This is an actual promo picture from the Cape May Holmes Weekend.  Yes, you need to be there.

This is an actu­al pro­mo pic­ture from the Cape May Holmes Week­end. Yes, you need to be there.

Yes, my dear Wat­son, Novem­ber 7th through the 9th is a week­end of Sher­lock­ian shenani­gans in Vic­to­ri­an Cape May, New Jer­sey.  But even though the actu­al events are hap­pen­ing out there (I was TOTALLY there this sum­mer, but it wasn’t Sher­lock week­end then sad­face) any­where is per­fect for cel­e­brat­ing how awe­some Sher­lock Holmes is.

Anyone with a mustache game this strong must have been awesome.

Any­one with a mus­tache game this strong must have been awe­some.

First of all, if you’ve nev­er read a Sher­lock Holmes sto­ry, read one right now.  This blog post will still be here when you’re done.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some pret­ty baller crime sto­ries.  And while they’re not exact­ly what you will have come to expect from oth­er mys­tery writ­ers, they have this fan­tas­tic ten­sion and the char­ac­ters of Holmes and Wat­son are just so great.

They are so perfect it hurts.

They are so per­fect it hurts.

So now that you’re famil­iar with the source mate­ri­al, let’s talk about two of the recent adap­ta­tions of the­se works to the screen.  The BBC’s Sher­lock is prob­a­bly the best show that is cur­rent­ly avail­able.  Peo­ple are con­stant­ly com­plain­ing about how the series (which is what the BBC calls sea­sons, i.e. the first sea­son of Sher­lock is called the first series) are so short, but they kind of have to be con­sid­er­ing each episode is about as long as a nor­mal fea­ture-length film!  Fea­tur­ing the act­ing tal­ents of Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as Sher­lock and Mar­t­in Free­man as Dr. John Wat­son as well as an absolute­ly flaw­less sup­port­ing cast, I’m real­iz­ing that this post is start­ing to sound like a review/commercial for Sher­lock so suf­fice it to say that every­thing about the show is per­fect and you need to watch it.

The oth­er impor­tant adap­ta­tion (IMO) is the duo (soon to be trio!) of films fea­tur­ing RDJ as Holmes and Jude Law as Wat­son.  Peri­od pieces as opposed to the mod­ern update pre­sent­ed in the TV show, RDJ and Jude Law are almost as per­fect as Holmes and Wat­son as are Cum­ber­batch and Free­man.  Plus the movies are a lot more star-stud­ded and have peo­ple like Rachel McAdams and Stephen Fry in them, so that’s pret­ty BA.

These two: also perfect.

The­se two: also per­fect.

So enjoy this week­end, my fel­low Holmes lovers!  And take heart!  Series 4 begins film­ing some time in 2015…  That’s not actu­al­ly good news, is it.  It’s ok, though.  It’ll be worth the wait, I’m sure.  In the mean time, enjoy the­se posts about Sher­lock from Buz­zFeed!  Here’s one!  Here’s anoth­er!  Here’s a third!

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