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Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Great show, great actors
I read all reviews and I'm happy that most of them are positive.I'm relatively new to CI and after a quick count it became clear that I saw only third of the episodes so far. I can hardly explain how much I love the series. It means Goren and Eames to me - the stories with other detectives do not interest me at all. I began to watch because of the cases, but soon Vincent D'Onofrio lured away my attention. He is such a fine and talented actor, a true artist, and his Goren is such a pleasure to watch!He is clever, funny, overwhelming, awesome..I simply adore his little mannerisms, strange movements and flexibility which made Bobby so unique.He's a gentle giant, I find him so sexy and handsome even in the later seasons when he's older and heavier. What a gorgeous man!
I think Goren is one of the greatest fictional characters, just like Sherlock Holmes, whom he is based upon. Some reviews say he is irritating - if you want to see really irritating "acting", try CSI:Miami and look for red hair..
My opinion is that Kate Erbe is as superb as Vincent. I do not see Eames as a mere sidekick, she is a great character and complements Goren totally. She is a smart, clever, brave cop in a tough manly environment. I like her sarcasm, the show needs that tiny amount of fun she provides. What I like the most in the Goren-Eames partnership is the deep respect they have for each other, but I'm not a shipper at all.
I love every episode I saw, it is really hard to pick favs, but those with super villain Nicole Wallace are phenomenal. I really liked Art (1.2.), Jones (1.5.), Badge (1.20.), Chinoiserie (2.5.) and Prisoner (5.3.), just to mention a few.
I'd like to say big thanks to all the fine actors, writers and crew who created such an amazing show.
The Murdoch Mysteries (2004)
My opinion: this is quality television!
It was such a delight to watch The Murdoch Mysteries! It has everything: fine cast, beautiful locations, interesting storyline. I do not know whether the stories were accurate adaptations of the novels, because I did not read them. I simply enjoyed the series.
I think Peter Outerbridge was an excellent choice for Murdoch, his detective is handsome, curious, clever and brave enough to try new methods of investigation. Keeley Hawes was also great, sad that she was left out from episode 3. The supporting cast was fine too.The set and locations were convincing, just like in the Granada Sherlock Holmes series.
Does anyone know why the series ended after 3 eps? I read that there is a new series with new cast and shorter episodes, but I did not see any of them, only promos. It was quite odd for me to see Yannick Bisson as Murdoch, I think Outerbridge was a better choice.
A fairly good version with some mistakes
I must tell that when I hear the name Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett appears in front of my eyes as the master detective. My opinion is that he is unsurpassable in the role.
I have seen this version of the Hound some years ago, and I was rather skeptical at the beginning.OK, there are some mistakes - for example, Holmes NEVER used cocaine to stimulate his mind while solving a case, he shoot up when he was bored. And the famous Hound became too supernatural for my taste, and they left out some parts from the original novel. But the overall impression was positive.Richard Roxburgh was a little unusual Holmes, but his performance was good. The fact that he is handsome added some kind of sexuality to the role - it worked with Jeremy Brett as well, he was very handsome too. Ian Hart was convincing as Watson, and Richard E. Grant was superb as the evil Stapleton.
The Granada version of the Hound will always have its soft spot in my heart, but I recommend this film as well.
Introducing Inspector Lestrade
The Norwood Builder belongs to my favorite Sherlock Holmes stories.It is the first time when Inspector Lestrade appears - he is such a great character!It is a pleasure to watch his way of investigation, he is so self-assured and narrow-minded that he tries his best to hinder Holmes and insult him.Their duel of words is very entertaining.Just watch the various expressions on the face of Holmes - simply marvelous! My other favorite is the scene where Holmes finds the witness for Lestrade.I cannot express how much I love Jeremy's smooth, velvet voice! As he shouts 'Fire'...it is soooo masculine, powerful and overwhelming!And he looks absolutely awesome: he is tall, elegant, aristocratic and graceful like a giant cat.
Colin Jeavons was an excellent choice for Lestrade, and in the later episodes we can see a kind of friendship between him and Holmes. David Burke is as good as always, and the supporting cast is fine too.
I highly recommend this Holmes tale, it is worth watching!
A caring Sherlock Holmes
The Illustrious Client is my favorite from the Casebook series. I love it particularly because of the fact that it shows a new side of Holmes. During the episode he is more caring and sympathetic than ever. He really wants to help preventing the new marriage of Baron Gruner only after hearing Kitty's sad story. Holmes is very emotive and understanding with her. She is a very likable character.
The story allowed Jeremy to show some of his own characteristics - in other episodes he has to hide almost everything from himself to play the master detective who is a brain without a heart.Jeremy was such a wonderfully versatile actor, who added so much to the character of Holmes and played him faithful to the Canon at the same time. The scenes with Watson and the ailing Holmes are fantastic, and Rosalie Williams is just lovely as the motherly landlady.
The Illustrious Client is another great addition to the masterpieces of Granada. A must see for all Holmes fans!
The Chemistry Is Already Working
The Abbey Grange was the first episode shot with Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson, but you can already notice the chemistry between Holmes and his new companion.I really liked David Burke, but Edward is just as great as he has been.
What I like in this story the most is the deep sympathy Holmes feels towards Lady Brackenstall, who is tortured by her husband. In the Canon Holmes is portrayed as someone who has no emotions at all and who does not care about women.In this episode he tries to help a lady, we see emotions, sympathy, worry and strong sense of justice.Jeremy is so irresistibly young and handsome, he shows more of his true personality.He is calm, understanding and caring, a real gentleman.
The ending scene is perfectly arranged: just watch how Holmes responds to a quite natural thing - Lady Brackenstall tries to hug him. There we see another Sherlock: a solitary, introverted creature, who does not like to be close to someone, who is impatient. This is the miracle of him, he is so multi-layered and complex, he can always surprise us with a move or a sentence.
Maybe the best from Memoirs
The Dying Detective was the first episode I have seen from the Memoirs series and it is one of my favorites from all. There are many reasons for that. First is that I simply love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, he is just perfect and irreplaceable for me. Second, the story itself is very dark, tense and exciting till the last moments. But the most important reason for loving this episode is the sad fact that Jeremy was very ill during shooting, yet he made it through and the result is a masterpiece which I cannot watch without feeling sorry for him, admiring his courage and talent and enjoying the story at the same time.
The supporting cast is excellent as always. Edward Hardwicke is larger than life, he is so convincing as the kind, worrying doctor. Rosalie Williams is a fantastic, motherly Mrs. Hudson. Jonathan Hyde is a perfect choice for the evil, cold-blooded Culverton Smith, you just cannot do anything else but hate him for what he did with his cousin. And he is almost as intelligent as Holmes. The ending scene is so intense and effective, and the whole episode is a true masterpiece for me. Though it always reminds me of the ill health of Jeremy, but of his greatness as well.
Maybe the best from the Return episodes
The Six Napoleons is one of my favorite from the Return cases, the others are The Empty House and Devil's Foot. I like this episode especially because of its lighter and funnier atmosphere.Holmes, Watson and Lestrade make such a cool trio!I love their conversation besides the fire, it makes me laugh every time I see it.All three actors are awesome in it, and it shines through that they enjoy each other's company so much. I think Colin Jeavons was an excellent choice for the role of Inspector Lestrade, he does such a wonderful job!My opinion is that he gives his best in this episode and in The Norwood Builder.Jeremy Brett told in an interview he loved to work with Colin Jeavons and they liked each other. Another thing I like in this episode is the tablecloth trick of Holmes.It is not easy at all!
The Six Napoleons is highly recommended to cheer up one's day and have a good laugh in addition to the exciting investigation.
This episode highlights friendship
The other comments for Devil's Foot are about how bad it is.I do not know anything about dramatization and technical details.What I know is, that for me this episode is about the great friendship between Holmes and Watson.You can see it in every episode, but generally the investigations are more important than friendship. In Devil's Foot the situation is reversed, the emphasis is on the Holmes-Watson relationship. Edward Hardwicke gives one of his best performances as the caring and worried, loyal doctor. Jeremy Brett portrays a very contemplative Holmes, who overcomes his cocaine addiction - it is symbolized by the scene where he buries his syringe on the coast.The filming location, Cornwall suits well the atmosphere of the story.I like this episode very much, it is one of the best from the Return series.
Those little dancing men....
The story of The Dancing Men is one of my favorites - OK,as I am a huge fan of Jeremy Brett,I love all the episodes,but I like this one especially.The story is exciting and as time passes, the viewers may try to put together the meaning of the drawings themselves. But I like it mostly because of the excellent acting - Jeremy just looks gorgeous in that sexy dressing gown in the scene where he deduces that Watson did not invest in goldmines. His gestures and mimic are awesome, not to mention his wonderful diction. During the Adventures series he still was thin and quick and healthy - later, due to his illnesses and the loss of his wife his appearance changed, but his performance remained larger than life.And if I consider the fact that he was 50 when he first appeared as Sherlock Holmes, he made a miracle - for me at least, because he is absolutely convincing as Holmes somewhere in his thirties. David Burke is always great as Watson and the supporting cast did a fine job too.I recommend this episode to everyone as a fantastic introducing into the realm of my one and only Sherlock Holmes, the unforgettable Jeremy Brett.