TV Review: Sherlock – Series 2

16 Jan

No, no. I’m not exaggerating. This is the best show of all time. I’m dead serious. All time. I cannot think of one thing better than this masterpiece.

High off the success at the BAFTAs, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss got straight down to work for Series 2. Remember all those shows which had really strong first series’ and then horrible follow ups? Not the case for this. In fact, the second series is even better, something that I didn’t think was possible. It was that damn good.


Episode 1 took on A Scandal In Bohemia A Scandal in Belgravia which came out on New Year’s Day. That certainly got me excited for the rest of the day. The performances were a standout from all the regulars and new addition Lara Pulver was fantastic as Irene Adler. There’s a certain flair that Gatiss and Moffat give the show. I don’t know what it is, but it all seems perfect. There’s nothing wrong with it but more than that, it can’t get any better. It’s very consistent as well. Throughout all of the show’s run I haven’t felt like it’s faltered or flailed.

Episode 2 tackled The Hound of  the Baskervilles making the hound plural. A proper exhibition of the brilliant writing used on this show. The plot is thoroughly engaging, gripping and electrifying without trying too hard. Benedict Cumberbatch is even better and can do no wrong. His prescence is noticeable. Martin Freeman is just as good and doesn’t feel like he’s playing second place to Cumberbatch.

That finale was the most involved I’ve ever felt watching television. The direction is pitch-perfect and production design is streamlined but noticeable.

This post is definitely not my finest but it shows the effect that Sherlock has on me. It gives me goosebumps. It sends shivers down my spine. You must watch this.


Rating: 5/5

6 Responses to “TV Review: Sherlock – Series 2”

  1. redplace January 17, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    I just love this show, and I have to agree, series 2 turned out to be just as good if not better than series 1. Now we only have to wait for next series…

    • aculturedlad January 21, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Thanks for the comment!

      It felt like it got better each episode! A whole year…

  2. Diana January 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I agree with you 100%. I don’t think I could write a long, well-thought review about it, either, it’s just perfect in so many ways! I love it! I saw you are a LAMB newbie, good luck and enjoy your time on the blogosphere, there are some really nice people lurking around 🙂 adding you to my Google Reader now- always befriend a Sherlock fan, right?

    • aculturedlad January 21, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you for commenting!

      No, it’s just so good that there’s nothing to say apart from that it’s so darn good!

      I just got approved! I’m going to put up the LAMB Sticker on my homepage.

      Thank you! Haha, I’ll add you to my RSS reader as well.

  3. Sonia January 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Cultured lad knows his TV well. I think this would have to be the best UK tv I have seen in years. I love the way they’ve shot London and the quirky behaviour of Sherlock. If ever your PM needed a reason to not only avoid cuts at BBC (he should increase the funding), this is it. I believe there will be a US version. My suggestion is simple – don’t

    • aculturedlad January 22, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you!

      I completely agree. This is the best show I’ve seen in a long, long time. London is my favourite city in the world and they’ve shot it at its finest. Oh no, not a US version. It wouldn’t work!

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