The BBC tv show called Sherlock is a weird thing. It manages to be awesome and totally horrendous at the same time, depending on your point of view.
Let’s put it this way, as a contemporary tv show centered around a London based detective who solves crimes with his sidekick it’s awesome. The plots are splendid roller coasters, the narrative and dialogues sharp and witty, and the camera work and artistic direction is inspirational.
On the other hand, I can’t help but hate that they had to name it Sherlock and base it on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. If you love those books, there will be a lot of wtf moments that will make you almost stop watching.
Two examples of this; the book Sherlock is asexual, he’s so wrapped up in developing his mind that he’s beyond sex (or in fact morality and good & bad). This being a BBC show however they decided in their infinite wisdom to make Sherlock gay. Awesome. In any other case it’d just be lame (hello Torchwood), in this case it simply does not fit the Sherlock character in any way or form.
Other example; this one’s so sad it’s laughable. In the original book series Sherlock sometimes resorts to using cocaine to keep his thinking mojo going. Fast forward to the 21st century and BBC censorship and they decided this was probably not a good idea to advertise to their already drunk and stupid average viewer, so they replaced it. They should have just ripped it out altogether considering how badly they assassinated the Sherlock character, but no they replaced it. With nicotine patches. I kid you not. That’s like doing a remake of a classic western and when the silent and serious looking main character goes for a drink they replace the bottle of whiskey with a baby bottle with orange juice. Epic face palm moment.
If you haven’t seen it yet go grab it somewhere as it is definitely worth checking out. It’s one of, if not THE, best detective series out there at the moment even though they only do 3 episodes (albeit it 90 minute ones) a year.
Just don’t expect it to have to much to do with Sherlock Holmes.