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Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Study in Pink

Genre : Crime Drama
Created by : Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat
Based on Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Written by : Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat, Stephen Thompson
Directed by : Paul McGuigan, Euros Lyn, Toby Haynes
Composer : David Arnold, Michael Price
Starring : Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss

“There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skin of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it”
                                                              - Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, ‘A Study in Scarlet’

Across London, a number of ‘serial suicides’ are occurring which involves the victims killing themselves in the exact same manner, with the exact same poison pill. Sherlock forces Detective Inspector Lestrade to take his help by making a fool of him in front of the media while the Inspector is giving a press conference.

The rest of the episode follows Holmes and Watson as they try and solve this seemingly inscrutable case.

The main plot of the first episode is loosely based on A Study in Scarlet and it makes a few references to a few other stories from the original book series.

Doctor Who writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat really have done a remarkable job adapting this victorian epic in a modern day setting. The suitably retain elements from Conan Doyle’s stories at the same time giving them a refreshing twist.

What really amused me was how they have explored Sherlock and Watson’s relationship - Mrs. Hudson presumes them to be a couple when they move in together and throughout the series people often jump to the same conclusion. Whenever this happens on screen Watson is invariably offended while Sherlock remains indifferent. And if you think about it, Sherlock being gay would perfectly explain his somewhat misogynist attitude. Its the 21st century and anything is possible!

The episode is full of innovative ideas like the one mentioned before and looks at the characters from a different, more relevant, perspective. The plot keeps you gripped throughout and even those who have read the original story have something in store for them.

Overall, there is almost nothing that the episode gets wrong and its freshness and originality leaves you thoroughly entertained and wanting for more!

1 comment:

  1. He's not a misogynist man, he just treats all humans like underlings :P He CANNOT be gay!