I watched the season 3 premiere of Sherlock last night on PBS. The series is loosely based on the Conan Doyle stories updated to the modern period. It was fun. What the show lacks in plausibility it makes up in the way that the characters are drawn and portrayed. The casting of the main characters is first rate. The first episode of the new season was broadcast in the UK on January 1, 2014 but the big secret that people were waiting to see revealed was not reported widely in the US and I managed to avoid reading about it.
Those who follow the series will recall that season 2 ended two years ago in a different kind of cliff-hanger. That episode had Sherlock jump off the top of a hospital building to his death on the sidewalk below. But a short time later, in the closing scene, we see him hiding behind a tree watching his friend Dr. Watson and landlady Mrs. Hudson grieving at his gravesite. So the question that aficionados have been thinking about for two years is how he managed to fake his death. The new season explains how he did that (or does it?) and proceeds on a new adventure with a new villain to replace he infamous Moriarty. This episode leans heavily on the Guy Fawkes motif and seems to be indebted to that excellent film V for Vendetta that I reviewed eight years ago.
Before the show was broadcast, the creators produced a seven-minute teaser.
The TV broadcast lasted 90 minutes but it was followed by a 30-minute behind the scenes look with interviews with the writers and actors. You can see yesterday’s episode The Empty Hearse online here until March 4, 2014.
The other two episodes in the new series will be aired on Sunday, January 26 and Sunday, February 2 at 10:00 pm on PBS.