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 ...
Simon Paisley Day ...
Major Barrymore
Sasha Behar ...
Will Sharpe ...
Corporal Lyons
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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Did You Know?


Young Dr. Franklyn in the picture Sherlock finds is actually Michael Price, one of the series' soundtrack composers. See more »


About 90 minutes in, when John Watson is in the lab and the lights and siren have just been turned off, you can see the cameraman dimly reflected behind John's reflection in the metallic elevator door behind him. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: So we know that Dr. Stapleton performs secret genetic experiments on animals. The question is, has she been working on something deadlier than a rabbit?
Dr. John Watson: To be fair, that is quite a wide field.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Barking up the wrong tree
15 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another entertaining outing for Benedict Cumberbatch as the modern incarnation of the great detective Sherlock Holmes taking on probably the most famous Conan-Doyle story of them all, "The Hound of The Bakervilles" in a tale of military skullduggery in genetics. That said, the tale did lack, for me, a little in suspense, with only a years-old death at its heart and an otherwise shortage of real drama or suspense.

The plot too seemed contrived and far-fetched and I'd go further and say that the special effects in conveying the terrifying beast were somewhat wanting too. There were the now obligatory jokey nods back to the source novels, in particular an amusing scene referring to the literary Holmes' cocaine addiction, with some good dialogue too, especially when Holmes has to apologise to Watson for saying he didn't have any friends.

Otherwise, the depiction of the great detective's computer-quick deduction skills was skilfully done, but on the whole this episode seemed a little underwritten with an over-emphasis on coincidence.

One neat casting touch for Robin Hood buffs was the appearance in the cast of the two most recent TV Little Johns Gordon Kennedy from the more recent Jonas Armstrong version and the older Clive Mantle from the 1980's "Robin of Sherwood".

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