It was only recently that I discovered the un-aired pilot of Sherlock. What a horrible fan girl I am! After I got over my shame and self loathing, I quickly hopped onto Amazon Prime and purchased episode 0. Though essentially the same story, episode 0 lacks what episode 1 did to grab my fan girl and hold her tight!
Different actors were cast in episode 1 for Detective Donovan and Anderson. I thought that was a wise decision as, I felt the connection between the episode 0 actors and Sherlock were not loathing enough. Donovan especially felt forced.
The acting for episode 0 really felt sub par. Sherlock was still Sherlock, but not as arrogant or sure of himself as he is currently. I thought that he slowed things down a LOT compared to episode 1 in regards to his explanations. I am extremely glad that he improved on what was already there, because that is what makes him lovable/hate-able.
Episode 0 did not feel as bright and shiny as 1. In many scenes it was hard to even see what the location was like. I love seeing all of London through the show, so I am happy that episode 1 was brightened up and more spread out. It was bazar seeing an episode shot in different locations for the same episode.
Though the two scripts were essentially the same, they weren't. Much of the dialogue was kept the same, which was great, because it had better delivery in episode 1 and both put together is what really made me love the show in the first place. With the additions in episode 1 the show became a complete winner. Ep 0 had no Moriarty or Mycroft, which I thought were essential to building the series, keeping it fluid and connected.
The meeting of Sherlock and John in the computer lab felt weird as Watson was a Doctor, not a office worker.
I did not like how episode 0 jumped to the conclusion right away. They did't let us linger in wonder for enough time. This kinda made me feel like I wasn't smart enough to figure it out. The cabbie was given away too quickly and the entire Sherlock playing drunk was all sorts of wrong. Episode 0 had less mystery more CSI? I liked being in the dark until the VERY end. Episode 0 was just too fast paced.
"Sherlock on the case, bad news for bad people." Liked that line and thought they should have kept it in, even though it was a bit corny.
A favorite of mine has always been how they made text communications appear where the viewer could see it, not like EVERYONE does, by just showing the phone. Glad they added that in for episode 1.
Wardrobe improved greatly in episode 1. There was ONE outfit that Sherlock wore in episode 0 that was a plaid button down, jeans with a belt…very NOT Sherlock, in my opinion and could not compare to the infamous purple shirt!
Those were my likes and dislikes of the two episodes. I am quite glad they went back and re-worked the series as I probably wouldn't have been as big of a fan as I am now. It takes a lot of guts to admit when something isn't working and the Sherlock staff is producing the best stuff possible and I am completely grateful for it!
Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to hear what others thought about the two episodes!
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