I’m not particularly fond of this trailer – but I loved the first episode of the new BBC take on Sherlock Holmes (rooted firmly in the 21st century). Episode 2 – The Blind Banker plays this Sunday, October 31st, on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery and Episode 3 – The Great Game is on the following Sunday. (A Study in Pink, which they showed last weekend, can still be viewed online).
There are many, many reasons why I prefer Sherlock to the Robert Downey, Jr. film. Mostly because it retains the cerebral quality of the original Doyle stories. But I’m interested in what everyone else thinks. Did you watch? and if so what do you think of the modern makeover that’s been done on the great detective? Do you feel Sherlock fills a gap, or have American shows like Psych and House already been there, done that and done it better?
And if you still haven’t gotten your Holmes-ian fix (and have already read the originals), here are some book recommendations:
- Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lynsay Faye
- The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
- The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
- The Seven-Percent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
- A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen