Sherlock: Season 3
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The question on everyone's lips is finally answered as the hugely popular Sherlock returns in three brand new action-packed adventures. With the demise of Moriarty, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness) finds himself locked in another mind battle with the powerful Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is holding the secrets of the world at his fingertips. Once again, the game is on for Sherlock and John (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit) in The Empty Hearse, The Sign of Three and finally, His Last Vow.
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I found this out after Season 1, when I bought the DVD's (NOTE: you can get the DVDs earlier from amazon.uk, though you'll need an all-region DVD player to watch them). I realized I was seeing entire scenes that PBS didn't broadcast. A crucial scene in "A Study in Pink", where the murderer reveals his motivation, was cut short on PBS. So you never know until you watch the DVD why he did the murders.
Really unconscionable of PBS to manhandle such a great series.
I love mysteries and Sherlock Holmes, who doesn't!! THIS IS BY FAR the best interpretation of a modern Sherlock and Watson, love Mary Watson too.
Martin Freeman's Watson, however, is far and away the best Watson I have ever seen, better that I could have imagined after at least a dozen bumbling, moronic Watsons we seem to have been gifted with over the years. Freeman's Watson is courageous,, intelligent, but injured by the horrors of war, and with the need for action that life with Holmes offers. Absolutely the best, a match for Sherlock in every way except Watson has a moral compass that Sherlock seems to lack.
To say Cumberbatch's Sherlock was not my favorite Holmes is not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy every minute of every episode in three seasons of the show, I was completely involved, entangled, addicted to the show. And while I was watching, I thought Cumberbatch had the character down pat, but in retrospect I can't say he was "better", just new and different, and unfortunately, like a child who doesn't mind getting muddy as he splashes through the puddles after a rain.
So... An excellent re-interpretation of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes, excellent in all aspects save one, and Benedict Cumberbbatch is an excellent, award worthy actor who's immersion in the character of Sherlock the hyper-intelligent man, stuck developmentally at twelve years old, who's exuberant pursuit of accurate explanations of reality lead to wonderful stories for us to watch unfold. I will watch them again, and possibly again, and enjoy every minute. You should too.
RDJ was a great Sherlock, dare I say, much more neurotic than Benedict. But Jude Law as Watson? There is no on air chemistry between Downing and Law. Often I feel Law was casted to appeal to female audiences as a male sex icon - which is ironic considering how conservative Watson's character is. Conversely, CBS' Elementary makes a point to incorporate women into it's traditionally male roles. But the one question audiences will always ask: is how long can CBS keep the show going without the sex issue happening between the two of them? A time and true old question if men and women can be friends - and the bases of several great movies - most notably though was When Harry Met Sally. (Many feel the question has been thwarted by Joan Watson's most recent, discreet affair - but there's a lot of sexual tension on air between Liu and Miller - and that's confusing).
BBC has captured the essence of the Sherlock tale though. One man obsessed with his work, to the point he has minimized human contact as a distraction. And an ex solider struggling to find the balance between happiness in the civilian world and the danger of the non normal world. All casting selections are superb. All modern twists on the classic old tales are great. And Season 3 ends with a cliff hanger nearly as big as season 2.
Hopefully there will not be another TWO year gap between series/seasons this time..... still a bit sore about that. Especially since it was only for The Hobbit (which is a horrible bunch of movies, 2 movies in).