I agree....this deserved more than 3 stars.
Great show...wish a season was more than 3 episodes (but I sort of understand after reading the creators explanation).
This can be deemed a review? All I read is John....John.....John.....John's PTSD...John's jacket...John...John....LMAO!!!
Puzzled by the low rating as well. I'd say at least a 4/5 for the deft shift from the comedic beginning to the emotionally intense middle to the light lift near the wrap to the ominous hint of what's to come at the end. Cumberbatch deserves 5 stars alone for the tour de force 5 minute rant of deduction after "seeing" the hound and Freeman for tossing off his pithier lines ("Did we just break into a high security research base for a rabbit?" "You with your cheekbones and being all mysterious and turning your coat collar up to look cool."). Seriously. Name a single U.S., besides The Big Bang Theory, that is writing at this level AND has the actors to pull it off AND the production team to make a guy in his "mind palace" absorbing. Granted BBC's Sherlock does require the audience to pay attention and keep up, but then it's good to build a few new dentrites and brain cells after losing so many the rest of the week.
And I agree completely about Russell Tovey deserving recognition for an amazing performance. It always seems so natural that most people forget he's acting -- which is what we're suppose to do.
I do give the reviewer credit for a nice analysis of Watson's character and motivation. Well done. And the observation about the alcoholic sister is especially astute. Thank you!
The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been my least favorite Sherlock Holmes story. The ending always felt like a let down to me. I'm speaking about the original. That being said, I really enjoyed Mark Gatiss' take on the story. It was scary and clever and very well executed and in the end, even though nothing in the episode made sense, it all made sense. Even though you KNEW from reading the books there was no such things as giant mutant hounds, the acting in this episode made you believe that maybe JUST MAYBE something like that was possible. The episode kept me on the edge, so I agree, 3 stars seems a bit low, especially considering that I think it was a better episode than the one preceding it. Well, next week's episode better get 5 stars..though I'm rather sure it will (provided that the reviewer can collect all the emotions that will be shattered into a million pieces).
Spock quotes Sherlock Holmes in Star Trek VI, when he and the crew are discussing the possibility of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that can fire while cloaked. (Yes, I know, I just totally outed myself as a total and complete geek for knowing that off the top of my head.)
I'm not going to complain about the lack of Mark Gatiss in the episode - the guy has to be pretty busy doing other stuff, too. Besides, we got plenty of Lestrade, who is always fun to watch.
I am a bit perplexed that this episode was rated a 3.0/5, especially since the reviewer didn't give a whole lot of explanation for the relatively low rating.
that was way harsh. 3 stars? how can it not be more? this show has more wit and brilliant rapid-fire dialogue that bland network shows dream of dreaming of aspiring to. sherlock is growing and apologized to john in his own way, yet still staying true to his disastrous self. people give the middle shows less appreciation and attention because it's "filler", no irene or moriarty so it's not as interesting. but it gave us some one-on-one with the boys and lestrade, and how can that be bad?
and no mention of Russell Tovey?! the tortured and lovable werewolf, George? or tortured and lovable dog-haunted, Henry?
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