TV With Nic: BBC’s Sherlock

TV With Nic: BBC’s Sherlock

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Nicholas A. Howe, Beatrice Bureau Chief

BBC’s Sherlock” is the British Broadcasting Channel’s modern day interpretation of Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

The series centers on the deductive, consultant detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his blogging sidekick, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), as they solve crimes throughout modern day London.

The show starts off with a meeting of John and Sherlock in the upstairs flat, or apartment for American readers, owned by the lovely Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), leading the men to become roommates at the world renowned 221B Baker Street.

As the series progresses, the modern Sherlock works on the same cases from the books, but with a twist, using the technology of today, specifically Sherlock’s Blackberry cellphone.

During his cases, he works with Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), Coroner Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), and his own brother, the head of Scotland Yard, Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss).

In the second season, we are introduced to Sherlock’s arch-nemesis, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), also known as the world’s first consultant criminal. Their confrontations led to an incredulously sad season finale and a two-year hiatus.

This hiatus lasted two-years, both in real time and television time, during which time, both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman appeared in movies such as “The Hobbit Trilogy” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

In “The Hobbit,” Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, and Cumberbatch plays the voice of Smaug and the Necromancer. In “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Cumberbatch plays Khan.

“BBC’s Sherlock” was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Together, they have written on many television shows, including “Doctor Who.

Fans of Sherlock have constantly been trying to associate the homosexual undertones in the show into a gay relationship between Sherlock and Watson. Many people call this pairing, or “ship,” Johnlock.

“BBC’s Sherlock” has a large fan following. They are a part of the big three, which is a term for the fandoms, or fan kingdoms, of “Supernatural,” “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.” The term for this fandom is Superwholock.

The individual actors, Cumberbatch and Freeman, have their own followers. The fans of Cumberbatch call themselves “Cumberbabes.” Freeman’s followers are especially entertained by Freeman’s interviews, where he acts like he doesn’t care or throws hundreds of jokes around.

This show is one of my favorites, so much so that even I am a part of the Superwholock fandom. Not only is it entertaining, but it also makes me think about everything I do.

The science of deduction is a real science, and many people are moving from their sole thinking to the wider idealism of deduction. I also love the fact that so many people did a ton of math to figure out the end of season 2.

Overall, “BBC’s Sherlock” is educational, emotional and enjoyable.