2 years ago
By Alison Piepmeier
Here's something else I'm grateful for: recommendations for excellent tv watching. Cate suggested that Biffle and I have a look at a fairly new BBC series called Sherlock. It's a telling of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in contemporary London, but with many many of the other details of the Holmes universe intact.
The back story: Biffle has an almost pathological love for Sherlock Holmes. He has a volume of all Arthur Conan Doyle's writings which he's had since his early teen years. The thing is literally falling apart, and has his marginalia throughout. He rereads the whole book probably once a year, and has quite the memory for the details of the Sherlock Holmes universe.
And my back story: I like adventure-ish tv shows and movies that feature two smart guys who are working together and also kind of flirting with each other.
So we watched the first episode last night and both loved it. They make clever use of technology: often Holmes's observations are typed on the screen (he sees the word "Rache" scratched into the floor and the German definition of the word pops up for a moment), and he constantly uses text messaging. The whole show was exciting, even if (as in the case of Biffle) you have the entire Holmes universe memorized. They know that many in their audience will have read the Doyle stories repeatedly, so they offered playful references for those folks.
Here's the bummer: there aren't a million more episodes for us to download. The first year has, like, three episodes. Then we, along with everybody else who's discovered this series, will have to wait for the BBC to release series 2.