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Still could get there...kind of fun to watch while it tries.
on December 20, 2012
I should preface this review by stating that I am a Sherlock fan. I've read a couple and I've seen all of them (save a few silent films). From Jeremy Brett (stellar) to Robert Stevens (ick) to Benedict Cumberbatch (solid...very). This show has some fun with the Sherlock model, casting a female as Watson who is, true to form, an actual doctor --though minus the war scars. She coaches (or attempts to) Sherlock on social skills as he struggles with addiction, also paying homage to the original. The pair are fun to watch as Sherlock slowly insinuates himself into every part of Watson's life, and drags her from one grizzly crime scene to another.
They haven't gone anywhere. The overarching story seems secondary to the CSI -like formulaic crime drama. The cases became old hat and standardized by the end of the season, and Sherlock's "brilliant" deductions are often lackluster. This Sherlock doesn't really seem as much the genius as I'd say he should. He comes across as a bit of a savant--good at picking puzzles apart, and with a flare for snooping. And, thus far, the story has gone nowhere. There are no villains left standing, no one who truly challenges Sherlock, and there is no actual plot that ties one episode to another aside from a blah-blah-blah-I'm-an-addict schtick. At the end of each episode they give you a grey's anatomy song and get nice and sentimental about themselves. It's as predictable as much of the dialog between an exasperated Watson and an overbearing Sherlock becomes.
Overall, this show could, possibly, grow into a story and a show that has depth and range and something with a meatier entertainment value, but it's not there yet. In fact, I was getting pretty bored by the end, and one of my roommates swore it off at the second to last episode (saying he couldn't keep watching the same story over and over). That said, I did watch the entire season...the actors were well played and I'm, well, a glutton for Sherlock.