Sherlock: Season 1, Episode 1

A Study in Pink (24 Oct. 2010)

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War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial "suicides."

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Wounded in Afghanistan while in the Army, Dr. John Watson returns to contemporary London and, through a mutual acquaintance, becomes a flatmate at Mrs. Hudson's 221B Baker Street apartment 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 'Rache' upon the floor and Sherlock deduces that this is not just the incomplete name of her stillborn daughter "Rachel" of many years earlier but the password of her mobile phone. This leads Sherlock to confront a terminally ill serial killer who slays people, in part, to show superiority over the rest of society, and who is determined to make Sherlock his next victim. Written by don @ minifie-1 / edited by statmanjeff

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Stanley Townsend replaced Joseph Long who played Angelo in the unaired pilot. See more »

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When James Phillimore is in the gym, he is seen with three pills. Later on, when Sherlock and Jeff are in the study, there are only two pills. 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 happens to you will honestly help you.
Dr John Watson: Nothing happens to me.
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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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