The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season Two

Title: The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season Two [or, season four of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with a new title]
Year: 1988
Network: ITV
Episodes: 4, at c. 52 minutes each
Creator: John Hawkesworth (developer)
Directors: Ken Hannam, Brian Mills, Peter Hammond, John Gorrie
Writers: Gary Hopkins, John Hawkesworth, Jeremy Paul; based on stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke
Music: Patrick Gowers

My reaction
Synopsis: a private investigator solves mysteries
How I saw it: online (streaming from Netflix), over the past couple days
Concept: Great.
Story: Good. A reluctant “good.” Nothing’s really memorable in these episodes.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Indifferent. “Sit down, I’m going to tell you my life story.”
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.  At times it seems like they’re improving.  But then there’s the episode where the director (Hammond, I think) is inexplicably obsessed with shooting things through mirrors.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good. Brett’s as great as ever, but a couple of the guest stars are bad enough to pull this down to just “good.”
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s still a good show, but there’s nothing here that wasn’t done better in an earlier season.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very Good).


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