History Recap / SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink

27th Feb '16 4:27:05 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Sherlock surely is as he participates in the killer's sick game even though he has absolutely no reason to, simply wanting to prove he could have "won" because he refuses to back down from any test of his intellect, even a lethal one.
27th Feb '16 4:24:23 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Sherlock surely is as he participates in the killer's sick game even though he has absolutely no reason to, simply wanting to prove he could have "won" because he refuses to back down from any test of his intellect, even a lethal one.
27th Feb '16 4:22:04 AM SolidSonicTH
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* BatmanGambit: Jeff Hope pulls one in the final moments of the show. Sherlock already figured out he has no reason to accede his captor's demand to play the deadly game because he has nothing holding him to, the killer's weapon being a prop lighter. As he leaves, Hope asks if Sherlock had figured out which bottle was really poisoned and by that simple question, Sherlock gets baited into playing the game simply by his own desire to prove himself.
27th Feb '16 4:18:58 AM SolidSonicTH
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* TakeAThirdOption: DoubleSubverted. Rather than play the killer's game, Sherlock decides to take his chances with the gun, which turns out to be a cigarette lighter, correctly deducing that the killer's MO is to outwit his prey, not simply shoot them dead and that the "gun" was merely persuasion. Free to leave of his own accord, Sherlock stands up to do so but then the killer manages to bait him into his game by asking if Sherlock had figured him out, to which Sherlock can't resist and ends up nearly taking the pill.

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* TakeAThirdOption: DoubleSubverted.[[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]]. Rather than play the killer's game, Sherlock decides to take his chances with the gun, which turns out to be a cigarette lighter, correctly deducing that the killer's MO is to outwit his prey, not simply shoot them dead and that the "gun" was merely persuasion. Free to leave of his own accord, Sherlock stands up to do so but then the killer manages to bait him into his game by asking if Sherlock had figured him out, to which Sherlock can't resist and ends up nearly taking the pill.
27th Feb '16 4:18:41 AM SolidSonicTH
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* TakeTheThirdOption: DoubleSubverted. Rather than play the killer's game, Sherlock decides to take his chances with the gun, which turns out to be a cigarette lighter, correctly deducing that the killer's MO is to outwit his prey, not simply shoot them dead and that the "gun" was merely persuasion. Free to leave of his own accord, Sherlock stands up to do so but then the killer manages to bait him into his game by asking if Sherlock had figured him out, to which Sherlock can't resist and ends up nearly taking the pill.

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* TakeTheThirdOption: TakeAThirdOption: DoubleSubverted. Rather than play the killer's game, Sherlock decides to take his chances with the gun, which turns out to be a cigarette lighter, correctly deducing that the killer's MO is to outwit his prey, not simply shoot them dead and that the "gun" was merely persuasion. Free to leave of his own accord, Sherlock stands up to do so but then the killer manages to bait him into his game by asking if Sherlock had figured him out, to which Sherlock can't resist and ends up nearly taking the pill.
27th Feb '16 4:16:40 AM SolidSonicTH
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* TakeTheThirdOption: DoubleSubverted. Rather than play the killer's game, Sherlock decides to take his chances with the gun, which turns out to be a cigarette lighter, correctly deducing that the killer's MO is to outwit his prey, not simply shoot them dead and that the "gun" was merely persuasion. Free to leave of his own accord, Sherlock stands up to do so but then the killer manages to bait him into his game by asking if Sherlock had figured him out, to which Sherlock can't resist and ends up nearly taking the pill.
12th Nov '15 7:35:51 AM axle-k89
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* RedShirt: All of Jeff Hope's victims.
12th Aug '15 6:18:27 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* BeneathSuspicion: Cabbies. Everyone trusts them without knowing them. They hunt in crowds because all everyone ever thinks about is the back of a head.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The most direct example of the series; Mycroft uses CCTV cameras on the street to watch John. Also, he is literally a big brother to Sherlock.

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* BeneathSuspicion: Cabbies. Everyone trusts them without knowing them. They hunt in crowds because all everyone ever everyone thinks about is the back of a head.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The most direct example of the series; Mycroft uses CCTV cameras on the street to watch John. Also, he is literally a big brother to Sherlock.Sherlock and tries to bribe John into spying on him.



* CharacterBlog: You can look up Sherlock's website and Watson's blog.

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* CharacterBlog: You can look up Sherlock's website and Watson's blog.blog but Watson's was blank for a while.



* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: A variant; John says "Nothing ever happens to me" to his psychologist's suggestion that he blogs everything that happens to him. And then a couple of scenes later, he meets Sherlock...
* NotNowKiddo: Sherlock to Mrs Hudson, regarding the taxi.

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* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: A variant; John says "Nothing ever happens to me" to his psychologist's suggestion that he blogs everything that happens to him. And then Then a couple of scenes later, he meets Sherlock...
* NotNowKiddo: Sherlock to Mrs Hudson, regarding the taxi. He has much bigger problems than a taxi he didn't order, thank you!



* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: The serial killer has two identical pills, one poisonous and one completely harmless, and forces his victims at gunpoint to choose one while he takes the other. Sherlock realises the gun is fake and is about to simply walk away, but the killer challenges him into playing anyway. However, before they can actually take the pills, Watson shoots him, and we never do find out which was which (although we can presume that the forensics team will take the two pills and do a forensic analysis to determine this).

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* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: The serial killer has two identical pills, one poisonous and one completely harmless, and forces his victims at gunpoint to choose one while he takes the other. Sherlock realises the gun is fake and is about to simply walk away, but the killer challenges him into playing anyway. However, before they can actually take the pills, Watson shoots him, and we he never do find finds out which was which (although we can presume that the forensics team will take the two pills and do a forensic analysis to determine this).
25th Jul '15 6:07:56 PM ChaoticNovelist
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John goes to look at the flat with Sherlock and quite likes it. Sherlock introduces him to the landlady, Mrs Hudson, for whom he did a favour once. After John agrees that the flat would be a good place to live, he is interrupted by the arrival of Inspector Lestrade, who needs Sherlock's assistance with the fourth in a series of identical suicides that have been occurring. Sherlock leaves, before returning to ask John to come along, since he's a qualified doctor who might be able to help. In the taxi, they talk and Sherlock explains his job: he's a consulting detective, one who helps the police with problems when they're out of their depth. He also explains his first deductions of John. John is amazed, naturally, and Sherlock is intrigued by someone who actually appreciates his deductions.

They go look at the corpse, a woman dressed in pink. When they get there, John finds that the police don't like Sherlock -- the first officer they meet, Sgt Donovan, calls Sherlock 'freak' and another officer, Anderson, seems to really dislike him (though to be fair, after Sherlock reveals his affair with Donovan, it's easy to see why). Sherlock and John examine the corpse and find a few anomalies: one, she wrote 'rache' on the floor next to her. While Sherlock recognises this as being an incomplete 'Rachel', the question still remains: why? Two, Sherlock sees that she had a suitcase, but no suitcase was found. Finally, her phone is missing. Sherlock has a brainwave and runs out of the scene, leaving John to walk home. On his way out, Donovan gives him some advice: stay away from Sherlock, whom she calls a psychopath who gets off on crimes and puzzles. She also says that she fully expects Sherlock to eventually get bored of solving crimes and start committing them. John gets back to the main road and phones around him start ringing. He finally answers one in a public phone box and is picked up and taken to an empty warehouse, where a man with an umbrella identifies himself as the closest thing Sherlock has to a friend (an enemy) and offers John money to spy on Sherlock. John declines and is taken back to Baker Street.

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John goes to look at the flat with Sherlock and quite likes it. Sherlock introduces him to the landlady, Mrs Hudson, for whom he did a favour once. After John agrees that the flat would be a good place to live, he is interrupted by the arrival of Inspector Lestrade, who needs Sherlock's assistance with the fourth in a series of identical suicides that have been occurring. Sherlock leaves, before returning to ask John to come along, since he's a qualified doctor who might be able to help. In the taxi, they talk and Sherlock explains his job: he's a consulting detective, one who helps the police with problems when they're out of their depth. He also explains his first deductions of John. John is amazed, naturally, and Sherlock is intrigued by someone who actually appreciates his deductions.

They go look at the corpse, a woman dressed in pink. When they get there, John finds that the police don't like Sherlock -- the first officer they meet, Sgt Donovan, calls Sherlock 'freak' and another officer, Anderson, seems to really dislike him (though to be fair, after (after Sherlock reveals his affair with Donovan, it's easy to see why). Sherlock and John examine the corpse and find a few anomalies: one, she wrote 'rache' on the floor next to her. While Sherlock recognises this as being an incomplete 'Rachel', the question still remains: why? Two, Sherlock sees that she had a suitcase, but no suitcase was found. Finally, her phone is missing. Sherlock has a brainwave and runs out of the scene, leaving John to walk home. On his way out, Donovan gives him some advice: stay away from Sherlock, whom she calls a psychopath who gets off on crimes and puzzles. She also says that she fully expects Sherlock to eventually get bored of solving crimes and start committing them. John gets back to the main road and phones around him start ringing. He finally answers one in a public phone box and is picked up and taken to an empty warehouse, where a man with an umbrella identifies himself as the closest thing Sherlock has to a friend (an enemy) and offers John money to spy on Sherlock. John declines and is taken back to Baker Street.



* BeneathSuspicion: Cabbies, apparently.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The most direct example of the series; Mycroft uses CCTV cameras on the street to watch John.
** And he is, literally, a big brother to Sherlock.

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* BeneathSuspicion: Cabbies, apparently.
Cabbies. Everyone trusts them without knowing them. They hunt in crowds because all everyone ever thinks about is the back of a head.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The most direct example of the series; Mycroft uses CCTV cameras on the street to watch John.
** And
John. Also, he is, literally, is literally a big brother to Sherlock.



* CatapultNightmare: The first scene is Watson waking up from a dream of Afghanistan.
** But, accurately, not catapulting.

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* CatapultNightmare: The first scene is Watson waking up from a dream of Afghanistan.
** But,
Afghanistan, but, accurately, not catapulting.



* DoubleTake: John gets in a blatant one after Sherlock tells him that girlfriends aren't really "his area".

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* DoubleTake: John gets in a blatant one after Sherlock tells him that girlfriends aren't really "his area". Is he gay?



* GoodAllAlong: Mycroft. In this episode, he gives the impression of being an AffablyEvil criminal mastermind with a bone to pick with Holmes. Savvy viewers would be forgiven if they thought he was meant to be Professor Moriarty until the end when it's finally revealed to Watson and the audience that he's Sherlock's brother. And that when he said he was "concerned" with Sherlock, he was being genuine.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend / NotADate: When the pair have a stakeout at a restaurant while waiting for the murderer to appear, the waiter refers to John as Sherlock's 'date', which he immediately denies. [[ShipperOnDeck The waiter pays no attention to this and afterwards brings a candle for the table.]]
** The candle isn't as egregious as it looks at first, though, since all the other tables had candles already.
* HypocriticalHumor: John's first meeting with Mycroft.

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* GoodAllAlong: Mycroft. In this episode, he gives the impression of being an AffablyEvil criminal mastermind with a bone to pick with Holmes. Savvy viewers would be forgiven if they thought he was meant to be Professor Moriarty until the end when it's finally revealed to Watson and the audience that he's Sherlock's brother. And that when When he said he was "concerned" with Sherlock, he was being genuine.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend / NotADate: HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: When the pair have a stakeout at a restaurant while waiting for the murderer to appear, the waiter refers to John as Sherlock's 'date', which he immediately denies. [[ShipperOnDeck The waiter pays no attention to this and afterwards brings a candle for the table.]]
]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
** The candle isn't as egregious as it looks at first, though, since all the other tables had candles already.
* HypocriticalHumor:
John's first meeting with Mycroft.



* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Holmes uses this on the taxi driver to get Moriarty's name.

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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Holmes uses this on the taxi driver to get Moriarty's name. Even if you're dying, you can still feel pain.



* MistakenForGay: See above. Starting a running gag that continues into the second series.

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* MistakenForGay: See above. Starting above with the NotADate. It starts a running gag that continues into the second series.



* RedHerring: The taxi passenger, who has a strong alibi of being new to the country.
** Also Mycroft, whose introductory scene seems staged to paint him as this series' Moriarty.

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
**
The taxi passenger, who has a strong alibi of being new to the country.
** Also Mycroft, whose introductory scene seems staged to paint him as this series' Moriarty.



* SerialKiller: Who has a sponsor.
* ShoutOut: When Sherlock and Watson go to a café to stake out the killer, they walk down Rathbone Street, London W1. Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in several late 1930s/early 1940s films.

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* SerialKiller: Who Picking people at random and killing them because "they don't think". He has a sponsor.
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
When Sherlock and Watson go to a café to stake out the killer, they walk down Rathbone Street, London W1. Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in several late 1930s/early 1940s films.
17th Jun '15 2:47:44 AM Rebu
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** In the story, Hope is baited up to Holmes' room, where he has the cuffs slapped on him. He tries to escape by jumping out a window, only for Holmes, Watson, Gregson, and Lestrade to catch him. In this, he comes up to the room himself, leading to Holmes figuring it out and going downstairs and having a chat with him. He says he'll surrender, but Holmes will only know why he did it if he plays along. Holmes is later saved by Watson taking a shot that breaks a window.
** Hope killed his first victim in the story using the same method; a choice between two pills, one of which is lethal. The show's Hope offers Sherlock this choice in a school, which is where the story's hope stole the poison from in the first place.
** One of the victims scratches RACHE into the floor with her fingernails. In the original story, this was in blood, written by Hope, and Sherlock notes that the killer has long fingernails.
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