I know that lots of other book bloggers talk TV, but I watch very little compared to many, so I usually have nothing to talk about. However, I got sucked into a new series recently and joined (er, invited myself to join) a group watch with Suey and Kailana for the newest Sherlock Holmes BBC series. I checked the first season (or series as they call it in Britain) out from the library and watched all three episodes nearly back to back. And what a crazy show it is! Be sure to check out Suey's and Kailana's recaps, since they had lots more to say. Here are some excellent questions the others' threw out to get my brain juices flowing:
-- Favorite thing about this show?
Watson. I love how complicated he is and also, how I feel just like him - totally lost about what Sherlock is doing. He makes the show more human.
-- Least favorite thing about the show?
Sherlock :) No really, he's a big old jerk and while I'm totally fascinated by him, he annoys me every time! And he does some very weird things. He's almost too quirky. Almost.
-- Are you most into the stories? Or the characters? Or the actors?
I think the stories are the most fascinating, though I got lost a few times on some episodes, especially the second one. What brings me back to it is the characters. Mostly Watson.
-- Have you ever read the original novels?
With the exception of The Hound of the Baskervilles, no. I read Hound so long ago I don't remember a thing from it, either!
--If you haven’t, does watching the spin-off shows and movies make you want to read the books?
Actually, yes! I'm interested to see what jerky things Sherlock did in a previous era, and what things they stayed true to (and could stay true to in this modern reinterpretation).
--Which was your favourite episode of the 3?
I'd have to say the last one, The Great Game, was the most exciting, though the first one, A Study in Pink, was pretty fun too. The middle one, The Blind Banker, didn't do anything for me.
--Did you like how the show is set in the present day?
I loved this aspect! Maybe it's because I'm on a retelling kick (see Classic Double Challenge), but I love to see modern versions especially. I like the update this one got.
--What do you think of how while Sherlock is thinking, words appear on the screen instead of the watcher being left in the dark.
This made me feel like I was a part of things and I think it requires more cleverness on the part of producers, since they have to find more subtle ways to surprise us.
--What do want to see in the second season?
More Watson. Sherlock making a mistake (and not just socially). Great stories.
Have you seen this new version? What do you think?
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