Sherlock (2010– )
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The Blind Banker 

Mysterious symbols and murders are showing up all over London, leading Sherlock and John to a secret Chinese crime syndicate called Black Lotus.


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Mark Gatiss (creator), Steven Moffat (creator) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Zoe Telford ... Sarah
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Gemma Chan ... Soo Lin Yao
Al Weaver ... Andy Galbraith
Bertie Carvel ... Seb Wilkes
Daniel Percival Daniel Percival ... Eddie Van Coon (as Dan Percival)
Paul Chequer ... DI Dimmock
Howard Coggins Howard Coggins ... Brian Lukis
Janice Acquah Janice Acquah ... Museum Director
Jack Bence Jack Bence ... Raz
John Macmillan ... Community Officer
Olivia Poulet ... Amanda


Banker Eddie Van Coon and reporter Brian Lukis are both shot dead in identical slayings, in rooms locked from the inside. Chinese museum employee Soo Lin tells Sherlock Holmes that, as a teenaged orphan in China, she ran drugs for the Black Lotus crime syndicate, for whom the two dead men also worked. She too is then murdered, the killer being a human fly who can scale buildings. The gang mistake Watson for Holmes and capture him and his new girl-friend, requiring Holmes to come to the rescue. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

31 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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According to John's blog, the case is wrapped up by March 28 (it takes place between March 23 and 26). See more »


The "Walther P5" used by the General is actually an ME8 blank firing pistol made in Italy. See more »


[first lines]
Soo Lin Yao: The great artisans say, the more the teapot is used, the more beautiful it becomes.
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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Oriental express
27 June 2012 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

The second outing for the modern-day Holmes and Watson proved entertaining enough but just lacking in key areas to take it below the standard of some of the other episodes I've seen (from both series).

For once, the episode title bears no direct reference to a Conan Doyle original, although some of the plot devices were familiar, like the murders occurring in locked rooms and the importance of deciphering codes as clues to solving the case. While the programme was satisfactory enough, the Holmes and Watson partnership didn't seem to develop much, with less of the sharp banter between them you'd expect from say, a Stephen Moffat written story. In addition, for some reason Inspector Lestrade and his team are conspicuous by their absence, upsetting continuity and even Mrs Hudson only manages about a minute of screen time.

As for the story itself, the background plot of smuggling ancient Chinese artifacts into the country resonated with topicality even if the ideas of a "Thuggee" gang with a female Manchu as its head and the mystery assassin being a circus performer seemed somewhat anachronistic. The encounter with a "Banksy" type street artist seemed a bit contrived too, although I enjoyed the museum settings used for a large part of the story. While it was good to see Watson hook up with a woman, although Sherlock naturally plays gooseberry, I felt the direction lacked a little of the sharpness and crispness of what I'd seen in others, even omitting the minor, showy demonstrations of Holmes' deductive skills which add to his personality as well as conveying humour.

Cumberbatch and Freeman are very good together, the latter now overcoming my initial reservations about his over-familiarity and unsuitability for his part. For me though this episode seemed to cater too much to the Dan Brown crowd and with Sherlock resorting too often to conventional fisticuffs, just seemed lacking in the flair and nuance of other superior episodes in the two series.

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