Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson
Rupert Graves as DI Lestrade
Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson
Directed by Paul McGuigan
Synopsis: three suicides are making news from within the heart of London. The police are hard-pressed to determine why all of them are linked, due to the fact that all the suicides are the result of the same poison. Oh no…a FOURTH suicide! Whatever are the police to do? Enter Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective. There’s no one else who can solve a case like Sherlock, who, armed with his new flatmate/partner/colleague/FRIEND?!, appears to frazzle everyone based on his uncanny ability to decipher clues that no one else is able to observe. He also pisses a lot of people off because of his “high-functioning sociopathic” tendencies, so he’s basically an asshole loner. The man can shock an audience, though.
• Sherlock and John’s first meeting. With Mike just sitting there, smirking as John is completely befuddled by the man at the table.
• How excited Sherlock gets anytime he figures something out. He’s like a 4-year-old who just opened a new box of crayons. You almost expect
him to start clapping and giggling.
• The banter. Everyone is so damned sarcastic. And rude.
• The 21st century expectation that two men sharing a flat will, of course, be gay. Poor John. Sherlock is oblivious, which is to be
expected, because it’s not important.
Did anyone else notice the Princess Bride similarities? The scene with the pills is SO crazy close to the scene with Vizzini. Just sayin’.
Weepy Meter: 0/10 Nope. I get really girly and do the 4-year-old giggle/clap sequence, because I’m a nerd, and I TOTALLY GET WHAT’S GOING ON,
but that’s me.
Man Meter: 8/10 Just don’t fangirl with him around or you’ll lose him forever.
Overall Rating: 9/10 Great first espisode. Amazing introduction to the characters and their MO. It’s only going to get better. I can feel it.