I am SHERLOCKED – A Scandal In Belgravia

By Courtney Rowan

Well! Started off with a bang last night, then… um, almost. The States welcomed back the world’s best consulting detective last night and oh what a treat!

*SPOILERS* ahead, you may want to watch first!

We were treated to quickly wrapping up the major cliffhanger from last series and the pool and the bomb and the snipers. “Staying Alive” – just about summed that up, right? Not to mention a scantily clad Miss Adler with a *hush hush* Princess??

And then we were off! I enjoyed the montage of ‘boring’ cases presented to him and the attached humor, but I love that even these, what seemed at the time – nonsense, were a bit of clues in the end. I can’t give enough praise to the writers, Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Being Human), for being able to literally transform the original story from 1891 (A Scandal in Bohemia) to 2012. The tweaks were just so perfect. And they finally gave us the classic deerstalker cap!

The first half of this episode is pretty damn close to the original, at least in regards to the overall story. Months have passed since the standoff at the pool, and Holmes has grown famous thanks to Watson’s blog in which he retells the case stories. Eventually, Holmes’s brother Mycroft brings him to Buckingham palace. The government requires his services, but this time, it’s not the King of Bohemia but an unnamed member of the Royal Family. And a female member! And this Adler’s not a soprano, but a dominatrix. And naturally the original story’s photograph has been swapped out for a camera phone full of them. And all the brotherly banter, Mark Gatiss pulling a wonderful double shift as Mycroft Holmes.

One of my favorite scenes last night had to be the naked Sherlock in Buckingham palace, and he and Watson having a bit of a laugh at it – so classically boys at heart.

We meet then “The Woman”, as Irene Adler is so referred to both in text and now on-screen. Naked – purely, purely naked, which stumps Sherlock, as he is typically attuned to clues via people’s clothing. This whole scene was done to perfection, which is what makes this show so amazing.  Americans show up for her phone, which Holmes and Adler eventually beat, but poor Sherlock is drugged by The Woman.  Shall we even mention the brilliant piece about the safe’s code being her measurements?

The running gag of the *EROTIC MOAN TEXT ALERT* was not only funny, but, you know if Sherlock was really annoyed he’d have changed it right away. It also showed how stealthy The Woman really was.

Months pass and while celebrating Christmas, Sherlock being his usual mean self (poor Molly,  all she really wants is to just snog him), they find out that The Woman has been found dead, but not before sending Sherlock her (locked) phone.

It is later revealed that she had to fake her own death to protect herself from some thugs because she has a stolen code from the Ministry of Defense. Naturally, she goes to Holmes for protection.  It seems both the American and British agents are after her. Since her best people can’t crack the code, she hands it to over to Sherlock who within minutes seconds, realizes it’s not a code at all: it’s an airplane seat allocation for a flight leaving Heathrow the following day. (Um, holy line memorization there??!!)  While Holmes is trying to figure out why this flight matters, The Woman casually texts Moriarty. Moriarty then sends a text to Mycroft, basically rubbing it in his face that he knows the Ministry of Defense’s plan for this flight.

Sherlock figures out that the plane is the intended target of a terrorist attack which the British government knew about.  Recalling one of Mycroft’s phone conversations, in which he referred to the Coventry Blitz, Sherlock remembers that there have long been rumors that the British government allowed the Nazis to bomb Coventry unimpeded, so as to avoid revealing to the Germans that they had successfully cracked German code. He then surmises that the British and American governments plan to let the terrorist attack happen.

Holmes is, of course, correct but when he’s brought to the airport by Mycroft he finds that the plane is full of corpses, so there will be no actual casualties from the attack. They had actually been planning this for years and Sherlock allowed it to be ruined by letting The Woman tip-off Moriarty. Mycroft is pissed! And to add to that The Woman shows up just to boast to Sherlock on how she beat him. And, on top of that, Moriarty construed the whole plan just to piss off Sherlock (and Mycroft)!

In a great scene that follows, The Woman tries to make demands in exchange for her assurance that she’ll keep the phone’s secrets. At this point, Sherlock has lost. The Woman has finally beaten him, the only one that ever could. But, Sherlock recants the past interaction where he could feel physically (faster pulse, dilated pupils) that she indeed has feelings for him, which allows him to reveal the password on her phone (Finally!):

I AM SHERLOCKED. I mean, at this point… who isn’t??!

Aghhhhh… what I wouldn’t give to be That Woman right now. (sorry, fangirl tangent thoughts).

It’s not over yet though, given that the phone is unlocked and all her secrets out, she’ll most likely be killed. Months have passed and Mycroft comes to reveal to Watson that she has in-fact, been beheaded by terrorists. Knowing how much Sherlock did actually care for her, Watson decides to lie and say she has gone to America under witness protection. Sherlock seems distraught/uncaring (as usual) yet, he keeps the camera phone, perhaps as a reminder of the whole experience and more specifically her. We see him reviewing the final texts she sent to him, the last of which was, “Goodbye Mr. Holmes.”

Cut to: Flashback of The Woman texting as a sword is held to her throat by a masked figure. She hits send.


It’s SHERLOCK! Sword in hand, rescues her and the episode ends – victoriously! Wow.

Oh, and one more thing – Mrs. Hudson – FTW!  Best. Landlord. EVER.  

Until next week, when we see the “The Hounds of Baskerville“.  Here’s a scene:

The next episode of Series 2 of Sherlock airs Sunday, May 13th on PBS Masterpiece Mystery – check for your local PBS listings.

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Watch the First Seven Minutes of Sherlock Series 2!

By Courtney Rowan

Did you know that PBS has the first 7 minutes of Sherlock Series 2 available to watch on their Facebook App page?  GO WATCH IT NOW!!  Sunday will be here before you know it…  Click the image above or go here to watch.

Season 2 of Sherlock returns to the States on Sunday, May 6th on PBS Masterpiece Mystery – check for your local PBS listings.

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Sherlock Series 2 – Finally Hits Stateside This Sunday!

By Courtney Rowan

Benedict Cumberbatch in all his glory returns this Sunday with his sidekick, Martin Freeman, as Sherlock and Watson and I could not be more excited! As I’ve stated before, last year’s series honestly may have been the most intriguing 4 and half hours of television I’ve ever watched.

What To Expect in Series 2

A contributor at Sparklife.com has put together a great list of 10 things to expect from Series 2, a few of which I wanted to share to get you all geared up for Sunday’s premiere:

3. Irene Adler: A new addition to the season is Lara Pulver playing Irene Adler. For all of you who have read the original Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler is possibly the only woman Sherlock was ever interested in (yep, girls just weren’t his area). In this version, she’s absolutely stunning. She’s strong and smart—and utterly seductive. An amazing new character who I hope we’ll see more of.

4. Hound of Baskerville: Probably one of the most famous stories in the entire Sherlock Holmes adventures, Hound of Baskerville is masterfully adapted in Season 2. Please remember to not watch it late at night. Put your lights on, have a friend with you. It’s probably the most horror-filled of all the Sherlock episodes yet, and you want to be prepared. Please. I don’t want to you to have nightmares.

5. A Heart: Sherlock has been reliably informed that he doesn’t have a heart. But we viewers will learn that’s not quite true as we get to see a lot more of his humanity develop in season 2. It’s just so, SO heartwarming (and absolutely heartbreaking as we get to the final episode—but that’s a bit of a spoiler).

10. The Reichenbach Fall: Those of you who have already read the original Sherlock Holmes know the significance behind the words “The Reichenbach Fall”—but even if you know what’s going to happen, you’re still going to be traumatized. Mentally prepare yourself for the shock the final episode of the season will give you. Gatiss, Moffat, and THOMPSON (who wrote this tear-tastic episode—darn you, Thompson!) have created an absolute mind-kill for everybody. Get some tissues ready. Be prepared to have a broken brain, and maybe a broken heart too, after watching.

Aghhhhh! So much to look forward to… Do yourself a favor and read the full list here.

The Next 3 Mysteries

In addition to the list above, Mania.com has a brief description of all three episodes:

“A Scandal in Belgravia” Airdate: 5/6/2012
Episode: Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage — love?

“The Hounds of Baskerville” Airdate: 5/13/2012
Episode: Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments — top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors

“The Reichenbach Fall” Airdate: 5/20/2012
Episode: In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective.

Now for some Trailers…

Anglotopia has put all 4 trailers released by the BBC for the second series into one video. So, here’s some clues on what to expect:

Watch all the videos PBS Masterpiece Mystery has posted on Sherlock Series 2 here.

Season 2 of Sherlock returns to the States on Sunday, May 6th on PBS Masterpiece Mystery – check for your local PBS listings.

Sources: Sparknotes.com, Mania.com, Anglotopia

Doctor Who Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch as The Master?

By Courtney Rowan

Doctor Who Benedict Cumberbatch

I am not normally one to buy into Doctor Who rumors, but this one I just could not ignore.  For my love of all things Moffat and Cumberbatch has driven me to share this.  The Daily Express recently reported that the Sherlock star is being tapped to play none other than The Master in the 50th Anniversary episode for Doctor Who.

Supposedly, program insiders say the 35-year-old actor is likely to lock horns with current Time Lord Matt Smith, 29, when the series marks its half-century next year.   Ironically, Cumberbatch was linked with the role of the Doctor himself ahead of David Tennant’s departure in 2009, but reportedly turned it down.  (I’m still okay with this for 12, btw.)

Here’s a quote from Express:

“It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy The Master for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work,” a  source told the paper.  “Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor. Benedict has often been asked about whether he would like to play the Doctor, so it will be ironic if he now ends up being The Master instead.”

Cumberbatch has been really popular in sci-fi circles as of late with his role in both The Hobbit as Smaug and the Star Trek sequel currently being filmed as a yet unamed villain.  (I’m completely okay with this too.)

The Master, who is a rogue Time Lord and is described as The Doctor’s biggest enemy, was last portrayed by John Simm when David Tennant was the tenth Doctor.

I will follow anything Benedict Cumberbatch does, and the fact that this is Doctor Who, doubly so.

Sherlock returns to PBS Masterpiece Classic (in the US) on May 6, 2012 with the first episode, A Scandal in Belgravia.  Watch a scene from that here.

Source: io9, Daily Express

“Sherlock” Season 2: First Look

By Courtney Rowan

By this point, you must be fully aware of my obsession with all things Doctor.  Well, that obsession seems to be spilling over into all things Moffat.  Admittingly, I have only read a few of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpieces.  But what I do seek out is any modernization of classic notions.  Insert Sherlock last year.  And it was bloody brilliant.  It honestly may have been the most intriguing 4 and half hours of television I watched all last year.   And bonus that Martin Freeman in portraying Watson, and will be Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit.  Double bonus for casting an actor named Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock.  I mean, the name says it all, not to mention, when you get down to it –  he simply kicked ass.

While we will not get any new Sherlock on screen until 2012, The BBC has released some footage through a promotional video highlighting their upcoming programming.  The clip shared is from the second episode, “The Hounds of Baskerville”, an adaptation of a famous Holmes story, The Hound of Baskervilles.

In this sneak peek we see Russell Tovey (Being Human) as Henry Baskerville being dismissed by Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Holmes appears to not see anything significant in the case, telling Baskerville that the footprints “could be anything, therefore nothing.” Though we later see Holmes and Watson (Martin Freeman) investigating in the dark, so something must entice Holmes towards this case. Let’s take a look:

TV Overmind has some more details on this, so head on over and read the full article!

We have our Irene Adler!

This is sort of old news, but since I was sharing some Sherlock stuff, I wanted to add this because I do love this character.  The first book I ever read was of course, A Scandal in Bohemia in which we meet our Irene.  She is in fact a formidable match for Holmes which I think excites and perplexes him.  Throughout Doyle’s writings he always references Adler as ‘her’ , almost as if she’s the one that got away.  The actress who has been cast is Lara Pulver.  Now, the character is American, from new Jersey in-fact, but Pulver is British.  Let’s hope they stick to the storyline.

The three new episodes will be titled:

  • A Scandal in Belgravia
  • The Hounds of Baskerville
  • The Reichenbach Fall
Can’t wait to see how they handle the enormous cliffhanger from last season as well.  Bomb, no bomb? Does  Moriarty get away? (of course, right?)  So many questions!

Season 2 of Sherlock will air in early 2012 on the BBC and in May 2012 on PBS.  Until then, the game, as  they say, is afoot!