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In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode 3, Sherlock's archenemy, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (cocreator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson as a spy, an offer the good doctor refuses. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.
Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which cocreator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Got hooked on this series in a BIG way. Will not hesitate to order any future releases!Published 16 days ago by Euka
Benedict and Martin do a great job bringing the characters to life in a new era.Published 19 days ago by Ann-Louise W.
The comments refer to the DVD itself which is made to be played in the UK only; I haven't been able to view it other than on my computer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lawrence Colligan
Loved it. But next time will buy digitally because my kids don't treat my DVDs with respect and they are getting scratched.Published 2 months ago by mommomMOMMY
Having been a longtime fan of the stories, I was worried how the new take on the age old Sherlock Holmes was going to be like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nat Hawthorne