The Great Game

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Critic Consensus: Masterfully executed and full of nail-biting moments, "The Great Game" proves that Sherlock belongs in the pantheon of great television mysteries.

Episode Info

Season 1 ends with Sherlock trying to save the lives of people taken hostage by a deranged bomber. To prevent their deaths, Holmes must solve puzzles posed in a series of phone messages.

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Critic Reviews for The Great Game

The reimagining of Moriarty as Sherlock's dark twin is an effective narrative tool. Andrew Scott's manic, twitchy performance is effortlessly memorable.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It's also the first time we see multiple cases in a single episode, and even if they do start to grow stale as we wait for Moriarty's big reveal, Benedict Cumberbatch thrives as Sherlock is put under increasing pressure.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the reasons The Great Game is so good is that every random mystery that Sherlock and John solve makes the audience feel ill at ease, as though something is very wrong.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Thematically, it was the perfect cap to the season, hammering home the point that, while Sherlock might act like he doesn't care, he really, really does.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the perfect culmination of nearly five hours of setup, and in Andrew Scott's Moriarty, offers a distinctly megalomaniacal take on Conan Doyle's famous villain.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

I thought the middle story was a bit thin, but the opening and closing installments of Sherlock were just fantastic.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Though entertaining, this episode just didn't work for me. While the ending of series one will definitely pull me back for series two, I can only hope that the pacing and plotlines are tightened into something a bit more coherent and masterful.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

In short, The Great Game is a very strong end to a series that's been an absolute treat, even better for arriving in the middle of the summer, where quality new television drama is extremely rare.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Delivering on the promise of the first two episodes, "The Great Game" was gripping from start to finish, tying up several loose ends while creating a few new ones in the process.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

It may sound like a big dog's dinner (the Hound of the Baskervilles's, perhaps), but no, it's all been beautifully borrowed and remixed, a mash-up that totally works. It's an edge-of-the seat ride, as well -- Conan Doyle for the CSI generation.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…