As I reread all 60 original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, I realized that Holmes cracks problems with a method more accessible than I thought. In fact, you could call his approach the Seven-Step Solution.
My problem with A Game of Shadows isn't the characters and actors in front of the camera, but with the man behind it. That's because Guy Ritchie is simply not a good director -- and arguably never has been.
It's a rare thing to get generally decent reviews, open to $62 million, slowly but surely cross $200 million domestic and $500 million worldwide, win a Golden Globe for lead actor and still end up with no respect.
Robert Downey Jr. won the award for Best Actor in a Movie Abomination for pretending to play Sherlock Holmes. These awards really are meaningless. He shouldn't be rewarded for that film; he should be punished.
In the last Survivor episode, Shambles' plot to depose the Viper Queen had triumphed, thanks to a flip-vote by John, who avoided a random draw that might send any of them home. This week began Shambles' gleeful return to camp.