Sherlock – Season 1
It’s kind of funny that I mentioned that I have a hard time watching procedural shows on Amy’s Elementary – Season 1 review, yet I just recently managed to check out Sherlock‘s first season. Despite Julyssa and Mirella insisting for months that it’s fantastic to watch, I held off on watching the show until I just caught the first season on TV. Only three episodes to watch (albeit 90 minutes each), and it’s a lot easier to watch than Elementary for those with commitment issues regarding dedication to watching a show if you want a dose of a made-for-television Sherlock Holmes series.
Season 1 begins when John Watson (Freeman), a recently invalided doctor, meets detective Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch) just when Holmes is assisting the police in solving a weird case involving lots of suicides. From the moment Watson and Holmes get to know each other, their personalities clash, yet they work together in solving crimes across London.
While Sherlock comes across as a procedural show because there’s different cases per episode, the fun of watching Sherlock lay mostly in the interactions between Watson and Holmes, both greatly performed by Freeman and Cumberbatch, respectively. The chemistry between them is great and they work well thanks to Steven Moffat’s screenwriting, which keeps the show watchable and has succeeded in adapting the Sherlock Holmes series into a modernized version, involving current technology while retaining the traits that made Holmes and Watson interesting to begin with.
As far as the crime cases fared on the first season, I would say they worked well in favor of the characterisations for Holmes and Watson. However, Sherlock suffers a bit in the middle portion of solving the cases because the pacing felt slow, but you can except that on most crime shows. While the first episode served as a great introduction to the show’s format and characters, the second episode drags a lot and almost hurt the show’s momentum. The season finale, however, is the best Sherlock offers while building the tension for both the characters and the case, leading to the revealing of next season’s main antagonist and ending with a strong cliffhanger.
All in all, Season 1 was interesting to watch. I’ll admit that I would have graded this higher if it wasn’t because of the weak second episode.