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Sherlock Holmes

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Transcript of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes
Holmes and Watson: The Dynamic Duo
Opposites that complete each other.

Both drawn to the rush that comes with crime solving.

"TV's Best Bromance"

“We solve crimes. I blog about it, he forgets his pants. I wouldn’t hold out to much hope.”-John Watson
Holmes and Moriarty: Two Sides of The Same Coin
Both brilliant, carry similar characteristics

Both drawn to the rush and "game" of crime.

Both get "bored" easily, both very impatient.
Greg Lestrade
Jim Moriarty
Molly Hooper
Human Nature

"The Blogger"

The Friend and Confidante

The Doctor

The Empathizer

Sherlock Holmes: Character Analysis
Extremely intelligent and observant
Very perceptive when it comes to details
Creative imagination (with limitations when it comes to some topics)
Expert at understanding and predicting human Behavior
Making connections
Hidden Care for Humanity
Inability to empathize
Disregard to authority
Stubborn, arrogant, narcissistic, rude
Inability to deal with boredom
Ignorance of common sense, simple knowledge and human emotions
Inability to conform to social norms.
James "Jim" Moriarty
Pros: same as Sherlock minus “The Hidden Care for Humanity” and unlike Sherlock, he copes with his boredom in ways that are destructive to others, not favorable.

Cons: Sadistic, Criminal Mastermind, Disregard for the safety of himself and others, Lack of Human Emotion and care, manipulative, Deceitful, Inability to cope with boredom, Socially awkward (less than Sherlock), Desire for chaos and disorder, Extremely Egotistical (just like Sherlock), Indifference to humanity, Obsessive (especially with Sherlock), Tendency to exploit the weaknesses of others and use it against them.

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler: The Sort-of Female Holmes
First appearance in "A Scandal in Bohemia" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), "A Scandal in Belgravia" (Sherlock BBC)

known as "The Woman" and "The Dominatrix"

epitome of "sex"

Jim Moriarty
John Watson: Character Analysis

Sense of loyalty
Desire to protect loved ones
Sense of morality and justice
Keeps Calm in the face of danger
A Scandal in Belgravia
"To Sherlock Holmes she is always
the woman
. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the veil from men's motives and actions. But
for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results.
Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his. And yet
there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory."
Sherlock Holmes on Irene Adler
The "High-Functioning Sociopath": Sherlock Holmes
The "Consulting Detective"

The "Freak"

The Genius

“I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.”-Sherlock

Molly Hooper and Irene Adler: Polar Opposites
Molly Hooper:
Kind, Selfless
Very Nice, Loyal,
Very Nervous
Insecure, Shy
Lacks self-esteem,
Has strong desire to help others.
Jim Moriarty and Sebastian Moran:
The "Right Hand" of Moriarty

Right Hand Man


"Does the Dirty Work"
Ignorance in Many Ways
Common Themes

The Science of Deduction


Mind, Body & Heart

Limitations and "Joke" of the Police

Music as Communication & Connection

Being Human

The Science of Deduction
“By a man's finger-nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuff — By each of these things a man's calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent inquirer in any case is almost inconceivable. You know that a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.” - Sherlock Holmes
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
"Sherlock and His Limitations"
"1. Knowledge of Literature: Nil.
2. Knowledge of Philosophy: Nil.
3. Knowledge of Astronomy: Nil.
4. Knowledge of Politics: Feeble.
5. Knowledge of Botany: Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium, and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening.
6. Knowledge of Geology: Practical but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them.
7. Knowledge of Chemistry: Profound.
8. Knowledge of Anatomy: Accurate but unsystematic.
9. Knowledge of Sensational Literature: Immense. He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.
10. Plays the violin well.
11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.
12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
The Human Factor: John Watson
“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing... My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System.”
John Watson
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Tendency to accumulate anger until it bursts
Dislike of receiving sympathy, and pity
Disguising recklessness as bravery
The Books
The TV series
Victorian England: Different time and culture

Watson's Skepticism
& Disbelief in the beginning

Sebastian Moran
Present Day:
Modernization and use of technology for solving crimes

Sherlock's behavior is especially emphasized and exaggerated.

The Women:
Molly Hooper
Radical take on Irene Adler
True Identity of Mary Watson and various other twists and turns

Sense of Humor


The Power of Deductions

Most characters
The Science of Deduction and its advantages

The significance of being "human" and being open to emotions and "caring"
Irene Adler:
Extremely confident,
Dangerous, Highly Intelligent, Overly Ambitious
Unpredictable, Mistrustful
Sexy, Manipulative,
Attention seeking, Calculated, Reckless, Suspicious,
The Science of Deduction - Sherlock's Mind Palace
JIM: "Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain."
(He grins. Sherlock turns away and adds milk to his own cup.)
"You need me, or you’re nothing. Because we’re just alike, you and I – except you’re boring."
(He shakes his head in disappointment.)
JIM: "You’re on the side of the angels." from Sherlock BBC
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Holmes Brothers
They are very similar in terms of intelligence and behavior:
related, brothers, raised in the same household.
Mycroft could be the person that made Sherlock his current "cold" and "emotionless" self: he would always criticize him and put pressure on him.
Unlike his brother, Mycroft is not reckless at all, Sherlock refers to him as "The British Government": takes responsibility, very careful, very controlling, has a "power complex"
The Final Problem - The Reichenbach Fall
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