Waiting for what seems like an endless, never-ending amount of time, fans patiently (or
maybe not-so-patiently) anticipate the return of our favorite, opinionated high-functioning sociopath (do your research!). The British detective is back to answer the much theorized question; how was the trick done?
Two years go by by since the death of the famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. The cases of the police, including Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), baffle them now they no longer have Sherlock to call on. Conspiracy theorists frantically try to one up one another as to how Sherlock managed to pull off his death-defying act. Then there are those who have an emotional interest vested in the death of Sherlock. Like his best friend John Watson (Martin Freeman) who struggles to heal and accept that his friend is really gone. Finally he’s about to move on and is getting up the nerve to propose to his girlfriend, Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) when he gets the greatest shock of his life. The Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) appears as their waiter.
Following the death of his enemy Moriarty, Sherlock used his own apparent death to his advantage and with the underground contacts of his brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss), he managed to expose Moriarty’s network. Now, his brother has returned him to London where Sherlock again expects things to return to normal including rooming in Mrs. Hudson’s 221 B Baker home and solving crimes with his pal, John Watson. What Sherlock doesn’t realize is that in his absence – no one can function without him… right? – everyone he knew has moved on with their life… and Sherlock struggles to again fit into a world he once treated like his personal playground.
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In the week leading up to this premiering in the states – and even the night of, my Twitter timeline lit up with a flurry of Sherlock lives hashtags. When the DVD set came, I didn’t watch it – shame on me! – because of the Olympics. The lingering question that begs an answer is an explanation of how Sherlock is alive and in many respects writer’s answer with satisfaction. In one of my many conversations about the show, the thought is that even creators weren’t even sure how to logically explain the “how” behind Sherlock’s death-defying act. Pardon the gushing but… the opening is really textbook Sherlock and because of that, it’s impeccable. It offers an explanation of how he pulls it off; and really it’s the most logical of the three scenarios. The other two is more for comedy, plus the filming, music and invaluable assistance of Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) – hello, unexpected kiss! – allows this opening sequence to be the coolest premiere yet.‘SHERLOCK,’ SERIES THREE (2013) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
How each character reacquaints with Sherlock is magnificent, representing their respective relationships. One thing that disappoints fans is that the premiere isn’t as “together” as prior installments. I understand the opinion, but ‘The Empty Hearse’ is classic Sherlock Holmes (a statement I’m making referring this series). I adore all of the mini mysteries, the bigger picture crime and the lead-in to the finale (an ending that’s brilliant). Everything has its place and fit well. Furthermore one of the effects most wonderful of these installments (aside from Sherlock being alive) is how “different” series three is.
It’s the kind of different fans can support with all the same elements but most important is the change in Sherlock. There’s still humor to lighten things. It’s the sort of humor that viewers can take delight in because it’s more than just “cheap gimmicks” and I actually like Sherlock. Though his barbs may hurt sometimes (poor Molly has taken too much of this), I still adore him.
Without taking a whole paragraph to discuss the actors and their respective characters, everyone is in top form. From the leads to the supporting and newbies, it’s grand fun. Mary is delightful; Molly is a peach (cue the laughs meeting her boyfriend!); and Sherlock is definitely a better person for being gone two years. Also playing a significant role is Sherlock and Mycroft’s relationship. All of their scenes together are brilliant. Oh! Before I forget, we meet Mr. and Mrs. Holmes this season. How epic is this?
We may have waited two years for a mere three episodes (and now much wait for series four in 2016), but let me tell you, don’t assume these are insignificant. They’re worth the wait and then some. If this is the result of a long wait, I’m happy to await this kind of greatness. Everything from beginning to end is sensational. Writers make the transition of Sherlock believable. From his reappearance to John, to a pseudo proposal, frantic “emergency” call to Lestrade and botched best man speech, he’s still the Sherlock we’ve come to love yet in many ways, he’s no longer detached from the world.
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You can find Sherlock, Series Three digitally on Amazon Video
Content: there is one near same-sex kiss and perhaps a minor innuendo or two [Mrs. Hudson still assumes Watson and Sherlock were in a homosexual relationship]. There’s a nude shot of man’s backside. A woman lives with Sherlock and walks around in nothing but a shirt; later we hear she and Sherlock giggling behind a door. There is briefly an instance of torture. Men are poisoned, another is shot and nearly dies [during this time, he hallucinates, remembering significant events of his past], another is almost burned to death. There is a blackmail scheme and Sherlock supposedly gets high again though we learn its to help his recent case.