Sherlock Lives!January 3, 2014
The long awaited series three episode one of BBC’s Sherlock series titled “The Empty Hearse” premiered the other day in the UK, drawing series-high ratings. After the cliffhanger they left us with, it was no wonder everyone wanted to tune in to see what awaited the dynamic duo. Please be aware from here on, this article contains spoilers for the series.
It seems a lot has happened since Sherlock jumped to his death following a confrontation with arch-nemesis James Moriarty, leaving Watson to deal with the crushing pain that was seeing Sherlock’s suicide shortly after giving him what he called ‘a note’. After some time, Watson has managed, slightly anyway, to move on and forget the time he spent with Sherlock solving great mysteries. He’s met a woman named Mary and seems happy, but deep down every day is spent missing Sherlock.
So, when Sherlock returns in a hilariously awkward fashion (drawn on mustache and all), it’s understandable that Watson is shocked and nearly speechless. That comes next is probably expected; Watson attacking Sherlock in the middle of a fancy restaurant, much to the surprise to both his date and fellow restaurant patrons.
I was concerned at the beginning of the show that it would be a tearjerker like the second series ending was. Fortunately, I was only met with hilarity as during the episode people try to figure out how Sherlock faked it, scenes like Mycroft and Sherlock playing Operation while talking about their awkward childhood, and the series of physical brawls Watson and Sherlock have after seeing one another again. The episode even includes a visit from Holmes’ parents.
Possibly my favorite part of the episode was the introduction of Mary. I like the film adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Junior but I hated Mary with a passion. She was stuck up and rude, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the show, Mary is intrigued by Watson’s time with the great detective and even tells him shortly after meeting Sherlock that she very much enjoys him. I can’t wait to see where the story between the three of them goes next. I liked how Mary worked with Sherlock to save Watson’s life when he’s kidnapped by unknowns and almost set on fire as he’s placed inside of a Guy Fawkes effigy.
The only question I have is who is the gentleman at the end that is sitting there and repeatedly watching Sherlock and Mary save Watson from what would have been a horrific death? We won’t have to wait long to find out, I hope.
Only two days from now, the next episode of Sherlock hits televisions in the UK, titled “The Sign of Three” also has a trailer available that you can see below. What did you think of the return of Sherlock? Was it everything you’d hoped for?