Sherlock - Victorian or Contemporary?
Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed in Victorian times since he was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Of course, at that time Victorian was contemporary. Never has Sherlock been so updated as he was in 2010, over 100 years later, with the BBC Sherlock series. (There was another contemporary series attempted in 2012, but once John Watson was cast as Joan, there was no way I could take it seriously.) The BBC Sherlock has the perfect combination of writing, cast, cinematography and, well, basically everything.
The popularity of Sherlock Holmes through the ages can certainly be contributed to the fact that he is an extraordinary character, but it's also because of his relationship with John Watson. Sherlock is astoundingly intelligent, yet definitely flawed, "a high functioning sociopath" as he describes himself in Sherlock. John, his only colleague and friend, acts as a buffer with the rest of the world and Sherlock's relationship with John is as convincing today as when it was first written
Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, co-creators of the BBC Sherlock, have just delighted audiences by transporting the Sherlock cast back to Victorian times in a one off special. The show played in select theatres nationwide as a limited engagement and I attended one evening, celebrating Sherlock's birthday with my friends. The theatre was packed and the audience thrilled as they watched the story unfold. (If you missed the broadcast or want to see it again, The Abominable Bride is already available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. The DVD may also be ordered through PBS.org or Amazon Prime, as well as other distributors.)
Sherlock Holmes was definitely a man out of his own time. Conan Doyle's descriptions of his investigative and forensic procedures came long before Scotland Yard had even dreamt of such things. So fellow Sherlockians, what do you think? Is your favorite Sherlock Victorian or contemporary?