Sherlock: Season 1, Episode 3

The Great Game (7 Nov. 2010)

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Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.

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Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Andrew West and theft of the Bruce-Partington missile plans. Sherlock, however, prefers to assist Lestrade following a massive bomb blast. The sadistic bomber abducts a string of hostages, who will be released after Sherlock has solved a series of puzzles, including a twenty year old murder, an insurance scam and the alleged forgery of a long lost painting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Series co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes, appeared in Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011) in prosthetic make-up based on the appearance of Rondo Hatton as the Hoxton Creeper in another Sherlock Holmes incarnation, The Pearl of Death (1944) with Basil Rathbone. The character known as The Golem in this episode has a strong resemblance to Hatton's deformed killer. See more »

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It's a common movie myth but firearms cannot be used to set off plastic explosives, which require an electric detonator to explode. It is also very unlikely that a semtex explosion could be mistaken for a gas mains explosion (by an expert), as they have entirely different profiles. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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Thrilling but incomprehensible in places
9 August 2010 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Despite gluing my eyes to the screen, and my ears to the speakers, I lost the plot in several places while watching this. I have a number of unanswered questions, but I won't go into them for fear of spoiling the enjoyment of those who haven't seen it yet.

However, it is no secret that Moriarty (not credited) reveals himself in this episode, which is exciting.

In fact the whole thing is thrilling and the fact that I am baffled half the time doesn't put me off.

Cumberbatch is excellent, and so is Freeman, whose role as Watson is harder to make interesting.

Watch this series - it's great.


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