Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch (best known for portraying Dr. Strange in Marvel’s Dr. Strange and Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) and Martin Freeman (best known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) follows the story of consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson. Sherlock has been portrayed 254 times making him one of the most portrayed literary characters, but the BBC series adaptation has gotten the best reviews thus far. The writer and co-creator of the show, Steven Moffat, reimagined the characters and brought them to life in a 21st century setting, making every character closer to real life people. The acting done by Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty the main villain of the series, brings the series together by making him the exact opposite of Sherlock. Where Sherlock is level headed and even tempered, Moriarty is hot headed and quickly loses his temper. Where Sherlock may do things as an impulse, everything Moriarty does is calculated and planned from the places he makes Sherlock go to the people he talks to, nothing is done because it was in the moment, it all leads to his final plan. The plot twists at the end of each season (each season only having 3-4 episodes) catch the audience by surprise and leave them wanting answers, thus drawing them in for the next season.
Each character plays a very unique and specific role in Sherlock or Moriarty’s life, from Sherlock and John’s landlady Mrs. Hudson to John’s wife, each character has their own meaning and role in both Sherlock and Moriarty’s great game. The revelations about many of the main characters are both shocking and intriguing, from the reveal of Moriarty in season 1 to the secrets of John’s wife Mary, nothing is ever truly predictable. The series is set for a 5th season but according to creators Marvin Gattis and Steven Moffat, the show won’t be returning for another year or two due to Benedict Cumberbatch‘s schedule with filming as Dr. Strange for Marvel and Moffat writing for Dr. Who, another popular BBC show.
(a review by Melene Rodriguez).