The Sherlock Holmes Mystery:
The BBC Series Sherlock still remains a success. It rejuvenates the Sherlock Holmes Mystery with its modern take on the British detective. Thanks to the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Morgan Freeman, the show is an international hit. The credit also goes to the writers of the show, Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis.
However, the show has a lot more to offer apart from its amazing writing and characterization. The whole series is full to the brim with references and details that you will surely miss the first time you see it. But worry no more. We bring to you ten such minute details you may have missed from Sherlock.
1) The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Of Criterion Coffee:
Let’s go back to the very first episode of the series. There’s a scene where John Watson is sitting in a park and meeting up with Mike Stamford. The two are talking, and Watson hears Sherlock’s name when they speak of a possible lodging situation.
In the scene, we see Watson and Stamford drinking coffee. The labels on the coffee cups read Criterion, seemingly of a nearby coffee shop chain. However, in reality, this refers to the Criterion Bar. It is the location where the two meet in the original Sherlock Holmes novels.
2) The Mystery Of Watson’s Shooting Hand
In the series’ second episode, Sherlock and Watson reveal a series of codes. These codes hint towards the identity of a killer in London. When inspecting the crime scene, Sherlock says something quite meaningful. According to him, it is very unlikely that a left-handed man would shoot himself in the right side of his head.
Ironically though, he is actually taking a jab at Watson. The latter, who himself is left-handed, actually shoots with his right hand.
3) Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Has A Doctor Who Connection:
In the season one finale, someone attacks Sherlock inside a planetarium. The scene is also one of the most frightening ones in the entire series. Moreover, the killer is hidden by strobe lights just behind Sherlock.
In the scene though, you can hear the planetarium’s narrator giving his pre-recorded message. This message, in reality, has the voice of Peter Davidson. Davidson is the former Fifth Doctor on the science fiction series Doctor Who.
4) The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Of The Old Timey Typing
John Watson’s obsession with his blog is one of his most defining characteristics. It is on his blog where he records his adventures with Sherlock. And he also has a worldwide following on it. However, unlike modern-day typists, Watson types with his two index fingers.
This is seemingly a homage to the typing techniques of the Victorian Age.
5) The Mystery Behind Something Stronger Than Tea
When speaking of one of Sherlock’s most defining characteristics, we speak of his addictive personality. And this isn’t as obviously evident as in the books. Most of his iterations have a sort of reference to his debilitating habits.
For example, in one of the episodes, someone offers Sherlock a cup of tea. He responds by saying that he needs something stronger. And this is specifically 7% stronger. This directly alludes to the fact that Sherlock uses a 7% cocaine solution in the original novels.
6) The Thieving Magpie in Sherlock
One of the most legendary villains of English fiction is Moriarty. He always has the need to be impactful in any adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. And in this regard, Andrew Scott’s interpretation of the iconic villain also didn’t disappoint us. In one of the scenes, Moriarty breaks into the vault of the crown jewels in the London Tower.
Gioachino Rossini’s musical piece La Cass Ladra accompanies the scene. And the title of the music literally translates to The Thieving Magpie. This is an allusion to the birds who have a habit of stealing shiny things.
7) The Relation To No Juries In Hamburg
The third season’s first episode has a courtroom sequence in Hamburg, Germany. And everything is average in the scene. It consists of a judge, a bailiff as well as a jury. Normal, right? No. Because one of these things doesn’t belong here.
In Germany, there are no such things as juries. They are non-existent in the system.
8) The Slipper Smoker’s Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Weddings are always stressful. And in the case of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, it is just as stressful. And it is because of this that he resorts to one of his greatest vices, smoking. In the episode where John and Mary marry, this vice is on full display.
Sherlock is also seen as stuffing many cigarettes inside a single slipper. This directly references to the original book. In the books, Sherlock Holmes keeps his pipe tobacco in a Persian slipper.
9) And Mrs. Holmes In Sherlock
The Holmes family is far from picture-perfect. The relationship between Mycroft and Sherlock is testy, to say the least. Even audiences barely get to see anything beyond that.
However, there is one episode wherein fans get a glimpse at their parents. They do look familiar. And this is because they have a close connection to Benedict Cumberbatch. The characters are played by Cumberbatch’s real parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham.
10) Sherlock Holmes’ Iconic Catchphrase
The whole Sherlock series takes amazing literary characters and further blends them into modern times. And the makers have done justice to the characters as well. The mood of the entire series fits right into the classic Victorian charm of the books. The abominable bride has the correct aesthetics too.
Furthermore, Watson’s mustache is back, while Sherlock’s hair is slicked back in a smooth Victorian fashion. Even the cars are replaced with horse-drawn carriages. And one of the most important things that the series brought was the chance for these characters to be more authentic.
In fact, there is only one time in the entire run of the show that we notice one thing. Holmes speaks his immortal line “Elementary, My Dear Watson” only once.