If you haven’t seen it, the BBC’s updated and retooled Sherlock Holmes series — aptly titled Sherlock — is an impressive feat of television making. The writing is sharp and clever and the performances are all spot on. It’s riveting and watching a minute of an episode means you’re about to blow off every other activity you had lined up for the rest of the day so you can watch the rest, which makes us very excited for the upcoming CBS Sherlock series called Elementary. Finally! We get out own Sherlock!
One of the most creative aspects of the show is the visual representation of the inner-workings of Sherlock’s mind. Not only does the camera show us Sherlock shaking a man’s hand and instantly know everything about him, we see the dog hairs on the man’s pant leg that tells Sherlock he has two – no, three dogs, and the exact breeds; we see the wrinkles on his fancy shirt that tell Sherlock this man is newly rich and has yet to let go of his unruly meager beginnings.
You have to assume Sherlock uses this skill all day, every day, so let’s use this Sherlockian method of analyzing a situation, picking it apart bit by bit to understand every aspect of it without being told anything about it, and apply it to, say, buying a used car.
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