Sherlock: Season 1, Episode 2

The Blind Banker (31 Oct. 2010)

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Mysterious symbols and murders are showing up all over London, leading Sherlock and John to a secret Chinese crime syndicate called Black Lotus.



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Banker Eddie Van Coon and reporter Brian Lukis are both shot dead in identical slayings, in rooms locked from the inside. Chinese museum employee Soo Lin tells Sherlock Holmes that, as a teenaged orphan in China, she ran drugs for the Black Lotus crime syndicate, for whom the two dead men also worked. She too is then murdered, the killer being a human fly who can scale buildings. The gang mistake Watson for Holmes and capture him and his new girl-friend, requiring Holmes to come to the rescue. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In this episode, Seb Wilkes (played by Bertie Carvel) notes that he and Sherlock Holmes had been "in uni together". Benedict Cumberbatch and Carvel played college friends in the TV drama Hawking (2004). See more »


Sherlock states that, "Exit visas are scarce in China". This is untrue. Chinese people are granted an exit visa the same as most countries through the possession of a passport which is a simple procedure for most Chinese citizens. See more »


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Soo Lin Yao: The great artisans say, the more a teapot is used, the more beautiful it becomes.
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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Good movie, terrifying though
3 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movies is spell binding. Lots of action some scenes especially at the end are very scary.

Deals with a bunch of smugglers that have a secret code. Many people are killed by this secret organization that uses business men and others to visit China on so called business only to be part of the smuggling gang. They smuggle ancient Chinese artifacts.

One of the killers is known to have climbing skills to get up 4 or more flights on a building. He leaves codes written in yellow paint on things in the room of the person he kills. This story is about a very expensive object that was smuggled into the country and then stolen by one of the smugglers. These smugglers and their friends are targeted by the gang that leaves a black locust on some of the dead.

This is a unique new Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. It is a modern day version, no horses, no candles.

Cars, cell phone and computers are in this movie. Sherlock and Dr Watson have a kind of humor about them which makes the story very refreshing. Benedict Cumberbatch is tall, slim but too much dark curly hair. He talks to himself a lot to figure out the clues. He is likable but too arrogant and wants to show others how smart he is. He talks to the police with no respect and tells Inspector Lestrade how much he/Sherlock is needed by them in "The Study of Pin".

This is disappointing. Other Sherlock Holmes always had respect for those they work with. Martin Freeman, Dr Watson is nice, polite and humble man. He makes up for the Holmes bad manner.

These episodes have great music with Michael Price and David Arnold. It makes the story exciting. If you get the chance watch it.

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