Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TV Show Review: Sherlock


Recommended for: Ages 14 and up

Rating: TV-14 (For crime scenes and suggestive situations)

1. A Study in Pink

A woman in pink lies dead in a derelict house. She is the fourth in a series of seemingly impossible suicides. DI Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but even he knows that there's only one man who can help. Elsewhere in London, a war hero, invalided home from Afghanistan, meets a strange but charismatic genius who is looking for a flatmate; Dr John Watson and Sherlock Holmes are meeting for the first time. 

I am doing a review on a TV show because we haven't been watching any movies.

Technical 4/5

The special effects and the acting are all done very well, though sometimes the injuries can be a little graphic. Most of the time the story is told very well. It can be a little confusing at times but usually everything is explained and tied together some how. There are also some parts that I think are supposed to be sad but they don't really seem all that sad.

Setting 5/5

The setting is very different from the books, since they modernized it for the TV show. There were some locations in The Hound of the Baskervilles that I thought were faithful to the book, even though the plot was not. For most of the show, they are in modern day London. Sherlock does still live in 221b Baker St. which is a mess. There really isn't much to say about the settings but that they are good.

Plot 4/5

I have only read three of the books but the ones that are based off the books that I have read only had a couple of elements from the books. The plots can get confusing but they will usually connect. Also if there was a previous scene that had something important in it , they will usually play the important part again. The show is about Sherlock solving crimes in which there is usually a murder involved. There is one episode that does not start out with a crime.

Characters 4/5

Watson is still my favorite character but he was a better man in the books. The Watson in the show does act a lot like young Bilbo. Sherlock is very smart and weird and he picks up little details and remembers them. He can also be rude sometimes. I'm not happy that he doesn't play the violin in the same position as in the books. Sherlock is a pretty well developed character, although he does act a lot like the eleventh doctor, especially in season 1. There are some minor characters who I recognize from another BBC shows.

Even though I don't like all of the things that are changed from the books, which I think are  better, I still enjoy the show and I am looking forward to the next season.


  1. I enjoyed season one of Sherlock a lot. I have mixed feelings about the other two. I think they did their best job on the first .

    1. I think I agree that the first one was best. A Scandal in Belgravia had...issues...but I did like the rest of Series 2. And the one with Watson's wedding was interesting. But there is more objectionable content than I like. My family still likes Doctor Who better. :)

  2. I didn't expect to like a modernization of one of my favorite detectives ... I usually don't like the way things are "modernized." But I truly love this show! The writers did an awesome job getting the characters right, with such interesting ways of redoing the original stories. Ingenious :) There are some things that are too much for me, content wise, but all in all the show is a really good one. You said Watson acts like Bilbo ... I think that's just the way Martin Freeman acts in general. If you see him in other shows or movies, that's basically what he always acts like. A bit quirky and unique. Which is why I love him!

  3. I like the books better but I still enjoy the show a lot. I wish that they had kept The Hound of the Baskervilles closer to the book but that was really the only disappointment that I had.


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