It’s an exciting time for American Sherlockians such as myself. Season Two of the acclaimed BBC series, which has already been released in the UK, is coming to American PBS stations starting May 6. At last, we can catch up to the rest of the fandom! Now, as I prepare myself for the cascades of angst that will undoubtedly engulf me as I watch Sherlock Season Two, I reach out to the unconverted so that they may
join in my suffering see what a fantastic program this is.
If you live in the United States, there’s never been a better time to get into Sherlock. You can catch up on the first season, and almost immediately continue into the second. There are only three episodes in the first season–A Study In Pink, The Blind Banker, and The Great Game–so you don’t have an awful lot to watch, although each episode is over an hour long. They’re fully worth it.
In case you know absolutely nothing about Sherlock, it’s a version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries set in 21st-century London. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the lead role as Sherlock Holmes, a reclusive genius, the world’s only consulting detective, and a “high-functioning sociopath” (not to be confused with a psychopath). Martin Freeman plays Dr. John Watson, his stalwart, long-suffering sidekick. The series was created by the somewhat infamous Steven Moffat (of Doctor Who fame) and Mark Gatiss.
The series cleverly and convincingly takes the classic mysteries and makes them relevant and believable to the modern audience. There’s snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and plenty of action and suspense. Every episode is fast-paced and never gets dull, despite their length. It’s a program that can appeal to nearly every sort of fan, but it’s intelligent entertainment. It should be right up there with Doctor Who on every nerd’s To-Watch list.
How many of you are Sherlock fans? Are you anticipating the second season, or have you already seen it?