The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 1

The Empty House (9 Jul. 1986)

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Believed dead after his fatal encounter with Professor Moriarity three years earlier, Sherlock Holmes returns to England to foil a plot to murder him by a former Moriarity gang member.

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After Dr. Watson testifies at the inquest of the Honourable Ronald Adair, shot to death after returning home from his gambling club, he is followed back to his office by an eccentric bookseller who reveals himself to be Holmes in disguise. After the initial shock wears off, Holmes explains that he did not die in the fall that killed Professor Moriarity in their famous encounter at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland three years earlier. Holmes has remained out of England to avoid Colonel Sebastian Moran, a Moriarity associate who witnessed Holmes' escape death and has vowed to kill Holmes in revenge. Holmes will try to foil Moran and solve the Adair murder. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com

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Holmes describes Colonel Moran as a "shikari". A shikari is a big game hunter or hunting guide in India. See more »

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When we see Colonel Sebastian Moran firing his rifle from the empty house at what he thinks is Sherlock Holmes, the rifle has a traditional flintlock firing mechanism which we see operating at close range, albeit without generating a spark. As the rifle in question is revealed by Holmes to be an air-rifle and is indeed pressurized by Moran beforehand by use of a crank, such a mechanism would be useless. It seems unlikely that Moran, a master marksman, would have the lock on the weapon purely for show as its operation would impair his aim. See more »

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Dr. John Watson: [voiceover] In 1891 at the Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen in Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes finally closed his account with Professor Moriarty, the most dangerous criminal of his generation. The two men were alone in that dreadful place, but the outcome of their struggle was obvious to a trained observer. Holmes had achieved the destruction of his arch-enemy only at the cost of his own life.
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Sebastian Moran. Holmes returns in this episode. Arthur Conan Doyle, tired of the anger and threatening nature of his fans, decided to bring the deerstalker clad detective back for an encore. The best scene, for me, is when Holmes removes his disguise and faces Watson for the first time since his "death." Poor Watson (now played by Edward Hardwicke) is aghast. He thinks he has seen a ghost. The issue now is how the loyal biographer and companion is going to join his friend when he has, to some degree, been betrayed by him. There is not time for much discussion because now they have a serious task. His name is Sebastian Moran, who was second only to Moriarity in evil. With Moriarity dead, this man has set a hit on Holmes. While the methods become a bit far- fetched for the boys, imagine the joy of the late nineteenth century reader when their friendship is rekindled. The plotting is neat and the conclusion satisfying. Another nice debut episode to the next series.


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