Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TV Review: Sherlock - "The Blind Banker"

Zoe Telford with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in BBC Sherlock 'The Blind Banker'
Zoe Telford with our dynamic duo in 'The Blind Banker'

This episode is not a direct adaptation or a modern update of any of the Canonical stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) is asked by one of his classmates, Sebastian to investigate a case of office break-in.

Soon, Sherlock and Watson (Martin Freeman) discover that one of the bank employees is murdered in his apartment.  The police force is puzzled, as all the doors and windows are bolted from inside. Sherlock deduces that the man was being threatened and the break-in at the bank was done to send him a coded message.

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A journalist is murdered shortly and the killer’s modus operandi is quite similar to the previous one. Sherlock notices that the killer has to be extremely athletic to be able to commit both these crimes in high-rise buildings.

The trail leads to an international gang of smugglers called "The Black Lotus". The action-packed climax befits an action movie more rather than a Sherlock mystery.

The mystery itself is not upto the usual standards of Arthur Conan Doyle. But this drawback is offset by Freeman and Cumberbatch's excellent on-screen chemistry. Zoe Telford plays Sarah, Watson's boss. Her sense of humor makes her a perfect choice and she is a joy to behold on the screen.

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  1. You know I'm actually in this episode, as one of audience at the circus.

  2. Yes of course, hard to miss "the good looking one" ;)