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I will try to stay away from what Christian has already posted which already is a great answer. I can answer this from a reader's perspective. Sherlock holmes stories by Doyle can be classified into Long stories and short stories. There are only 4 long stories of which 2 of them are already made into episodes two of them which haven't made it into episodes ...


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Yes, he's certainly referencing Mr. Spock - everyone's favorite Vulcan science officer. In the Star Trek TV show (and on film) Spock constantly struggled with his emotions due to his mixed blood, and sometimes had a hard time suppressing them. Watson is likening Sherlock's own 'emotional struggle' (albeit brief) to this classic character.


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Yes. To quote from The Independent about the source of mind palaces: As it turns out, memory palaces like Holmes’ are a real thing, and have been for thousands of years. It all began with a lucky escape from a collapsing banquet hall by the Ancient Greek poet Simonides, who realised that by visualizing the room where the accident happened, he ...


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The long coat, the scarf, the shoes, the curly hair, the high cheekbones Molly's fiancé Tom clearly resembles someone ...   Tom         Sherlock    


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It's actually quite a simple, albeit far-fetched ending. Firstly, Dr. Watson comes into the apartment with the phone. Sherlock asks for it and this conversation occurs: JOHN: Did she ever text you again, after ... all that? SHERLOCK: Once, a few months ago. JOHN: What did she say? SHERLOCK: “Goodbye, Mr. Holmes.” This obviously implies that ...


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If Sherlock shot Moriarty, then the snipers would kill him and Watson, end of story. If he shoots the bomb, there's a chance they all die, but there's also a chance to create enough of a mess to be able to escape. If the bomb exploded, the snipers wouldn't try to shoot, since they'd risk harming Moriarty. So detonating the bomb was the best option. To ...


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Vatican cameos! It's pretty hard to find a definitive answer, but it looks like it is code for "Duck!". And it's aimed only at Watson as he's the only one to react at the phrase. Conan Doyle makes a reference about in "The Hound of the Baskervilles". (source) I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my ...


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You've already stated the fact British shows tend to have fewer episodes than their American counterparts (see here for a great explanation). However, there are a few other things to consider when discussing Sherlock. From a Digital Spy article: "[The format is] very closely held," [PBS Executive] Eaton told Collider. "Steven [Moffat] crafts them, and ...


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Firstly, the entire assassin sub-plot was an elaborate ruse to fool Sherlock into thinking he had the key Moriarty used in the break-ins at the start of the episode. So Moriarty set the whole thing up just to make Sherlock believe there was a reason he was being protected. (That the key itself didn't exist is covered in another question) What Moriarty ...


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An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution. Spock in the Star Trek VI The Voyage Home written among others by no other than Nicholas Meyer, who wrote The Seven Per-Cent Solution, which is regarded by many to be the best Sherlock Holmes novel not written by Doyle ...


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It is a very exclusive part of London, part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is named after Belgrave Square, which today includes many international embassies to the UK. It was used as an alternative UK based location for the original Arthur Conan Doyle story which was A Scandal in Bohemia. Belgravia was probably chosen because of the ...


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He jumped into the truck which was in front of the pavement and drove off as soon as he pushed a body out wearing his clothes or he landed in the truck and then rolled from the truck to the pavement. Remember how he told Watson exactly where to stand? (to make sure he could only see from the correct angle) Watson was delayed by a bicycle hitting him as he ...


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The killer was terminally ill with a brain aneurism and could die at any moment. He was using the 'scheme' to raise money. He was earning money from Moriarty, who was essentially sponsoring the cabbie to murder people in this manner. Moriarty's motive is unclear, perhaps just to cause chaos, but more likely to get his name in front of Sherlock. ...


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While Irene was very distracting and a great match for Sherlock in general this only hinders his deduction ability so much. With Irene's display to Sherlock he can then continue in the back of his mind to try to figure out what series of numbers would be important enough to her to use as a combination. Counting on the fact that she wouldn't use a random ...


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I have my own suspicions about the jump, and I am inclined to believe most explanations are too inelegant for Sherlock to actually perform (and I really do use elegance as my measure of least-most probable). Thus, any explanation involving body doubles or jumping on a truck or bus, I have a hard time believing. My theory is that Sherlock JUST DID JUMP. He ...


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In the TV Series, Sherlock calls himself a Consulting Detective. Whilst it is not completely certain that this involves payment, it is certainly conventional for you to pay a consultant in any sphere. Watson is also involved, and spends some of his time blogging about Shelock's successes, presumably not just to enhance his reputation but to 'improve sales' ...


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There is mention of another brother Sherrinford Holmes on wikipedia: Sherrinford Holmes is a hypothetical elder brother of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes. It is believed that his deduction skills exceed those of both his younger brothers. His name is taken from early notes as one of those considered by Arthur Conan Doyle for his detective hero before ...


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SuBo is Susan Boyle: a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Examples: Daily Mail - From hobo to SuBo: Susan Boyle unveils new glam look BBC America - ‘SuBo: The Movie’ Takes A Step ...


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I presumed that it was just Mycroft and John Watson's way of telling whether Sherlock was badly affected by the news of her death. I think in the original A.C.D. stories, Sherlock Holmes does seem to have a tendency to fall into what we would now call depression and even that he has tendencies towards manic-depression. In the original stories he is also a ...


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They are not merely taking the name. Apart from many smaller nods to the originals (like the title) and little allusions to characteristic conversations from the original stories, there are many bigger story elements from the original that can be found in the episode's story, yet often set into a slightly different context or maybe even parodied. So the ...


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To quote co-creator Steven Moffat (February 2014): We deal with scheduling. I’ve also got to do 'Doctor Who'. I’ve got no choice about that. That’s the day job. Everyone is a little bit busy. ... If we made 'Sherlock' the ordinary way, and did a run of 6 or 12, it would have been over by now. It would have been done because Martin [Freeman] ...


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+1 for this very good question. I will try to answer this question from the storyline of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Conan Doyle and my first guess would be on the fact that the creators of the show are so faithfully ardent to the original source material written by Doyle. The first reference to Moriarty in the novel comes on one of the 4 long ...


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The code was not the mysterious key to any computer system in the world. Moriarty reveals that he used 'traditional' methods of arranging the 3 break-ins, and it was merely the shock value of timing them to occur at the same time, and the fact that he was willing to be caught in the process makes people think that he has something bigger up his sleeve. He ...


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The cabbie is indeed shown to be terminally ill and wants to raise money for his family. However, this only explains why he resorts to killing people (=earn money fast). Motives of Moriarty are part of the bigger overall story arc in the Sherlock Holmes universe as Moriarty is the arch-nemesis of Sherlock. The poison pill trick is not random. The cabbie is ...


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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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We don't know the brothers were wrong. At no point do we see any evidence of a girlfriend. The hat's owner claims he has one, but he might do this because he doesn't want to be perceived as a sad loner which is what he looks like. So we actually have no evidence that the brothers' deductions are wrong.


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If you rewatch it, they are indeed two separate messages. They pop up on her screen separately. Save souls Now! John or James Watson! then Saint or Sinner? James or John? The more is less?


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The 'Google-glass' on screen imagery is yet another misdirection to make you believe Magnussen is utilizing such technology. The on screen text displays is revealed to be nothing other than Magnussen's own way of interfacing with his 'mind palace', a visual device to explain that he is mining his categorically stored memories for information. Sherlock does ...


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The gun is actually not that relevant. I cannot quite get my head around why: The only thing I can think of is that he got so carried away with his power and his intellectual dual with Holmes that he forgot:


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By involving so many people Magnussen is able to build a chain of accountability. If he were to manipulate a single person, they could (out of a sense of desperation or nobility) sacrifice themselves in order to foil him. By involving a series of people linked to each other, none will jeopardize the position of their own 'weak-point', creating a fail-safe ...



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