Release the Hound!
The first series of BBC’s modern take on Sherlock Holmes was a runaway hit. My friends and I couldn’t stop talking about how well Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filled the roles of Sherlock and Dr. Watson. With the second episode of the new series premiering on Masterpiece Mystery on PBS in the USA this past Sunday, I can say that the magic still continues.
The Sherlock series has been known to take the most famous books and transfer them into modern settings with high tech elements. The translation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles does just the same, but also changes the stakes and the nature of the attacks.
|Russell Tovey as Henry Knight|
In this version Henry Knight (Russell Tovey) is a young man who watched his father get torn to shreds by a gigantic hound out on the moors as a child. This image has haunted him his entire childhood and adult life, so he’s turned to the one man who might be able to find the creature and give him piece – Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock doesn’t believe in monsters, but when he sees something out on the moors that he can’t explain, his whole life and method is thrown into question.
The great thing about this episode is that we get to see Sherlock truly doubt himself and get frightened by an enemy that he can’t understand. The elements of the book are all there, though the Baskerville element is a genetic research facility instead of the estate that the villain is gunning for. In fact the reason for the murder and the way that it takes place is very different from the book, but still holds the horror elements that make the original story wonderful.
I’m well aware of the success that the new Sherlock Holmes movies bring in at the box office. But this series has much more depth to the characters and allows us more time to get into the heads of Sherlock and Dr. Watson. Instead of being a series of jokes or one-liners, they’re able to breathe and grow with us on the small screen.
This series is shaping up to be just as good as the last. With Moriarty hot on Sherlock’s heels, it’ll only be a matter of time before we really see the world’s greatest detective feel the doubt in himself and his method.