Hat detective flaps forward to the modern world

Sherlock Holmes. Many of us are aware of the name by either hearing it in a classic literature unit in English, in everyday conversation with our friends or by seeing the 2011 movie that stars Robert Downey Jr. (which is pretty funny.)

Yet, Sherlock Holmes is more than a late 18th Century detective with a pipe in his mouth, no, he is now a modernized character that solves crimes that fit perfectly in today’s society but instead of using a pipe he uses the patch.

Adapted from the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (creator of Doctor Who) have brought the detective out of “Ye old England,” into the 21st Century with more wit and technology than ever before.

Sherlock Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (played by Martin Freeman) are pitted against serial killers and hounds alike as they continue to help the police force at Scotland Yard. Every story either has the entire storyline or bits and pieces are taken from the Conan Doyle series.

Sherlock uses his brilliant skills of both observation and deduction as he reads into people, finds context clues and pulls facts from his “mind palace” (a mental file drawer full of different pieces of information) to outwit the criminal and solve the crime. He also uses his “homeless network” (his eyes and ears all over the city) to gather information without leaving the comfort of 221B Baker Street. Not only is the network essential, but he likes to use his iPhone to connect with the network, look up stuff on the internet and most importantly have John around to go interview people as well as keep him busy.

John isn’t just his “pet” he is also a retired army doctor who seems to always be around to literally save people’s lives, blog about his experiences to keep his PTSD under control, gather additional information and keep Sherlock in check while in the presence of other human’s. John feels that Sherlock has “saved” him from the boredoms of civilian life as well as the effects of his PTSD.

John and Sherlock are a pretty cool team with one helping out the other as they have to face the dreaded serial killer James Moriarty (professor withheld) who is the leader of all the major crimes that Sherlock has had to solve.  Moriarty is a problem when it comes to having minions run the majority of his “plans” which is really just a game and Sherlock is the main puzzle piece in the whole crime web.

Instead of going on to explain the entire storyline and subplot you should just go and watch the coolest mini-series around.

Sherlock has two seasons that have already aired with three 90 minute episodes apiece that are available on Netflix and BBC.CO.Uk.

Sherlock has recently started its third season and it airs on Sunday night on PBS masterpiece right after Downton Abbey at 10 pm ET