Sherlock — A Study in Pink (S1E1 Series Premiere)
I’m rather ashamed that it took me this long to watch Sherlock. So I’ll make up for it by watching both of the first two series this week. I hope that the rest of you are smarter than me and have already subscribed to the BBC’s fantastic adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, so I will skip the recap of the case.
Dr. John Watson was an army doctor in Afghanistan before he took a bullet that put him out of commission. Sherlock Holmes is the same hyper-observant, narcissistic man that he was portrayed as by Doyle and every other adaptation, but in Sherlock he doesn’t seem to be able to understand human emotion or social cues; when Molly tried to ask him out on a date he completely misunderstood. Sherlock calls himself a “consulting detective,” the only one of his kind, he consults on cases when the cops are out of their league. A sergeant, Sally, says that the only reason he consults is because he loves the thrill of the interesting cases; she wouldn’t be surprised if he became a killer himself when he lost interest in the cases.
Holmes and Watson are introduced by their mutual friend (or acquaintance in Sherlock’s case) Mike. Within the first thirty seconds of meeting, Sherlock knows just about everything there is to know about Watson. When Sherlock explains to Watson how he figured everything out, Watson responds “Extraordinary, quite extraordinary.” Sherlock responds calmly, “That’s not what people normally say.” Watson, “What do people normally say?” And with a smile, Sherlock responds “Piss off.” I think that this exchange explains beautifully the characters that Sherlock and Watson are and how close they will become.
The way that Sherlock deduces everything is quite amazing, this was no surprise. But what did come as a surprise is how the show displays his intellect. Text rolls across the screen as Sherlock notices any little thing (like the victim being left handed or pieces of her clothing be wet or dry), which helps the viewer understand what goes on in his strange mind. Along the lines of showing a little extra, as Sherlock and Watson were chasing the cab they showed a map of both routes that were being taken. I thought that this was completely unnecessary, but a very nice addition.
Once the cabbie dragged Sherlock with him to the place that he was planning on assisting his suicide, the story really got interesting. The two geniuses each have an opportunity to live another day, but Sherlock has to understand what is going on within the cabbie’s brain if he wants to live. You know that it’s a good start to a show if during the pilot they already have their audience on the edge of their seats, and I definitely was. Right as it appears that Sherlock is going to take one of the pills, though, Watson shoots the cab driver. With barely any time left before his death, the cabbie blurts out that Moriarty was the one who put him up to it. This didn’t come as any surprise.
I was, however, incredibly surprised that Moriarty wasn’t the man that approached Watson previously. Turns out that was Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. I have a sneaking suspicion that they might be the same person, though… I’m probably wrong, but something about Mycroft seems so evil.
I have to say, Sherlock has lived up to all of my expectations. Bravo, Steven Moffet, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman, I am definitely going to be watching the rest of the series!
Posted on August 27, 2012, in Pilots, Police & Lawyers, Sherlock and tagged bbc, benedict, british, cabbie, cumberbatch, freeman, gatiss, martin, moffet, mystery, pilot, premiere, sherlock, sherlock holmes, study in pink, watson. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.