Is this how Sherlock did it? *may contain spoilers*

Eagle eyed tweeter, @TheDoctorsJawn has spotted “the little something” Steven Moffat has often said is in the infamous scene from The Reichenbach Fall. If you look closely, you can clearly see the man pull out a bag of blood from inside his jacket pocket.


If you remember, just before his roof top confrontation with Moriarty, Sherlock told Molly he needed her assistance with something. Did she arrange the crowd? The man with the blood?

My personal theory is that Sherlock jumped into the parked, open topped rubbish truck. Then rolled out as it pulled away. The crowd gather to block Watson’s view, as this man covers him in blood.

What do you think, is this how Sherlock did it?

Review-Sherlock series 2 soundtrack

When I sat to listen to this soundtrack, I didn’t really know what to expect or whether I would like it. I like classical music as much as I like heavy rock or my Billy Joel collection but I’m not a hugely knowledgeable fan so it normally takes something special to grab my attention. And grab it this does! All the way through the album there is the traditional solo violin in some form running. You are left in no doubt that this is Holmes.

I also liked the mix of electronica and orchestral sounds through the soundtrack.

There is an instrument that throughout all the tracks amazes me with its distinctive sound: very reminiscent of eastern European music, this is the Zimbalon, a sound box with strings across it that are struck by mallets, a drummers piano if you will.

The entire album feels heavily influenced by John Barry: rhythmic backgrounds but with slow melodies over the top creating distinctive atmospheres. Unusual instrumentation for unusual sounds but with traditional scoring and orchestral structures are very “Out of Africa.” They show huge landscape whether it be the Baskerville moors or the inside of Sherlock with the mind palace; strange moods are produced that really fit with the scenes.

As far as television soundtracks go this is sublime, obviously created from a love of tradition and of big film score sounds. If only other television shows would follow this lead.

Overall it’s a fantastic listen – incredible scoring and orchestrations and excellent use of instrumentation to provide mood. 4/5. See ratings of the individual tracks further in.

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Thoughts on Elementary

I was incredibly lucky as a child to have very supportive parents that wanted to push my learning through literature and education. My Father taught me the intricacies of espionage and shared with me his Le Carre collection and my mother was always there with a bit of Mr Tolkien.

Little did I know at the time, but a character created in 1887 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have a huge impact on my cultural learning during adolescence. Sherlock Holmes became a staple read during all the periods of my life and various incarnations on television and the movie screen have given me hours of pleasure.

From The adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the late 1980s early 1990s to the latest Guy Ritchie-helmed versions starring the wonderful Robert Downey Jr, Jeremy Brett was always my Holmes. He had the tortured, intelligent addict down and every performance was a masterclass of acting.

Then came the latest fashion in screen media, the reboot. I think what Steven Moffat has done bringing a classic old-time character into the 21st century has been miraculous and so when I heard that CBS in the United States had an American Holmes being lined up I was really hopeful of another take on classic tales.

But then came the press release…

Continue reading Thoughts on Elementary

Spoiler-Free Review: Sherlock

I’ll admit to being sceptical when I first heard the news that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat were adapting Sherlock for the 21st century. But, it worked. Sherlock was easily the best thing on the television in 2010.
Episode one picks up exactly where the last episode left our heroes, by the swimming pool with Moriarty and covered with sniper dots.

Some viewers will be disappointed by the resolution, but I loved it, it was bold, funny, cheeky and slightly outrageous. Moffat and Gattis know the online forums will be buzzing after this.
The relationship between Sherlock and Mrs Hudson is explored a little more and shows just how much they mean to each other. The already great cast has got a new addition in the form of Irene Adler, played by Lara Pulver. Pulver puts in a fantastic performance as Irene and provides the female counterpart to Sherlock.

This is a really great episode, the text effect is still being used but this time it’s accompanied by some excellent camera work to help give us a little bit more insight to just how Sherlock views the world. I’m going to stop now, as I don’t want to give anything away.
I’ve added some lines of dialogue underneath, don’t worry about spoilers, out of context they won’t give anything away

“Do you mind if I get that?”

“You have the rest of your life”

“Try not to punch him”

“How many times did he fall out the window?”.

“When I say run, run”.

“I knew what he liked”

“You always say the most horrible things”

“The iceman and the virgin”

Sherlock airs at 8:10 pm, New Years Day on BBC1

Episode 10: Hulk Boobs

Martyn and Gerrod discuss Sherlock, Doctor Who: The Lodger, a pair of Hulk boobs and the recent interview with Torchwood’s Kai Owen. They also get Glen’s view on Doctor Who.

The Lodger” is the eleventh episode of the fifth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One on 12 June 2010. It was written by Gareth Roberts, who based the story on his 2006 Doctor Who Magazine comic strip “The Lodger”.

The episode features the Doctor (Matt Smith) stranded on Earth and separated from his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), when an unknown force prevents his time-travelling spaceship, the TARDIS, from landing. To investigate, he moves into the flat of Craig Owens (James Corden) and attempts to fit in with ordinary humans while unknowingly playing matchmaker for Craig and his good friend Sophie (Daisy Haggard).

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