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Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Great Game

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

Sherlock Holmes seems to have caved in to his drug addiction because of the lack of ‘interesting’ cases and his eccentric behavior causes Watson to move out of the apartment and spend the night with his girlfriend. The same night, there is an explosion at 221B baker Street and it is clear that someone is after Sherlock’s life. Sherlock soon gets a series of calls from various victims controlled by a third party asking to solve various puzzles and crimes within a time limit in order to save their lives.

All the shortcomings of the second episode are all forgiven after this episode. In James Jim Moriarty, the creators have managed to create the perfect anti-Holmes. While Holmes is restrained and unflashy, Moriarty is flamboyant and swanky. While Holmes boasts the title of the world’s only consulting detective, Moriarty is the polar opposite - he’s the world’s only consulting criminal. 

Again, the writers successfully capture the essence of the original and the final confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty, which is supposed to mirror the exchange that takes place in The Final Problem,
has been beautifully executed by both Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch. Credit again goes to the creators Moffat and Gatiss to present an antagonist unlike any other to have appeared on screen.

The plot keeps you gripped from the start to the finish and before you know it, you’ll be watching the second season of the series(trust me, you just won't be able to help yourself!)

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