Friday, December 20, 2013

I am a little surprised. . .

. . . with all the talk lately about this show or that show not being Canonical enough or that "Elementary" is so bad that it shouldn't even be on the air (much less use the names Holmes and Watson), that "How Sherlock Holmes Changed the World" (HSHCW) is not getting much chatter.

Or even with "Sherlock"  being lauded as the greatest thing in Fandom ever, HSHCW is still not being talked about. Especially sense it also focuses on how well "Sherlock" captures Holmes' methods.

I mean, come on, it is totally Canonical and all about Doyle's creation and not abominations done by other writers. It shows how relevant and timely the writings were. And dare I say, perhaps a little ahead of their time.

Do all other Sherlockians other than myeslf know all the stuff  HSHCW talks about?

I don't think you could ask for a more complimentary show concerning Doyle's works. It is totally about how good the books and Holmes were. And I came away understanding his methods a little bit more.

And the timing is perfect. Right before "Sherlock" season three is to air.

I have watched all but about the last half hour or so now, and hope to finish it tonight.

There are a few times it gets just a hair long winded, but not very often.
Sure we could argue over whether or not they picked a good actor as representation of Holmes, but that is rather subjective anyway. (Although I do love some of the facial expressions of Lestrade).

Will it get lots of people more interested in Holmes? I don't know. Although I think it will get a few.
But it will get them for all the right reasons, Holmes and his methods. Not how sexy he is or isn't.

So with all that said, I hope you check it out and I give it easily


  1. I taped it but haven't watched it yet. As I am pretty busy of late, I'm not sure when I'll get to see it. I am looking forward to it.

  2. I agree with your assessment on the special. I was afraid it would turn out to be a plug for BBC's "Sherlock" and while the constant use of the BBC's theme music and everyone referring to Holmes as "Sherlock" not-so-subtly does that, the clips of Cumberbatch were kept to a minimum and well-chosen to illustrate on-screen comments. The Sherlock Peoria blog on not watching the show is understandable (most Sherlockians know all this stuff) but misses the point. This special is for people who don't know the stories and why they matter--in the past and for today. To make the special two hours required a bit of padding. It could have easily been 90 minutes long, but such a length is awkward for programming. I found the forensic specialists inspired by the Canon fascinating as well as the real-life cases that relied on Holmes' methods.

    As for the actors who recreated scenes from the Canon? As good as one expects for this kind of documentary--competent. The age of the Sherlock actor seems right and Lestrade was (except for the week growth of beard) pretty good. Yes, four pipes.

    Complements of the season, John

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the show. I think most Sherlockians know of the stuff they talked about, but I think it really showed how some of his methods really worked.
      Complements of the season to you.