Sherlock: Season 2, Episode 3

The Reichenbach Fall (20 May 2012)

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Moriarty turns the whole city against Sherlock.



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Moriarty comes close to stealing the Crown Jewels to prove it might be done but allows himself to be caught. Sherlock gives evidence at the trial where Moriarty has scared the jury into acquitting him and later visits Sherlock, camply taunting him with his superior computer skills, seemingly capable of any crime. Sherlock rescues two children abducted by his enemy, but his brilliantly accurate deductions, leading police to believe he may have been an accomplice in the kidnapping, get him arrested, going on the run with John. After a further encounter with Moriarty, who has persuaded a journalist to publish that he is an innocent actor paid by Sherlock to masquerade as his enemy for Sherlock's own glory, the two meet atop a very high building. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Sherlock and John escape from the police, on the wall in the background there is a graffiti that reads 'IOU', Moriarty's 'threat' to Sherlock. See more »


When Moriarty is getting ready to steal the Crown Jewels, the position of the gum he places on the glass to hold the diamond changes between takes. Sometimes it is by the bottom of the "E," sometimes it is to the right of the "T." See more »


Dr. John Watson: [to Mycroft Holmes] So it's one big lie - Sherlock's a fraud - but people will swallow it because the rest of it's true. Moriarty wanted Sherlock destroyed - right? - and you have given him the perfect ammunition.
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The final solution...
20 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The natural "Reichenbach Falls" conclusion to the second season of "Sherlock" again adapts the familiar Conan Doyle story with a modern twist as Holmes and his nemesis Jim Moriarty find themselves playing out a desperate death-accepting climax up on high, with a seemingly unbelievable twist right at the end.

That particular twist will have to be explained somehow at the start of the third series, no doubt posing the writers a similar problem to the dead-end that Conan Doyle wrote himself into decades ago, but if the old master could do it (which he did by seemingly just resurrecting his creation) then the pool of writers around today will naturally pull it off. I think I know how Holmes got out of it (I think Molly was involved in some prep work) but I'll be keen to see if I'm right, next time around.

Before the extended, nail biting climax on the hospital roof, Moriarty inveigles Holmes in a tangled web, brilliantly manipulating the media to discredit Sherlock in the time-honoured British way of "build 'em up, knock 'em down". We see Holmes apparently outsmarted, emotional and even capable of self-sacrifice to save his friends, not traits we've much observed before now.

The acting in this excellent episode, as it has to be, is the match of the writing, Martin Freeman giving his best performance yet as the downtrodden Watson, while Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott as Holmes and Moriarty spark each other to new heights in their head-to-head confrontation.

Like all the episodes I've seen to date, this one pays due homage to the source material but modernised and brought back to life, kicking and screaming into the present-day, it very nearly transcends the original material of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I can't say fairer than that.

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