My series review of “Sherlock | Season One (2010)” created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat
In my view…
Sherlock Holmes is a very well known character in the detective literature written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The books are very famous and since 2010 it is – partly – filmed in a series way. And yes I say partly because it is adjusted to the time period we currently live in. The (high-)tech technology of today but the complexity of mysteries in crimes is of all time.
It is incredible how Sherlock Holmes – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – talks and thinks so rapidly. And even John is talking more rapidly in the upcoming seasons than he managed in this season. Of course it is a series, filmed and directed and mounted by a crew, but it is definitely also a skill of really good acting! As an actor as he didn’t practice his lines as rapidly as they were supposed to be; than you would have noticed it. But he did. In fact a few nice additions to this series and interviews and stuff can be seen on YouTube at the Graham Norton Show.
Another nice fact: this series is translated in at least seven languages. I have written previously about it in ‘Sherlock in seven languages‘. Those languages are: English, Italiano, Español, Français, Deutsch, Čeština and Russian.
The obvious story at the beginning is about the genius consultant detective Sherlock Holmes meeting for the first time with Dr. John Watson. From then on they go on an adventure. An adventure that will last way more than just one season of three long 90 minutes episodes, but I will only review the first season in this post. The big adventure is about Sherlock Holmes himself. Who is he really? What does he like? How does he think so incredibly quickly and sharp. Thinking clearly is not always the case…or well…that’s just the case of an episode, and more widely seen his character now and then if you can still follow me haha.
The main characters
Beside Sherlock Holmes himself and Dr. Watson, there are a few characters that play a big role throughout this season. The landlord woman of their house is Mrs. Hudson and they work together with D.I. Lestrade on all the cases. Quite quickly miss Molly Hooper begins to play a role within the series as well as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes.
The first episode of Sherlock | Season One (2010)
A Study in Pink
“A woman in pink is the fourth in a series of seemingly unrelated suicides, but Sherlock Holmes deduces that the deaths are actually murders most foul.” – Netflix description
“War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial ‘suicides’. ” – IMDb description
Tips / tricks / confusing
After – nearly bingewatching – this series completely with the fourth season, I can give a little advice for watching this series:
English is not my mother tongue; though I am quite fluent in English. I use subtitles because especially Sherlock Holmes speaks so rapidly with lots and lots of details in his sentences. I never want to miss a single detail because as a watcher of this series you are thinking together with them. You are asking yourself the ‘who dunnit?’ question. So: subtitles on! Oh and not in my native language Dutch because several translations are not correct and / or missing words.
My second advice is this: prepare your environment with a bottle of water and a healthy snack. Because for 90 minutes your brain will be thinking about the story, what it sees, the sounds and just thriller of the series too! So it’s not a ‘sit back and just relax’ series, no it is a ‘the game is on’ series!
It can be confusing that Sherlock talks so rapidly and it can be a bit confusing if you have read the novels but discover that they are not exactly the same. For example already the title: is it ‘A Study in Pink’ or ‘A Study in Scarlet’ ?
My third and last advice is to watch
This trailer is uploaded on YouTube by ‘The Empty Hearse’ and is not officially made by the BBC. But nonetheless this is a nice recap of several scene shot throughout the whole season.
I hope you like the series too. It is definitely worth to watch it! I am not telling too much about the single episodes – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion.
Greetings by Sophie
Genre: Crime / Drama / Mystery
Director: Paul McGuigan / Coky Giedroyc / Euros Lyn
Writer (book): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Screenwriter: Mark Gatiss / Steven Moffat / Steve Thompson
Country: UK / USA
Language spoken: English
Release Date: 20 October 2010
Release in NL: 20 October 2010
Time: 88 minutes
Production Companies: Hartswood Films / BBC Wales / Masterpiece Theatre
IMDb rating: 9.2 / 10
Rating: 10 / 10
The overview of the episodes:
- Episode 1 ‘A Study in Pink’
- Episode 2 ‘The Blind Banker’
- Episode 3 ‘The Great Game’
- Addition: Unaired Pilot of the series
Top 25 cast:
Series wide, not season bound!
- Benedict Cumberbatch / Sherlock Holmes
- Martin Freeman / Dr. John Watson
- Una Stubbs / Mrs. Hudson
- Rupert Graves / D.I. Lestrade
- Louise Brealey / Molly Hooper
- Mark Gatiss / Mycroft Holmes
- Andrew Scott / Jim Moriarty
- Amanda Abbington / Mary Watson
- Jonathan Aris / Anderson
- Vinette Robinson / Sgt Sally Donovan
- Tanya Moodie / Ella
- Lindsay Duncan / Lady Smallwood
- Yasmine Akram / Janine
- Sian Brooke / Elizabeth
- David Nellist / Mike Stamford
- Simon Kunz / Sir Edwin
- Timothy Carlton / Dad
- Wanda Ventham / Mrs. Holmes
- Lisa McAllister / Anthea
- Zoe Telford / Sarah
- Paul Chequer / D.I. Dimmock
- Tom Brooke / Bill Wiggins
- Lara Pulver / Irene Adler
- Ed Birch / Tom
- Phil Davis / Jeff
Enjoy watching this season!
Greetings by Sophie