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I never saw a definitive explanation, but there are three theories: Hypnotism (a person with Blackwood's personality and charisma is likely to be a good hypnotist). This is somewhat confirmed by the script (after Holmes stops Blackwood): The girl has snapped out of her trance, and is backing away from them as best she can Somewhat related to the first ...


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The simplest answer is probably best. Holmes had already taken the measure of Moriarty and knew him to be cold-blooded, methodical, and ruthlessly efficient. Having traced his operations for a number of months, as well as the methods Professor Moriarty was willing to engage (the bomb in the crowded auction hall for instance, the assassination outside said ...


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I am not sure that it is based on a specific event but 1972 was a very tense year in the British government: 2 separate states of emergency were declared due to striking Bloody Sunday The British Embassy in Ireland was burned down There was a very violent protest in Derry Aldershot was bombed with several people killed 2 British ships were sunk by ...


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I can't answer the question about region 2 DVDs, but the similarities between Zero Effect and Sherlock Holmes are not a coincidence. The film review The Zero Effect–Out of the Dung Heap and Into the Rose Garden points out many of the similarities between the two. The Zero Effect ... is based on the great Sherlock Holmes short story A Scandal in Bohemia ...


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After watching that clip, I have one more theory. Since it was Irene that calls Holmes away from the fight, it is possible that he is reminding himself to not let his feelings/emotions for Irene get the best of him and allow him to make a mistake. He says this before plotting out his attack pattern on his target to clear his mind and focus on taking this ...


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You're talking about this scene at about 1:55 The "weapon" appears to be a charge-carrying part of some sort of electrostatic generator built by Reardon, but actually intended to be ...


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I do not any official sources to base this on but I assumed that the random odd meeting places was for safety and privacy. Privacy: It is unlikely that anyone would blunder passed without being noticed. No one has a reason to stay within microphone eavesdropping range (like they would in a pub). Mycroft might not even want his colleagues to hear what was ...


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Plot Devices. I've made that claim before, and I'll be making it again. People seem to think they don't exist, or that they shouldn't exist in certain movies... when in point of fact, they exist in every movie. Plot devices have even invaded so-called Reality Television. Let me make a few points on this specific scene. It begins at 45:00 in the movie ...


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We all know that Sherlock was trying to leave the fight and walk out of the PUB. But after being provoked he takes a brief pause before he says the following line "This mustn't register on an emotional level"... According to me he said so because he did not want this humiliation to blind his judgement.... so that by mistake.... instead of just replying to ...


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The bomb actually was a coverup to the assassination of the designated target. If the specified target alone is killed with the bullet, Moriarty might have deduced that any of the threads for plotting the murder could be traced back to him or his accomplices. So, he wanted to cover it up with a bomb to blow up everyone to spark a political conspiracy rather ...


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Here's my take on this. Sherlock goes to the crime scene smells the male deodorant smell Donovan's wearing (throughout the series it has been shown that he has a good nose for identifying perfumes and deodorants) and also observes her knees. She proceeds to annoy him by calling him a freak as well, but he doesn't have enough data yet to say anything to her ...


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I think there is nothing to ponder about this action at that instance you're referring too, however it could be that Sherlock was very much interested in seeing how he killed his victims he didn't refer to the fact that gun is a fake until later, it's just that he must've observed it but didn't want to focus on that because his mind was occupied by what the ...


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She was probably a mixture of drugged and hypnotised. Observe the power of auto suggestion in the film with the public etc thinking that Blackwood is a demon etc. even the order who are well educated people have convinced themselves they have magic powers. With the right conditioning, a cocktail of drugs and a touch of Hollywood she could easily have been ...


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The main reason is that he had not spotted that the open window gave Holmes an escape route and was therefore not in any kind of rush. Voices tend to echo slightly in rooms and the smoke was disorientating. Too many gun shots would have raised attention which might cause issues so he wanted to wait until he was sure he had a clean shot. It was only a ...


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Holmes works on pure logic and reasoning - it is a very important aspect of his efficiency, Being spat at made him angry and he had to resist the urge to let his anger cloud his judgement. He must not let it register on an emotional level and simply react scientifically to the situation, hence the plotting of attacks was based on damage caused and ...


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My understanding was that there was an event in 1972 which caused uproar in the Diogenes Club. John Watson enters a room and asks for Mycroft, a number of the gentleman in the room look at him in horror. Mycroft arrives and ushers him quickly from the room. Mycroft then explains that the room has a policy of silence. He jokingly comments that there are a ...


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It certainly seems that way, with the "Extreme Deduction" method of detective work. I haven't found any primary source on it, but Roger Ebert is good enough for me. "So one finds his way into Zero Effect in the form of Daryl Zero, an aging hippie Sherlock Holmes with the household habits of a Howard Hughes…"


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To answer your question you must understand the way a criminal thinks. It is a known fact about criminal psychology that "Every criminal thinks he is the best and that nobody other than him is as good as him and he would not make a single mistake like others did earlier". This is a wrong self-esteem which often leads criminals the most to their danger. Pride ...


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The purpose of the bomb was threefold: To conceal the fact that a single person in the room was to be killed To inflame passions in the country's involved to ratchet up tensions for Moriarty's desired worldwide conflict To destroy any trace evidence that any of the above had occurred. When the explosion is shown from the outside of the building, it is ...


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Blackwood needed to be arrested and 'killed' so that the public would be aware and afraid of him. Once the public found out about it his reputation would go before him and others, including senior members of the Houses of Parliament, would be more susceptible to blackmail. To be publicly executed he would need to commit a crime to go with his air of magic so ...


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Flip the question around, you know how ruthless and efficient M is. You know that Adler is in the firing line and is in extreme danger, you have warned her several times. You know if you were M you would kill her, you have half tried once with the bomb. Why would M be lying about actually killing her?



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