August 23rd, 2012

Oh lexxie

30 days of Sherlock - Day 24

Whatever tickles your fancy

Another free day on the meme. *grins* I thought I would take today and talk about the various cannon stories used in each of the six episodes. This is probably going to be the only one I put behind a cut, depending on how long it gets. I do have a habit of rambling when it comes to the cannon. Note that I'm also going to be using wiki for this because, as good as I am, I haven't always picked up on every single cannon story they picked from.

This one has the obvious base in "A Study in Scarlet" and the base points are all there. Watson returns from the Middle East where he has been wounded in action and it was only because of Murray that he survived long enough to reach an aid station. He's on the mend from being shot (the location of the wound is given as his shoulder in this story) when he contracts a tropical fever and almost dies a second time. Thus, upon his return to London, he is a broken man. Having no family he drifts to London, bumps into Mike Stamford, who had been a dresser under him at Bart's, and is thus introduced to Sherlock Holmes. They take up the flat together and Watson settles down to try and work out the mystery behind Holmes. Lestrade and Gregson, "the best of a bad lot" summon Holmes to a single murder in an abandoned house and that's where the killer cabby comes into play. In the cannon, his motive is revenge.
According to wiki, the other cannon stories are: The Red Headed League (a clever cover for a bank robbery), A Scandal in Bohemia, The Problem of Thor Bridge in the part of an unsolved case Holmes worked, and The Adventure of the Creeping Man. The last is interesting because there has been some question as to whether or not Doyle really wrote that particular piece of the cannon.

The Blind Banker
I'll admit I had to cheat and look up the cannon stories for this one, because there is no cannon story that matches the base to this story. The cannon stories they drew from here are The Valley of Fear (noteable because of a mention of Moriarty and some question as to Watson's memory), The Sign of Four (the second of the novels and the one in which Watson meets his wife Mary, though there is question as to which number wife she is), and The Adventures of the Dancing Men (a nice piece of code and cipher work on Holmes's part. Even if he does make a mistake in what he's doing).

The Great Game
There's the obvious one, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, which in the cannon are plans for an advanced submarine and the physical paper plans were stolen by a family member of one of the men who worked on the project. Holmes was happy to take the case to help his brother out (they get on well in the cannon) and managed to solve the case relatively quickly. Tied in is The Adventure of the Naval Treaty, in which an old school friend of Watson's writes to request aid. Other cannon stories are The Five Orange Pips, The Adventure of the Retired Colourman, A Scandal in Bohemia, The Musgrave Ritual (a fantastic cannon piece and one I highly recommend), and The Final Problem. The tie in with The Final Problem here is that Holmes and Moriarty do meet before they die. Granted, in the cannon it's at Baker Street, but still, I'd say bombs and pools do make for very dramatic meetings, underscored with such wonderful music.

A Scandal in Belgravia
Take a guess where the base story comes from for this one. You've seen it a couple of times already mentioned. *grins* A Scandal in Bohemia. As with ASiP, they stuck closely to the original cannon for a great deal of this, save the dominatrix and which royal house was threatened. Given, however, that there is no kingdom in Bohemia which Doyle could have used, a lot of cannon researchers believe it was the British royal family that was involved, and Doyle used a great deal of discretion to cover that fact up in the story. Also, given the ending of the cannon, in which Adler marries a lawyer and leaves England forever, I don't find it at all surprising that they altered it a bit. The other cannon stories are The Greek Interpreter (noted as the first cannon mention of Mycroft), The Illustrious Client, The Priory School, The Speckled Band, and The Naval Treaty. (note that The Speckled Band = The Speckled Blonde; the Greek Interpreter = The Geek Interpreter; The Naval Treaty = The Naval Treatment). Vatican Cameos comes from a reference in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The Hounds of Baskerville
No, really. Which one could it possibly be? *grins* Gatiss did a fair job at bringing this one into the modern day. Even with the gigantic hound. I spent a great deal of time giggling over this one. Okay, anyway, Dr. Mortimer comes to see Holmes at Baker Street to find out what to do with one Henry Baskerville, the last of the family who is arriving from Canada to take up his place in the family home. Mortimer brings with him news of how Sir Charles Baskerville died and the legend of the family. Dated back into the 1700s (i think it is) the parchment tells of how one Hugo Baskerville, a dark and dangerous man, fell in love with a local miller's daughter and had her kidnapped. He locked her in the upper part of the family house and set to a party with his equally dark friends. She escaped across the moor, a fact discovered when Hugo goes up to spend the rest of the evening with her. He rages back through the house and sets the hounds loose to chase her down. The only men who survive the evening report that Hugo was killed by a giant black hell hound. The girl died of sheer exhaustion from attempting to outrun a horse. Holmes sends Watson to Dartmoor with Mortimer and Baskerville with instructions to send in regular reports and information. Watson meets the locals and sends the reports, and it all comes to a climax when Holmes finally arrives and reveals the plot to obtain the family lands, titles and monies. Other tie in cannon stories are The Adventure of the Devil's Foot, The Adventure of Black Peter, A Study in Scarlet, and The Sign of Four.

The Reichenbach Fall
I still haven't watched this one in full. I'm also not going to talk about it too much as I have one more free day and plan to end it on a talk about the cannon Final Problem and Empty House stories. According to wiki there are no tie in cannon stories, so, for now, we'll just have to leave it at that. I'll see if I pick up on any if/when I do watch it and I can always come back in and edit this. :)