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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Who’da Thunk It?

Sherlock.

Masterpiece Theater has done it again and obviously, once again, I am last to know it!

Last night I saw that Masterpiece Theater (on PBS) was going to show “Sherlock”.. it said nothing of “who” was in it…nor what it was about.  So, since weekend nights on cable, for the most part.. suck, I decided to see what it was about.

Did I expect to see (Khan) Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock? 

Did I expect  to  (Bilbo) Martin Freeman as Watson?

Did I expect (or ever want) a modern day Sherlock Holmes, when the ONLY Sherlock Holmes I ever really liked was the old black and white ones with Basil Rathbone?

Go ahead.. ask!

NO, NO, and NO!!

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The episodes I saw were from 2010 so I know I am behind the times, even in America where things don’t show until after they view in England.

But from the way Cumberbatch looked compared to when he was in Star Trek was a bit of a shock.  With longer curly hair he looks waaaay tooooo young to be Sherlock!  But his acting abilities changed that quickly.

And who knew Bilbo (Freeman) could do anything but fight Spiders?! lol.. he was also excellent as Watson.  I have to say the casting is superb and the writing is outstanding!

Never…NEVER.. would I have even considered watching a modern day Sherlock Holmes !  But (if my sis over in England doesn’t mind my borrowing an English expression I’ve heard her utter a number of times…) This show (writing and casting) is bloody brilliant!!!

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A “season” for this show consists of 3, 1 1/2 hr episodes.  I only saw two as I just couldn’t stay awake.  I am hoping that they will show season 2 (3 more episodes) next Saturday .. and then the following week would begin season 3.

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What a shame it’s only 3 episodes… It’s beyond my depressed thoughts that for a few weekends (starting this one) that there is actually some fantastic things on Cable, even if it is PBS and not high paid stations!   Saturday was Sherlock and tonight (Sunday) is Downton Abbey!!!  If this keeps up I will have to move to England to get more then two nights of something good on cable!

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Ok.. now that I raved about the show.. and I still cannot believe a modern day Sherlock would be enjoyable..so it must have to do with the actors and the scripts ..which I have to say, they DO make me feel like I am watching the “old” Sherlock Holmes. 

The Holmes movies that came out a few years ago, sure didn’t do it for me nor our own tv version . But someone across the pond sure got it right!

I can’t say I am a true fan of either Freeman or Cumberbatch just yet.  I mean, seriously I only remember seeing Freeman as Bilbo (which I love) and Cumberbatch came to my attention from Star Trek (and I still have a little reservation of him as Khan. Just too many years of remembering Ricardo as Khan) but he won me over by the end of the movie. So they ARE on the fast track to actors I can’t get enough of.

I am thrilled with this new series (new to me) if you haven’t seen it before (and if you HAVE why didn’t you let the rest of us know of it??!!) Be sure to check out Masterpiece Theater on PBS and watch for SHERLOCK.  Then post about it ! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show!

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(just as a off the wall comment here…  have any of you ladies noticed Benedict Cumberbatch’s lips?!  Gah! to die for! I can’t imagine a woman not wishing they had the same full shaped lips!  … the lips don’t help his acting.. but .. hey… got to mention those assets! )

8 Comments:

Blogger Kailana said...

We watched the first season of this and really enjoyed it! One day we must catch-up. I am glad you enjoyed it!

11:42 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

A little late at the party is better than NOT getting there, at all....
I first became aware of Cumerbatch in a BBC Film---cannot remember the name---and he was outstanding. And Freeman was very memorable in "Love Actually".....I saw this Sherlock when it first was shown here in the U.S. and was knocked out by it....particularly, the Acting!
There is a vitality to it that is amazing!!! I'm so happy you discovered it....
Cumberbatch was in a Mini series on PBS called "PARADE", which was made after SHERLOCK....and he was wonderful in that, too....and right now, he is in two BIG Oscar worthy films---
"12 Years A Slave" and "August, Osage County"....so he is HOT, as they say.....I hope you get to see the next Sherlock series with these two FANTASTIC Actors!!!

1:54 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

hey Kelly: I sure hope they show season 2 next week!

Naomi: I am happy I found this series too! I honestly didn't think I'd like a "revised" version of Sherlock Holmes but it had the feeling of the old movies with Rathbone.
Ohhh I've heard about 12 yrs a Slave I will have to go see that one ! Now I will look up the "August" movie to see what that's all about lol
I did think Cumberbatch did magnificent in Star Trek and Freeman is just a great in the Hobbit! You are right they are both FANTASTIC!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Howard said...

Yay mama!!! Glad you discovered this! I don't know WHY I didn't think to tell you about this series. I've seen the first series and the first two episodes of the second and I absolutely love them. I completely agree that the writers really did a fantastic job with this one! The actors are really fantastic and the story lines are great as well. I'm way too far behind on Downton Abbey! I've only seen the first season. But I have season 2 on DVD...really need to watch it!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Can't believe I've never mentioned this series to you, but I can't have. I'm not what you might call a massive fan but I like it a lot. We have series 3 on at the moment and it's the best yet. Tonight's was fantastic. Like you said, the two guys are terrific together and I also like the guy who plays Lestrade. Happy watching, Pat!

6:24 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Chris: to be honest if someone said "there's a new Sherlock in modern times" I doubt I would have even tried it...but when I found it I did watch it ONLY because of Cumberbatch and Freeman ..the rest is history! the stories are great and the actors somehow pull it off!

Cath: As I just told Chris..I watched it ONLY because of the actors but wound up really liking it..I have to say too that having "anything" decent on the telly on weekends astounds me and makes me happy! lol

6:10 AM  
Blogger Carl V. Anderson said...

In case you don't know, the three films of Season 3 start on PBS tomorrow night (Sunday) at 8:58 p.m. CST, right after the new Downton Abbey. However, if you haven't see Season 2 yet, you won't want to see these. Spoilers!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I am so happy that you love these, Pat! I have been watching them from the beginning and love how new they are especially with the technology at capturing how Sherlock thinks, and yet - they've caught the spirit of the original Sherlock and Watson perfectly. I love this show. Like Carl says, the new series (series 3) just aired on PBS last Sunday night, and will air the next episode (of three) tomorrow night, at close to 10 pm our time. I hope you were able to catch up somehow...if not, they are being released Feb 13 here in North America on dvd. I know what I want!!!

Yaaay, I am glad you are enjoying them!

2:00 AM  

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