Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Angst Initiate: Sherlock Holmes

Here's the thing. In my experience, Benedict Cumberbatch looks like this: 

Benedict Cumberbatch in Atonement
Or this: 

Benedict Cumberbatch in Starter for 10
Basically, for a long while, I knew him as the creeper who wasn't James McAvoy. Not the most sexy position to be in. But with a perfectly coifed head of brunette hair and the right set of collars, homeboy is essentially a chiseled GQ model. Who knew?!

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia 
As a character, of course, he's Sherlock Holmes. Happily for me, that seems to be a character I always find works. Drug addict? Check. Seriously lacking in social skills? Check. Desperately lonely? Check.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia 
Plus there's the whole genius thing.  Sherlock is smarter than everyone and he knows it. This makes him a bit of dick. But, frankly, the more prickly he is, the better the moments when he actually shows emotion - namely the emotions of fear or love.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia 
In my oh-so-humble but always completely accurate opinion, series two of Sherlock was far better than series one. Series two never strayed far from exploring Sherlock's character. Episode one was about love, episode two was about fear, and episode three was about companionship.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia
His moment with Molly in the series opener was one of my favorites. Molly walks in and Sherlock (accurately) pulls apart the romantic implications behind her outfit and one of the gifts she's wrapped. When it turns out the gift is for him, he doesn't Sherlock at her. Rather, he pecks her on the cheek and thanks her. Yep - that's about as sweet and squishy as he gets. And it was totally adorable.  

Benedict Cumberbatch shirtless in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia 
Also - look at him! Why does he ever wear clothing at all?

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock A Scandal in Bohemia 
Throughout the episode, the question of whether Sherlock ever has or ever will have a romantic relationship is brought up again and again. Is he straight? Is he gay? Is he a virgin? And everyone secretly worries his potential heartache will lead to him falling off the wagon. But in this very clever and very exciting version of Sherlock Holmes, the biggest mystery of all is... you guessed it! Sherlock himself. Love.


  1. Loved Sherlock so much, got slightly obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch as well. Managed to catch him as Victor at the National Theatre as well, live action angst!

    Be interesting to see what happens when they come back. Poor Watson. :(

  2. He called himself a "high-functioning sociopath" in the last episode I saw. Is that what he's meant to be? Because he strikes me as having high-functioning autism. (I have it too so it's OK if I say that.) Besides all that he is to-die-for sexy and gorgeous, and his voice makes me keel over with delirium. Hey, do you think he'd make a good Dracula?

  3. What is going on in the fifth photo?