I just finished “A Scandal in Belgravia” from Sherlock. I think it might be one of my favorite episodes of television that I’ve ever seen. Certainly one of my favorite drama episodes (though I really don’t watch too much that isn’t classified as comedy. I’m a simpleton in this way).
It’s beautifully shot (best example of this is probably a scene in which Sherlock describes how a man has died from a blow to the head when he was standing alone in an open field) and introduces Irene Adler, Sherlock’s love interest/adversary to the series. Without giving too much a way, Stephen Moffat’s spin on the character is quite interesting and makes for a very complex dynamic between Holmes and Adler. Moffat manages to write an Irene that is even sexier than Rachel McAdams’s screen version (which is saying something because that girl fiiiiine).
Lara Pulver, the actress portraying Irene, also does her part to make sure every scene she’s in leaves you fanning yourself and asking if the thermostat is perhaps on the fritz. I’m fairly sure when the scene from the above gif was happening, I audibly gulped. By this point, in the series it’s clear that it takes quite a bit to bust through Sherlock’s steely demeanor, but Pulver does a stellar job of being very, very convincingly disarming.
Outside of all of the sexy bits, the episode also serves as a great showcase for the minor characters as well as it’s Mrs. Hudson the landlady’s best episode yet and even Molly, the lovestruck morgue worker (an accurate, if ridiculous, distillation of her character, I know) gets a nice moment as well.
It’s definitely got me excited to see what the rest of the second series is like.