Lately I have been visiting my public library quite often to stock up on reading material and DVDs. 2 weeks ago I was perusing the movie racks when I stumbled across Sherlock. I love when classic literature is represented in modern day film (or in this case television) and snatched it up faster than you can say Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
Unlike the recently released movie (and its coming sequel), this 3 episode series produced by BBC takes place in modern day London. The cast is perfect; Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson is a former military doctor just returned from Afghanistan. He is asked to share a flat with Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant detective played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Both do an outstanding job of portraying the unique qualities of the characters. Freeman is a practical thinker and loyal 'til the end, whereas Cumberbatch is a socially aloof intellectual. Together they offer a fresh yet believable representation of these two literary cohorts. Sherlock's arch-nemesis, played by Andrew Scott, is equally well cast. Moriarty is a chilling mix of psychopath and mastermind criminal, whose involvement in malfeasance is purely for his own enjoyment.
Add these amazing actors to the superbly written plots and the exhilarating action with phenomenal special effects and you have a sensational television series that you will be addicted to from the start.
So do yourself a favor and search for Sherlock at your local library, and if they don't have it find it on Netflix. And don't be too disappointed when you finish this season, the second season is due to be released in 2012 and promises to be even better than the first!