Arrogant, Narcissist Or Just Human?


I just watched the second episode of Sherlock Season 3. It was awwwsome (you know some things just have to be described as awww…). Benedict Cumberbatch is doing an absolutely brilliant job, he is too good! 

I have always liked Sherlock Holmes, you know. I have read the first volume of his stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and I think he is an incredibly good writer and Sherlock Holmes is one of the most loved detectives. From the stories it is very easy to see that Sherlock is a very intelligent, smart and extremely observant person. I mean seriously, the number of things he just notices like that! 

But here I am more specifically talking about The TV series Sherlock. On the 31st of December and the 1st of January there was a kind of Sherlock marathon on TV. That’s when I saw the series for the first time. I have to say I have never liked any TV series in so short a time, 2 days, I didn’t even see all the 6 episodes! That’s another thing, 3 episodes per season? Who does that? Apparently the Sherlock people do. Anyway,the point is moot since there’s nothing I can do about it.

So, to continue…Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock is really, really good. In the earlier episodes we see a Sherlock who is (as the title says) arrogant and a narcissist, but season 3 of the series kind of changes the image I think. In the first episode of season 3 , Sherlock returns from the ‘dead’ (for poor Watson atleast he was dead). I thought that episode 1 was extremely funny and I was just waiting for the moment when Watson would react. He didn’t disappoint at all. Sherlock deserved all those punches he got. I mean, who does that huh? You tell your one and only friend (Sherlock’s words, not mine) that you are dead and you expect him to be okay with it when you tell him that you were alive all the time? And the second episode! It’s Watson and Mary’s wedding day and Sherlock is the Best Man. The look on his face when Watson tells him that he’s going to be the Best Man ( and the subsequent realisation that he is Watson’s best friend)!! Epic! 

His speech just shows that he is just as human as everyone else. Okay so he does speak about how he finds marriage futile and all that, but still. Infact, he even says that marriage and murder are similar because it happens between two people and ends when one of them dies.’ Can you believe that? Anyway. He is quite ignorant to the reason behind Watson’s anger with him in the first episode but I don’t think it’s true. Mary asks him,’You don’t know anything about human nature, do you?’ and he says,’ Human? No. Nature? No.’ The second episode kind of refutes his claims though.

He seems so vulnerable somehow. Arrogant, selfish, extremely clever, yes, but vulnerable, more human than ever (whatever he may let us believe). I just think that that’s the beauty of his character. He is odd, most people wouldn’t even like him if they met him. But this portrayal of Sherlock’s character in the series is different somehow. In the movies, Robert Downey Junior does a really good job too. But this human side of him in the series is something not considered before (or atleast I haven’t come across anything like that). He is, always has been, a loner. Even Watson is surprised when he realizes that Sherlock’s parents are still alive. He has a brother too, who is also just as brilliant. But we never see him associated with everyone around him, not unless it’s absolutely necessary, anyway. 

He is only human though. The last part of the episode I saw today proves it. He loves dancing he said, he just needs someone to dance with (he doesn’t say that of course, wouldn’t go with the image, you know). 

The next episode is the last of season 3. Over already! I hope they start the fourth season soon. Such a lovable character, Sherlock, isn’t he?


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