Sherlock Film Analysis

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Recent years have seen television rise up to the level and status of film, paralleling the increasing popularity of streaming platforms and websites as well. TV is no longer the younger kid sibling of cinema, but instead has come to the forefront as a key player in the entertainment industry. Where movies may have large budgets and what seems like an unlimited supply of resources, television must be creative in this department. Cue in what media expert Jason Mittell regards to as the “special effects” of TV, the narrative complexity. Show creators must equip themselves with an arsenal of tools to differentiate themselves from the next program and capture the attention of their audiences (Mittell, 2015). While, content will continually remain …show more content…
But, does this mean a series will ultimately be successful? In the case of Sherlock, it does and it has the logistics to prove it by analyzing the sequential growth of the series alone. Taking a look at just the data for the premieres of each season, 8.7 million viewers tuned in for in 2010, and subsequently 10.66 million in 2012, 12.72 in 2014 and 11.64 in 2016 (Quote BARB). On one hand, these statistics hold to the fact that as the series progresses more people are tuning in to watch or (DVRing) the season premieres. This may not be a direct link to the show’s popularity, but ultimately one could infer that the show is gaining a larger audience as it becomes more successful and popular. But what about the spike in viewers in 2014? This is a specific response to the previously referenced operational aesthetic device planted in the Season 2 Finale, with the “death” and “resurrection” of the main character. As mentioned before, not only did fans gather together in virtual communities to discuss the inexplicable puzzle given to them, but they also made sure to be tuned in to see the how the resulting events of the plot twist would play

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