Jul. 26th, 2010 11:44 pm
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Just watched Sherlock on iPlayer; it's pretty good.

The characters and milieu translate very well to the modern day. It's a bit depressing to think that we're still fighting a war in Afghanistan over a hundred years later.
I liked all the references back to the books and might have to have a re-watch to see what others I could spot. They lampshaded Watson's wandering wound, as also Holmes' cocaine habit.
The murder method was slightly disappointing, but at least Moriarty was introduced. I was surprised that Mycroft was actually Mycroft, but in hindsight he could hardly have been anyone else. The umbrella should have been a give-away.

Date: 2010-07-27 12:37 am (UTC)
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I loved the portrayal of Watson. People easily forget that he was fairly young when he met Holmes!

Date: 2010-07-27 01:22 am (UTC)
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Re the murder method, I was almost certain that the solution was that the cabbie had made himself immune to the iocane powder poison in the capsules, and they were both poisoned. I wasn't sure whether to be disappointed or relieved that we never found out the answer. I guessed that the cab driver was the murderer (thanks to having read "A Study in Scarlet") and so I was a bit annoyed that they spent approximately forever having Sherlock puzzle it out on screen.

But those are minor, minor glitches in a production that I loved enormously overall. If you get my Holmes and Watson right, I can forgive a multitude of plot sins, and this one really didn't have a multitude to forgive.
Edited Date: 2010-07-27 01:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-07-27 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes. I was holding my breath that they wouldn't do it!

Date: 2010-07-27 06:29 am (UTC)
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I watched it yesterday and greatly enjoyed it. It's one of the quirks of history that Watson had still seen action in Afghanistan.

The portrayal of Watson was great - what people so often miss is that he's only slow on the uptake compared with Holmes.


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