8 Weird Things You Notice
GMA 7’s “Sherlock Jr.”
By Kel Fabie
We hate having to rag on local television because it really, really needs all the help it can get. And we hate having to unintentionally establish what seems to be a pattern where we seem to always have nice things to say about ABS-CBN shows, and always seem to have bad things to say about GMA 7’s shows. We swear, it’s totally a coincidence.
What’s also a total coincidence? A couple of years ago, we quipped that maybe, Philippine TV would rip off “adapt” Sherlock Holmes next.
Like so., but with performers we actually want to see in the role.
Well, someone seemed to have taken our suggestion seriously, because late last year, we were treated to a preview image featuring this:
WTH. Just. WTH.
We met that announcement with equal levels of amusement and embarrassment, and we hoped to be proved wrong, that no, despite the contemporary setting, we weren’t going to see a ripoff of BBC’s Sherlock, or maybe America’s Elementary. On a personal level, I felt compelled to have to watch the first few episodes just to get a feel for the show.
The good news is that no, Sherlock, Jr. does not rip off anything from the contemporary British or American versions of Sherlock Holmes.
The bad news is, I still watched Sherlock, Jr.
8. Wayyyyy too much dialogue
I know that most TV shows, local or otherwise, do talking heads a lot, but it really feels like there’s way too much dialogue going on in the first three episodes of Sherlock, Jr. This is especially glaring when there’s hardly any need for exposition in the show, anyways. This seems like excessive handholding on the part of the show, and actually ruins the pacing.
Believe it or not, this character talks even more than everyone else already does.
7. They don’t show. They tell. And tell. And tell.
Okay, okay. We get it: Sherlock hates being called “Sherlock” because his dad left him when he was younger. He prefers to be called “Jack.” Ruru Madrid seems to have been handed bullet points on top of a script, just so he could drill home these ideas every chance he got.
So why does Jenny need to explain this to Caray at the dining table, seeing as they’re Sherlock’s half-sisters and they’ve known him all their lives?!?
Hi! We’re just excuses to shove Sherlock Jr.’s daddy issues down your throat.
And why do we keep having to see Rado, played by Roi Vinzon, drunk every other night? Is that the full extent of his character?
I know I shouldn’t be expecting too much from a show on a tight daily production schedule like this, but c’mon. Your audience deserves better than seeing a bunch of cliche’d stereotypes ramming into each other, instead of nuanced characters interacting dynamically.
6. It’s supposed to be a kid’s show, but…
In the second episode, Sherlock’s girlfriend, Irene (yeah, of course it’d be Irene), played by Janine Gutierrez and her best friend, Roxanne, talk about a serial killer (in the Philippines? Ha!) who supposedly kidnaps, rapes, and murders women.
Wait. Wasn’t this show supposed to replace Super Ma’am, which was clearly a show aimed towards kids?
Hey, kids! Rape and murder!
Even more glaring, this series is expected to start delving into mystery-solving the minute SPOILER!!! Irene gets murdered, so yay kids?
5. Your crime bosses can’t do the one thing you expect them to do?
In the third episode, which (finally) continues the cliffhanger from the first episode’s very first segment, we discover that the assassin who tried to kill Sherlock was also the same guy he was investigating to do an expose on.
Balik-ayos ang buhok ko!
You mean your crime boss can’t even afford to hire a hitman to do the job instead? I guess that explains why he didn’t just shoot him in a drive-by instead of confronting him with a gun in way too close quarters, then.