'Holmes' is asked by his sponsor friend Alfredo to help catch a blackmailer blackmailing Alfredo's sponsor.
And much to quickly in an uninspiring way finds out it is Charles Augustus Milverton.
Where in the Canon Milverton is one of the most intriguing criminals, he is hardly in this episode long enough to ever be placed in the intriguing category.
In the Canon he is the ". . . worst man in London." In this episode he could be, and it turns out he is, just one of many, and maybe even a little less worse than his killer. In the Canon, Holmes is already very aware of him when we are introduced to the case. In this episode he is not.
We do, however, get lots of great nods to the story in this show; Holmes breaking into Milverton's. Holmes seeing Milverton shot. A past victim being Milverton's killer. Blackmail of a young women. The disfigurement of the face. Holmes's dislike of blackmailers even more than murderers.
But instead of it just ending as a case of revenge, it ends as a case of greed and blackmail.
Which if handled right would have been OK.
It would have been nice to see some of the other references and material from the Canon used.
There is some very good acting by Miller in this episode, and also from his supporting cast.
We see his battle with his addiction is not yet over, and from that we get some good insight into Holmes personality through his being very disappointed with himself for his lack of control over his choice to give up the drugs.
I found very little humor in this episode, which was OK.
The conclusion seemed a little anti-climatic to me after having, within the story, several twists.
Overall I think it was a pretty good treatment of 'Charles Augustus Milverton', and I was only a little disappointed with the ending.
So I give it;
mostly for it's strong acting.
And what is up with no hookers again?