Sherlock Season 2 or What I did on my summer holidays
by Steven Moffat.
The first season of Sherlock was, depending on
your opinion. A fantastic re-invention of a classic British character
that put the recent movie versions to shame or a travesty that brought
shame and disgrace to a British institution.
I lean towards the former, I think it was great, but
had some issues. The first episode was good homage with a real twist at
the end that demonstrated just how good a writer Steven Moffat can be.
The second episode dragged for me, seemed fairly
ordinary and lacked spark, but the third episode was great, introducing
Moriaty with flair and flourish that belies that it was written by the
usually terrible Mark Gatzis.
The acting was great, the stories were great. Who
wasn’t looking forward to season two?
Once again there are just three episodes of Sherlock
but each is two hours long making it as long as a regular 6 part series.
The first episode is called a Scandal in Belgravia a
nod or rehash of a Scandal in Bohemia depending where you sit. This
introduces “The Woman” Irene Adler the only woman Sherlock ever has any
respect for or dare we say feelings for? In the books or in this series.
In the books Irene was an opera singer and courtesan but also someone of
extraordinary skill in deduction. Here we see Irene as a Mistress who is
unreadable to Sherlock but it seems mostly because she often does not
Here the set-up is almost the same, there have been
some compromising pictures taken by Irene of a high level official,
Holmes is engaged to retrieve them. And…yeah….this didn’t engage me the
same way that the episodes of the first season did. I think I was at
first put off in the terrible way that they resolved the cliffhanger at
the end of the first season. Then the entire episode seemed to want to
titillate me. But I was not here for titillation I was here for
intellectual stimulation, which did not arrive.
The hounds of the Baskervilles likewise was ok but it
was clear that in re-writing what has now become a classic story they
lost the focus of it and made it somewhat of a mess. Homes and Watson
are called down to Dartmore to investigate a murder on the moors, near a
secret army base. Stuff ensues, Homes wins again.
The Reichenback fall is the last episode in the
season and was the one that I was looking forward to the most, in the
books Reichenbach falls is a place in swizerland where Holmes and
Moriaty both meet their death in mutually assured destruction dropping
from a waterfall. Here the meaning is skewed somewhat as “The
Reichenbach” is the name of a painting which the return of which has
made Holmes a household name. Moriaty seems to think that this is a
situation that will not stand so he does something about it. Without
giving anything away, the ending whilst exciting is unsatisfying and may
leave many people to go “Well why did he do that?” and then “Ok…why did
he do that!?”
In short I did not like this season anywhere near as
much as I liked the original season.
Video: Video quality is very high, this is clearly a
flagship series for the BBC and is shows in the care that is taken.
Audio: Audio is a good 5.1 mix.
Special Features: Only one documentary Sherlock
Uncovered which focuses on how much of a success the first season
was and how much pressure the production staff faced. Not terribly