Sherlock: Season 2, Episode 2

The Hounds of Baskerville (13 May 2012)

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Sherlock and John investigate the ghosts of a young man who has been seeing monstrous hounds out in the woods where his father died.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amelia Bullmore ...
Dr. Stapleton
Dr. Frankland
Major Barrymore
Sasha Behar ...
Dr. Mortimer
Will Sharpe ...
Corporal Lyons
Gordon Kennedy ...
Kevin Trainor ...


Twenty years earlier, aged seven, young Henry Knight saw his father torn to pieces by a monstrous creature at Dewer's Hollow near their Dartmoor home. Now Henry has seen the footprints of a huge beast and suspects that the nearby Baskerville government research station is breeding mutant animals. Sherlock and John travel to the moor where local lad Fletcher organizes tourist walks cashing in on the legend of Dartmoor's spectral hound. Using false I.D. the pair infiltrate Baskerville and are challenged by secretive Major Barrymore but rescued by sympathetic Dr. Frankland, a friend to Henry. After Sherlock himself sees the monstrous creature he enlists the help of geneticist Dr. Stapleton to help him solve the mystery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In the original script, John was supposed to be driving the Land Rover with Sherlock as the passenger. But Martin Freeman does not know how to drive. See more »


When Sherlock is looking for his secret supply of cigarettes, he points his harpoon at Mrs Hudson and does his 'detective analysis' on her. After he identifies the perfume she is wearing, he stops pointing his harpoon at her, however when the camera is facing back at her, the tip of the harpoon is seen pointed at her again even though Sherlock is holding it upright. See more »


Henry Knight: Why didn't you just kill me?
Sherlock Holmes: Because dead men get listened to! He needed to do more than kill you! He had to discredit every word you ever said about your father, and he had the means right at his feet. A chemical minefield, pressure pads in the ground, dosing you up every time that you came back here. Murder weapon and scene of the crime, all at once. Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho, this case, Henry! Thank you! It's been BRILLIANT!
Dr. John Watson: Sherlock.
Sherlock Holmes: What?
Dr. John Watson: Timing!
Sherlock Holmes: No good?
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Version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1921) See more »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Holmes/Benedict and Watson/Martin investigate a weird case about a man who claims to have seen the footprint of a gigantic hound in Dartmoor .
29 December 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Holmes is hired to investigate ; as Sherlock (Benedith Cumberbath) and John (Martin Freeman) investigate the ghosts of a young man who has been seeing monstrous hounds out in the woods . This is one of the best version that still can be called a classic novel by Arthur Conan Doyle ; in which Holmes and Watson are called to save Sir Henry Knight Baskerville from a curse that has plagued his family for centuries . Correct rendition of the most famous mystery novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle with an awesome Benedict Cumberbath as Sherlock and not very faithful to the source material . All England there is no district more dismal than that vast expense of primitive wasteland , the moor of Dartmoor in Devonshire . Holmes and Watson are contracted by a heir who has returned to his mansion to take his place at the family seat following the death of his father . As Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural , devilish hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate . Sir Charles died of cardiac exhaustion and his son Henry Knight believes he was frightened to death . There appears to be a curse on the family dating back when Sir Baskerville was supposedly killed on the moor by a huge hound . Holmes dismisses the supernatural elements of the case but there are a sufficient number of odd events to pique his interest . As Holmes investigates the mystery of a supernatural hound threatening the life of a Dartmoor owner . Holmes soon realizes that someone is making sure the legend becomes real . Later on , Holmes and Watson find a military research facility . Using his brother Mycroft's (Mark Gatiss , also writer and executive producer) identity card, both of whom gain access to the facility .

This is an excellent and thrilling film with dark elements in classic style and freely based on the splendid novel by Arthur Conan Doyle . It's a genuine ripping yarn with much suspense , moody intrigue and blending modern elements such as technology , mobile phone , internet , cloning , genetic engineering , military conspiracy , among others . This is an exciting TV film ; this is due to the plot of the novel, a mixture of intrigue and suspense that adapts very easily to film language , which is not usual with classic detective stories . It's distinguished by its cast with Benedict's Sherlock and Freeman's Watson ably playing off each other . Benedict as Holmes plays in a clever , stubborn , and impetuous manner . Martin Freeman plays as Watson as an intelligent and serious doctor , he's the perfect counterpoint to Holmes . The film gets mystery , tension , thrills , detective action and packs an exciting deal of outstanding surprises with great lots of fun despite to be a known story . It manages to keep the viewer entertained and expectant due to suggested hints , red herrings , terror elements and the murky atmosphere that transmit marshy landscapes where the plot unfolds , in which cinematography is dark and murky . In this case we are dealing with a film in magnificent visual style, and follows slightly reliable the plot of the novel, capturing the gloomy atmosphere quite well . Benedict Cumberbath's magnificent interpretation , he plays as Holmes as a wise , obstinate , broody sleuth . Benedict takes on the character emphasizing the role's cynical humor as well as his sometimes insufferable intelligence . He is gorgeous transmitting characteristic coolness , irony and obstinacy . His acting is the best and similarly to Jeremy Brett , Peter Cushing for TV or Nicol Williamson (Seven-per-cent-solution) or Christopher Plummer (Murder by decree) for cinema . Martin Freeman ably backs him up as Watson in this version that not very closely follows the Conan Doyle story . While not entirely passive, Watson's original role was mostly as an observer of Holmes and the chronicler of his cases . In the flick appears the usual of the Arthur Conan Doyle's novels : Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) , DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves) , Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss) and Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott)

The movie has a creepy atmosphere specially when is developed on the moors where lives the fearful giant beast ; besides the 221 Baker Street's house is well designed . Thrilling and intriguing musical score by David Arnold . Colorful cinematography full of shades and lights by Fabian Wagner that fits well with the inherent requirements of the story . This atmospheric motion picture was well produced by Steven Moffat and professionally directed by Paul Mcguigan, who also directed other episodes as A Scandal in Belgravia (2012) , The Great Game (2010) and A Study in Pink (2010) . This is a film for lovers of the wonderful adventures of this pair of detectives .

Other versions about this story are the following : Classic and black and white version ¨Hound of the Baskervilles¨ (1939) by Sidney Landfield with Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , and Richard Greene , ¨Hammer House of Horror¨ rendition (1959) by the great Terence Fisher with Peter Cushing , Andre Morell and Christopher Lee ; 1977 spoof adaptation by Paul Morrissey with Dudley Moore and Denholm Elliott ; 1983 recounting by Douglas Hickox with Ian Richardson , Donald Churchill and Martin Shaw ; 2000 unpteeth rendition by Rodney Gibbons with Matt Frewer , Kenneth Welsh and Jason London , English adaptation (1983) by Douglas Hickox with Ian Richardson as Holmes and Donald Churchill as Watson and TV rendition with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke directed by Peter Hammond and BBC take on with Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock .

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