Jump to content
Carol the Dabbler

Question for fans of ACD Holmes or other adaptations

Recommended Posts

In BBC Sherlock, John Watson seems to be kidnapped -- or else tricked into going somewhere he wouldn't otherwise choose to go -- on an average of once per episode.  For example:

Blind Banker:  John is physically attacked on his own doorstep and taken to the Tong's hideout.

Scandal:  Irene fools John into meeting with her, letting him think he's being taken to Mycroft.

Empty Hearse:  John is drugged and put into a bonfire.

So here's my question:  Do you know of any examples of this sort of thing in Doyle's original stories?  Or in other adaptations?  Or do you have any idea why it's so prevalent in BBC Sherlock?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But a lot of random individuals are kidnapped in The Great Game...

John is not alone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, besleybean said:

But a lot of random individuals are kidnapped in The Great Game...

John is not alone!


True.  (Though I doubt that's much consolation to him!)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/27/2021 at 4:26 AM, Carol the Dabbler said:

In BBC Sherlock, John Watson seems to be kidnapped -- or else tricked into going somewhere he wouldn't otherwise choose to go -- on an average of once per episode.  For example:

Blind Banker:  John is physically attacked on his own doorstep and taken to the Tong's hideout.

Scandal:  Irene fools John into meeting with her, letting him think he's being taken to Mycroft.

Empty Hearse:  John is drugged and put into a bonfire.

So here's my question:  Do you know of any examples of this sort of thing in Doyle's original stories?  Or in other adaptations?  Or do you have any idea why it's so prevalent in BBC Sherlock?

 

Hello Carol,

In The Final Problem, when Holmes and Watson are out walking, a messenger arrived saying that there was a sick English woman back at the hotel needing Watson’s attention. This was actually a ruse by Moriarty to get Holmes alone. It was also used in one of the Rathbone/Bruce movies though I can’t recall which one (which is annoying) Watson is called away by a false message so that Moriarty can visit 221B.

I can’t think of any other examples but there was the movie The Seven Per Cent Solution where it’s Holmes who’s called away under false pretences.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Herlock!  I'd guess that if you can think of only a few instances, then it's not at all common, either in canon or in other adaptations.  Therefore it would seem to be a Moftiss cliche, a plot device analogous to all those Lone Ranger episodes where Tonto rides into town and is captured by the bad guys, who leave him tied up in a shed full of dynamite or the like.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/2/2021 at 6:47 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

Thanks, Herlock!  I'd guess that if you can think of only a few instances, then it's not at all common, either in canon or in other adaptations.  Therefore it would seem to be a Moftiss cliche, a plot device analogous to all those Lone Ranger episodes where Tonto rides into town and is captured by the bad guys, who leave him tied up in a shed full of dynamite or the like.

 

Sounds like every episode of the A-Team.😀

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of UseWe have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.Privacy PolicyGuidelines.