Story: The British police are baffled by a series of suicides until DI Lestrade hires Sherlock Holmes who shows them that they have a serial killer on their hands.
Detective: Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective the world has ever known, here interpreted as a modern man, but very faithful to Doyle’s original character.
Release Date: July 25, 2010
Writers: Steven Moffat
Source: Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet”
Detective as protagonist?
Jenny: Yes, definitely. He fills the screen and yet is true to the original character of Holmes.
Lani: Absolutely, although I think there might be some argument to be made that Watson and Holmes share the protagonist role in this one, although I’m not sure. More a question than a set theory.
Murderer as antagonist?
Jenny: Yes. Once he knows Holmes is investigating, it becomes personal.
Lani: Absolutely. Holmes sees the murder as a puzzle, but the murderer is personally targeting Holmes, trying to get his attention.
Conflict created by murder?
Jenny: Yes. Holmes is drawn into the story by the intellectual puzzle, and the rest of they mystery is played out almost as a chess match.
Lani: Yes. Holmes is already engaged in the murders right from the start, as evidenced in the taunting of the cops in the press conference.
Fair play with all the clues given?
Jenny: Yes. In fact, the viewer may figure out who the murderer is before Holmes does because he’s particularly blind at one point in a way the original Holmes never would have been.
Lani: Moffat takes special care to add text clues on the screen for anything that might be vague; he is absolutely faithful to the viewer as participant.
Solved using deduction, not luck?
Jenny: Yes. It’s Holmes’s specialty.
Lani: Absolutely. Although the cabbie got there and revealed himself, Holmes had him tracked down already with the phone GPS.
STORY ANALYSIS & RATINGS:
Jenny says: 5 Pops. I’d give it 6 if I could.
Mystery: 5, Craft: 5, , Suspense: 5, Comic Relief: 5
Lani says: 5 Pops. I’m leaving the romance score in, because there’s a definite romance between these guys. It may be a just-friends romance, but it’s a romance all the same, and I’m loving it.
Mystery:5 , Craft: 5, , Suspense: 5, Romance: 5, Comic Relief: 5