We agree it was clever, funny and brilliantly performed. Benedict Cumberbatch has made Holmes his own.
One thing I have found interesting is the hormonal outpouring from female viewers including me: I've seen Cumberbatch before, he was never sexy. Suddenly he is wearing a long coat and his eyes look kind of oh yes, and he's got a very funny script and a decisive don't-give-a-toss demeanor and he's clever and YES I WOULD.
He’s an updated version of a popular old classic, a mysterious, socially removed, insouciant but charming super genius. He and his prosaic sidekick solve crimes involving monstrous villains. It is not surprising that we adore them.
Any downside? Sadly yes.
Holmes' evil nemesis (Arch Enemy?) is female as befits the 21st century adaptation. But oh no, Sherlock wont have it. (Frankly, I refuse to cry because Holmes thinks I've put on weight!) This is a boys' games in a boys' world, and the women are incidental. Which is not to say that the (other) Moriarty wasn't, well o.k.
Perhaps I'm being unfair, poking holes in Holms’ego, but he should know better. So when you get the recommission, I will play MY part. Are we clear? Good.