Synopsis: A series of suicides have taken place, all linked to the same poison. The clueless police resort to the only consulting detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, Dr. John Watson has returned from Afghanistan and is trying to acclimate himself with the civilian life. Through a string of events, Dr. Watson ends up as a flatmate of Sherlock Holmes. In an attempt to escape the boredom of civil life, Dr. Watson teams up with Sherlock to solve the curious case. Thus, begins the hunt for the elusive serial killer.
There is not the same pipe, nor the same timepiece or the same archaic backdrop but somehow the soul of Sherlock Holmes lives on as if it is reincarnated in the 21st century. The brilliant 90 minute spectacle engineered by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss summons the enigmatic charm of Sherlock to the modern cityscape of London.
Immaculately refined, the first episode unfolds with its own pace and leaves you wanting for more. It sets in our hearts the impression of the modern Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) who would not stop at nothing to keep his boredom at bay. A high functioning sociopath, who has a penchant for solving crimes and mysteries. The character of our sidekick Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) is so delicately flawed that its impression comes off as entirely human. Freeman has done a fantastic job playing Watson, bringing out the character in a quaint way.
The show itself is a construct of such grandness that it alludes to cinema rather than a television episode. The appeal that the show projects is cut-throat sharp and modern. The superb visual effects like an on-screen map during the street chase or on-screen display of incoming texts adds to the sublime and modern construct of the show. The music is splendid and adds to the grandeur and allure, at the least expense of being conspicuous.
The one thing we particularly enjoyed was the many instances where the science of deduction beautifully pours out of the eccentric Holmes, leaving Watson (and us too) baffled and flabbergasted.
Sherlock’s air of condescension and Watson’s facial twitches and quirks often stirs up bouts of humor and lightens up the show. The mesmerizing score and superb cinematography too adds a sublime appeal. The thing with this show is that it truly engages your mind. It meddles with it and forces it to question incessantly and precisely after 1 hour and 30 minutes you find yourself somewhere you have never been before.