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History Recap / SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame

18th Aug '15 8:42:38 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* 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."


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* 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.
15th Feb '15 10:44:51 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Moriarty betrays several of his criminal clients as part of his game with Sherlock by helping them carry out their crimes, only to then bring the crimes to Sherlock's attention so that the latter will expose them.



* HostageSituation: A recurring plot.

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* HostageSituation: A recurring plot. [[ItsPersonal Becomes personal]] at the end when [[OnlyFriend John]] is the final hostage.
* [[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.



* KansasCityShuffle: The bombings in Moriarty's "game" with Sherlock initially seem to be out of a mixture of [[ForTheEvulz pure evil]], boredom, and a [[AttentionWhore cry for Sherlock's attention]]. Then, Sherlock speculates that the bombings were meant as a distraction for him, and that Moriarty was actually after the missile plans that Sherlock found in a side-quest for Mycroft. It turns out that Moriarty ''wanted'' Sherlock to reach this conclusion, but was ultimately just trying to lure Sherlock into a trap so it would be easier to eliminate him and John.



* OhCrap: Sherlock, John and Lestrade when the child's voice is first heard over the phone at the art gallery, giving a ten-second countdown. Lestrade and John completely freak out, while trying not to distract Sherlock; Lestrade ends up ''screaming'' at him to just stop dicking around and solve the puzzle, and John is so relieved after that he's actually gasping for breath.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Sherlock, John and Lestrade when the child's voice is first heard over the phone at the art gallery, giving a ten-second countdown. Lestrade and John completely freak out, while trying not to distract Sherlock; Lestrade ends up ''screaming'' at him to just stop dicking around and solve the puzzle, and John is so relieved after that he's actually gasping for breath.breath.
** Sherlock's facial expression when John enters the pool just ''screams'' this trope, in combination with HeroicBSOD. His face shows a slightly more minor one when he sees that John actually has bombs strapped to him.
** John when he sees that the sniper is now aiming at Sherlock's head, thwarting John's TakingYouWithMe plan.
1st Feb '15 7:09:28 PM PaulA
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** 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. This was, of course, a callback to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, in which a bored Sherlock used his pistol to spell out "VR", meaning "Victoria Regina", on his wall.

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** 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. This was, of course, a callback to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, in which a bored Sherlock used his pistol to spell out "VR", meaning "Victoria Regina", on his wall.


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* MythologyGag:
** The conversation about Sherlock not knowing or caring that the Earth orbits the sun is from ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', including his explanation that he doesn't want to waste memory space with irrelevancies (although in the original his metaphor is a storeroom rather than a hard drive).
** Sherlock dealing with boredom by making bullet-hole patterns in the wall of the flat is from "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual".
** When the phone plays five time pips at the start of Moriarty's first message, Sherlock mentions that sending someone seeds or pips could be a warning message in some criminal organizations; this was the central plot point of "The Five Orange Pips".
** A message on Bohemian writing paper is a plot point in "A Scandal in Bohemia".
** The subplot about the stolen MOD plans is a fairly straight update of "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans".
1st Feb '15 6:59:48 PM PaulA
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* BigBadFriend: Subverted. Just for a minute, when Watson shows up at the swimming pool, it looks like ''he's'' Moriarty… until he opens his jacket and reveals that he's strapped to a bomb.
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance in that John is shown wearing a large winter coat, which was highly unusual considering how Mrs Hudson had earlier commented on his tendency to underdress for the weather.

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* BigBadFriend: Subverted. Just for a minute, when Watson shows up at the swimming pool, it looks like ''he's'' Moriarty… Moriarty... until he opens his jacket and reveals that he's strapped to a bomb.
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance in that John is shown wearing a large winter coat, which was highly unusual considering how Mrs Hudson had earlier commented on his tendency to underdress for the weather.
bomb.



* CallBack: John's psychosomatic limp returns for a few seconds at the end, when the same leg buckles at the swimming pool.

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* CallBack: John's psychosomatic limp returns for a few seconds at the end, when the same leg buckles at the swimming pool. Several references are made to Moriarty's earlier scheme in "A Study in Pink".


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* ContinuityNod: John's psychosomatic limp returns for a few seconds at the end, when the same leg buckles at the swimming pool.
6th Jan '15 10:47:04 AM TrustBen
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* InVinoVeritas: Andrew West's death was indirectly caused by blabbing to his future brother-in-law while overindulging at the pub.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Moriarty's final hostage calls Sherlock at the gallery with only seconds to go before the bomb goes off.
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