Kieran’s Korner: Sherlock

Kieran Daly, Entertainment Editor

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories have been an entertaining and riveting part of film and television for years now, but it has never been done like this. From the minds of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) comes Sherlock, the twist on Conan Doyle’s timeless character sees Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in a completely new setting, the present day.

Each episode is based off of one of the original stories which were written in the late 1800’s. Some of the ways these episodes are done are fantastic, they incorporate several present day struggles and even accurately use technology to help carry out the story.

The writing to the show is fantastic and so unique. Watching an episode is like watching a full length, 90 minute feature film, but each of the three episodes in a season also carries over a major plot point. Each of the three seasons have been superb, and the way they are filmed even more so, with time slowing down at a crime scene so we can see how Sherlock thinks.

The best part about the show though is the on screen chemistry between Holmes and Watson, played so well by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. This is the show that arguably set off both actors careers and made them household names, with Freeman starring in The Hobbit and Cumberbatch having now starred in Star Trek into Darkness. Both actors play off of each other fantastically, making the audience alternate between laughing and crying.

Sherlock is a great show to watch with the family, or if you are just looking to kill 90 minutes, I highly recommend it for long distance trips. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, with the third one probably releasing in the fall.