This past couple of weeks, it's been both. Work has been crazy, with Christmas coming up.
I've found also found a fabulous new obsession that's taken up all my free time outside of work.
Most of my obsessions have to do with music or books, rarely TV. And rarely am I inspired to write about my TV obsessions, because I think most people won't give a shit and why bother.
The last time I posted about a TV obsession was in Crazy, Sexy, Funny, where I wrote about 'Black Books', an eccentric Britcom about a small bookshop owner named Bernard Black, who drank too much, smoked to much, and insulted pretty much everyone he met.
This time, my TV obsession is all about 'Sherlock', the 2010 modern adaptation of the classic Holmes literature.
The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch (how fucking awesome is that dude's name?) as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (the star hobbit in the upcoming 'The Hobbit') as Dr. John Watson. The first season is comprised of three 2 hour episodes.
My friend Kristyn lent it to me around a month or two ago (can't remember exactly, time gets blurry for me sometimes). I kind of kept forgetting about it...
The other day I vowed I would spend my day off watching them. I feel bad when I don't return something I was lent in a timely fashion.
What. A. Fucking. Idiot. I. Am.
For putting off watching them, that is.
When Kristyn lent them to me, I didn't realize they were a modern adaptation. I love Sherlock Holmes, the movies (plural, because the new one is coming out imminently) with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are super awesome (anything with Robert Downey Jr. in it is super awesome, I glad he finally got off the hard drugs) as are the original classic stories.
I didn't think this could compare to my love of the movies. Most people who are into Sherlock Holmes love the 80's series with Jeremy Brett. I wasn't as into those, because Sherlock has always been kind of hot in my head (well, my idea of 'hot' anyway) and Brett was never my cup of tea. I'm so shallow.
Anyway, I popped the first disc of 'Sherlock' in, and settled on the couch with a glass of wine. After the first 3 minutes I thought, "Hrm. I don't think I'm going to like this..."
Not knowing it was a modern adaptation, I was a little confused and apprehensive. I may have even yawned.
After the first 10 minutes?
This is 7 minutes later, mind...
I paused the DVD to run to my computer and send Kristyn a Facebook message telling her how fucking amazing and awesome and fabulous 'Sherlock' was and how I may need to make out with her for turning me onto the series and lending me her copy for so long. (Ok, I didn't really tell her I wanted to make out with her, but I was thinking it, and the offer still stands Kristyn! I'll even let you feel me up! Feel free to honk a boob!)
The casting in the show is brilliant. Amazing chemistry between all of the actors. And somehow even though 'Sherlock' is set in modern London, it just fits. It's done by the same people that write 'Doctor Who'.
Cumberbatch and Freeman capture the essence of what make Holmes and Watson interesting characters, whilst infusing things like texting and GPS into the narrative without seeming farfetched.
After I watched them, I immediately wanted to watch them again. In fact, there is a British TV sale starting next week at our store, just in time for me to buy my very own copy and coerce Chuckles to watch it with me.
He's been kind of grumbly about it, "Well, it can't be as good as Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock, can it?"
Well, my answer was that it's just as awesome, just a different sort of awesome.
I love the show for the intelligent, witty dialogue and the fantastic acting.
But I won't lie when I say I want to be the meat in a Holmes-Watson sandwich.
I highly, highly recommend catching this series however you can. The second series starts airing on PBS in May 2012. I heart British television.
(I had to say 'Cumberbatch' again for no reason, it's too awesome not to.)
Edit: Decided to start a Tumblr blog to feed my Ben-addiction... visit Cumberbitch Sandwich if you have the same glorious affliction.