We're going to have to agree to disagree on this series. And opinion seems 
equally divided on the comments below on-line reviews.
 For me, the whole point of the Holmes stories was to see the great man solving 
crimes. This series is far too involved in the characters of Holmes's immediate 
circle and is way too self indulgent. Watson's wife, Mary, is scarcely 
mentioned in the original Conan-Doyle stories; here she's become a central 
character and has out-stayed her welcome. Another example of the series being 
too much up itself is that the parents of Sherlock are played by Benedict 
Cumberbatch's real-life parents; and Watson's wife is played by Martin 
Freeman's real-life partner! Ugh!

 And can you buy Sherlock as a seducer of women? He's not James Bond.
 I watch the series as it does have some excellent set pieces. In this last 
episode the internal dialogue following Sherlock’s shooting was brilliant. And 
Charles Augustus Magnussen as Holmes's foe has to be one of the creepiest 
villains I've seen - even disturbingly perverse. (Pity we won't see him again.)

 The BBC also had a tie-in documentary Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes: 
The Many Faces of a Master Detective about the screen versions of Sherlock 
Holmes since 1900 which shows how our perception of the detective is as much 
influenced by film as by those Conan Doyle stories (and The Strand Magazine 
illustrations). Worth a look and available on BBC iPlayer for free.


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