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It is a bit tricky to write two reviews of a show in one week. Especially when the episodes were extremely well written so that you don't want to skip one or combine both in one text because that would not do them justice.
So forgive me that this review is a bit late. I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.

"Uncanny Valley Of The Dolls" was written by two women and directed by Jonny Lee Miller. All three of them did a very good job in my opinion.
The episode was both highly entertaining and thought provoking atthe same time. I want to focus on two things: The question of justice and misuse of power and what Skylar tells us about men's ideas about women.


At one point in the episode Skylar refers to the social philosopher Mortimer Adler and his theory about justice. While her comment is considerably banal(I will return to that later), the philosophy of Adler is not.
According to Adler there are six great ideas:

"Those six were: truth, beauty, goodness, liberty, equality, and justice. Adler distinguished these in triads: truth, beauty, and goodness are ideas we judge by; liberty, equality, and justice are ideas we act on."1


I will not comment on the first triad as it is not relevant for the episode.
Adler stated that justice was an unlimited good whereas equality and liberty were limited ones.
It means that there can be too much liberty and too much equality but never too much justice, the former two are subordinate to the latter.
This sounds more complicated than it is. I will try to illustrate the argument with examples from "Uncanny Valley Of The Dolls". I am not sure if it was intended by the writers but I think it works quite nicely.

The group of scientists at the university developed a technology for copying organic material with a 3D printer.
If they sold it they would be able to earn millions of Dollars with it.
The problem is that the technology could be used for purposes that could harm a lot of people. So the government decided that the liberty of the scientists is less important than the safety of the other citizens and forced the group to abandon their project. Scientists have a right to do research, develop things and sell them but the rest of the people have got an equal right to not being harmed by the products of that research.

The second example is probably even more striking.

Professor Baynes holds grudges against Sherlock because several years ago he solved a case before Baynes had the chance to work on it. Because of the high profile of the victim, an MP, he claims that Sherlock ruined his career because of that fact.
When you apply Adler's theory to that situation it is fairly easy to spot what is wrong about the professor's arguments.

It is correct that it would have been Bayne's job to solve the case and not Sherlock's but according to the former D.I.'s own statement he would have needed a day or two more to get to the solution.
This would have meant more time for the culprit to cover his tracks what would have made it harder to convict him ergo doing justice would have been more difficult to.

Sherlock has got an extraordinary intelligence. He and Baynes are not equal by nature. So Holmes is right not wanting to apologise for having done good work.

On the other hand Baynes' claim that this case had been different from others because the victim had been a high-ranking politician is not right.
There should not be any difference between a Member of Parliament and a homeless person when it comes to crime: A victim is a victim and deserves justice no matter of social position or merit. A good police officer would always act according to that principle.

Besides that ruining the career of a person you don't even know just because you dislike someone he works with is a blatant abuse of power and as unjust as it gets.
I liked how Sherlock dealt with the problem. He found a solution that took the interests of everybody involved into consideration.
This is by the way how politician should judge and act too. Unfortunately there are many who think and act like Baynes.

This would be a good ending for this review but as a woman I cannot refrain from commenting on Skylar and her "character".

The boss of Perfect Mate Robotics claimed that the dolls offered a simulation of a real relationship.

OK. Let's have a look at Skylar's characteristics:
- long legs
- dressed in a sexy breath of nothing
- agrees to everything the man says
- compliments him and claims that she likes learning about his interests while not having interests of herself
- Is OK with being shared with his friends as she wants to make him happy

For the rest she is completely brainless.
She misunderstands every metaphor and nearly every second sentence she utters is asking if her "companion" wants to fool around or what his favourite position is (I loved Sherlock's answer to that one).

Jeez Guys! Is this really how you want us women to be?
If this should be case then I am sorry, but you will have to be satisfied with the dolls.

In defense of manhood it seems that like always the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The result is somewhat sobering though:

A more profound analysis of the study can be found here:

What do you think about "Uncanny Valley of the Dolls?"
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Sep 26, 2018
As well, when there are girls from the escort, which at your call can come at any time.
Aug 19, 2018
The one who wrote the script to this was clearly under the weed. Otherwise, I can not describe this show. He would not have stopped to pass the urine drug test. I can even share with him how to do it. Strange show very strange
Aug 17, 2018
What men want... companionship and not someone who complies with them all the time, but also not someone who argues everything and acts like the man cannot do anything right, you see this in a lot of tv comedies where the extremes are shown and sadly i have witnessed this in real world relationships. I could go into a diatribe about how we are teaching the new generation to never compromise, but than just opens a whole new can of worms. I have found if you step back and look objectively, that men and women want pretty much the same thing, they just act differently about it. Now that I have said this, let me mention something I came across a while back, I wish I could tell you where it was done and where it could be found, but I cannot remember all the details, But a study was done with young men growing up in these current times and how many are now choosing to get pets and not seek out relationships and when asked as to why, many said they were afraid to approach women because of the current atmosphere where men are being accused of being sexist and the rise of the extremes of feminism. It does not matter that these extremes are a minority but instead of taking any chances, many of those growing up now are starting to chose not to try, and this can lead to the expansion and desire for these dolls, as men want something but do not want to risk the extremes or downsides of relationships anymore. It is also mentioned that in the episode that male dolls are also being sold, showing that while males may be the primary buyers that there is a market for females as well. It is an interesting (and a little disturbing) subject but as you said, the real answers are what any person wants is usually somewhere in the middle.

As a note, there is also a mention of the idea of someone copying the likeness of a real person in these dolls. I do not know if you ever watched Futurama, but there was an episode that addressed this very thing where the main character of the show got a kissing (sex) robot and got it to look like a celebrity. The celebrity used in the episode was Lucy Lui and was voiced by her. I wonder if this crossed any of the writer's minds when they were putting this episode together. While the cartoon was a comedy, it did also address the idea of using sex robots instead of real people for relationships and as well as it being wrong to use the likeness of a real person.

I agree wholeheartedly that justice must be equally looked upon and that is a big subject these days with politicians and celebrities, as well as how the poor and middle class are often treated by our justice system. Money often buys lesser sentences and in some cases gets the guilty off while the poorer innocent can get shafted by the system.

I enjoyed the episode and your review and I liked how it ended with the showing you how comfortable Sherlock had become with Bell and others as his close friends and playing that joke on Bell. It shows how far along Sherlock has come, especially around people who know him well and understand him.
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