Sherlock – A Scandal in Belgravia

I don’t know how to write this review without spoiling the fun…I honestly don’t know!!

But I can say that Steven Moffat didn’t let us, fans of Sherlock Holmes, feels disappointed on how he portrayed the relationship between Sherlock and The Woman, Irene Adler.

On the last episode, The Great Game, we were left with a tight condition between Sherlock, John and Jim Moriarty. The matter was solved. I don’t want to say how, I will try hard not to give any major spoiler here.

I think anyone who had read A Scandal in Bohemia knew how the story goes. Sherlock met his match and it was a woman named Irene Adler. The only woman he referred to as ‘the woman’. The first half of the story was quite the same with the book but the other half was different. Moffat was trying to fit the situation with our modern life. Irene was more seductive than the Irene in the 19th century. Lara Pulver is not a very beautiful woman but she manages to deliver a smart and seductive woman very well.

After escaping Moriarty’s threat, John continued his blog about Sherlock’s cases (You can read his blog here but read it after you see the series). Somehow his blog became a hit and everyone knew who Sherlock was. We got to see how Sherlock suddenly had many clients…tho he tended to reject all the boring cases. John always reported Sherlock’s cases in his blog, the success ones and the failed ones. I really love his blog….very hilarious, especially the comments 😉

I should praise Moffat as a genius in making hilarious jokes without forcing it too much. A Scandal in Belgravia is a serious case but the humour made me laugh so loud. When Sherlock was about to receive the case that involved Irene Adler and one of the royal member, He came to Buckingham Palace in the most extraordinary way that made my stomach hurt because I couldn’t stop laughing. He was so annoying when it came to anything related to his brother, Mycroft.

He was asked to recover a certain photo from Irene that showed intimacy between Irene and his secretive client. What Sherlock found was an amazing woman who could make Sherlock’s heart trembled…a bit. She tricked Sherlock. And this is where I stopped telling the story. If I go any further, I will totally ruin the fun.

Sherlock: If I wanted to see naked woman, I’ll borrow John’s laptop

I wish all TV series are like this…no need to show full nudity to be sexy!!

The friendship between Sherlock and John was much stronger now than previous season. We could see how the two of them enjoyed laughing together. Both Irene and John’s girl friend (he no longer dated Sarah) were a bit jealous of how close they were.  At the same time, we could also see how great the chemistry between Sherlock and Irene. They both were meant to be together, 2 smart people. However, never expected Sherlock to do stupid and silly things for Irene…because that was so not Sherlock. The three of them were amazing to see.

Irene: Are you Jealous?
John: We’re not a couple!
Irene: Yes you are.
John: Who knows who the hell knows about Sherlock Holmes, but for the record, anyone out there still cares, I’m not actually gay.

I love the ending!!! Not the final ending, but the conclusion of the case. It was so great to see how things finally unsolved. The feeling between the two was transparently seen. I just love the ending!! Moffat stayed true to Sherlock’s attitude. He never overdid his action.

How about the actors?

Well…Benedict was as amazing as always. His face expression and his ability to speak really fast were really fun to watch. Martin was also great, his awkwardness was still visible and adorable to watch. As for Lara Pulver, at first I thought she was less pretty compared to Irene in the book but then she pulled it off really well with 21st century’s Irene personality.

This might sound crazy…but I re-watched this episode the moment I finished it. I wanted to see it all over again. Ow how I love this miniseries. I wish there are more than 3 episodes.

I will review The Hounds of Baskerville soon 🙂

Miniseries details:

Title: A Scandal in Belgravia (#2.1)
Staring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Lara Pulver, Mark Gatiss, Rupert Graves
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Paul McGuigan
Air Date: January 1, 2012

I always assume that love is a dangerous disadvantage. Thank you for the final proof.

Sherlock Holmes

Related Posts: (Series 1)

  1. A Study in Pink
  2. The Blind Banker
  3. The Great Game

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