Mystery’ makes Sherlock Holmes a hunk
Last year, “Masterpiece Mystery” did Sherlock
Holmes a favor by plunking him down in our own
time. The contemporary setting revived the detective
franchise, rescuing it from period-piece quaintness.
The new Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) is,
in modern parlance, a hunk. He’s become an Internet
phenomenon thanks to a blog by sidekick Dr.
Watson (Martin Freeman). And he’s a recognizable
21st century type: a jerk. This Holmes is contemptuous
of his fellow mortals, with a brain that works
at twice the normal speed. “BORING!” he bellows,
contemplating cases at the start of season two
(Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS).
The case that finally sparks his interest involves
a sexy dominatrix who possesses incriminating
pictures of a British royal. She proves to be
a formidable opponent, worming her way into
Holmes’ heart. Who knew he even had one of those?
The script is witty, the pace quick, the production
endlessly inventive. Expect slow-motion fights,
dream sequences, onscreen text – anything to
keep you watching.
Not even Holmes could find this series BORING.
Saturday, 9 p.m. (A&E)
Russell Hantz is the self-proclaimed mastermind
who nevertheless got voted off “Survivor” three
times. He continues to proclaim himself a mastermind
on his new house-flipping reality series,. It’s
no fun to watch this unpleasant man brag about
his real estate skills, then screw up, then
blame it all on his partner.
Plus, I thought the tribe had spoken. Get this
guy off our TV screens. CV