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. Frankland
Simon Paisley Day ...
Major Barrymore
Sasha Behar ...
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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The quote "Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true" (from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Sign of the Four') is used by Sherlock. A minute later Watson jokingly calls him "Spock." In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Spock uses the same line, stating that an ancestor of his used the same quote. See more »


Sherlock finds a photo of Major Barrymore's father and says he's wearing the Distinguished Service Order. The ribbon is not that of the DSO. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: What the hell are YOU doing here?
DI Lestrade: Oh. Nice to see you, too. I'm on holiday, would you believe?
Sherlock Holmes: No, I wouldn't.
DI Lestrade: Hello, John.
Dr. John Watson: Greg.
DI Lestrade: I heard you were in the area. What are you up to? You after this Hound of Hell, like on the telly?
Sherlock Holmes: I'm waiting for an explanation, Inspector. Why are you here?
DI Lestrade: I've told you. I'm on holiday.
Sherlock Holmes: You're brown as a nut! You're clearly just BACK from your holidays.
DI Lestrade: Maybe I'd fancied another one.
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Version of Der Hund von Baskerville (1914) See more »


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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 skulduggery 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 in addition. 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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