Episode 2: The Dancing Men

In the second episode of season one, Sherlock Holmes investigates the mystery of The Dancing Men. Gus and Luke examine the evidence behind this classic story.

5 thoughts on “Episode 2: The Dancing Men”

  1. Another excellent episode. Well done, gentlemen–and thank you.

    A few fun facts:

    Betsy Brantley (aka Elsie Cubitt) is a neighbor of mine. I think she’s retired from stage and screen, but still does voice-work, including video games.

    And I definitely used the Dancing Men as a code when I was younger. You’re right it takes longer to do than letters, but not necessarily longer than any other code that uses little symbols or shapes instead of substituting letters–or even substituting Greek or Cyrillic letters.

    I loved Hilton Cubitt’s restless dream/nightmarish sequence when he sees the Dancing Men animated. It always occurred to me that, in the days before cartoons, that would have ×really× freaked him out.

    1. Awesome! My wife once wrote me a Valentine’s Day note in Dancing Men. That’s when you know it’s true love. 🙂

  2. I had no idea Brett was left-handed but played Holmes as a righty.

    I adore this episode. The “e” physicality is so brilliant, Watson’s reading the monograph, even his brusqueness to his client at the beginning. It’s like a perfect symphony played by a great orchestra.

    I like Elsie’s accent, because she has lived in the UK for some time. So the actress’ accent amalgam kind of works.

    Because we see more of the marriage–good and bad–I think this may be one of the episodes I prefer to the actual story.

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