reply to post by Grifter42
First of all, the relationship between Holmes and Watson is supposed to be deep. The stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were written in a time where a
proper friendship, such as Holmes and Watson have, was not a reason to assume homosexuality, but a perfectly natural companionship, formed in their
particular case, from the need for excitement that both parties had, in Holmes's case because of his general state of mind, and in Watson's due to
his life after the war seeming somewhat tame in comparison to his military service. Two unique states of mind, united by circumstance and a need for
adventure and distraction. We are not talking about a love story here, just two human beings with sympathetic symptoms of their various psychosis and
mental illnesses, finding purpose and supporting one another in their efforts to stave off total atrophy of the mind.
The reference in the show, to people assuming all manner of things about their friendship, is a nod to, and refuting of, a long held theory on the
part of some Holmes fans over the years, who thought that there was more to the story, having read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but not having
read nearly enough of the rest of the literature of the time, nor historical accounts or memoirs from that period either, and therefore lacking
context into which to place their theories.
Further more, if you had ever watched Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, not to mention payed attention to the subtle abrasions of Holmes
character upon others in the tales in which he features, you would see that Cumberbatch played it a blinder. Holmes is supposed to be the most
impossible person to be around. Rude, obnoxious, and not at all modest, made all the more aggravating by being nanometer accurate in most if not all
of his observations. Cumberbatch nails that to the wall if you ask me. The only thing is, if you do not like Cumberbatch, then you are crap out of
luck when watching the show.
I was very worried by the idea of a modern retelling of the Arthur Conan Doyle MASTERPIECE that is the collected stories of Sherlock Holmes. I was
worried that the removal of the style, the mannerisms, the gas lit atmosphere of the 1800s would be a drawback to the show, but the work that has gone
into updating the tales of Holmes without making them dreary crime dramas, has been sterling and wonderful, and as a confirmed Holmes fan, I can
safely say that these new episodes are everything they could have hoped to be, and the people involved should all be extremely and totally immodestly
proud of themselves and their achievement.