History Recap / SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame

6th Apr '17 2:51:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhamEpisode: Moriarty makes his entrance.
19th Mar '17 4:13:09 PM eroock
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* {{Irony}}: In the opening, Sherlock expressed his disdain for astronomy because it is useless as a forensic tool, only to find that one of Moriarty's puzzles revolves entirely around historical astronomy.
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* GasLeakCoverup: For the bombings.
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* BakerStreetRegular: We learn that Sherlock employs the homeless of London as informants.

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* BakerStreetRegular: We learn that Sherlock employs has been employing the homeless of London as informants.
17th Mar '17 6:23:22 PM eroock
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* EvilPlan: Moriarty was responsible for all the riddles Sherlock had to solve, and did it just to draw Sherlock out in the open.



* OperationJealousy: Molly presenting her new boyfriend to Sherlock can be seen as such an attempt.

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* OperationJealousy: Molly presenting her new boyfriend to Sherlock can be seen as such an attempt.attempt at such.



---> '''Sherlock''': People have died.
---> '''Moriarty''': That's what people '''''DO!!!'''''

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---> --> '''Sherlock''': People have died.
---> --> '''Moriarty''': That's what people '''''DO!!!'''''



** Made HilariousInHindsight when we learn that that was Jim ''[[ArchNemesis Moriarty]]''.]]

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** Made HilariousInHindsight when we learn that that was Jim ''[[ArchNemesis Moriarty]]''.]]
17th Mar '17 6:21:09 PM eroock
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-->--'''Sherlock Holmes'''

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-->--'''Sherlock -->-- '''Sherlock Holmes'''



* AnachronisticClue: The episode features a forged painting of a night scene, where one of the stars in the sky is a star that only became visible to the naked eye when it went nova, after the painting was supposedly finished.
* AnswerCut: Yet another situation where John ends up being the butt of a joke.
-->'''Sherlock:''' I'm putting my best man on to it, right now.\\
'''John:''' Right. Good. ...Who is that?
-->Cut to the next scene with John at Mycroft's office collecting more clues.



* BakerStreetRegular: We learn that Sherlock employs the homeless of London as informants.



* BeepingComputers: Sherlock's computer at the lab makes a beep sound when the molecular search is completed.



* ChekhovsGunman: Jim from IT is Moriarty.
* ChekovsNews: A bypass mention of an art display opening on the morning news later becomes a plot point.

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* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman:
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Jim from IT is Moriarty.
* ChekovsNews: A bypass mention of an art display opening on the morning news ** The biker who later becomes a plot point.turns out to have caused the death of the train jump victim.



* ChekhovsNews: A bypass mention of an art display opening on the morning news later becomes a plot point.



* CliffHanger: The season finale ends on a MexicanStandoff between Sherlock and Moriati.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: While sitting at a diner Sherlock and John overhear a TV news report about the death of Connie Prince which provides them with another lead in their investigation.



* CriminalMindGames: The entirety of this episode. Every case Sherlock has to solve ends up having been orchestrated by Moriarty, looking for a fun challenge. It's implied that he, as a consulting criminal, has been arranging a vast array of crimes all over the place. Subverted in that the [[KansasCityShuffle whole thing was to distract Sherlock from the plans]]. Revealed that the plans were a {{MacGuffin}}, and double-subverted, when Moriarty tosses them away.



* DramaticGunCock: Sherlock cocks his gun on Moriati during the climax when the latter claims that no-one will ever get to him.
* EmbarrassingRingtone: Moriarty's "Staying Alive" ringtone qualifies. It's hard to be menacing with Music/TheBeeGees providing a bouncy little riff.



* FamousNamedForeigner: Czech Miss Wenceslas, presumably named for Wenceslaus of Bohemia. Unfortunately, this also violates Czech naming conventions, as that name would be Václav in Czech, would be exclusively male, and would only be used as a first name.
* ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt: Justified. Sherlock suspects a car dealer of having lied about travelling overseas. He sneaks a peek in the man's wallet and sees a Colombian banknote, the final clue he needs to solve the case.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Moriarty mockingly feigns an expression of shock, after commenting that if Sherlock ''did'' decide to shoot him in the face, all he'd get to enjoy is his look of genuine surprise. In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty adopts the same expression when [[spoiler:he decides to spite Sherlock, by turning his gun on himself.]]



* GasLeakCoverUp: Played with, as the explosion that tore through Baker Street in "The Great Game" is initially thought to be a gas leak, but was later discovered to be a bombing made to look like one.



* IMadeCopies: When John lampshades the [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup foolishness]] of putting some [[MacGuffin top secret plans]] on a memory stick that is now lost, Mycroft points out "it's not the only copy."



* IronicEcho:
-->'''Sherlock''': People have died.\\
'''Moriarty''': That's what people DO!



* MadBomber: Although it ends up being less mad and more part of a CriminalMindGames.



* OperationJealousy: Molly presenting her new boyfriend to Sherlock can be seen as such an attempt.



* PostVictoryCollapse: John almost collapses on the spot after Sherlock rips the bomb vest off him. Perfectly understandable reaction, though, and it doesn't diminish the moment.
** If anything, it ''makes'' the moment. It makes John's stoic command of himself during the stand-off all the more impressive. It's clear that he's not unafraid or unaware of the danger -- he just manages to hold himself together until Moriarty leaves.
** Also a rare moment of vulnerability from Sherlock: His panicked "Are you all right? ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?!" to John after his "Catch ... you ... later" swagger to Jim. Followed by him distractedly pacing, and trying to stammer out a thanks to John, while he [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety scratches the back of his head with a loaded gun]].
---> '''Sherlock:''' That -- uh -- thing that you did -- that you offered to do -- that was -- um -- good.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Sherlock is given twelve hours to solve the first mystery, eight hours for the second, and ''ten seconds'' to prove the Vermeer painting is a fake.



* SoapWithinAShow: Implied when Sherlock watches day-time tv and winds up yelling at it.

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* SoapWithinAShow: Implied when Sherlock watches day-time tv TV and winds up yelling at it.



* StaircaseTumble: The train jumper victim was killed falling down a flight of stairs during a fight with his future brother-in-law.



* StringTheory: In Sherlock's apartment we see a map with photos of the bombing victims and strings attached.



* VehicleRoofBodyDisposal: Andrew West's killer places the body on top of a train to get it as far away as possible. The body falls off when the train jolts over switch points in a rail yard.



* 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.

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* 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 2.2.
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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.
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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.
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