Sherlock: The Series Two Soundtrack

Previous: Series One.

(Look over here for more booklet-y goodness. The artwork is, again, amazing!)

Oh, my God. Who knew having your heart ripped out of your chest and trampled into the dust could be so beautiful? This soundtrack, even more than Series One, goes to show what musical genius is operating behind this, and how valuable the music, composed by David Arnold and Michael Price, has become to understanding these characters–to comprehend who they are, and what they’re going through. Continue reading →

“I Was So Alone, and I Owe You So Much”—Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall.

Previously on Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville.

This is amazing television. This is an emotional rollercoaster like I’ve never been on one. I cried, then I giggled, then I cursed, and then I cried again. A lot. This is writing (I may have been disappointed with Steve Thompson’s Blind Banker last series, but this… this is perfection, and I bow to his script), directing, and acting genius on a silver platter, and if this series of Sherlock does not win just about every award there is to win, then I don’t know what’s wrong with the world.

This is the Final Problem.

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I’ve Got to See a Man About a Dog—Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville.

Previously on Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.

“They were the footprints of a gigantic hound.”

It’s all in the phrasing, darlings. That single thing, the choice of the archaic term ‘hound’ is what puts Sherlock on the scent. I know, nice choice of words.

This adaptation of one of the most acclaimed Sherlock Holmes stories is much further away from the original than any of the previous ones have been, simply because ghost stories just aren’t as avant-garde anymore as they once were, and because this is a modernization of the stuff, so naturally some of the patina had to go. In this day and age, genetic experimentation in a secret army base named Baskerville makes for more exciting stuff than someone savaging a dog for the purpose of getting a hold on the family fortune. A simple adaptation can be done by anyone—but taking the piece and making it contemporary while retaining all the elements of horror, now, that is the challenge. Mark Gatiss, the resident master of horror, knows how to do it.

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Sherlock Holmes, Put Your Trousers On—There’s A Scandal in Belgravia.

Previously on Sherlock: The Great Game.

Now, if this isn’t the perfect way to start 2012, I don’t know what is.

What with this episode being so elaborate, so twisty-turny and beautiful, I hardly know where to start. This is amazingly done television, and A Scandal in Belgravia has set out to prove—and has succeeded—that waiting 18 months for Series 2 has been monumentally worth it. There is so much brains, so much joy, so much sheer love for Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation and for this world of characters that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have created that just shines through every bit on screen. The script, which is incredibly tight, incredibly dense and, as per, wonderfully witty, absolutely bloody hilarious, and emotionally demanding; and that has been put on screen by Paul McGuigan, and filled with life by a stunning central cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Rupert Graves, and in this episode the powerful guest appearance of Lara Pulver with such enormous effort, skill, and heart. It’s these people that make the programme, and I think Sherlock will go down in history as one of the finest adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and one, if not the best drama production of a long, long time. It spells devotion, and I don’t think anyone could help themselves and not be drawn to that, not be drawn into this world, and not come to love these characters and the stories that they tell. There is murder at the gallop—murder by boomerang, to be precise!—but it is only decoration, as are the twists and the turns and the charade. Decoration to a power play that shall remain unrivalled for many, many generations.

Spoilers under the cut.

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Announcement: ‘Sherlock’, Series 2 Has Been Confirmed.

Ok, so, the Beeb has announced that dear Sherlock will return in Autumn 2011, for three 90-minute episodes.

Talking of the Sherlock recommission, co-creators, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, say: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth of response to our new Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and can’t wait to take them on three new adventures next year. There’ll be baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies – whether on two, or four legs. And we might well be seeing the cold master of logic and reason unexpectedly falling. But in love? Or over a precipice? Who can tell?”

See the full press release here.

I can’t really hide my disappointment that it’s going to be a three-episode installment, again, but, well, they are 90 minutes long, which is, after all, roughly twice the length of any Doctor Who episode, so technically we actually get a half-decent series altogether. Considering Gatiss and Moffat are both busy scraping Series 6 of DW together, Autumn 2011 doesn’t sound too shabby.

Sherlock: Series 2 — Snippets of Speculation, I.

The finale to the grossly wonderful BBC series Sherlock, ‘The Great Game,’ has probably stirred a lot of speculation, rumours and interpretations of what is what and who is who—I’ve been chewing on my pen for the last few days, and, yesterday, I visited a friend who’s very much into the show, too, and we merrily speculated a bit more, with me taking a few more notes. (Yes, I actually, occasionally, take notes when I’m talking to her!) Anyway, here are our ideas… Warning: made of spoilers for the way things might be related to the original stories, so if you want to avoid those in order to be really and utterly surprised, don’t read this. If you don’t care: HIT THE JUMP 🙂 Continue reading →