Today for my entry, I’m making a comparison and contrast on ‘The Final Problem’ and ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ 😉
I watched ‘The Final Problem’ in movie and it was a big help in understanding ‘The Final Problem’ written by Conan Doyle. The movie version of ‘The Final Problem’ had some added parts but the plot was followed by the original. BBC series ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ was also based on Conan Doyle’s ‘The Final Problem’ but there are huge differences and changes in the setting, character and context.
Setting: Compare to ‘The Final Problem’ which the setting had changed several times as Sherlock and Watson crossed the country to fled London, ‘The Reichenbach fall’ was basically happened inside London such as 221b Baker Street, Tower of London, Bank of England and Pentonville prison.
Genre: The genre of both ‘The Final Problem’ and ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ are mystery as Sherlock draws a rival composition with Moriarty and tries to defeat him. Also in both movie and BBC series, Sherlock solves a mysterious case, which were actually created by Moriarty such as in movie Sherlock founds a Stolen Monarisa painting of Louvre museum and in BBC series he found and Turner’s The Reichenbach fall painting. The fight between Moriarty and Sherlock gave me a lot of mysteries and questions like ‘Why is Moriarty trying to kill Sherlock?’, ‘Is it actually possible for what Moriarty is doing?’, ‘How did Sherlock realized what Moriarty was going to do?’.
Context: The one huge difference between BBC and movie was the century. ‘The Final Problem’ followed the orignal exactly so the century was 19th century but for BBC series, it was early 21st century, modern days. From watching the movie and BBC, I had directly understand and found the difference which represents their century. For example, in the movie, I had discovered that people travels by hansom cabs or just walk because there were no developed vehicles at that time, Watson and Sherlock also took the train to cross the country instead of plane and the luggage were carried by the horses. Furthermore from their outwears, I could identified the century as they were wearing very formally like suits and hats. Also small minor things like using ink in writing or using telegrams, letters, pipes and candles to light up the room shows me that it is a 19th century. In contrast with movie, the BBC series shows the early 21st century as they use many modern technologies such as the transportation; cars and buses are used, for clothes, people wore very freely and casual, it seemed to be more open minded compare to 19th century as the forms of the clothes became various. Furthermore minor things like reporting news by TVs and magazine, use of lamp, phones, earphones, CCTV and camera show the 21st century.
Character: Compare to ‘The Final Problem’ which the characters were more heavy and distant, it seemed to me like the BBC series characters were more eccentric but familiar. Both Sherlock and Moriarty in BBC series was young compared to ‘The Final Problem’ as the audience watching Sherlock had changed. I realized that Sherlock and Watson really cared about each other in both ‘The Final Problem’ and ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ as Sherlock died caring about Watson and both Watson cried for Sherlock’s death.
In conclusion, I both liked ‘The Final Problem’ and ‘The Reichenbach fall’ as each had their charm. I liked how people differentiate the BBC series from the original, though I prefer original Moriarty than BBC series as I was really fed up of seeing Sherlock played by Moriarty, it felt to me like Sherlock from the original had really defeated Moriarty than BBC series; BBC series Moriarty was more wicked I guess. So overall, what I want to say is I recommend you guys to watch BBC version of ‘The Final Problem’ and the movie as well, it is really interesting to compare and contrast while watching them.
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For my entry today, I’m posting about Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Final Problem’. I read this story very interesting as this was the canon which Conan Doyle eventually killed off Sherlock Holmes. It is said that Conan Doyle finished Sherlock Holmes because he was fed up with Sherlock, he thought that Sherlock Holmes was holding him back. He wanted to avoid the stress and works coming from Sherlock Holmes. But due to pressure and reluctance of the fans, he eventually brought Sherlock back through ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’.
Genre: The genre of the Final Problem was clearly mystery as Sherlock gets mysterious attacks from Moriarty’s people at the beginning of the story. Then Sherlock and Watson fled of London, to put Moriarty into jail and eventually starts a running fight with Moriarty. At the end of the story, Moriarty and Sherlock brings to close and Watson assumed that Sherlock and Moriarty fell off from the Reichenbach fall.
Setting: The story first starts in Watson’s house as he moved out from 221b Baker street due to his marriage. Then Sherlock and Watson met up in the Victorian Station, to ride the continental express and went to Canterbury, Newhaven, Dieppe, Switzerland, via Luxembourg and Basle.
Context: I could knew easily that this story was in 19th century as there were less technology used. For example, Watson used a hansom cab for transportation and traveled by train instead of plane when crossing the country and people contact each other with letters, telegram or sent messengers.
Character: Finally in the Final Problem, Moriarty appeared, the villian and the rival who can stand against Sherlock’s intelligent. Moriarty seemed to be very cunning and nasty in the story but he was also incredible as even Sherlock had to put thoughts of Moriarty aside every time to not fell. Sherlock Holmes in the Final Problem was same as usual, he was intelligent and observant as he was able to push Moriarty into a corner, which made Moriarty very angry and came for revenge but Holmes even already knew that though he didn’t tell Watson because he doesn’t wanted Watson to get in danger. I could knew that Sherlock was very righteous person as he wanted to to end Moriarty in order to make London peaceful and he sacrificed himself for the safeness of Watson. I was impressed by Sherlock’s justice and friendship among Watson.
Overall, it was very amazing to see the fight of Sherlock and Moriarty but also quite sad to see a futile death of Sherlock. As the big fan of Sherlock, I thought like ‘Did Conan Doyle really had to kill Sherlock like this?’ because Sherlock could have prepared for Moriarty as he already knew that Moriarty was coming. But I’m glad that Sherlock Holmes return after 7 years from the ‘The Final Problem’.
Today, Sherlock Holmes are still love by people and has been remade into many various versions such as movie, TV series, comic books and etc. Today for my blog I’m going to make a comparison of ‘A Study In Scarlet’ and ‘ BBC series ‘A Study in Pink’. Basically, I both read and watched ‘A Study in Scarlet’ and ‘A Study in Pink’ very interestingly and it was quite fun and enjoyable to identify parts where and how Paul McGuigan (Director of Sherlock) changed and differentiate ‘A Study in Pink’ from Conan Doyle’s ‘A Study in Scarlet’.
Basically the part where I was impressed the most from ‘A Study in Pink’ was how Steven Moffat, the writer of Sherlock (BBC series), changed the setting of Sherlock into 19th century to 21st century. Actually I was first concerned when they changed the setting because I thought it will be awkward seeing Sherlock in 21st century in modern days as my imagination of him was quite old fashioned man like wearing his cab,coat and holding pipe. I thought, he was more suitable in 19 century Victorian time because at that time, London was never a stable or secure place to live, it was more like dangerous and dirty; many trash were scattered on the streets of London, diseases were spread out and crime incidents happening. So it was understandable in exist of consulting detective. But 21st century of London is way much peaceful and developed than past; if you watch ‘A Study in Pink’, you many find many changes. For example:
- Transportation; cars, buses and taxis can be found, there are no more hansom cabs in London
- Clothes; became more casual and free compare to past which were more formal; people wore suits; neck tie, coat, hat and gloves and dresses when they go out
- Ways of communicating; phones, messages, emails are used to contact, less people contacting by letters, telegrams or sending a messenger
- Develop in technology and science; how police investigates crime scene; tools they use are developed
- Both Sherlock lives in 221b Baker street of London
But BBC series overcome my concerns, it was greater than I expected, I was amazed by Steven Moffat and Paul McGuigan’s choice of changing the setting; the BBC series felt to me very unconvenient (How Sherlock uses modern technology to investigate the case) and there were more parts where I identified than Conan Doyle’s Scarlet as 21st century is familiar than 19th century to me. Besides setting, there are also differences and similarities in context and characters except for genre. Of course the genre of Scarlet and Pink are both murder mystery because:
- Sherlock is introduced as consulting detective and Watson becomes his sidekick
- A serious case pops up; people murdered and Sherlock handles it
- Sherlock solves mystery and discovers the murderer base on clues he found
- Sherlock Holmes in ‘A study of Scarlet’ is more polite and civil compare to Sherlock in ‘A Study in Pink’. Sherlock in the BBC series is more eccentric and self centered; doesn’t care about other’s feelings or how they think about him. Both Sherlock are very intelligent, observant, arrogant and excellent in deducing, but to put the differences of them concretely; when Scarlet Sherlock ignores someone without really meaning to do so, he apologizes for his rudeness but Pink Sherlock definitely ignores people for purpose and ignores them again, he basically think others as stupids and fools. Also we can see the difference in how both Sherlock are treated by people. Scarlet Sherlock was treated more respectful compare to Pink Sherlock who was treated as psychopath; an insane man.
- ‘A Study in Scarlet’ goes along in Watson’s point of view and ‘A Study in Pink’ is in third person’s point of view
- The place where Watson got injured is changed from shoulder to leg
- The victims of ‘A Study in Scarlet’ are 2 men and ‘A Study in Pink’ are 2 men and 2 women, in total there were 4 victims in Pink.
- The victim discovered in Lauriston garden was a woman instead of a man in ‘A Study in Pink’. This can be linked to the title because the woman was wearing all in pink in ‘A Study in Pink’ and in ‘The Study of the Scarlet’ the room was filled with the marks of blood.
- In ‘A Study in Pink, Watson was taking a doctor’s advice of writing blog to overcome trauma of war.
- Compare to ‘A Study in Scarlet’ which culprit was a cab driver,’A Study in Pink’ was a taxi driver.
There are more differences and similarities in ‘A Study in Pink’ from Conan Doyle’s ‘A Study in Scarlet’. Overall I was amazed by both Arthur Conan Doyle and Paul McGuigan for their great work ‘A Study in Scarlet’ and ‘A Study in Pink’. Especially how Paul McGuigan changed and took every single and minor things from the original. I strongly recommend people especially mystery lovers to read Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon and compare it with the BBC series Sherlock.
Hello 😀 This my fifth entry for chapter 6 and 7 ‘Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do’ and ‘Light In The Darkness’ . Finally, I finished reading part 1 of ‘A Study In Scarlet’ !!! These chapters gave me a shocked twice as my expectation of a secretary Joseph Stangerson as a murderer was broke by his death and the cab driver was discovered as the murderer.
The mystery of this case became bigger and bigger after I read these chapters, even though the murderer was caught. Sherlock gave me big mysteries and curiosities of how and why did cab man was spotted as a culprit. Indeed, I never thought of cab man as a murderer. I’m sure that every one who read this novel including me and even the characters inside will be curious of how Sherlock identified the murderer and came up with a conclusion. I’m extremely looking forward to read part 2 since I don’t have any detail about why did Mr Jefferson, the cab man killed that 2 man and how Sherlock discovered.
Hello ;), this is my fourth entry for chapter 4 & 5 ‘What John Rance Had To Tell’ and ‘Our Advertisement Brings A Visitor’. Basically, in these chapters Sherlock and Watson got one step nearer to a conclusion. I enjoyed these chapters because it showed many faces of Sherlock and how does he gets up and come up with a conclusion.
The setting of this story took place in Audley Court, Rance’s house and 221b Baker Street as Sherlock and Watson was waiting for murderer to come for the ring.
The genre of this story was clearly shown in the chapters as Sherlock met Rance, the witness of the crime scene and put advertisement of a facsimile ring to get further information about the case and to entice the murder using the facsimile ring. Also in these chapters, Watson was along Sherlock Holmes supporting him as a side kick.
What I noticed about Sherlock Holmes was he is quite ruthless in solving the case because, the passage where Sherlock said “The man whom you held in your hands is the man who holds the clue of this mystery, and we are seeking” and “The blundering fool” felt to me like he was angry of Rance for his mushyheaded answers for the case, so I thought that Sherlock is also a person who gets annoyed when there is rent in the case. Secondly, I felt that Sherlock was really confident with the murderer’s visit for the ring as he said “This man would rather risk anything than lose the ring”, I felt that the trap was extremely smart of him as he uses a certain baits to entice the murderer. I really liked this part because it was seeing like the process and qualification of detective catching the murderer.
In conclusion, I read these chapters pretty interestingly except for the part where Sherlock missed the murder, these chapters made me to look forward of how Arthur Conan Doyle continued with next chapter and the actions that Sherlock Holmes is taking after the red herrings. I can’t wait to see next chapter !!! 😉