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TV Show Review: Sherlock Series 2 (2012)

Updated on September 4, 2019
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BBC's Sherlock Series 2 Blu-ray cover.
BBC's Sherlock Series 2 Blu-ray cover. | Source

Quick Info

Directors: Various
Distributor: BBC Home Entertainment
Released: May 22, 2012
Runtime: 270 minutes
Availability: On DVD, blu-ray, and streaming on Netflix

Story Summary

Sherlock Holmes must match wits with a mysterious dominatrix named Irene Adler and discover what she’s plotting. In another case, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson investigate a gigantic hound sighted near the Baskerville military base. And in the final episode, Holmes and Moriarty meet again in one final clash.

The Stories Are Really Great!

I really enjoyed these three episodes; especially since it adapted the first Sherlock Holmes story I ever watched in the episode of Wishbone, I also remember the live-action Hound of the Baskervilles PBS adaptation from a long time ago too.

All these stories are interesting and entertaining to watch. Despite all the modernization of the setting, the stories are still great mysteries that I enjoyed watching Sherlock solve.

The episode “The Final Problem” is an amazing episode. Everything was set up very well and it had a great payoff at the end as well.

The other stories are great too, Irene Adler is a great foil to Sherlock Holmes and their interactions are quite interesting. They make great adversaries and the episode she’s in “A Scandal in Bohemia” is a fantastic episode.

Everything about this series is a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot.

Sherlock: S2e1 a Scandal in Belgravia Trailer

The Visual Effects are Pretty Good

The cinematography looks really nice and the camerawork is good. The visual effects are also pretty good, but the episode of “The Hounds of Baskerville” does have a very CGI looking dog, and I think it just looks silly.

For the rest of the episodes that don’t rely on CGI, they do look really good. The visuals are part of what makes Sherlock (2012) such an entertaining miniseries to watch.

Watson and Holme investigating the Hound of Baskerville.
Watson and Holme investigating the Hound of Baskerville. | Source

The Acting is Fantastic!

Benedict Cumberbatch is great as Sherlock Holmes. He brings his character to live and he did a fantastic job in this role. His acting is terrific and I really enjoyed his performance in this TV series. I did know who he was because he played Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and I knew he was in this show too and that’s why I wanted to watch it because both he and Martin Freeman were known for this show way before The Hobbit trilogy.

Martin Freeman is great as John Watson. I really enjoyed his performance in Sherlock and like Benedict Cumberbatch, I first saw him in The Hobbit movies, but unlike Benedict, he was not in a mo-cap suit. The show Sherlock was filming during the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), and that’s why he’s absent from the Rivendell scenes in the movie.

He also does a great job as John Watson in this series and I really enjoyed his performance in the show. He showed a wide range of emotions and he has great chemistry with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Lara Pulver did a fantastic job as Irene Adler. She’s a great foil for Sherlock Holmes because she’s so smart and snarky like he is. She also is willing to do whatever she has to in order to keep her secrets. Lara Pulver did a great job portraying that on screen. She’s one of the most memorable characters in the series. She did a great job.

Andrew Scott is brilliant as Jim Moriarty. His character is so crazy and evil that he just works in this show. Andrew Scott did an amazing job bringing that to his character.

Overall, the cast is amazing and they all did an excellent job giving fantastic performances. This series has great acting that I enjoyed a lot.

BBC Sherlock Holmes - 01. Irene's Theme (Soundtrack Season 2)

The Soundtrack is Excellent

The soundtrack adds a lot to the emotion and atmosphere of the Sherlock TV series. The music really fits the story and it’s especially memorable in the emotional moments of the show.

Sherlock Gets Nice Character Development

Remember how I said that Sherlock Holmes can be a divisive character in this version because he’s a jerk? Well, in this second series, he receives character development where he becomes a kinder person, well as much as his character can be a kinder person.

I really enjoyed this character development because his character is the one that you will either love or hate when you’re watching this series. I find that his character is much more enjoyable due to his character development in this series.

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Parental Warning

Sherlock (2012) Series 2 contains some stronger language, violence, some adult themes and some nudity, but you can’t see anything because it’s technically not completely shown on screen.

The Slow Pacing is Still There Sometimes

The slow pacing that can make Sherlock (2012) series 2 does make a return, but I only noticed it in the episode of “The Hounds of Baskerville” and it didn’t really happen in either “A Scandal in Bohemia” or “The Final Problem”. So the show does improve on its pacing issues, but it does happen sometimes.

Sherlock being interviewed by a reporter.
Sherlock being interviewed by a reporter. | Source

This is a Fantastic Series and I love it!

Sherock (2012) is an engaging and entertaining miniseries that I enjoyed a lot. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll enjoy it even if you aren’t into the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Knowledge of the original source material isn’t required to watch the series.

I enjoyed it but I won’t be buying it on DVD, blu-ray or digital. I don’t think it’s a bad show or anything, I just don’t feel like I have to own it, but it is one that you should buy if you liked the miniseries.

Quick Summary

What Works:
What Doesn't Work:
Grteat story, characters, and world-building
Slow pacing drags in some episodes
Great character development for Sherlock Holmes
 
Great acting
 
Excellent soundtrack
 

My Grade: A+

Sherlock (2012) series 2 is a great miniseries that puts a new spin on the familiar Sherlock Holmes stories that have been adapted for the screen. It’s also an interesting way for people to be exposed to classic literature. I don’t know how many people have actually gone back and read the original stories, but this series is still a lot of fun and very entertaining to watch.

Thanks to excellent acting and writing, the stories continue to develop the character of Sherlock Holmes and keep the audiences interested in every case he gets involved with.

If you enjoyed the first series, you’ll definitely enjoy this continuation. IT only continues to improve on the previous series and keep me engaged.

I won’t be buying this for my personal collection, but it is a must-buy for fans of the previous season of this series. You can also check to see if your local library has it since it is a very popular show.

It is currently streaming on Netflix and that’s how I’m watching the series. It is well worth your time to watch, it is a fun and engaging series. It is worth your money if you’re willing to buy it physically or digitally. I’m content just to watch the series, but I can happily recommend this series to anyone that wants an interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes stories and you don’t mind a modern update to the setting. It’s a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to watching Series 3 on Netflix.

If you have BBC or BBC America it is still being aired as reruns. They haven’t continued the story because of scheduling conflict after Series 4. But it could happen, we’ll just have to wait and see. It is worth your time and money to watch it, I highly recommend this series.

My Rating

5 stars for TV Show Review: Sherlock Series 2 (2012)

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      23 months ago

      Louise, please do. I didn't think I would enjoy it... a modern take on my beloved Sherlock Holmes? No one could improve on Basil Rathbone!! But I can say with affection that Rathbone keeps his place in beloved fondness, and Cumberbatch runs away with my heart! There was a layout of literary characters posed by TV actors, and Benedict Cumberbatch was posed as Darcy.... rural setting, he's standing in a lake with the water slightly above his hips, hands poised as though he is in the process of unbuttoning his white shirt... which is completely open to his waist. A friend and I emailed each other for days about the fantasy of it. You're never too old to appreciate such a man!

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      Louise Powles 

      23 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I think I'm one of the few people who hasn't seen this. I really think I should!

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      23 months ago

      Cumberbatch is a joy and a thrill to watch. He brings a freshness to Sherlock Holmes, an off-the-wall humor that is all the more humorous because he plays it straight and seems bewildered that Watson or anyone else is mystified or appalled at what he has said. Martin Freeman is brilliant as his foil, holding his own as the intelligent ex-soldier who can give Sherlock a run for his money when the need arises. And when Sherlock comes up with one of his frequent mind blowing non-sequiturs, John Watson's dropped jaw and stuttering seem very real, his exasperation and quick recovery showing that he, too, is no fool when it comes to deductive reasoning though he may not be as quick off the mark as his friend. This was an excellent casting pairing, and in the scene where Sherlock and John take off running from the guy they've been questioning in the cab, in the first series, and they fall against the wall in the apartment looking at each other and laughing hilariously, I was laughing out loud with them... it all seemed so genuine. And in the scene with Moriarty when Sherlock sits down beside John in the swimming pool area to wait for the bomb to explode, because John cannot escape, I felt genuine compassion for SHERLOCK, because I knew he could not understand, within himself, why he felt compelled for the first time in his life, to offer up his own life in companionship with another. It was brilliant writing and brilliant acting. I could go on and on, but will spare you. Just allow me to say, I think Benedict Cumberbatch would make a most excellent James Bond.

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