The More You Holmes

From: ep. 3.3

Event: Sherlock becomes engaged in order to gain access to Charles Augustus Magnusson’s office. When he and John succeed in breaking in, he finds Magnusson being held at gunpoint by a woman whom he has wronged.

Reference: Holmes does this very thing in “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” (Magnusson is the updated version of Milverton, the Master Blackmailer). He and Watson break in and hide as they witness a blackmailing victim not only put Milverton at gunpoint, but shoot him dead. Things go slightly differently in ep. 3.3, but the basic build up to the event is the same. And as in 3.3, in the original story Watson is outraged and exasperated with Holmes for using the poor young woman in this way. In the original, Holmes declares he knows his fiancée has another suitor who will step in, and no more is said about it. In 3.3, a lovely Easter egg occurs with Janine raking in the cash from tabloids and retiring to a cottage on the Sussex Downs. With bees, no less (this of course is famously how original Holmes retires himself).


The More You Holmes

From: 2.1

Line: MORIARTY: (text message)  Dear me, Mr. Holmes. Dear me…







Reference: In The Valley of Fear, Holmes receives a telegram from a sinister anonymous sender (Holmes knows it’s Moriarty) with this very message on it, just after he discovers the former Pinkerton agent tried to fake his death and hide from his pursuers. Watson laughs at the message, thinking it a joke, but Holmes knows better–and sure enough, he learns of the man’s death at sea shortly thereafter.IMG_0004

In the episode, it’s a modern equivalent of a telegram (a text message) sent from Moriarty to Mycroft, not Sherlock, Holmes, to inform him his plans are known and therefore foiled. No murders result from it, though there is lots of intrigue.


First Post on Sherlock’s Home

Hi lovely lurkers! Say, I’ve started to contribute writings to a website called Sherlock’s Home. Here’s an excerpt from my first post there. Find the rest here.   ~Jenn

I have to give these ladies major props for doing something I would have LOVED to do myself but haven’t. So no matter what else I think about this series so far, major kudos is in order. Good on you guys for adding your bit to the huge Sherlockian canon that’s currently out there.

The More You Holmes

From: ep. 2.2

Event: Dr. Frankland runs away from his pursuers into the Great Grimpen Mine Field, and there meets his death.

Reference: In the novel from which the ep is adapted, The Hound of the Baskervilles, it’s not Frankland but Stapleton who is the culprit. He flees from the pursuit of Watson, Holmes, and Baskerville through the Great Grimpen Mire, and it’s intimated he has sunk into the muck and died.


The More You Holmes

From: ep. 3.1~3.3

Character: Mary Morstan

Reference: Anyone who knows anything at all about the Sherlock Holmes stories knows that in the very second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four (only the second story that was ever published), Holmes’ client is a Miss Mary Morstan, with whom Watson proceeds to fall in love and to whom he becomes engaged at the end. In ep. 3.2 and 3.3 especially there are many little nods to Sign, not the least of which is ep. 3.2’s title: “The Sign of Three.” Character names like Major Sholto, and references in 3.3 to A.G.R.A. (the treasure that Miss Morstan inherited and Holmes and Watson investigated in Sign was called the Agra treasure), all point to this novel. Even Mary’s appearance is something of an echo of Watson’s description in the book (though in the show, she’s significantly more of a bad-ass):

Miss Morstan entered the room with a firm step and an outward composure of manner. She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty, well gloved, and dressed in the most perfect taste. There was, however, a plainness and simplicity about her costume which bore with it a suggestion of limited means. The dress was a sombre grayish beige, untrimmed and unbraided, and she wore a small turban of the same dull hue, relieved only by a suspicion of white feather in the side. Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature. I could not but observe that as she took the seat which Sherlock Holmes placed for her, her lip trembled, her hand quivered, and she showed every sign of intense inward agitation.

Sherlock’s best man speech also echoes Holmes’ reaction to Watson’s news of his engagement, at the very end of Sign, when he says “I cannot congratulate you.” Here is what Holmes says to Watson in the original:

He gave a most dismal groan. “I feared as much,” said he. “I really cannot congratulate you.”

I was a little hurt. “Have you any reason to be dissatisfied with my choice?” I asked.

“NoIMG_0004-0t at all. I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met, and might have been most useful in such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way: witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father. But love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things. I should never marry myself, lest I bias my judgment.”

(all quotes are retrieved from the Project Gutenberg online edition of Sign of Four.)