A Study in Pink is the kind of TV episode you can watch many times - because each time you watch it, you'll discover something new!
At least I did.
For instance, when watching it for the first time, I paid attention to Sherlock's outstanding deductions.
Then, at another time, the music made me say, "This is superb!"
Yet another time, it was the humour that cracked me up more than the other times (I've watched A Study in Pink 4 times so far).
Well, you get it: there's a lot that's been done right in A Study in Pink.
Let me flag this post off with my ratings for the episode...
Sherlock's client in this episode is Detective Inspector Lestrade.
Lestrade's problem? Three suicides which are incredibly similar!
Now, that's not possible, is it?
Why would three people who don't know each other take exactly the same kind of pills and die one after the other in three different parts of London?
And yet, investigations show that these guys took the pills themselves. So, it has to be suicide, right?
But again, all three victims seemed pretty happy. They had no reason to die. And there was no suicide note. And no other evidence.
To top it, all of them were all found in weird places they had no business to be in - dead.
So it can't be suicide. The case is a bit bamboozling, to put it clearly.
When A Study in Pink begins, a fourth victim has died in exactly the same way!
There's only one difference: this woman has left evidence. She has scratched 'RACHE' on the floor.
It's now up to Sherlock to deduce the daylights out of the crime scene, mix those deductions with that 'RACHE' clue and find out what or who killed all these people and why!
It's fun to watch the case become more intriguing as Sherlock follows one clue after the other.
As Sherlock himself puts it to his affable landlady, Mrs. Hudson:
Just like the original novel A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes first meets John Watson in A Study in Pink.
That moment has to be awesome - and it is.
They've shown it really well in A Study in Pink.
In fact, here's the scene itself:
The way Sherlock deduces all these things from John's phone is cool!
By the way, this is Sherlock's first 'deduction session' in the entire series.
I also love the way this scene ends as Sherlock says 'bye' to John as he leaves. He says:
That last line is not some earth-shattering revelation or anything but the way Benedict Cumberbatch says it is magical.
It's always fun to watch Sherlock Homes and John Watson embark on a case - and I loved watching that moment in A Study in Pink.
There's nothing much 'happening' in this moment but it filled me with anticipation and excitement as I watched.
Here's a screenshot of that moment as Sherlock and John barge out of 221B, Baker Street.
Fabulous music - check.
Fantastic visuals - check.
The thrill of the case about to begin - check.
In my 'magical moments' list - check!
Now this is something that is completely unique about BBC Sherlock. Many of Sherlock's observations appear on the screen as text while he is thinking.
So in this sense BBC's Sherlock is one step ahead of the books - ahead because you get to know exactly what Sherlock is observing in real time!
Take a look at these fascinating screenshots from A Study in Pink as Sherlock observes the fourth murder/suicide's scene...
And here is just ONE of the awesome deductions Sherlock makes as he observes all these things:
This moment has to be one of the top 5 magical moments in A Study in Pink.
In A Study in Pink, Sherlock plans out a way to trap the murderer at 22, Northumberland Street.
And so, Sherlock and John wait for the murderer to come...
This 'waiting for the culprit in hiding' moment comes many times in the original Sherlock Holmes stories and novels too.
In fact, it is one of the most exciting moments in the stories...
...The moment is just as exciting in BBC Sherlock's A Study in Pink as well!
So well, as Sherlock and John wait in Northumberland Street, a taxi arrives near them and stops.
In a flash Sherlock is after it!
Sherlock and John both chase the cab on foot.
As usual, with eye-popping presence of mind, Sherlock calculates the cab's route in his head and rushes after it using special shortcuts.
These guys have shown the chase so well, I'll bet your adrenaline will start flowing as you witness Sherlock and John run - especially with the matching background score.
When finally, Sherlock does catch up with the taxi, he finds the chase was...well, a waste.
So he tries to get himself out of this muddle by waving a police ID and saying to the guy in the cab:
And then he tells John:
Oh, this is fun. :-)
You've got to give Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and the others credit: they've added cartloads of fun in each episode.
In A Study in Pink, Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade orders a drugs bust to raid Sherlock's apartment.
Sherlock's obviously annoyed.
He folds back his shirt sleeve and shows Inspector Greg his nicotine patch - the patch he wears to quit smoking.
Greg then folds back his shirt sleeve and shows his patch.
Whenever I see this scene, I smile.
It is ridiculous to see both of them boasting to each other about their nicotine patches with a serious case out there to be solved. :-)
Take a look at this funny picture:
Right after this scene, by the way, comes another funny dialogue when Sherlock gets irritated because he can't think.
He's like, "Everyone get the heck outta here! I want to think."
Here's what he says:
That moment's fun too!
Here's an interesting picture that tells you some fascinating stuff about A Study in Pink:
There's 221B, Baker Street where John and Sherlock start living.
There's St. Barts Hospital where Sherlock conducts not so pleasing (horrifying?) experiments...
There's 22, Northumberland Street where Sherlock and John start a certain hair-raising chase.
So, where are all these places in reality? Did the episode's shooting take place at exactly the places they 'show' on the screen?
Here's an interesting image that tells you the important real places from A Study in Pink - places - where A Study in Pink was really shot!
Can you guess how many of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and novels are somehow hinted at in A Study in Pink?
The story of A Study in Pink itself is, of course, based loosely on A Study in Scarlet. But there's so much more.
In fact, I've found allusions/references to at least 15 Sherlock Holmes stories and novels in A Study in Pink!
So, for instance there's a chapter called 'The Science of Deduction' in The Sign of the Four and Sherlock's blog in A Study in Pink is 'The Science of Deduction.'
Sherlock Holmes sends a telegram that says, "Come at once if convenient....." in the original story The Creeping Man while he sends a text message with the same words in A Study in Pink.
Sherlock Holmes says, "The game is afoot!" in The Adventure of the Abbey Grange and he says, "The game, Mrs. Hudson is on!" in A Study in Pink...
...And mind you, I've just scratched the 'tip' of the iceberg here.
Take a look at this fun graphic that shows you all the stories that are referred to in A Study in Pink (at least the ones I could find!):
Whenever A Study in Pink, or for that matter, any BBC Sherlock episode begins, there are these cool visuals with a Ferris wheel rotating.
I've always wondered: what exactly is that place shown?
This is what I'm talking about:
If you're wondering too, well, then here's the deal about the Ferris wheel: it is a real Ferris wheel in London.
It was opened to the general public in the year 2000 and it's one of the largest such wheels in the world. It's name is 'The London Eye.' The whole thing is 135 metres high and you can get this amazing view of London when you're at the top of the wheel.
An interesting fact here is that The London Eye is sponsored by big companies every few years. Right now, the sponsor is Coca-Cola. This means you should call it the Coca-Cola London Eye!
The other monument shown is the Big Ben - London's famous clock-tower.
The Big Ben is situated in London's famous 'Westminster' area - the area that has the Parliament. It was built in 1858 and it's official name now is Elizabeth Tower.
And the third place that you can see in the lower picture?
That's 'Piccadily Circus.' It's not that kind of 'circus',- it's actually a street junction. It's famous for it's glamorous neon and video ads.
It's like this famous junction that's always well lit and that gives you loads of shopping and entertainment options nearby.
Phones are pretty important in A Study in Pink.
The 'woman in pink' - the woman whose murder Sherlock's investigating has a pink phone.
Sherlock himself has a phone he keeps using to text all sorts of crazy things to John and Lestrade.
And then there's John's phone - that says a metaphorical 'hello' to all of us when Sherlock deduces the deuce out of it. :-)
All these phones made me a bit curious: what's the make of each of these phones?
The guys at Sherlockology have found that out. These are the cell phones used in A Study in Pink according to them:
Thanks to Allstair Paterson for the iPhone picture.
Interesting, I'll say.
In A Study in Pink, the villain - the cab driver - is dying of a brain aneurysm.
In A Study in Scarlet (the original novel), the killer is dying of an 'aortic' aneurysm ('aorta' is the main artery in the human body).
I had no idea what an aneurysm was - so I decided to find out.
Apparently, 'aneurysm' means that a part of a blood vessel has swelled up - like a mini-balloon. This generally happens because that portion of the blood vessel is weak.
There's not much of a problem when the swelling is there but when the swollen portion bursts - that's dangerous.
It can cause death.
Researchers have said that an aneurysm has way too many causes: diabetes, obesity, stress, drinking too much alcohol, old age, and genes...
...They can all cause this blood-vessel-swelling.
Treatment is possible but it is expensive and it's definitely not an easy thing.
One famous person who died of an aortic aneurysm was: Albert Einstein.
Apparently, he could be treated but Einstein was like - this is it. He said:
I didn't know that.
So there's this dialogue in a Study in Pink where the forensic expert Anderson and Sherlock Holmes are talking (taunting?).
When Anderson calls Sherlock a psychopath, Sherlock says:
That's a bit confusing. I mean - what exactly is the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?
I thought I'd find out!
First, let's take a look at what the Oxford English Dictionary says:
...And here's what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:
Well, as you can see, there isn't really much difference. Both people are asocial and they're both clueless when you mention the word 'compassion.'
The only thing is that psychopaths are a bit more ill and violent than sociopaths.
It's like saying psychopaths are more intense versions of sociopaths.
The famous 'psychopath researcher' Robert Hare says that the term sociopath can be used for people who're aloof and cold and manipulative because of social and environmental reasons.
They had the wrong parents or the wrong friends or the wrong something because of which they're this way.
Psychopaths, on the other hand, are like that because of biological or genetic factors also.
It's like saying psychopaths just have it all messed up in their heads. There's a 'chemical problem.' Sociopaths have gone wrong - and they can come back.
But then, psychologist Maria Konnikova doesn't think so.
She says all the differences are hogwash - psychopaths and sociopaths are just different words and they mean the same thing!
In fact, she says the word sociopath is passé, it isn't even used anymore....
...Well, you get the point. Both the words are pretty similar.
What Sherlock really wants to say, I guess, is something like this:
(Thanks to Vaninst.ca for the 'Robert Hare' picture.)
Have you watched A Study in Pink? I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts below!
...And if you haven't watched A Study in Pink yet, you're missing a fantastic work of art.
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