In the next instalment of the ‘Late to the Show’ series, Luke Addison looks at the BBC’s Sherlock….
Of course Sherlock brings something to this ‘bromance’ too – adventure. He gives Watson something to live for and a reason to keep going, rather than prematurely end his life as the start of episode one hints at.
As the show goes on, Sherlock begins to show more and more emotion, whilst never losing the clinical, deep thinking that we all love him for. He shows anger at his own stupidity, self sacrifice and love for those he considers his friends, and even a little appreciation to Watson in times when he’s been of help. This is something I think was lacking in the other versions, although the popular opinion that Sherlock was autistic in the books is addressed in the show, in the form of a quip from Watson to Inspector Lestrade.
With strong writing from Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, fantastic performances by all of the principal and supporting cast, and plenty of stories to draw inspiration from, I can’t see Sherlock lessening in quality whatsoever. In fact, the only thing stopping it from continuing for some years is Freeman’s and Cumberbatch’s sky-rocketing careers.
Luke Addison is an aspiring film journalist with a passion for all things television and film. Follow him on Twitter @Novo_Slev.