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Sherlock Series Two
An Emily Blunt Review
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and so on
Directed by: Toby Haynes and Paul McGuigan
Writers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Steve Thompson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Bluntly speaking? Brains are indeed the new sexy…and Sherlock Series Two delivers multiple, err, pleasures…In fact it’s a trifecta for the brain endorphin-wise. You get a heaping helping of raw sexy, mystery and intrigue complete with scary bits, and the finale serves up a gut-wrenching thrill. And Sherlock Series Two's three new films dare to step forward into the Doyle Classics; Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final Problem.

Oh, yes, they went there, and the reworks work. Hell, they’ve even neatly managed to work in the infamous deerstalker! It’s hard to top the phenom the whole production crew brought us in the first myth-shifting series. I mean they had to approach concisely the bromance, the modernization and of course nod to all us Holmesians – with our self-righteous eyes looking for any flaw; complete with the “Why I oughttas” awaiting. But, worldwide we were quietly awed then thunderously applauding.

We are brought back in with, 'A Scandal in Belgravia.' Of course the title is obvious. And the “plot” is about royalty and scandalous pictures. Normally a yawn, ah, but not here there Johnny. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) run around in gloriuos subplot land as the real focus is on one woman - The Woman - Irene Adler (Lara Pulver). All the series of films thus far has attempted to knock you upside the head with how not gay Watson is, but, have left Sherlock up to one’s imagination. Is this man an Elder Virgin or perhaps…

But as we shall all discover all the lad needed was an equally brilliant brain-force and some good old-fashioned gorgeous-to-boot looks thrown in and he too can be befuddled by the opposite sex. Purr. Snap. (<- if you know what I'm typing here...and I think that you do)

The acting in these sexually-fueled frames is particularly brilliant from the trio; S, J and I. Watch the eyes and tells.

Next up is The Hounds of Baskerville. Now how on Earth are they going to manage this work you may harrumph aloud as the film starts. Fear not, they have and quite (as we are coming to expect) brilliantly. Clever is too mundane a word. Brilliant too used. Let’s just go ahead and say it. But, here, the word is neither over used or quaint; The film is genius.

Oh, there’s something going on out there on the moors alright Joe, and you’ll have eyes fixed upon the television wondering just what this hound thing is anyway!

There are some clues: Baskerville is now a military testing area, and strange people do strange things, the townsfolk don’t mind having a dog beast for fiscal intake purposes, and one young man has a long history with the hound….which would have to be either on a third generation, or twenty odd years old and still running about tearing poor moor wanderers apart like an old chewie toy. And, thankfully, there’s plenty of foggy atmospheric additions to help your psyche go along for the hunt.

Finally they’ve attempted, and succeeded, in The Reichenbach Fall
re-imagining. This film is so completely thrilling, I forewarn you not to eat prior to viewing or your tummy is sure to burp and bother at you in protest through out.

Moriaty (Andrew Scott) is back and he’s even more twisted and riddled up in a conundrum then when we first met him temper-tantruming about at the pool. Moriaty is the Yin to Sherlock’s Yang. He almost steals the show – both actor and character. Seething evil and diction the actor is given some of the smarter bits ever caught by a lens. This Scott fellow can act. Yes he can. Have they actually put belladonna drops in his eyes, you may ask, or has he got that look naturally? Hmm.

The premise, or plot, starts to shape up to be about how once an idea is planted in one’s mind there’s no uprooting. Kind of like you can not un-hear something. That’s really all I can say without slipping the game up.

Be aware R Falls’ end is sure to leave you utterly breathless and perhaps stunned with a tear or two rolling down your face….I’m just saying. I can say no more.

Except to say, the characters you’ve immediately come to know and enjoy are all back and in the crispest of form from Series One; Mycroft (Mark Gatiss), Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), suffering Molly (Loo Brealey) and Lestrade (Rupert Graves).

DVD kit bonuses include a short on behind the scenes where cast and crew share the warmth of reception and show you how they shot a few really swell scenes and audio commentary.

Once again I bow to all in and around the productions for a tremendously entertaining few evenings.

Snack recommendations: Pack of cigarettes for Scandal - or a few nicotine patches...frankly, what ever you enjoy post coitus;)

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