After taking a big fall (literally), and rising to new heights (figuratively), everyone’s favorite high-functioning sociopath is back. And so is his straight-laced sidekick, this time seemingly with an awesome mustache of despair.
The Story So Far
The final episode of season 2 ended with one of modern television’s most memorable cliffhangers. If you weren’t thrilled or emotionally moved by the last few minutes of The Reichenbach Fall, then take your stupid face out of my sight, you monster. There are many questions on people’s minds, the biggest of them being: “Why won’t Sherlock and Watson just kiss already?” There are also other, less pertinent questions, like: “How the hell did Sherlock fake his death?” The success of this season hinges on the explanation of the fall. If they hit it out of the park with the reveal then the classic status of the show will be further reinforced, but if they Lost their way into the payoff, then expect some very angry fans who will neither forgive, nor forget. Just ask Damon Lindelof.
Also, Moriarty most likely isn’t coming back. His death was perfect, and bringing him back will cheapen the shock of that moment.
The premiere date hasn’t been announced yet. Cumberbatch wanted the show to premiere in the UK and the US simultaneously, but that likely isn’t happening. It’ll air in the US on PBS Masterpiece in 2014. If you want to watch it after as soon as it airs in the UK, then you’ll have to ask one of your relatives in London to mail you a VHS recording. That’s the only way.
Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. I like the character, but I think he’s too much of a House ripoff. In fact, the whole series is derivative of CSI and other detective shows. Way to be original, BBC.
John Watson, played by Martin Freeman. Good to see Freeman hasn’t turned into a diva after getting success in Hollywood. He’s fine as Bilbo and all, but Watson’s how he’ll be remembered.
Mrs. Hudson, played by Una Stubbs. It’s always good to see her. I hope nothing bad happens to her for the sake of drama.
Mycroft Holmes, played by Mark Gatiss. In case you don’t know, he’s one of the co-writers and brings sufficient amount of swagger to the role.
DI Lestrade, played by Rupert Graves. Another great casting. I don’t remember any supporting character’s face from the Guy Ritchie movies, while faces from this show are almost iconic now.
Molly Hooper, played by Louise Brealey. Will she and Sherlock get it on? Well, he better not be a dick to her. I know that he’s super-smart and all but how could he reject her so many times like that? I would let her deduce me anytime she wants, but the smartest thing I’ve ever done is two digit multiplication, so she almost certainly won’t.
Charles Augustus Magnussen, played by Lars Mikkelsen. He’ll play the baddie in the first episode. Being the brother of a Bond villain who now leads Hannibal, I’m sure he’ll bring the requisite badassery.
The reason the third series has taken this long is because of the peaking careers of its two leads. Freeman and Cumberbatch were hot properties in Hollywood for the past few years appearing in big blockbuster franchises like Hobbit, and Stark Trek. The production for the three episodes have been discontinuous, to accommodate the schedules of the busy stars.
Here are the titles of the three episodes:
1. The Empty Hearse, written by Mark Gatiss. The original story it’s based on is called The Adventure of the Empty House. I have read it and it’s a pretty straightforward Holmes story. I don’t think the show will be very similar in dealing with people’s reactions, and Gatiss seems to confirm that:
I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson’s only reaction was to faint for instance—as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words.
2. The Sign of Three, written by Stephen Thompson. This is obviously based on The Sign of Four. I don’t remember the story, but thankfully there are many places on the internet to read it.
3. His Last Vow, written by Steven Moffatt. The title sounds kind of ominous. Will this be the last episode?
The Good Stuff
I love the series. I love all the actors, and I have read some of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories and enjoyed them. As a modern spin on the classic tales, the show works remarkably well. Except for the second episodes of the first two series, every episode, which could be movies on their own, has been fairly strong. My favorite is The Reichenbach Fall, obviously, but the Irene Adler episode is a close second.
The Bad Stuff
Only three episodes? ONLY. THREE? I understand quality-over-quantity et al, but this is just lazy, British people. Look how America has managed to industrialize television and film production.
Our Clever-But-Not-As-Clever-As-Sherlock Prediction
The show will continue to win hearts and if Robert Downey Jr. has any shame, he won’t return for a third time for one of his “What if Sherlock Holmes was Indiana Jones?” movies.
HOW IT ALL HAPPENED
Oh, I almost forgot. Cumberbatch recently revealed how Sherlock faked his death! Check it out!