A Study of Sherlock

I feel electrified, fascinated, awake and happy. Energy is the sensation I am feeling currently and why you may ask am I so enthused? I would answer should you ask just that; I have just completed a viewing of Sherlock: The Sign of Three, the newest episode to the epic BBC rejuvenation of the magnetic and captivating, seductively deductive detective, Sherlock Holmes.

I adore this series and have great respect for the producers who have successfully and with style ushered Sherlock into the 21st century. This newest episode was 85 minutes of non stop intrigue, suspense and intelligence. The plot was suitably elaborate and created a detailed collage of mysteries cleverly intertwined to produce a glorious revelation at the climax of the episode.

What I especially enjoyed was the whit and humor shown in the episode. For such an austere man Sherlock has always been a deeply complex emotional yet expressively stifled creature. This story gave a glimpse at this aspect of Sherlock and created laughter and a sense of enjoyment beyond the expected intensely brain teasing elements. There was a sense of connection with the true, raw Sherlock and it was truly special.

It might seem trivial to be so elated by a TV series. I would argue though that Sherlock is no mere ‘show’ it is a catalyst, it possesses a means of engaging its audience like nothing else. It urges its viewers to really think and form deductions. You unconsciously compete with Sherlock trying to unravel the mystery, solve the crime, outdo the master. It draws you in and not in a numbing hypnotic way but rather in a manner by which you are spurred to think faster, listen more carefully, pay closer attention and generally indulge in the detail of the episode. Sherlock (portrayed spectacularly by Benedict Cumberbatch), speaks with a rhythm and fluency all his own. Your eyes dart, your heart races, you sit still and attempt to, possibly by osmosis alone as simply listening seems to fall short of capturing the entirety, soak up all that is said not wanting to waste a letter never mind lose a glorious word.

I am so excited after watching this show because plainly and honestly it makes me happy. I feel joy that although I have just sat and watched TV for 85 minutes I have in that time been more alert and open minded then I have all day. This is admittedly a reflection of my personal sometimes lethargic nature but with this new year and after the encouragement of Sherlock I feel a new sense of energy and motivation. I have mentioned before but I love language and the ability to express ourselves in such a colourful if not oftenly neglected manner. Listening to Sherlock speak is an indulgent experience, the is a feeling of being over run by the most vivid array and flamboyant display of vocabulary undoubtedly on TV but also to be heard in practice today. I saddens me that we have lost this flare for word play and the ability to captivate with a flourish of a finely crafted sentence.

However I digress and so in conclusion I am happy. I feel revitalized and enthused, motivated and satisfied. Sherlock is a beautiful dynamic show and I can’t express any further in my current overly stimulated state just how inspiring and encouraging a show it is. It gives me hope that perhaps eloquence isn’t lost and that intelligence is an attribute to be proud of and a craft to be nurtured and encouraged.

Here now I will end my rambling ode to Sherlock Homes. I know that words, mystery and puzzles are my favourite distractions. I have found my intellectual high and it is literature and currently Sherlock Holmes is taking centre stage. It is so important to stimulate your mind and not lose your passion for knowledge. Test yourself and push your limits. Find what it is that excites and satisfies you. The world is a vibrant and vast place with I promise you elements suited to only you if you look hard enough and are open and involved in your life you will find them and a real sense of unique and individual joy. Think big.

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