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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Andrew West
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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 »


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 »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Just... tell me what happened from the beginning.
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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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