Well, here I go. Part one of many, I hope. I fully anticipate Benny joining me with reviewing the Sherlock series, but, being a stubborn buttcrack, like he is, he’ll probably refuse to review that which I already have. Regardless, here’s A Study In Pink!
Let’s start, as always, with the plot.
We begin with Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman), ex-Afghanistan Field Doctor, meets Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) through a friend and the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street (right behind Danger-Mouse’s Place). After a series of ‘suicides’, Sherlock is consulted by a police inspector, after which Sherlock deduces some facts about a victim, plus her name. Finding her suitcase, Sherlock tries to deduce why she died. Meanwhile, a man turns up with some money and tries to convince John that he should tell the man all of Sherlock’s secrets… And that, kids, is why you never talk to strangers!
- There’s got to be a bro-mance going on there…?
Sherlock notices that a taxi has arrived in the street and chases it down, assuming that the passenger is involved, when in reality, he was a recently arrived American, with a perfect alibi. Scotland Yard believe Sherlock to be withholding evidence, so perform a drugs bust, at the same time that they deduce that the killer has the latest victims phone and that he is downstairs waiting for them with a taxi. Sherlock gets into the taxi, where the driver takes him to some school building. There, the driver admits his role in the deaths, but claims that he only convinced the people to take a poisonous pill, making every death a suicide.
The driver then suggests that Sherlock should take part in a little puzzle, whether to take one pill or another, at gunpoint. One pill will kill him, whilst the other is harmless. Sherlock, however, deduces that the driver is dying, calls his bluff and discovers that the gun is a cigarette lighter. The driver congratulates him, then as Sherlock begins to walk away, asks him to pick a pill anyway. At this moment, John arrives in a building across from the one Sherlock is in and shoots at the driver. As he lay dying, Sherlock asks him if he was right and who is the Sherlock fanatic. The driver dies after announcing ‘Moriarty’.
Outside, Scotland Yard have secured the perimeter and just as Sherlock deduces that John was the gunman who kill the driver, feigns shock and claims that he is to be ignored. We are then informed that the creepy man with the money that was obviously not a paedophile or anything (Mark Gatiss), is Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, who is going to increase the level of surveillance aimed at his brother.
Sherlock! Woah! What a plot line! Death after death after death. Boo! Oooooh! So, a hammer horror film comes on and shit happens. I like the plot. Call me old-fashioned (I dare you), but this plot was simple and comfortably paced, that I think I could do a nice open day and a horrible rest of the time…
- Someone ALWAYS takes Sleeping Lions way too far…
So yeah, the plot was well paced and in all honesty, that’s what you need when dealing with a character who can outsmart everyone else in the room with a single magical thought. Then let’s suggest that everyone he knows, doesn’t like him. We have the makings of a psycho, yet, the actuality of an unsung hero. Well performed and well acting, in general, despite a few costume mix-ups and an attitude filled source. It’s epic!
The whole show seemed a bit… convenient. Sure, he has everything he needs, but if that were the case, we’d have had an hour and a half of Errand Running Sherlock to contend with. He doesn’t really work for his keep, with the easy answer being right there at the start… A bit more realism… Please?
So, here we are, at the end of part one of our series. I liked the story and the whole Sherlock character is / was well-developed, which I plan to emulate through writing a character analysis with each review, similarly to this one. Next, Watson!
Final score? Has to be: