Sherlock: Season 1, Episode 1

A Study in Pink (24 Oct. 2010)

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Dr. John Watson returns to London and is in need of a place to stay. A friend introduces him to Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective. The two find themselves teaming up to solve a series of murders that are made to look like suicides.

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Wounded in Afghanistan while in the Army, Dr. John Watson returns to contemporary London and though a mutual acquaintance becomes the flatmate at Mrs. Hudson's house at 221B Baker Street with brilliant if eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes. There have been three identical apparent suicides, and Inspector Lestrade asks for Sherlock's intervention over the fourth, the suspicious death of Jennifer Wilson. As she lay dying she wrote 'Rachel' in the dust and Sherlock deduces that this was not only the name of her stillborn daughter of many years earlier but the password to her mobile phone. Jennifer sent a text to her killer to give a clue as to their identity. This leads Sherlock to a meeting in a deserted college with a terminally ill serial killer, slaying people for kicks, to show superiority over the rest of society and determined to make Sherlock the next victim. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The plot of A Study in Pink is largely based off the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, with some changes and allowances for modern times. Most notable is the word 'rache'; in "A Study in Scarlet" Holmes suggests the victim was trying to write the name 'Rachel', later realizing that the victim wrote the German word 'rache', meaning revenge, as a clue. In "A Study in Pink" it is reversed; Anderson notes the word 'rache' means revenge in German, but Holmes deduces she was trying to write the name 'Rachel' before she succumbed to the poison. See more »

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John's cane and his his jacket shifts positions in the restaurant scene as the shot changes. See more »

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[first lines]
Ella: How's your blog going?
Dr John Watson: Yeah good - very good.
Ella: You haven't written a word, have you?
Dr John Watson: You just wrote, "still has trust issues".
Ella: And you read my writing upside down. You see what I mean? John, you're a soldier. It's going to take you a while to adjust to civilian life. And writing a blog about everything that happened to you will honestly help you.
Dr John Watson: Nothing happens to me.
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30 January 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Just watched it on Swedish Television (in Norway), this genial piece of modernized, classical institutionalized British fiction. It's fun and full of suspense. Freeman is perfect as Watson with his neurotic energy. Just as he is in the Office. Cumberbatch is good as the modern Holmes, much like Suchet in the role of Hercule Poirot the last 20 years. The first episode is exciting and fast pacing; reminds of the Dark Night (Batman). Sharp analysis and blending remarks of cosmic intelligence, replacing each continuously. The humor is dry and funny. Holmes'analysis of the initial dead people are clever and modern; you hold your breath while smiling.... Great photography too, dark and earthly colors... I love this episode and series, assuming that the rest is just as good. Holmes is living well in the present moment, his superior deductions are not possible for a conventional thinker, but still possible to relate to. Besides the unnecessary snide remarks about Watsons intelligence, he is as close to Buddhism as it is possible to get, west of Bhutan.


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