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December 29, 2014

Caption writer is not impressed by the new Sherlock


Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 29, 2014 5:00 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I like Bandersnatch Cucumberbunch but he's a bit overrated right now. And the last two seasons of Sherlock have gotten exponentially worse, so I don't hold out great hopes for future seasons.

By comparison the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes was solid and excellent every episode, and the Hercule Poirot series has been flawless as well. They stick to the tales, as told by masters, rather than trying to "reinterpret" them through the lens of a modern and postmodern man. I enjoyed several of the second season all of the first season of Sherlock but its just lost its savor.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2014 6:11 PM

Really? Where did you find it, Gerard? How about a link?

Posted by: Fat Man [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2014 6:47 PM

I don't really know. Just one of those items that floated across the screen.

Posted by: Van der Leun [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2014 8:55 PM

He also bears a striking resemblance to Mike Judge's cartoon character Butt-Head.

Posted by: Mike Marinacci [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2014 9:38 PM

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2014 5:48 AM

We tried the American TV version with Lucy Liu. Totally missed the point of Sherlock Holmes I thought.

If I had to sum up the common ways the "modern" versions fail, it is that they assume that to be above average and brilliant the person must be broken in some way. The Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone personifications were not average but were also not flawed to the point of being incapable of functioning in the society in which they found themselves.

As for Robert Downey's movie character, it is NOT Sherlock Holmes, it is a very amusing and active adventure movie series about a Victorian Detective. Who is not Sherlock Holmes.

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2014 8:50 AM


I agree. Sherlock Holmes was not in the least presented by Doyle as damaged or unable to function, which is as you say a recent conceit. Rather the character was that figure beloved of the English temperament, a profound eccentric. Rasil Bathbone was only perfect in the role.

The Robert Downey interpretation (or rather the director's conception) is just another in the lengthening series of cartoon shows like the Kevin Costner Robin Hood, which may as well have been subtitled Indiana Hood in Sherwood Forest.

As far as "amusing" goes, I'll leave it to you. I tried watching it once and couldn't get beyond about a half-hour.

Posted by: Rob De Witt [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2014 10:54 AM

Are you aware that his older sister also works on the London stage using the name Cinnamon Bandersnatch?

Posted by: ahem [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2014 3:32 PM

Rumour has it she can outgrabe a mome rath...

There was something about eating Cinnamon too, IIRC.

Posted by: Rob De Witt [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2014 6:11 PM

Elementary would be a good show, if it wasn't presented as Sherlock Holmes. Its a rougher, more adult version of the detective show Monk and is fairly well written. The problem is that it pretends to be Sherlock and is insulting and offensive as a result.

The same is true about the Robert Downy jr Holmes movies, I agree. Although the second was much poorer, they're fun and entertaining - just not Sherlock Holmes.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 31, 2014 9:32 AM

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