a fan, but if anyone else is looking to get into Sherlock, now's the perfect time to get acquainted. Series 1 is readily available, and PBS is planning to air the first episode of Series 2 stateside on May 6th. Or, if you're like me and just couldn't wait, you'd have already imported the UK DVD home release that came out earlier this week.
My two favorite episodes? Without a doubt, Series 2's "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Reichenbach Fall" -- which is saying something, considering how good Series 1's "A Study in Pink" and "The Great Game" were.