Sherlock 1.03 The Great Game (2010, Crime Detective Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman: Dr. John Watson
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Co-Creator: Steven Moffat
Writer (Original Works): Arthur Conan Doyle
Producer: Sue Vertue
Director: Paul McGuigan
Actor (uncredited) Mycroft Holmes: Mark Gatiss
Executive Producer: Mark Gatiss
Executive Producer: Steven Moffat

Sherlock 1.03 Great Game, The (2010)

A bored Sherlock is bemoaning the lack of crime but the spark soon comes back when he is forced to solve five crimes against the ticking clock of a bomb around innocent persons bodies.


While there’s a nagging feeling that it isn’t achieving it’s potential, this is unquestionably the best new show on British television in 2010 and for some time. There’s a glee and energy to proceedings and the deductions from Sherlock are terrific fun. It would be nice if the audience were given the same clues as Sherlock (we still wouldn’t see them, of course) and I still feel that all this Moriarty business is too soon. It’s like end-of-the-world scenarios in Doctor Who. If every episode is Armageddon, it becomes the norm; the ordinary when it should be the extraordinary. For Sherlock, if everything runs through Moriarty’s fingers, it makes Moriarty’s involvement the norm; the ordinary when it should be the extraordinary.

This Sherlock episode contains a muffled mild swear word and violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.


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