Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sherlock Season 02 Episode 01: A Scandal in Belgravia
Sherlock was one of the biggest surprises to me back in 2010. A TV series with three movie length episodes that managed to keep me pulling through the DVD set one after another.
Season two is here now and it has a lot to live up to in my standards, luckily it does succeed.
Picking up right where season one finished in the somewhat silly and cliche cliffhanger Watson and Sherlock have a few to many guns pointed at them and no way out. Of course they manage to get out of the situation (or else how would the show continue) but the way in which it happens was totally un-expected and out of the left field.
Lestrade's escape and disappear act seems to push Sherlock of edge for the opening of the episode. His target escaped and got the better of him and anything but catching him is boring. Until Mycroft, Sherlock's always loving brother pushes him into a case involving Irene Adler and things once again become very interesting for him. She's a mystery and a kind of opponent he hasn't dealt with before.
I loved every episode in the first series but it's very easy to say this is defiantly the best so far. Steven Moffat writes a very smart, twisting and turning episode that is once again backed with a wonderful cast.
I'll say this now and get it out of the way; Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes to me. I know his Sherlock is changed and obviously modified for the 21st century but he is just so darn good and embodies that role. Martin Freeman's chemistry with Cumberbatch as Watson is as good if not better this episode.
But the standout for me really was Lara Pulver as Irene. She really is amazing, beautiful and such a mystery on screen. Having followed Sherlock's enemies last season I was just as baffled with her as Sherlock was at first, but then I really grew to love her.
Sherlock still looks and sounds like a bigger production than what it really is. With the wonderful cinematography and the score to match the mood always spot on the dial, it really is hard not to get immersed in this world and the story.
I really have no qualms with 'A Scandal in Belgravia' at all which is so strange. I could go watch it again right now a enjoy the hell out of it and still be fine. It really is just some of the finest TV on now and you should be watching.
Next week I hope the bar isn't dropped in Mark Gatiss's episode The Hounds of Baskerville after being set so high. Also Next week features Russell Tovey in it as Sir Henery, and I always enjoy him on screen.