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"Sherlock" The Great Game (TV Episode 2010) Poster

(TV Series)

(2010)

Goofs

Jump to: Character error (1)  | Continuity (7)  | Factual errors (7)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Plot holes (2)

Character error 

Shortly after repeatedly correcting a man's grammar, Sherlock says: "It doesn't matter to me who's Prime Minister, or who's sleeping with who", so making two mistakes in one sentence. Someone so fussy about the grammar would have said: "It doesn't matter to me who the Prime Minister is, or who is sleeping with whom".
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Continuity 

When on the case of Connie Prince, the TV shows "Make-over Queen Connie Prince died at 48". DI Lestrade then says she was 54. Apparently she was lying about her age.
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In the opening scene when John is going to the refrigerator, a white skull can be seen on the left side of the kitchen table among all Sherlock's science equipment. When he closes the refrigerator door again after discovering the severed head, the skull has disappeared. As he's leaving the kitchen, the skull reappears.
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After Sherlock stops shooting at the wall, he swipes his hand upwards where he shot, pushing the now torn wallpaper, up. In the next shot we see of Sherlock, the wallpaper is intact.
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After it is flung to the ground, John's jacket containing the explosives moves backwards and forwards on the poolside between shots.
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When Sherlock exits the museum, he pushes the exit door out, but when it slams shut moments later, it closes from the hallway to the door frame. Exit doors are required to open outward, but the door closing in the second shot would have opened inward, against safety regulations.
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When Sherlock goes to look out the window at John leaving (after the tiff about the head in the fridge), his dressing gown is hanging off his right shoulder, exposing his t-shirt. Next there is a wider shot of him from behind, and his dressing gown is on straight, covering both shoulders properly. Then there's another closeup and it's off the right shoulder again.
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When Sherlock pulls the gun on Moriarty in the pool scene, he is holding it with two hands but then puts one hand down. In the next shot, he has two hands on the gun again. Then again in the next shot he only has one hand on the gun.
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Factual errors 

It's a common movie myth but firearms cannot be used to set off plastic explosives, which require an electric detonator to explode. It is also very unlikely that a semtex explosion could be mistaken for a gas mains explosion (by an expert), as they have entirely different profiles.
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At the planetarium the narrator says that the Earth would fit inside Jupiter 11 times. The radius of Jupiter is about 11 times that of Earth, but the volume is 11^3 or ~1300x bigger (the number of Earth-sized planets that would fit inside of it).
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When Sherlock talks about Clostridium botulinum, and the botulism toxin, the cutaway shot towards a picture of the organisms is incorrect. Under a normal optical bench-top microscope you would not get false coloring like that shown, and C. botulinum is a Gram positive spore-forming rod bacteria. What is shown is not C. botulinum. Also, the neurotoxin that causes botulism can easily be detected during an autopsy through clinical presentation and serology. Death would not occur as quickly by the method of administration described.
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Near the end, during the confrontation of Sherlock by Moriarty, Moriarty asks Sherlock is there a British Army Browning L9A1 pistol in your pocket or you just plesed to see me, to which Sherlock says both . The pistol is in fact a SIG Sauer P226 which replaced the L9A1 in 1995 as the standard issue Service pistol of the British Army, that then got replaced by the glock 17 in 2013.
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Hanging is not a method of execution practiced in Belarus. The only method of execution used is execution by shooting.
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The Museum curator's name is said to be Wenceslas, which Sherlock thinks is Czech. Wenceslas, however, is an English transliteration of the Czech name Vaclav. Additionally, Wenceslas/Vaclav is a first name, not a surname. The name was possibly chosen for its connection specifically to Bohemia, rather than the Czech Republic as a whole.
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As per the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, it is not possible to be sentenced to death for a single murder in the second degree.
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Miscellaneous 

At the beginning Sherlock is smugly correcting a prisoner's use of past and present tense. In particular, "I WEREN'T a real man" to "I WASN'T a real man". However, at the end, Sherlock incorrectly asks the question "What if I WAS to shoot you now? Right now?". Which, of course should be what if I WERE to shoot you right now" [the subjunctive].
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Plot holes 

In the beginning of the episode, the time that passes between Dr Watson leaving his and Sherlock's apartment and the explosion across 221b Baker Street, is less than a minute. However, Dr Watson only hears about the incident the next morning. He couldn't have gotten so far away from Baker Street in so short a time that he didn't hear the explosion when it happened.
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After solving the 3rd case, the bomber shots and blows up the blind woman when she begins to tell Sherlock about his(the bomber's) voice. Sherlock even says in the next scene that he killed her because she started to describe him. However as soon as the woman was found she would have described him to the police.
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