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Sherlock Season 2 (2012) (TV36)

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Sherlock Season 2
genre drama / mystery / crime
area UK
language English
release date 2012-01-01
season 2
IMDb ID tt1942612

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Following a bizarre stand-off with master criminal Moriarty, ended when the villain responds to a phone call, Sherlock interrupts his investigation of a rural slaying when summoned to Buckingham Palace. Dominatrix Irene Adler has incriminating photos of a royal princess which Sherlock is engaged to retrieve; however, having engineered a meeting with Irene, Sherlock realizes that she has far more dangerous evidence in her possession, sought by rogue CIA agents, which causes her to fake her death and pass the facts, encrypted in her camera phone, to Sherlock. Having deciphered the explosive result and discovered a government plot, Sherlock has to consider if Irene can be trusted and indeed if she is in league with Moriarty.

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Just may rival the work of the late and brilliant "Jeremy Brett"....
10/10
I have, since a child, been an enormous fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His Sherlock Holmes character, along with the myriad of players within those enchanting stories, where endlessly entertaining and informative. Being, myself, a creature predicated on logical deduction, you can certainly understand my gravitational affinity for these wonderful tales. I have viewed most of the major theatrical portrayals of the famous Detective. Up till now the best on screen interpretation of Mr.Holmes, to me, was that of the brilliant Jeremy Brett..... he simply was Sherlock Holmes to me. But now with Mr. Cumberbatch's apt portrayal, all SH fans can rally around this new and innovative spin on the epic tales we've all come to adore.This first episode of season 2 is why i still have hope for specific television programming. To that,i say cheers to the BBC for giving us this gem of a show, also to all involved... well done!
guest review Tue Sep 15 2020
Terrific Stuff
10/10
After a splendid first (too short) series, I was really looking forward to this. Did it reach my expectations. No, it actually surpassed them. Brilliant writing, direction and acting from all the cast. Not one duff point. A superb story with lots of in-jokes for Holmes enthusiasts, but even if you are not familiar with Holmes you will love it. I like the way the writers utilise a previous story and bring it up to date and actually improve on it ten-fold. The devices used to point out the Holmes powers of deduction are very good and apt for the digital age. Really looking forward to upcoming stories. Let's hope there are many more to come. Even if there are not, what is on offer is so richly rewarding it will bear repeat viewings. After this the Beeb can be (almost) forgiven for the dross of "Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff". This is how to bring a classic up to date and make it relevant, exciting and funny. Deserves 20 stars
guest review Tue Sep 15 2020
Steven Moffat Is the Real Genius of Baker Street
10/10
As someone who has only recently stumbled onto this BBC/PBS series via Netflix, I have to say it has ruined me for US hour-long dramas. When compared to the craftsmanship of this episode--which is the most perfectly constructed of the uniformly engrossing first six--I feel as if American mystery script writers (don't even talk about the weak and 'Sherlock'-referential "Elementary"!)seem to throw plot misdirection randomly at the fictional wall, hoping something will stick. In the word-count I'm allowed here, I cannot (but wish I could--maybe I'll start a Moffat-babes blog) write an essay on how perfectly this episode is constructed. I don't even have a problem (as some here do) with how breezily the tense conflict with Moriarty left over from the first season is dismissed; in large part, since he's already shown himself as capricious--he wouldn't want to lose (not yet anyway) his 'dancing' partner--and because his exit fades so beautifully into the Irene Adler story, the shortness of the pool scene works perfectly for me. One of the real marvels of this episode comes from watching it more than once; it's only then that you catch how perfectly Moffat has set up his parallels--Sherlock is inappropriately naked in a formal setting at the beginning/ Irene, in her own drawing room. Sherlock peruses photos of the partially clad Irene provided by one 'archenemy' at the same time she scans through sheet-wrapped snaps of him sent by the other. "Battle dress", defrocking, the meaning of disguise, what Sherlock and Irene each know and learn about love--all these echo throughout the plot. But from the moment Sherlock is taken to the jet and Mycroft reveals, through two terse synopses, how his little brother has been played for a foolish young swain, we are entering deep dramatic territory indeed. Irene pushes by Sherlock; now the game is on for her, he seems to have become merely 'Junior' and 'the Virgin', someone she will keep on a leash for her own entertainment when she wins this final battle. He is relegated to a chair set away from Irene and Mycroft as the grown-ups play for keeps. So his brilliant deduction that her 'locked' camera phone reveals her heart, thereby making her vulnerable, is a moment of such high drama, mixing a weird kind of glee in the audience that he's back on his game and yet a true horror of how cold he is as he sacrifices her, that I have replayed it again and again. Moffat in the DVD commentary was worried that audiences would guess the 4-letter code that unlocked the phone from the beginning. Not only was that never true, but I find that, even knowing the solution, when I watch that section again (and again), I am freshly amazed by the writing, acting (Pulver's spilling eyes, Cumberbatch's shaded face), the score, and both the exaggerated hand movements (so intense, it moves through Cumberbatch's whole body) and the muffled crashes of doom as Sherlock types in each letter. (Kudos to director and editors as well.) The pause for a moment of (could it be?) honest emotion from Irene just before he types in the last letter and Sherlock's adamantine coldness as he says, "And this is just losing", as the last key rumbles ominously, is riveting at so many levels. I suppose the Kandahar ending is necessary to take this out of the realm of dark tragedy and remind us we must like Sherlock again in order to continue with the series. Moffat has said that, since they are both equally-matched games players, they likely just occasionally think back to that year when they had that flirtation fondly, as something gone by. I like to think that Sherlock's mysterious ability to keep track of her so as to be there to save her will continue; it is a measure of how Sherlock, like the Grinch, is beginning to grow a heart, even if belatedly.
guest review Tue Sep 15 2020

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