Here I am, arriving several years late to the party again, but I blame Dr. Who this time. I have given the Doctor several tries, but he keeps turning me off, and I hold him accountable for steering me clear of most things spawned in Britain — I just could never figure out what I was missing, and why I couldn’t latch on to that immense wave of fandom.
Last year, a friend recommended Orphan Black to me, and just knowing that it was produced by the BBC set me up with low expectations (sorry!). Fortunately, my Netflix queue was low on binge-worthy shows, and I burned through the whole series in no time. I loved it! This show opened my eyes to the possibility that the BBC might actually be not too shabby. After that, I gave Luthor a shot, but had to bail on it because I don’t go for the psycho killer/CSI kind of shows. And then I found Sherlock.
You know Sherlock, that show with the dude that played Khan in Star Trek and that other guy who’s in the Hobbit movies. I kid, because I have the UTMOST respect for both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman after devouring all three seasons of Sherlock. I was hooked after the first five minutes and knew this was going to be something to savor. After completing the series, I had to share it with someone and put on the first episode for my wife, and she was hooked. I watched the entire series again with her, and then watched the “making of” mini-shows that Netflix offered. I devoted two solid weeks of my TV-viewing life to Sherlock, and I would willingly watch it again. It’s soooo good.
I’m sure the fanfare has been there all along, but I honestly don’t recall people shouting about how much they enjoy this show. The writing and acting is superb, and like with any great show, you grow more and more fond of the characters with each episode. The show rewards you for watching it from the beginning, by building on the characters and their relationships with one another. I can’t think of another show that I can say this about, but I would not change a thing about it — the show has found the perfect balance of plot, characters, and humor.
Each season is only three episodes long, and there are only three seasons, so it is an easy binge. My favorite episodes are S2:E1 A Scandal in Belgravia, and S3:E3 His Last Vow, but they are all excellent. Of course, now I don’t know what to do with myself. What can I possibly watch now that I have been exposed to perfection?