In 2010, the BBC launched a television series titled Sherlock which aimed to update the characters and stories for the 21st century. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, the series received critical and popular acclaim and has already received a commitment for a second season.
1.01 – A Study In Pink: A+
Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century might seem a regrettably preposterous proposition, but such an impression might last for only about five minutes or so into “A Study In Pink,” the first in a new series from BBC titled, simply, Sherlock. In fact, the strength of the series is in how naturally its central characters of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, since cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) inhabit and interact with the modern world.
1.02 – The Blind Banker: B-
The second installment of Sherlock, titled “The Blind Banker,” isn’t quite as extraordinary as its predecessor. But it’s still filled with plenty of intrigue, suspense and humor. The camaraderie between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson — when shown — continues to the a strong point. And even if the pacing isn’t quite as natural or as effortless as the series premiere, “The Blind Banker” manages to build to a suitably suspenseful and open-ended conclusion. The result is a very enjoyable, if somewhat underwhelming, ninety minutes of television.
1.03 – The Great Game: A
“The Great Game” brings the short, but eventful first season of Sherlock to a thrilling, if somewhat ambiguous conclusion. From start to finish, this installment is riveting and suspenseful, while providing a deeper exploration of the motivations and eccentricities of its central figure: Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, the story is so thoroughly engrossing that even though the ending is a bit … unsatisfactory … the result is another truly exceptional episode.