February 9th, 2011 by Calvero

The Reenactments
It is fun to see how people re-enact scenes from a Holmes production. Below are live and animated re-enacted scenes both from the Granada series and BBC’s Sherlock. I include the original scene and same scene, redone:

The Dancing Men

Sherlock Holmes – The Dancing Men 1/6

Skip to 2:53 in the video to watch Watson’s astonishment as Holmes makes an “absurdly simple” deduction about him.  Ends at 5:47. Or you can watch the whole episode if you wish (I recommend that! One of the best episodes of the series!)

Sherlock Holmes The Dancing Men (Jeremy Brett) Cartoon

An adorable cartoon version, using the audio from the above episode.  Animation has a nice folkart quality to it.  I posted in the comments section that it reminded me of the 1990s cartoon, Dr. Katz (without the shaking).  And I always laugh at Watson’s confused face.

The Resident Patient

The Resident Patient part 6

You only need to skip to :19 to get to the scene.  If you watch from the beginning, you’d be spoiled somewhat since this segment is near the end and Watson narrates what happened to the villains after the mystery had been solved.  The scene in the sitting room is not in the original story, but incredibly charming and, as far as character goes, it’s very canonical. The song Holmes is playing on his violin is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, 3rd movement.

The Resident Patient

Take one YouTuber (in this case, dalek42), have him play both Watson and Holmes well, and you have a great little tribute to the show!  While the Watson angle is a bit dark, his timing is very good.  I love how his Holmes rolls the “r” in “What’s wrong?”.  And the smily face on the bedroom door!  Just thinking of Holmes having a smily face on his door is hilarious…..

The Great Game

….Which brings me to Sherlock shooting a smiley face into his wall.  This is from BBC’s Sherlock, the third episode “The Great Game”.  The argument that Sherlock and John have here (in the show, they call each other by there first name rather than their last) is from the canon: Holmes not liking what Watson had published about their first case is from the second story, “Sign of Four”, and the solar system is from the very first story, “A Study in Scarlet”. Along with Holmes shooting into the wall, from The Musgrave Ritual, though in the story he shoots nota smiley face, but the letters V R, standing for Victoria Regina (another name for Queen Victoria).

Although I was not able to find the whole scene in one video, I found three short ones that has almost the whole thing (minus a second or two):

Sherlock “Bored” Scene Recreation

These guys usually do videos based on Doctor Who (both original stories and also hilarious impersonations), but after a number of requests, they redid the above scene (minus the head-in-the-fridge bit):

For those curious, below is the original solar system argument:

My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.

“You appear to be astonished,” he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. “Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it.”

“To forget it!”

“You see,” he explained, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”

“But the Solar System!” I protested.

“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

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