'Sherlock's' "A Scandal in Belgravia' is whip smart


In an extraordinary moment of homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch dons the classic Holmes deerstalker hat early on in the premiere episode of the show's second season on PBS. The irony is that Cumberbatch's modern-day Holmes is using the hat as an attempt to thwart the paparazzi but, like his predecessors, the image of him wearing the hat becomes shorthand for the iconic -- almost superheroic -- Holmes.In "A Scandal in Belgravia," we see a sensitive side of the detective with sociopathic tendencies. We knew it was there anyway. Holmes has a soft spot for right-hand man John Watson (Martin Freeman) and for his housekeeper/landlord, Mrs. Hudson. ("Mrs. Hudson leave Baker Street?," he utters reverently. "England would fall.") But, in "Belgravia," Holmes does the unthinkable -- falls for a woman. The woman -- dominatrix Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) is a women whose unique talents give her access to secrets that...



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