Fandom Exploration: Sherlock

Welcome back to Exquisitely Geek's Fandom Exploration Series! This week we conquer the BBC's Sherlock. Yeah, I have been on a bit of a Sherlock viewing escapade lately. Series three has been released recently on Netflix and since my DirectTV package doesn't include PBS and I missed it's online release on PBS Online by one has been a long six months.

but alas, it is over. I am completely caught up on every series...just in time for the announcement of the start of filming for series four.

Sherlock is, yet another, reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of a London based "consulting detective" and his friend, and biographer. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have long been revered and one of the best pairings of all time. The Tales of Sherlock Holmes have been recreated countless times since it's 1887 conception, but one of my favorite forms has always been the BBS's Sherlock. I am also partial to the latest movie incarnations as well, but we are talking Sherlock here so we will stick to that for now. Sherlock was created by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Bendedict Cumberbatch was cast as Sherlock Holmes and his counterpart Doctor John Watson is portrayed by Martin Freeman.

Sherlock is aired in three episode series and began airing in 2010. There was a small break in airing so that Freeman and Cumberbatch could work on other projects (Star Trek & The Hobbit) but resumed airing in 2014. The third series has since become the United Kingdom's most watched Drama series since 2001 and now airs in over 200 territories.

 One of the things that people who enjoy the series are most "smitten" with is the show's writing. Anyone that is familiar with the Doctor Who story-lines that Steven Moffat was responsible for can see glimmers of his intelligent writing style in Sherlock as well. I love a good, well thought out, and developed storyline. It doesn't hurt to look at Benedict Cumberbatch either.

This imagining of the Tales of Sherlock Holmes is updated for the twenty-first century. Holmes needs a flatmate and, of course, Doctor Watson comes along. Watson is a military doctor still recovering from injuries and stressed caused by his recent deployment to Afganistan with the Royal Arm Medical Corps. There are also supporting cast members such as Mrs. Hudson, the landlady, Molly Hooper, a pathologist, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother, and Mary Morstan, Holme's love interest.

The latest Series of Sherlock will be filmed this fall for it's January 2015 release date. Stay tuned for more Fandom blog, and as always stay exceptionally chic and exquisitely geek!

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