In which the Internet makes me happy.

Over the last three evenings, Will and I have watched the first series of the BBC’s Sherlock.

Here is my history with Sherlock Holmes: I’ve seen Young Sherlock Holmes (which scared me half to death when I was 11 or so), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and Hammer’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. I’ve also read a tremendous number of Nero Wolfe mysteries, which are not Sherlock Holmes stories at all, but you can probably imagine how I might be confused.

So we watched Sherlock and I loved it. (Actually, I thought the middle episode was a bit clunky, but I ADORED the first episode and thought the third was very good.) (Furthermore, fuck you England for having three episode seasons, what the fucking hell.)

Here are two interesting things about the show. (Interesting to me.)

1. I imagine lots of ladies find Benedict Cumberbatch’s looks to be a nice added bonus to the series. I am not into him at all, but I seem to have sighed audibly when craggy Inspector Lestrade first appeared. (I am kind of surprised Will hasn’t made fun of me, actually.)

2. (which is really more like 1.5) I looked up who plays Inspector Lestrade. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it’s Rupert Graves, my biggest teenage crush. My taste in men has done a complete 180 in the last 15 years, and yet.

Here he is in Maurice(be still my beating teenage heart):
youngrupert

And here he is in Sherlock (be still my beating 30-something heart):
lestrade

It is really remarkable to discover that there is someone who has conformed to my taste over pretty much my entire life.

In other news:

cumberbatch

and furthermore:

freeman

I love the internets.

13 thoughts on “In which the Internet makes me happy.

  1. BookGeekGrrl

    March 21, 2012 at 9:47am

    I also adore this version of Sherlock. I’m here to support your addiction to Rupert Graves, who was also in A Room With a View. We saw A LOT of his penis in the 80s. I squealed audibly when I saw him in Sherlock the first time. :)

  2. Annika

    March 21, 2012 at 9:49am

    Freddy Honeychurch was my favorite! (Oh, as if I had a favorite.) I couldn’t find a good screenshot in the five seconds I spent looking, and he was sexier in Maurice anyway.

  3. Katie Lynn

    March 21, 2012 at 12:11pm

    LOVE Sherlock. My favorite is Watson, who is also Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. I am quite excited for it.
    As for only three episodes, you should count yourself lucky. I have been waiting over a year and a half to see series two. It premiered a month or two ago in the UK, and will be on PBS in May here. So you only have a month and a half to wait!

  4. Annika

    March 21, 2012 at 12:31pm

    Yes, I am very glad to have waited so long to watch series one. (I refuse to read Divergent, a book most of my friends LOVE, because it’s the first in a trilogy and book 2 is not yet out. I will read them when all three are out, thank you.)

  5. B

    March 21, 2012 at 12:43pm

    I totally agree with you about episode 2. I can’t wait for May. I was at a point where I was rooting against Martin Freeman being Bilbo just because I was afraid it would interfere with my Sherlock desires. And that’s just wrong cuz he was born to be Bilbo.

  6. Annika

    March 21, 2012 at 3:42pm

    I just re-watched several of the Hobbit production diaries and had myself a good cry. IS IT DECEMBER YET?

  7. Nana

    March 21, 2012 at 4:39pm

    I watched the second series, hasn’t it been on Masterpiece Theater??

  8. Lucas

    March 22, 2012 at 12:44am

    Yeah, e second episode is a little clunky, but I adore Sherlock. And the Benedict Cumberbatch thing is mostly his voice. It has been described as “a jaguar trapped in a cello.”

    He is also voicing Smaug in the hobbit. This is awesome.

  9. Annika

    March 22, 2012 at 8:51am

    Stop showing off, Mom. (I wouldn’t know if it’s been on Masterpiece Theater, since I don’t have broadcast television, but I think it has not. Have you been watching illegally?!)

  10. Annika

    March 22, 2012 at 8:51am

    Great, Lucas. Now I need a jaguar and a cello. FOR SCIENCE.

  11. Julia

    March 23, 2012 at 5:58pm

    I love love love this Sherlock! I can’t wait for “season” 2 as well. (3 episodes my ass!)

    Hooray for awesome British TV!

  12. Nana

    March 24, 2012 at 11:41am

    I watched it on-line legally!
    In an interview with Martin Freeman he was asked about only having three episodes per season and he said each episode was essentially a full length film (90 minutes), so yes, only three.

  13. Tanjerine

    April 8, 2012 at 3:52am

    I’m also not into Cumberbatch. I find him interesting but he does not appeal to my personal taste of ”sexy/appealing”. I remember watching Room with a view with my mum who was very enthuthiastic about Rupert Graves which I found very embarrassing so didn’t pay too close attention. Must revisit. :D

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