History Recap / SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame

9th Jan '17 9:07:01 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ChekovsNews: A bypass mention of an art display opening on the morning news later becomes a plot point.



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Moriarty is revealed to be Molly's boyfriend Jim, who showed up briefly earlier in the episode. Though this last was guessable, considering "Jim" is a nickname for "James".



* TheReveal: Molly's new boyfriend "Jim" is actually James "Jim" Moriarty, who was using her to keep an eye on Sherlock.



* ScrewYourUltimatum: A variation. Moriarty ''would'' give an ultimatum, but doesn't even bother, because he knows Sherlock wouldn't accept it.
-->'''Moriarty:''' I would try to convince you, but everything I have to say has already crossed your mind.
-->'''Sherlock:''' Then possibly my answer has crossed yours. ''[[spoiler: (points gun at the bomb jacket)]]''
* SoapWithinAShow: Implied when Sherlock watches day-time tv and winds up yelling at it.
--> '''Sherlock''': No, no, [[BigNo NOOOOOO]]! OF COURSE he's not the boy's father! [[SherlockScan Look at the turn-ups on his jeans!]]



* SuspiciouslySpecificTense: At a potential crime scene where an filled with blood has been discovered, Sherlock questions a woman as to her husband's supposed state of mind leading up to the presumed suicide. She uses past tense when describing him, something he finds suspicious considering they've only just found the car. John figures that she might have killed him, but Sherlock brushes off the tense as something a murderer would specifically know to get "wrong". Turns out the husband had faked his own death to avoid money troubles; his wife was in on it and spreading the idea that he was deeply depressed.



* TanLines: Sherlock deduces that a rental car agency owner is lying about not having been to Colombia recently because of his tan.
* TropicalEpilogue: One of the crimes that Moriarty arranges and subsequently has Sherlock expose is a character's plan to do this.
* VerbalBackspace: After Molly shows off her new boyfriend Jim to her long-standing crush, Sherlock.
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''[after a very brief SherlockScan, turning back to his work]'' Gay.\\
'''Molly:''' What?\\
'''Sherlock:''' Nothing. ''[flashes Jim an artificial smile]'' Hey.
** Made HilariousInHindsight when we learn that that was Jim ''[[ArchNemesis Moriarty]]''.]]
* VillainBall: The Golem grabs Sherlock in a headlock in an attempt to strangle him or snap his neck, which leads to [[BadassAdorable one good-looking (and extremely pissed-off) war veteran to threaten death on the guy.]]
* WasntThatFun: A psychopathic criminal is strapping people to bombs and giving the titular hero puzzles which he must solve in order to save them. Sherlock finds this genuinely interesting.
-->'''Sherlock''': I am on fire!
* WeAllDieSomeday: This exchange between Sherlock and Moriarty demonstrates how psychotic the latter is:
-->'''Sherlock Holmes:''' People have died.\\
'''Jim Moriarty:''' That's what people '''DO'''!



* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and is more annoyed with the man's crimes against good grammar than the murder he committed. At the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".

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* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and is more annoyed with the man's crimes against good grammar than the murder he committed. At the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".Yes".
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Moriarty, having seemingly left Sherlock and John unharmed following a tense showdown involving explosives and a sniper, returns at the last minute, declaring "I'm so changeable!" as additional snipers reveal themselves. At this, Sherlock aims a handgun at the previously mentioned explosives, before the shot cuts to a BlackScreenOfDeath... Cue a year-long wait for season 2.
8th Jan '17 4:54:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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8th Jan '17 4:54:15 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TranslationCorrection: The grammatically-challenged British prisoner in Belarus (complaining that he's going to get "hung"; Sherlock corrects it to "hanged") uses correct grammar in this last instance in the German dub, but is then corrected by Sherlock that he's going to get shot instead, which is the actual Belarusian execution method.
11th Nov '16 2:10:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Sherlock comments on the beauty of the night sky. Being as they're in London, light pollution would have made the view of the stars we're shown completely impossible.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Sherlock ArtisticLicenseAstronomy:
**Sherlock
comments on the beauty of the night sky. Being as they're in London, light pollution would have made the view of the stars we're shown completely impossible.
** The snippet of a planetarium show we see says the Earth would fit into Jupiter 11 times. It's more like 1300; 11 Earths would be no more than a line across it's diameter.
18th Aug '15 8:42:38 PM GottaHaveFaith
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Added DiffLines:

* DidntSeeThatComing: Sherlock has this twice, about thirty seconds apart, in the confrontation at the pool:
** When Sherlock first shows up at the pool and starts talking to the then-unseen Moriarty, he is filled with confidence and bravado. Then John walks in, and the apparent implication that ''he'' is Moriarty is enough to ''completely'' take the wind out of Sherlock's sails, immediately pushing him into a (very brief) HeroicBSOD.
** His face shows a more subdued version when he (and the audience) sees who Moriarty ''really'' is: Molly's new boyfriend, "Jim from I.T."


Added DiffLines:

* DoubleTake: When Sherlock discovers at the police station that Lestrade (and the other cops) reads John's blog, after Lestrade gives a TitleDrop of the first episode (which was, InUniverse, named by the title of John's blog post):
-->'''Lestrade''': What, from 'A Study in Pink'?\\
'''Sherlock''': Obviously it's not the same phone but it's supposed to look l- (short {{Beat}}) 'A Study in Pink'? You read his blog?
17th Jun '15 2:51:11 AM Rebu
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** The way Sherlock was swinging John's gun around at the end of "The Great Game", the series could very well have ended with Sherlock accidentally shooting himself in the head before Moriarty got the chance to come back and finish the job. He '' rubbed his temple'' with the barrel of ''[[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety a loaded gun!]]''

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** At the beginning of the episode, Sherlock is so bored he's using a handgun to shoot holes into the wall forming a smiley face. This is incredibly reckless and dangerous because it would only take one resilient bullet to make it through that wall and hit someone on the other side -- one of the reasons you are not allowed to practice shooting in a residential area outside of a shooting range. John is suitably appalled.
*** Not only that, but in the commentary for this episode, BenedictCumberbatch mentioned that he had managed to shoot a hole in the dressing gown that was his costume for that scene.
** The way Sherlock was swinging John's gun around at the end of "The Great Game", the episode, the series could very well have ended with Sherlock accidentally shooting himself in the head before Moriarty got the chance to come back and finish the job. He '' rubbed his temple'' with the barrel of ''[[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety a loaded gun!]]''



** Another example can be found at the beginning of the same episode where Sherlock is so bored he's using a handgun to shoot holes into the wall forming a smiley face. This is incredibly reckless and dangerous because it would only take one resilient bullet to make it through that wall and hit someone on the other side -- one of the reasons you are not allowed to practice shooting in a residential area outside of a shooting range.
*** Not only that, but in the commentary for this episode, BenedictCumberbatch mentioned that he had managed to shoot a hole in the dressing gown that was his costume for that scene.
15th Mar '15 8:20:14 PM ThomasSmith
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* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and is more annoyed with the man's crimes against good grammar than the murder he committed. At the end the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".

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* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and is more annoyed with the man's crimes against good grammar than the murder he committed. At the end the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".
15th Mar '15 6:21:37 PM dmcreif
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* BriefAccentImitation: Moriarty seems to be putting on a generic English accent in the scene where he meets Sherlock while pretending to be "Jim from I.T.", but then reverts back to the actor's natural Irish brogue when he reveals himself.[[note]]This was lost on many American viewers, because that Irish accent isn't well-known in the US and sounds like a funny mix of American and RP accents. Most of them assumed the actor was trying to do an American accent and failing spectacularly.[[/note]] [[AxCrazy It's hard to understand his motivations.]]

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* BriefAccentImitation: Moriarty seems to be putting on a generic English accent in the scene where he meets Sherlock while pretending to be "Jim from I.T.", but then reverts back to the actor's Andrew Scott's natural Irish brogue when he reveals himself.[[note]]This was lost on many American viewers, because that Irish accent isn't well-known in the US and sounds like a funny mix of American and RP accents. Most of them assumed the actor Scott was trying to do an American accent and failing spectacularly.[[/note]] [[AxCrazy It's hard to understand his motivations.]]



* BystanderSyndrome: At least two of the hostages were visibly crying and frightened in public. If one person stopped to say "Are you okay?", Moriarty's plan wouldn't have worked. [[note]] Granted, this is Moriarty so he probably had a failsafe anyway. [[/note]]

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* BystanderSyndrome: At least two of the hostages were visibly crying and frightened in public. If one person stopped to say "Are you okay?", Moriarty's plan wouldn't have worked. [[note]] Granted, this is Moriarty so being Moriarty means he probably had a failsafe anyway. [[/note]]he could implement if this happened.



* ChekhovsGunman: Jim from IT.
* ChekhovsSkill: Almost reverse example: Sherlock's ''lack'' of knowledge about the solar system (because he doesn't consider it necessary) nearly causes him to lose the fourth 'round' with Moriarty. It's only a [[ChekhovsClassroom convenient slide-show at the planetarium]] that clues him in on the answer he needs.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Jim from IT.
IT is Moriarty.
* ChekhovsSkill: Almost reverse example: Sherlock's ''lack'' of knowledge about the solar system (because he doesn't consider it necessary) nearly causes him to lose the fourth 'round' with Moriarty. It's only a [[ChekhovsClassroom convenient slide-show slideshow at the planetarium]] that clues him in on the answer he needs.



** John, after finding a head inside the fridge.

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** John, after finding a human head inside the fridge.



*** Not only that, but in the commentary for this episode, the actor who plays Sherlock, BenedictCumberbatch, mentioned that he had managed to shoot a hole in the dressing gown that was his costume for that scene.

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*** Not only that, but in the commentary for this episode, the actor who plays Sherlock, BenedictCumberbatch, BenedictCumberbatch mentioned that he had managed to shoot a hole in the dressing gown that was his costume for that scene.



* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and keeps correcting his grammar. At the end the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".

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* YouMakeMeSic: Sherlock is talking to a prisoner and keeps correcting his grammar.is more annoyed with the man's crimes against good grammar than the murder he committed. At the end the end the prisoner begs him to help, otherwise he'll get hung. Holmes responds: "No, not at all. Hanged? Yes".
15th Feb '15 10:50:30 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Friend]]: Moriarty captures John, puts him in a bomb vest, and has his sniper aim the rifle at John during the their confrontation, which keeps Sherlock from doing anything rash.

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Friend]]: Moriarty captures John, puts him in a bomb vest, and has his sniper aim the rifle at John during the their confrontation, which keeps Sherlock from doing anything rash.
15th Feb '15 10:49:26 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Friend]]: Moriarty captures John. puts him in a bomb vest, and has his sniper aim the rifle at John during the their confrontation, which keeps Sherlock from doing anything rash.

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Friend]]: Moriarty captures John. John, puts him in a bomb vest, and has his sniper aim the rifle at John during the their confrontation, which keeps Sherlock from doing anything rash.
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