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. —don @ minifie-1
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall (Dir. Toby Haynes, Writ. Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat, 15.1.2012) is the final episode of Sherlock season 2, focusing on another of Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated stories. Holmes and Moriarty famously fight each other at the top of a waterfall until they inevitably fall off to their supposed deaths. I presumed that this episode would follow a similar premise to the original story by Doyle. But, like the other adaptations written by Gatiss and Moffat, it has been modernised and given an alternate plot. They did however hint toward the Reichenbach Waterfalls at the beginning of the episode when Holmes recovers a painting of it for a case. Early in this episode, two very exciting events happen. Firstly we see Sherlock wearing a deerstalker hat again, which has been a running theme throughout this season. And for any Sherlock Holmes fan it is always an exciting moment to see him don the deerstalker hat, like in Doyle's old stories. The second event that made this episode entertaining from the word go, was the return of Anderson. He appears in the first episode of season 1, Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Dir. Paul McGuigan, Writ. Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat, 25.7.2010), as a comical nemesis for Holmes when on a crime scene. In The Reichenbach Fall he appears again having been missing for the past four episodes. His character, alongside Sergeant Sally Donovan, helps this episode escalate into the adrenaline fuelled finale it becomes, and I for one am glad to see his return. Moriarty is fantastically clever in this episode, and the question everyone is left asking at the end is whether he is in fact smarter than Holmes. Moriarty begins the episode making what seems to be an unsuccessful decision which we are left to speculate as to whether it was foolish or dastardly clever. I for one enjoy watching these two intelligent characters pit their brains against each other in the hope to overthrow the other one. The ending is discussed in forums all over the internet as it was predictable for a few people, unexpected to some and confusing for others. The only disappointment I had with it was the lack of a cliff- hanger, which Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Dir. Guy Ritchie, 2011) didn't include either in their adaptation of The Reichenbach Falls story. But even without the cliff-hanger Gatiss and Moffat did manage to leave questions unanswered, making a third season hugely anticipated.
- Jan 29, 2012
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