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An additional three episodes aired on BBC in the fall of 2011, something which I could have taken or left. Hence why, despite the fact that I was paces away from my office's TV during the second season's debut on American television (I don't have a TV at my apartment), I chose to finish up paperwork instead.
Over the past few weeks I have managed to watch the three episodes of the second season. Well, BBC: Mostly well done. *insert golf clap*
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- Irene Adler is a dominatrix by profession. How oddly appropriate.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles rewritten to involve a genetic laboratory called Baskerville? BLOODY BRILLIANT!
- An incidental insertion of the infamous "deerstalker" cap that eventually makes it a "symbol" of the modern Sherlock Holmes that said Sherlock Holmes despises was a nice touch. Very reminiscent of how Sidney Paget, one of the early illustrators of the original stories, accidentally made the deerstalker Holmes' icon by drawing him wearing it in one of his commissioned sketches of the detective to go along with the stories.
- Pretty much the entire plot of the final episode, "The Reichenbach Fall." Watch it to see what I mean- one of the most complicated and creative plots with such an unexpected, shocking and explosive twist of which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would have thoroughly approved.
- Moriarty is absolutely bonkers in a way that is not sexy, not cool, and yet somehow still so enthralling to the viewer. He's certainly ballsy, even willing to take risks that would endanger his own freedom or even existence in order to accomplish his goals, filling the role of a supervillain perfectly in that sense. But he truly did find the best way to bring down Holmes- something from which Doyle's original Moriarty could certainly learn a few lessons.
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And BBC, regarding the resolution of season one's cliffhanger at the opening of season two, THAT WAS A REALLY CHEAP AND LAZY WAY TO DO IT! I feel cheated of a good story ending. The Sherlock writers and producers should be smacked.
Actually, the same could be said of the denouement of the last episode, "The Reichenbach Fall." However, I am willing to see what the third season's opening will do to resolve that little mystery before making any further harsh judgments.
About "The Reichenbach Fall-" if the filmed scenes had just ended five minutes before the actual credits rolled, I would have considered the Sherlock Holmes series to have been an outstanding work of art and a total success on the part of the writers and the BBC. As it actually ended, I am rather disappointed, but still consider that episode to be the best in the series thus far.
Overall, my recommendation is to watch the entire Sherlock series- all six episodes- and make your own judgments. It certainly won't be a waste of your time.