'Game of Thrones' returneth!
Haven’t been watching? You don’t know what you’re missing. Been watching? Then you know what greatness continues. Last night’s season two premiere was an excellent jumping off point, setting up future episodes sure to be packed with political intrigue, danger, violence, and passion. I’m not going to give away any plot points, nor spoilers. I’ll simply leave this review, of sorts, as my recommendation that Game of Thrones is not just one of my favorite television series today, but of all time. That said, if you don’t like fiction involving swords, supernaturals, and monarchal power plays, mixed with touches of violence and debauchery… then G.O.T. may not be for you.
'SHERLOCK' (TV series 2010-____) review by Steve Oatney —
Based on the classic detective character Sherlock Holmes, created originally by Arthur Conan Doyle. This BBC series is a present-day version, and it is superb! I wish I had not waited so long to catch it.
The pilot episode reminds me a bit of The Mentalist, in that Holmes is (of course) über aware of clues, and brilliantly insightful as to their meanings, much like how The Mentalist's Patrick Jane is über aware of human behavior. It also reminds me of The Odd Couple, which you might not remember, if you’re under 40. Sherlock even has hints of Sheldon & Leonard from The Big Bang Theory in there, to boot!
The writing is intelligent and the dialogue is witty and humorous! Added bonus… Martin Freeman, the actor who will play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit movie, plays Dr. Watson, and brilliantly so! In case you’re wondering, it is very dissimilar to the Robert Downey Jr big-screen version of the character, and thankfully so, as I like this BBC version even better! TRAILER HERE. P.S. Being that Sherlock Holmes is the most supreme legend in the super-detective crime-solving genre, it is safe to say that likely all modern day detective-show writers glean bits of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels to help create their own on-screen sleuths. I mention this, in case you were thinking that I was comparing the Sherlock character to other more modern characters, and not the other way around. Heh.