qatsi (qatsi) wrote,
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Sherlock

Well, I have to admit I didn't have an awful lot of enthusiasm for this ahead of time, but on the whole I did enjoy the series. The first episode was full of references to its origins, and quick-witted tricks - spelling out Sherlock's thought processes for the audience as we went along was a clever idea. I couldn't immediately decide whether Mark Gatiss was Mycroft or Moriarty, and I rather liked strange_complex's idea that they might turn out to be one and the same. The second episode was definitely the best of the three, I thought: a plot with definite links back to the underworld of Conan Doyle. Last night's episode was, like the first, a collage of clever touches, but overall, a bit patchy, and a bit drawn out.

The trouble is, it's all a bit gritty and macabre for my tastes. I suppose that's what you'd expect if you mixed The League of Gentlemen with the cryptic crossword plots of Steve Moffat - like Torchwood, only well-written (so, ahem, not like Torchwood at all then). It's not Morse or Lewis, with their dreaming spires. Jonathan Creek elucidates the "science" of deduction in a contemporary way, I think, that has no ambition to be anything more than light entertainment. The period element of Holmes, or Poirot, puts the criminal classes a sufficient distance away. (The preponderance of 60s/70s wallpaper does not score it on this point.) Victoria Wood had something when she said of Dad's Army: If you don't want something to date, then set it in the past, because it's already dated.

But I'd probably watch if they do another series.
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