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The Great Game




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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.


Benedict Cumberbatch
as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman
as Dr. John Watson
Vinette Robinson
as Sgt. Sally Donovan
Andrew Scott
as Jim Moriarty
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Critic reviews for The Great Game

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.

February 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.

February 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Sherlock's first episode, "A Study In Pink," came to its climax with the villain making a single deliberate chess move. "The Great Game," however, plays out more like speed chess.

February 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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