Sherlock: Season 1, Episode 3

The Great Game (7 Nov. 2010)

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The mysterious Moriarty tests Sherlock's wits by making him solve case after case around the city.



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Mycroft wants his brother Sherlock to investigate the murder of civil servant Alan 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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The plot of this episode was inspired by the Holmes short story, "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans." See more »


Near the end, during the confrontation of Sherlock by Moriarty, Moriarty asks Sherlock if there is a British Army L9A1 pistol in his pocket to which Sherlock says yes. The pistol is in fact a SIG Sauer P226 which replaced the L9A1 as the standard side arm of the British Army. See more »


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Sherlock Holmes: Just tell me what happened from the beginning.
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References Jim'll Fix It (1975) See more »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Enter Moriarty
16 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The climactic episode of the first series of "Sherlock" at last introduces the great man's nemesis James a.k.a. Jim Moriarty and eaves us with a real cliff-hanger of an ending with Watson forced into being a suicide bomber as the two square at either ends of an eerily-lit indoor swimming-pool. Having watched the second series first, that scene actually fizzled out rather, but returning to this particular entry, what went before was enthralling.

Cleverly set out as a series of mini-mysteries for Holmes to solve in time to save other suicide-bomb kidnapees, these are cleverly unravelled before Watson's own kidnapping acts as the prelude to the main protagonists' confrontation.

As per usual, the story nods to the original Conan Doyle source material in subtle but still noticeable ways. Cumberbatch is excellent as always in the lead, but is more than matched by As Moriarty. I however remain a little unconvinced by the supporting actors playing Watson, Lestrade and Mrs Hudson and. Absolutely dislike the jealous black female cop who thins it appropriate to call Holmes by the name "Freak" but the crackling between Holmes and Moriarty more than makes up for that, which added to the sharp writing, witty dialogue and ingenious plotting make this one of the best TV series of recent years, which the second series more than lived up to, I might add.

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