Where should I start with Sherlock?

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Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby pcqgod » 26 Aug 2014, 17:02

Eh? Will I have severe continuity issues if I try to watch season 3 or 2 before 1, say?
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Bride Of Sea Of Tunes » 26 Aug 2014, 17:09

pcqgod wrote:Eh? Will I have severe continuity issues if I try to watch season 3 or 2 before 1, say?


Don't think so.

I didn't see all of the episodes. But I guess that you can enter where you want to; each installment is a standalone story.

However (thinks, tries to remember): there are certain phases in the lives of the protagonists that are helpful to know about: Sherlock and Watson meeting, the first appearances of Moriarty and Mycroft...

...but I think that you won't really miss out on the meaning of crucial events in one single story.

(Hopes he is right here.)
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 26 Aug 2014, 18:18

start with season one!
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby brotherlouie » 26 Aug 2014, 18:38

Skip the PoMo nonsense and watch the Jeremy Brett series.

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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Rayge » 26 Aug 2014, 19:16

There is a distinct story arc both between and within each series.
I'd do it chronologically
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby PENK » 26 Aug 2014, 19:36

I'd do it chronologically and pretend season three never happened.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby pcqgod » 26 Aug 2014, 19:42

I have watched the Jeremy Brett series.

Season One for "Sherlock" it is, then.
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Postby brotherlouie » 26 Aug 2014, 19:59

pcqgod wrote:I have watched the Jeremy Brett series.

Season One for "Sherlock" it is, then.


Fair enough. It's a bit too clever for its own good, mind.

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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Nick » 27 Aug 2014, 09:24

brotherlouie wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I have watched the Jeremy Brett series.

Season One for "Sherlock" it is, then.


Fair enough. It's a bit too clever for its own good, mind.


It's worth watching for the performances alone, and not just Cumberbatch, though he is great. Martin Freeman's Watson is terrific, and Una Stubbs gets better and better throughout the three series as Mrs Hudson. Molly & Lestrade are both excellent too.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Bride Of Sea Of Tunes » 27 Aug 2014, 09:51

brotherlouie wrote:Skip the PoMo nonsense and watch the Jeremy Brett series.


He, I can see where you are coming from. Indeed, the updated Holmes is quite self-conscious, very much 'of its time', perhaps its wit and irony aren't for everyone. Is PoMo an apt description? Could be. Still, it makes for pleasant viewing.

But I am with you: the series with Brett is better, and not only because it does more justice to the novels and stories of Conan Doyle.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Ranking Ted » 31 Aug 2014, 16:30

penk wrote:I'd do it chronologically and pretend season three never happened.

It's as definitive an example of jumping the shark as you're likely to get. The zinger at the end entirely in keeping with the rank stupidity/conceptual arrogance of the other three episodes. Avoid like the plague.

First two seasons are good, mind you.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby borofan » 03 Sep 2014, 13:52

Go and read the books.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Lord Rother » 03 Sep 2014, 14:12

Nick wrote:
brotherlouie wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I have watched the Jeremy Brett series.

Season One for "Sherlock" it is, then.


Fair enough. It's a bit too clever for its own good, mind.


It's worth watching for the performances alone, and not just Cumberbatch, though he is great. Martin Freeman's Watson is terrific, and Una Stubbs gets better and better throughout the three series as Mrs Hudson. Molly & Lestrade are both excellent too.


Moriarty is a scene stealer as well. Superb.

Being too clever for its own good is definitely a part of the attraction for me.

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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby pcqgod » 04 Sep 2014, 17:07

borofan wrote:Go and read the books.



I finished reading all of the books by the time I was out of my first year of high school, I'm pretty sure.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby pcqgod » 19 Oct 2014, 20:43

Looks like BBC America is finally going to start airing the series, solving the problem of which episode I should start with and saving me $20 + bucks in purchasing a dvd set.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Jimbo » 31 Oct 2014, 07:24

I was made very self-conscious by, well, you know how Holmes can notice, say, chalk on a guy's suit and deduce that he is a school teacher, in the new Holmes he spies a guy with a paunch and deduces that he is a devotee of internet porn. :oops:
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby pcqgod » 09 Nov 2014, 16:53

Well, that was pretty fun.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby PENK » 03 Jan 2017, 21:23

Just watched the first episode of series four.

That's that preposterous subplot put to bed for good, I hope. Can we actually have a good TV show back, or do they have more "surprises" up their sleeves?
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby northernsky » 04 Jan 2017, 08:43

Ranking Ted wrote:
penk wrote:I'd do it chronologically and pretend season three never happened.

It's as definitive an example of jumping the shark as you're likely to get. The zinger at the end entirely in keeping with the rank stupidity/conceptual arrogance of the other three episodes. Avoid like the plague.

First two seasons are good, mind you.


Entirely agree. The most recent episodes seemed to have marginalized plotting in favour of...what, exactly? Nods and winks and flashy sweet nothings.
I can wait for the new one to arrive on terrestrial TV here, which may be never as the BBC sold all international rights to Netflix this time round.
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Re: Where should I start with Sherlock?

Postby Lord Rother » 04 Jan 2017, 14:06

I still thought it was excellent viewing but I'd definitely like it to remain a little more grounded in reality than the suspend-disbelief / thriller territory they have dallied with.


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