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Detectives, detectives and more detectives but there is no detective as famous or as popular as Sherlock Holmes. He was originally brought to life by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through books, of course. And though I’ve never read them. I’ve seen plenty of movies and tv shows based on this popular detective, even "Young Sherlock Holmes" which is from 1985, but I actually enjoyed it. It’s interesting to think about what he could of been like younger and this movie shows that along with a young John Watson.
Now that’s not the only Sherlock adaption I loved. "Elementary" was another though this one had a twist with Sherlock living in America. Also, instead of a John Watson we had a Joan Watson, you might be thinking "why?" but this show was a delight and lasted for quite a bit on CBS.
Now, what would this article be without the mention of my favorite version-- BBC's "Sherlock", the one with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and the one that always took forever to air, but that’s ok because it was always worth it. Now there’s also a bunch of movies as well like the ones with Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock, and Netflix even has a movie about Enola Holmes. It's not Sherlock but still his sister and a wonderful movie to watch. With so many options to choose from reading or watching this mystery of a man definitely shouldn’t be hard.
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When we write these articles, we often go back to some classic stories and movies. Alot of it ends up being about the 80's. This one also goes back to the 80's. Ummm, 1880's. 1887 to be exact. The year the first Sherlock Holmes story went to print. Over the next 130 years or so, it has been adapted many times and we will be looking at some of those here. Even when its not adapted, it influences characters. When I first watched "Forever", Henry's keen eye for detail immediately made me think of Sherlock.
2018 brought us the Japanese adaptation "Miss Sherlock". I found this gem on one of the HBO streaming platforms that eventually got consumed by the HBO Max headline. Of course, since I was familiar with the Sherlock name, it grabbed my interest and lured me in enough to look up a trailer. It only has an 8 episode first season but it was absolutely fantastic. A few notes. 1) To state the obvious-- its in Japanese so there are subtitles. Except one brief part, maybe in episode 3 or 4 when she makes a video call and speaks English. Anyway, no multitasking while watching this show (unless of course, you are fluent in Japanese). You will easily lose track of whats going on. 2) yes, its a spin on the classic with a female Sherlock. Well, kinda. There is a line in the first episode. "Why do they call her Sherlock?". They never get around to answering it though. I thought maybe they would in the season finale but it never happened. Unless its just meant to be a reference to her keen eye for detail. Also, in another twist there is a female Watson (called Wato here). Which has, of course, been done a couple times before ("Elementary", and the 1987 made for TV movie "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"). I was eagerly awaiting a 2nd season when I found this series in 2019, thinking it had to be coming soon. Now I have little hope, especially since the actress that played Miss Sherlock has died in 2020. The only way they'd go on is if they recast her. She fit the role so perfectly. It would be pretty big shoes to fill.
The 1987 "Return of Sherlock Holmes" tv movie had an interesting storyline. One of the few that took Sherlock to the present day. Well, of course present day for this feature was 1987. A female decendant of John Watson wakes up a cryogenically frozen Sherlock after 80 years. Its an ok movie. Not a masterpiece by any stretch but interesting to say the least with a few good gags trying to explain some of the technological advances since he was last awake.
It is probably no surprise, with my love of mysteries, that I love Sherlock Holmes. As so many of the versions have already been mentioned I will just say that my favorite above is definitely the RDJ movies, although I wish they had gone a little further with the slowing down recaps of how Sherlock puts it all together.
There is one other version, that is my all time favorite, but before that I wanted to just acknowledge how often Sherlock Holmes is referenced in other shows. Sometimes it is subtle, and in other cases it is even a plot point. I give to you, the 11th Doctor pretending to be Sherlock, and then another pretender of a different kind in Murdoch Mysteries. This was a fascinating tale of someone creating, and then living, as the Sherlock Holmes character. So well done, and one of the many reasons I love the show.
Finally, as Dave mentioned above, we often end up going back to the 80's with these articles and that is where I am going to leave you. With my favorite incarnation, played by Jeremy Brett. To me he will always be the best Sherlock. Perhaps it's because he is my first memory of Sherlock, but if you want to see the books come to life I highly recommend checking this version out.
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