So Yuri and I have been devouring the BBC’s Sherlock whenever they put out new episodes yearly. It is a show that hits both of our themes while having a high quality of excellence! For me it is highly aesthetic mystery in this alternate reality where this brilliant genius with astounding logic and deductive reasoning skills can seemingly pull information from thin air. And for Yuri it is the chase, the crime, the relationship between Holmes and Watson. It scores a 10 for each of us and it is delightful to get to watch together. In fact, besides documentary television (food network, science shows - classic Cosmos and How It’s Made) there aren’t really very many TV shows that we agree on, so we are like kids on Christmas morning when the next three episodes are released and we can hunker down with a pot of tea and watch.
I have been a longtime fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detecting duo having read many of the stories growing up, and Yuri was equally passionate about the Sherlock legacy since there is such a great cat and mouse with the criminal element. But what made me so excited about this particular telling of these oft-revisited tales, is the love and delight that goes into making the show. We watched the special features on the DVD last night for Season 3 and hearing Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (the creators of the show) talk about their process, watching the table read and behind the scenes; it made me adore this team of creatives even more. It really seems to be a perfect storm of passion and playfulness. Actors, designers, writers, filmmakers all who want to elevate the show to the highest possible point, while staying true to their own vision.
It made me so happy to watch them at play in their focus. It is exactly what I strive to create when we put our own productions together under our Monkey Kingdom Productions banner. I believe it is a testament to the drive and clarity that Moffat and Gatiss have that they were able to pull together such an amazing team to work with on every level. I love seeing talented creative people who are so passionate and driven create brilliance. It is one of the reasons that on my list of folks I hope to get to work alongside are creatives like Terry Gilliam, Steven Chow, Jean-Pierre Jeunet as well as Moffat and Gatniss.
The paring of Benedict Cumberbatch with Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Dr. Watson is such fun to watch. Freeman is such an open honest actor as he is our window into the show, while Cumberbatch stoically leads with a reserved intellect that leaves you agape at Sherlock’s brilliance. Plus the fact that Amanda Abbington (Mary) and Freeman (Watson) are actually a couple in real life made both Yuri and I squeal with delight! May we be blessed to have successful careers that are able to intersect and flow like theirs. I have to recommend the show if you aren’t already watching it, please do yourself a favor and check it out, you have 9 episodes to dive into and three more currently in production! I will be honest that some of the episodes shine more than others, but they are each delicious morsels of adventure for you to dive into!
This is a pic from our last trip to London, we stopped by and visited the museum at 221B Baker Street, and I got my own sleuthing on…
So do check it out if you aren’t already (I may be speaking to the choir) but I hope you get wrapped up in the joyful jaunt!