Wednesday, October 17

Guest Post by Amber :)

Hello everyone!
   Since I'm a guest author, I'm going to introduce myself, but don't worry--this post won't be all about me. (That would be awful short and boring...;)) My name is Amber, and I'm a good friend of Selina's. First of all, I'm a Christian. As far as hobbies and future careers go, I'm a ballerina and a writer. In the entertainment world, I'm a fan of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, and Marvel. Finally, as far as non-fiction goes, I've always loved learning about the American Revolution. 
   Now, with so many interests, I had a broad range of things to choose from for my topic of this guest post. I decided on Sherlock Holmes, since you're probably wondering how I became a fan of such an ancient work of fiction. Well, as it turns out, it's not as ancient and outdated as you might think it is.  
   Thanks to BBC's 'Sherlock', the old detective stories have been given new life. This series is what re-introduced me to the world created by Sir Arther Conan Doyle back in the late 1800s. In 'Sherlock', Holmes has been given a 21st-century look, with all of the conveniences of our modern age--computers, cell phones, cars, etc.--while retaining the charm of the original stories.
   Yes, yes, I know; I can almost see the incredulous looks on your faces. Sherlock Holmes; the Victorian-era detective, placed in modern-day London? How is that staying true to the time-tested stories?
   Well, for one, most of the episodes are drawn directly from the original novels. Each episode is a treat to those who have read the original mysteries. For instance, the very first Holmes novel; 'A Study in Scarlet', was adapted to an episode called 'A Study in Pink'. While the story lines are not strictly parallel, many of the famous lines and scenes have been updated to fit with the setting of today. For example, in the novels, Holmes refers to his mind as an 'attic' that he must keep organized, while in the show, he calls his mind a 'hard-drive' which he must take care to keep from cluttering. Also, Sherlock Holmes still resides at the famous 221b, Baker Street, and he is not without his violin and deerstalker hat.
   Though they take inspiration from the old stories, the writers of 'Sherlock' still manage to keep each episode filled with fresh surprises and unexpected twists. The dialogue is magnificent, and the cinematography is dazzling in every scene. For each one of the six episodes, my eyes were glued to the screen from the cold open to the roll of the credits.
   Now, finally, I will introduce you to the actors of this remastered drama. First of all, there is Benedict Cumberbatch. :-D Oh goodness, they did cast him perfectly. He is a brilliant British actor. He's...well, let me just post a picture. 


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   Okay, I'll stop now. Even if you have no interest in Sherlock Holmes, mysteries, or London, just watch 'Sherlock' for this actor. He is amazing. 
   And as if his brilliant acting alone could not carry the show, Cumberbatch is supported by another awesome actor; Martin Freeman, as Doctor John Watson. Similar to the books, Watson records Sherlock's cases, but in the updated version, he keeps his records on a blog. 
   Here is a pic of Martin:




   Martin will also be starring as the Bilbo the Hobbit in, well, 'The Hobbit', which will hit theaters this December. 
   So, in summary of this long fan post, if you're interested in finding a new show to watch that won't waste your time, try 'Sherlock'! Its only drawback is that there are just 6 episodes currently in existence, but no worries; there will be more next fall, and each episode is almost the equivalent of a full-length movie. Start with 'A Study in Pink' to see if you like the show, and I can almost promise you that you'll be hooked from the opening scene. 
   (I have only one disclaimer, which my conscience forces me to make note of, and that is this: Series 2, Episode 1 has inappropriate content from start to end. I watched the episode on my Clearplay machine, which filters content. Otherwise, there is no way around it. The other 5 episodes are almost entirely clean. There; you have been warned. ;))
   I'll end with some pictures...





 


 
And here ends my post. If you've actually reached the end, thank you for reading! Now go and watch 'Sherlock'...have a nice 9 hours! :-)
God Bless!
~Amber



3 comments:

  1. I would definitely give sherlock a try if I know where to start~ XD at least this makes it sound interesting :p
    I've seen some of the newer and older movies, but still haven't really gotten into them :/

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  2. Thanks for the review, Amber! By the way, did Clearplay do a decent job of "cleaning up" the first episode "A Study in Pink?" Thanks again!

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    1. Thank you for reading! :)
      I only used Clearplay for the first episode of series 2; 'A Scandal in Belgravia', and though the system did an excellent job removing content, so much of the storyline was wrapped up in the inappropriate scenes that the plot was difficult to follow without them. However, without the filter I would have been unable to watch the episode at all, so I didn't mind the confusion too much. :)
      Clearplay does contain filters for all of the episodes of 'Sherlock', including 'A Study in Pink', though I don't think that episode needs heavy filtering as it only contains a small amount of offensive language (aside from violence). Though I didn't use my Clearplay for any episodes besides Belgravia, I am sure it would do an excellent job on cleaning up the occasional language in the other episodes.
      I hope this helps! God bless.
      ~Amber

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