Genre : Crime Drama
Created by : Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat
Based on : Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Written by : Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat, Stephen Thompson
Directed by : Paul McGuigan, Euros Lyn, Toby Haynes
Composer : David Arnold, Michael Price
Starring : Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss
Follow Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) as they investigate a series of ciphers representing numbers in an ancient Chinese numeral system which have been left by a Chinese smuggling ring who seem intent on killing to retrieve an item that one of them stole.
After a brilliant start to the series, the second episode is somewhat disappointing and unmemorable. The story makes a few allusions to the ciphering techniques that Holmes applies in The Dancing Men and takes the concept of coded messages from The Valley of Fear (using book references), but apart from that the story is largely independent of any particular book. This fact clearly shows as the banal plot fails to keeps you engrossed and feels a bit dragged.
Although the episode comes nowhere close to the benchmark set by its predecessor it still makes a decent watch with Zoe Telford playing Dr Watson’s love interest and briefly bringing a strong female character into the mix.