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Sherlock (2010)Edit

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SummaryEdit

Sherlock Holmes is a British crime drama series based on the Sherlock Holmes detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's.  Created and written by the Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. First released on the 25th of July 2010, ten episodes have been produced with 3 episodes per season with series 1st being aired in 2010, series 2nd in 2012, series 3rd in 2014 and a one off special in 2016. A 4th series has been confirmed to be filmed in 2016 for to be released in 2017. The series in set in the present day. Sherlock is a co-production between BBC and WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series on PBS, with Sue Vertue and Elaine Cameron of Hartswood Films serving as producers. The series is mostly filmed in Cardiff, Wales with North Gower Street in London used for the shots of the exterior of the home of Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes of 221B Baker Street. All the series have been released either on DVD or blue ray, also in 2014 an official mobile app was lunched called Sherlock. Sherlock Homles is a crime drama involving two main characters Sherlock Holmes and John Dr John Watson. Sherlock is a sociopath who can read sometimes life story just by looking at them. Sherlock can also solve crimes by looking, feeling and smelling. He does this to find why the victims has been murdered. Sherlock enjoys solving crimes as he is a recovering drug addict and he finds a certain thrill off solving crimes, as Sherlock says “I’m married to my work”.  John Watson is an ex-royal army medical doctor who serviced in the Afghanistan war who has suffered from post-traumatic stress from the war which has caused him to have a bad leg. Watson is also extremely loyal and slightly intrigue about the way Sherlock thinks which makes them a perfect duo which gets them mistake for homosexuals. Sherlock and Watson go around solving murder based crimes that the police struggle to solve or don’t see the alarming signs that Sherlock sees. Watson after every crime the duo solves writes on a blog that has been recommended by his psychiatrist about the crimes they solve and the abdominal findings about Sherlock. This blog becomes a big hit and they become hit celebrities and the media become highly interested in the duo.  Many issues have been presented in Sherlock that relate to the real world and these issues include Crime and Mental Health. Sherlock is extremely successful as it uses an extremely abnormal character of Sherlock Holmes and team him up with a loyal ‘wife’ like character solving murder related crimes in extreme peculiar way. The reviews for Sherlock Holmes have been highly positive, with the critics giving praise to the quality of the writing, performances and the directing. Sherlock Holmes has already been nominated for several awards over a variety of categories. The show won in three categories at the 66th Prime-time Emmy Awards including Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Moffat, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Cumberbatch, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Freeman. The show was also honoured with a Peabody Award in 2011 with the third series becoming the UK's most watched drama series since 2001.  Season 1 alone scored of 85/100 while season two scored the highest of the three season with a rating of 91/100 and season 3 scoring a rating of 88/100. The first episode ‘study in pink’ had the highest overnight view count of 7.5 million, whereas the first episode of season three had an overnight view count of 12.72 million people and a season average of 11.82 million people. Sherlock became UK’s most watched drama series since 2001.

Characters Edit

Sherlock Holmes Edit

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Sherlock Holmes "a consulting detective, the only one in the world” as he describes himself as is the main Character from Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is a tall, thin man with dark, curly hair. Which is similar to the original character. Sherlock is highly intelligent and able to analyse information from the small details. Sherlock lives at 221B Baker Street London with his flat Mate John Watson. Sherlock is a sociopath who gets a thrill from solving crimes and seeing murders. Sherlock helps out with Cases that detective Lestrard and the police department need to be solve that are out of their depth. Sherlock has a very unusually personality which Sherlock likes to describe himself in “The Study in Pink as a “highly functional sociopath”, which he continues to describe himself as throughout the series. Others call him a "psychopath", and in "The Hounds of Baskerville," John tells Lestrade that he believes Sherlock has Asperger syndrome. Sherlock has extremely poor people skills and is extremely rude which comes across as arrogance. Sherlock enjoys solving extraordinary and difficult cases that the police struggle to solve or even see the signs that Sherlock pick up.  Sherlock enjoys doing this as he tries to prove to himself that he can outsmart the ‘normal’ person. Sherlock uses his ability to pick out the simplest, more bizarre details about a person to solve crimes, which is his biggest asset. Sherlock likes to think all the cases are a ‘game’ and without these cases Sherlock would get bored and would rely on nicotine patches to keep his brain active. Sherlock is a recovering drug addict which John has to look after Sherlock so he doesn’t fall back into his old habits. Sherlock does not seem to understand the emotional impact his actions have on the others.  In “The Reichanbach Fall” Sherlock fakes his own death to protect his friends especially John, once he returns he seems to have no idea of the pain and grief John has suffered as the result of his "death." When Sherlock reveals himself to John, having disguised himself as a waiter, he is unhappily shocked at John's intense emotional reaction and the fact that John does not immediately accept him back into his life, this shows how Sherlock doesn’t understand the emotional effects his actions have on others. Sherlock is a dynamic superhero in a modern world, an arrogant, genius who speaks only the truth and it doesn’t matter to him if he hurts people’s feelings.

Dr John Watson Edit

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Dr John Watson an ex Afghanistan war doctor, is not only Sherlock’s flatmate he is his best friend. Watson complements Sherlock perfect which makes them the perfect tandem. Unlike Sherlock Watson is loyal, curious, determined, caring, helpful, passive, chatty (wife) and ‘human’ compared to Sherlock cold heart.  These qualities get Watson to be mistaken as Sherlock’s homosexual partner as the wife of the two. Mrs Hudson suggests that Watson and Sherlock are dating when she says ‘there is a spare bedroom upstairs if you need it.’ In Watson’s and Sherlock’s ‘relationship’ John shows characteristics of being the wife of the relationship. Watson seems to behave as Sherlock’s advocate, Watson plays the role of helping Sherlock behave in socially acceptable

ways while also helping strangers understand what is expected from Sherlock. Watson decides to become Sherlock’s roommate and partner in crime as he misses the action and thrill that the war supplied, which solving the cases with Sherlock delivers. Watson is also very tolerant of Sherlock, Watson has to come home and deal with the distinctive techniques Sherlock uses to pass the time such as shooting holes in the wall and the severed human heads in the fridge. Watson isalso very intrigued by the way Sherlock thinks and goes about his business. Watson does not see Sherlock as how most people do. Watson Complements Sherlock perfectly as he is loyal, chatty and tolerant which makes him the perfect side kick for Sherlock.
Lestrade

Detective Lestrade Edit

Lestarde is the detective inspector for the police force of Scotland Yard. Lestarde is one of the only one is the police force that respects Sherlock but is left frustrated as Sherlock holds vital information from the police department and his ambiguous findings. Lestarde values Sherlock’s extreme talent of solving cases even though Lestarde team is strongly against Sherlock and the way he goes about his business. Even though Sherlock’s lack of people skills Lestarde still sees the value Sherlock has to solving some of the most difficult crimes. In "A Study in Pink," Lestarde mentions that he is in an on-again-off-again relationship with his ex-wife. In "A Scandal in Belgravia," Lestrade says he and his wife have settled their problems, but Sherlock informs him that she is sleeping with a P.E. teacher. Even though Sherlock has no understanding of the emotional effects of the situations Lestarde still uses Sherlock to his advantage to solve the cases.

Molly Hooper Edit

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Molly Hooper is a pathologist who has a clear crush on Sherlock. Sherlock uses this crush to his advantage to allow him to analyse the victims’ bodies. This is presented in the first episode “The Pink Lady as Sherlock is allowed to beat the crop in order to study post-mortem bruising. Molly throughout the first season changes her appearance such as getting dressed up and putting lipstick on to impressive Sherlock even though he shows no affection in return. Molly is Sherlock’s obsessive fan that helps him whenever called upon.

Mycroft Holmes Edit

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Mycroft Holmes Sherlock’s “Arch Enemy” is Sherlock’s older brother. Mycroft occupies a minor role in the British Government which Sherlock likes to mock Mycroft for. Mycroft has similar skills and characteristics to Sherlock and even Sherlock admits that Mycroft is smarter than him whenever he refers to their childhood. Mycroft originally offers John to spy on his younger brother as he would like to keep a tab on what his brother gets up to. Mycroft is the perfect brother for Sherlock with stereotypical sibling rivalry. 

Episodes Edit

Season

Episode

Running time

Aired date

1

“A Study in Pink”

88 minutes

25 July 2010

1

“The Blind Banker"

88 minutes

1 August 2010

1

"The Great Game"

89 minutes

8 August 2010

2

"A Scandal in Belgravia"

89 minutes

1 January 2012

2

"The Hounds of Baskerville"

88 minutes

8 January 2012

2

"The Reichenbach Fall"

88 minutes

15 January 2012

3

"The Empty Hearse"

86 minutes

1 January 2014

3

"The Sign of Three"

86 minutes

5 January 2014

3

"His Last Vow"

89 minutes

12 January 2014

Issues Edit

The issues presented in Sherlock is crime and mental health. Crime is presented through the police department and Sherlock Holmes. Through Sherlock Holmes we discover that the police department are inefficient and incapable of solving crimes and discovering the clues Sherlock is able to unravel. Detective Lestarde calls upon Sherlock to solve the cases when they are out of their depth. The viewers are evoked to respond negatively towards the issue of crime and the police as they find themselves out of their depth in every crime presented in the first season. This is presented in the first episode “The Pink Lady” when Detective Lestarde says “I’m desperate I need you”, by lestarde using the word desperate this shows how out of their depth they are.

Mental health has been presented through the main character Sherlock. Sherlock likes to describe himself as a “high functioning sociopath”. A sociopath can be defined as someone who is self-indulgent with themselves while showing no empathy or remorse for any other human beings around them. A sociopath also manifest themselves in antisocial behaviours and attitudes (a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour).  Mental health is a big issue in our society and Sherlock presents this issue as he gets judge for being abnormal. The police department in Sherlock reinforce this assumption as they do not accept him for being different, Sally Donovon describes Sherlock in “The Pink Lady” as someone who has no friends and someone you should stay away from because he is a sociopath. Dr John Watson challenges this assumption as he becomes friends with Sherlock but is also intrigued by the way he thinks, which gets him mixed up as his homosexual partner.

Episode summary Edit

"A Study in Pink" Edit

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John Watsons an ex-Army Doctor injured in Afghanistan is first introduced as he is looking for a flat which leads him to move in a flat with Sherlock Holmes. John moves in with Sherlock to the infamous 221B Baker Street owned by landlord Ms Hudson. The Police led by Detective Lestrade have been confused with a series of death which were thought to be “serial suicides”. Which causes Lestarde to contact Sherlock. Sherlock discovers that the “The Lady in Pink” has left a message carved into floor, ‘Rache’. Even though Forensic expert Anderson believes that the victim died before finishing the note “Rachel”. Sherlock finds splashes of mud on her leg, thrown up from a suitcase and evaluates that she is from out of town. The Police find no suitcase with the body, which Sherlock later finds discarded nearby. While this is happening John is driven to an abdomen warehouse to meet a person who describes himself as Sherlock’s “arch enemy”, John is offered money to spy on Sherlock but refuses. John later finds out this is Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.  Sherlock and John later spy on the area of the death and find a cab that has stopped out in front. Sherlock and John chase the cab using Sherlocks vast knowledge of London streets to track down the cab. John and Sherlock realise it’s just an innocent man traveling the UK. After receiving an unexpected cab waiting outside their home Sherlock realises that the unexpected cab driver is the murderer and his motives. John follows Sherlock to find Sherlock about to ingest a pill, John shoots the cab driver before Sherlock ingests the pill and the dynamic duo is formed.

"The Blind Banker" Edit

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The episode opens with Chinese pottery expert Soo Lin Yao frightened which causes her to disappear from the museum. While this is happening Sherlock and John are investing a break in to a high-powered international financial house which has weird symbols stray painted on the wall. Sherlock realises this messages are directed at Edward Van Cook. Sherlock breaks into Edwards’s apartment to find him dead. Later Brian Lukis is also killed inside his locked flat, where they also find the mysterious stray paint symbols on the wall. John and Sherlock discover that there is a link between the two men as they just returned back from China. John finds the symbols spray painted on a wall near train tracks. Sherlock believes the messages is a form of book cipher but cannot dismantle the code nor the book that’s the key. Sherlock struggles to solve the puzzle so they track down Soo Lin who tells them that the code is linked to the criminal gang ‘Black Lotus Tong’, which she was once a part of. Her brother kills Soo Lin before she can fully decode the message. Sherlock discovers they were both killed because they stole a hair clip worth millions from the gang which they want back. John and Sarah are kidnapped as John is mistaken for Sherlock, as they want information about the missing hair clip. Sherlock cracks the code just in time to save them both. The episode ends with Shan (gang leader) shot by a sniper after “M” believes she will fail him again.

"The Great Game" Edit

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John receives news there is an explosion on Baker Street, to find Sherlock and Mycroft safe with Mycroft pressuring Sherlock to investigate to the murder of an M16 clerk after the disappearance of a flash drive with important plans. Sherlock rejects and Scotland Yard calls him to a flat with a container containing a phone similar to the phone that was belonging to the victim from “The Study in Pink”. This leads to a series of messages with a puzzle that Sherlock needs to solve or the hostage will be blown up by an explosive vest. The last messages victim confesses that her accomplice was called Moriarty. Sherlock enjoys solving the puzzle as it challenges him intellectually. John and Sherlock in secrecy eventually investigate Mycroft’s case and Sherlock and John trace down MI6 clerk's death to his prospective brother-in-law, who confesses he stole the flash drive and accidentally killed him. Sherlock uses this flash drive to lure Moriarty, instead John shows up in an explosive vest. Moriaty later appears and turns out to be Molly Hooper’s boyfriend. Moriaty informs Sherlock to stop interfering in his plans which Sherlock refuses. Moriaty temporary leaves, which Sherlock decides to take Johns vest off. Moriaty returns with multiple snipers targeting Sherlock and John. The episode finishes with Sherlock aiming a pistol at the vest laying on the floor.  

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