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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The concept of the coded cypher comes from the Sherlock Holmes novel "The Valley of Fear," but the plot, though it slightly resembles that novel's, also bears similarities to other Holmes stories, including "The Sign of Four." See more »


When Watson and Holmes enter the offices of Shad Sanderson, the New York time shown is 07:45. A few minutes later, when Holmes is darting around the office after his meeting with Sebastian, the New York time shown then is 07:21. See more »


[first lines]
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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A Good Continuation, But Not Quite On the First Episode's Level
6 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, FL) – See all my reviews

With its major character introductions already out of the way, this second episode of BBC's Sherlock is able to focus more on defining roles and settling in. Holmes and Watson are already developing a prickly, sarcastic working relationship that's not without precedent but still somewhat befuddling. Watson, the kind-enough everyman, is so constantly on the pointed end of Sherlock's icy pokes and prods, it's easy to question why he sticks around - that is, until the duo lock in and begin functioning together near the end of the chapter. Even at their worst moments, though, the two work as a good balance for each other: Holmes as the brilliant, socially-stunted brains behind the operation and Watson the more personable, common sense-minded counterweight. The production values of this episode aren't quite up to those of the premiere, with a few major scenes looking very much like they were shot for TV, but it does manage to retain the cool, unique editing techniques and visually-indicated clues I liked so much in its debut. In terms of the plot, the B-level murder mystery does lead to a couple of surprisingly good scenes, but ultimately doesn't measure up to the high standards set by the first episode. Still, it's fine material that's much, much better than the Downey-helmed American interpretations.

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