First Impressions of Sherlock and The Pacific

So I recently got started watching the BBC show Sherlock and the HBO miniseries The Pacific, and I definitely want to keep going with what I have seen so far.

As many of you probably know, since the show is pretty wildly popular, Sherlock is a modern reinterpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, with the title character being played by Benedict Cumberbatch (known for films like Starter for 10, Atonement, and Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy to name a few). Needless to say, this interpretation, despite the modern setting, is far closer to the literary origin than was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. British shows generally don’t run as long as their American counterparts, so a season of Sherlock is only 3 episodes long. However, each episode is about 90 minutes long, or the length of a movie. Thus I feel like I would need to set some time aside in order to watch an episode. However, I’m already a third of the way through season 1 after having seen one episode!

On the other hand, The Pacific is the companion piece to the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. While Band of Brothers followed a company of paratroopers as they fought the Nazi war machine, The Pacific surrounds US Marines as they take on the Japanese. Already, the impression I’m getting is that The Pacific is a much more brutal show than Band of Brothers was. Comparatively speaking, Band of Brothers seemed a bit more like the heroic US troops taking on the evil Nazis, but The Pacific generally seems to be a more personal story. I think the biggest reason being The Pacific being based on the memoirs of Marines (i.e. primary sources) as opposed to a book written by historian Stephen Ambrose.

Anyway, stay tuned for reviews of both shows coming soon.

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