Last night whilst combing through the ever expanding netflix queue, I decided to give a new show a shot. That show? Eureka, a syfy (still hate that name) series that is full of people I know from movies and other series (hello Miles Dyson) and is honestly one of the most endearing shows I’ve seen in a while. Usually a show needs a few episodes to get off its feet, two of my favorite current shows, 30 Rock and Community, both had this starting hiccup where it seems the writers don’t have the characters fully realized yet and it seems as if this world just didn’t exist before you got there, then they either stumble or hit a stride. Both of the previously mentioned shows vie for my favorite show on television titles and are highly recommended.
Well, we’re here again. The bleak, hot, humid days of summer where TV sucks and the game releases are lacking. I look at this as a good chance to go through ye ol’ Netflix queue and catch up on some TV and movies. So I’m kicking off a new series of articles that I have invited my nerd brethren to write along side of me and called it Summer of Netflix. A good chance to make recommendations on shows you can catch up on.
My first entry into the series is Sherlock. A new series from the BBC about a modern take on Sherlock Holmes. The usual cast of characters are all here, Sherlock, his land-lady, Watson (played by Martin Freeman of the british the Office) and Detective Lestrade. BBC originally only funded 3 episodes of this excellent series, but fortunately, as of earlier this year, they have picked up the show for 14 more episodes. This is good news indeed, but I’m hoping that both the creative force behind it (Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat) and the actors themselves can make it back. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, is rumored to have been picked up for a role in The Hobbit. So, the timing may be poor, but hopefully it will all work out.
The quality of the show is top notch. Cinematography to action sequences, all shot beautifully. The stories are told artfully, leaving you hanging until the masterful explanation is spewed in a harried, angry way from Sherlock’s mouth. Sherlock is played as a recovering addict who brilliantly tears into people whenever confronted with a new poor soul. The camera pin points to specific things he spots as an explanation of his findings falls out of his mouth in a waterfall of words. Sherlock is an odd one, he does his work seemingly for free and for nothing other than the thrill of the chase. The opening episode focuses on Watson though, who has recently returned from war where he was a field medic. He is introduced to Sherlock through a mutual friend and immediately falls in step with the chase after a serial killer. It seems the thrill of the chase is as much a stimulant for Watson as it is for Sherlock. Freeman plays him masterfully though, as the somewhat more grounded partner to the elevated genius that is Sherlock.
Overall this is an excellent series, and I couldn’t be happier to know there are more episodes on the way. If anything it makes me consider trying Dr. Who on for size. Both Gatiss and Moffat are heavily involved in that on going series now, and the quality seems to be on par with what they brought to Sherlock. All three episodes are available on instant watch now. So check it out, let me know how much you love it!