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Sherlock is Finally Returning, and It’s Not a Game Anymore

At Comic-Con last week, this shiny new trailer for the fourth season of Sherlock was released into the wild.

They also released the traditional three clues to give the fans a hint about which stories they will be adapting for the new season. The three clues they released were, “Thatcher. Smith. Sherrinford.” We already know that Smith is Culverton Smith, the villain of “The Adventure of the Dying Detective”, and we already know this because Moffat and Gatiss have told us that (unless they were lying…again). Sherrinford is believed to be a reference to the third Holmes brother, who isn’t actually a character in any of Doyle’s original stories but instead appeared in the non-canonical Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street. (I don’t know how Sherlock and Mycroft could have an older brother when Sherlock stated in the original stories that Mycroft was his only sibling, but details, details). No one’s quite sure who or what Thatcher is supposed to be (a reference to Margaret Thatcher? Someone who thatches roofs?), but it’s bound to be just as intriguing as the rest of the clues.

Between a fresh season of Doctor Who and shiny new episodes of Sherlock, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year.

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Some Thoughts on “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” *Contains Spoilers*

I suppose this review could be considered tardy since this episode aired on January 1, but I had to give my brain some time to process everything I had seen. After two years of no new Sherlock at all, suddenly being gifted with a nice shiny Victorian special was a bit overwhelming, and I had to make sure my thoughts actually made sense instead of being incoherent fangirl noises.

We start off with a Victorian retelling of how Sherlock and John–though I suppose here I should refer to them as Holmes and Watson–meet, and we even have Victorian-style opening credits (which are completely awesome and which I would share with you if I could find a clip of them). When Moffat and Gatiss put their minds to it, they can sure pull out all the stops. From there on, it’s an unusual mishmash of the Victorian and the modern–the settings and costumes are all Victorian, but the dialogue slips into the modern usage sometimes (and there’s actually a reason for this, which I’ll explain later). This combination gives the episode a bit of a steampunk-y feel, at least to me. What’s really interesting is that the characters we all know and love haven’t changed much in the time shift. Holmes is just as brilliant and distant as ever, Watson just as loyal and grounded. Mary retains her high spirits and balks at being told to stay at home and cook dinner; Mycroft continues his scheming (but has put on an awful lot of weight since the last time we saw him), and Lestrade is…well, Lestrade. Molly still has her job at St. Bart’s but has disguised herself as a man in order to gain respect. All in all, it’s a very fascinating setup, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more episodes set in this Victorian era.

There’s a twist, though–then again, when isn’t there a twist? Anyway, remember how Moffat was saying this was just a one-off special and was not connected to the other seasons? Well, he lied. Again. The Victorian crime is taking place in Sherlock’s mind palace (hence the occasional use of modern dialogue), where he is attempting to figure out how Moriarty can be back when he committed suicide in “The Reichenbach Fall” by blowing his own brains out, using the unsolved case of the Abominable Bride as his template for figuring out how Moriarty faked his death. Long story short, Moriarty faked nothing–he’s dead for real, but someone is using his name to continue his reign of terror. But who? Answers will come whenever we get season 4.

One of the things that impressed me about “The Abominable Bride” was that we finally confronted Sherlock’s drug problem. It was implied in “A Study in Pink”, and he denied using drugs in “His Last Vow”, but here it was finally out in the open. I know a few Holmes adaptations tend to veer away from Sherlock’s drug use, so I was impressed to see that Moffat and Gatiss decided to address the issue head-on. It’s a stark reminder that Sherlock is not the hero everyone makes him out to be, something he has always protested.

“Don’t make people into heroes, John. Heroes don’t exist, and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

“I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one minute that I am one of them.”

All in all, “The Abominable Bride” was a great way to get Sherlock back on our screens after a two-year absence. My mom even said she enjoyed it more than she did The Force Awakens, which we saw earlier that day (I’m sure you’ve already read my review on that). There’s still no confirmation for when we’ll see season 4, but at least we had a doozy of an episode to tide us over.

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“Doctor Who” Trailer and “Sherlock” Teaser Released on the Same Day!

Yes, you read that right–we have footage from the upcoming ninth season of Doctor Who as well as the extremely-long-awaited Sherlock Christmas special. At least, we think it’s the Christmas special. All they’re saying is “soon…ish.”

Anyway, first let’s take a gander at the trailer for season 9 of Doctor Who.

Is that you, Jenny?

And now we come to the teaser clip for Sherlock. Do you have your hyperventilation bags ready? Okay, let’s do this.

Oh…oh, my. WHY DOES THIS LOOK SO BRILLIANT!?

Doctor Who returns on September 19, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Sherlock returns (presumably) at Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.

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Slowly but Surely, We’re Getting More Sherlock!

The BBC announced earlier today that filming for the fourth season of Sherlock will begin in January 2015, with the show itself returning at a later date. This time we’re getting four episodes, a special episode followed by the three regular installments.

We still have a ways to go before the great detective returns to our screens, but at least Holmes and Co. are starting to plod in our general direction. Ah, well, at least Doctor Who is coming back next month.

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“Sherlock” Recaps and Reviews

Series 3 of Sherlock has come and gone, and once more the interminable wait between seasons commences. I’m starting to appreciate the wait, believe it or not, because I know it means that the writers are trying to give us some of the best television possible, a case of quality vs. quantity–although if quantity could be boosted a little without sacrifice quality, I wouldn’t be complaining.

Anyway, I’ve decided to do mini-reviews for the episodes in season 3 for no other reason than because I could. That’s one of the beauteous things of having a blog; you can do things just because it’s possible.

  1. The Empty Hearse: Mark Gatiss kicks us off in fine style by showing us how Sherlock faked his Reichenbach fall…before showing us two other scenarios as well. Which is correct? They’ll never tell. But it’s not all bad news; John’s managed to move on–he’s even got himself a fiancee now, the charming Mary Morstan–and he thinks he’s finally ready to finish the Sherlock-related chapter of his life. Of course, Sherlock himself returns as alive as ever, permanently lambasting John’s plans of learning to live without his best friend and turning his life upside-down once more. John is naturally upset that Sherlock never sent word that he was still alive after all, yet he can’t find it in him to turn down the offer of another mad adventure. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are together again, and all is right with the world.
  2. The Sign of Three: Steve Thompson, Steven Moffat, and Mark Gatiss all contribute to the biggest episode of the series. Forget Prince William and Kate Middleton; the Watson/Morstan affair is the real Wedding of the Century! Yes, John and Mary are tying the knot, and Sherlock’s giving the best man speech. Considering the sensitive soul and impeccable social skills of the world’s only consulting detective, nothing can possibly go wrong, right? Just throw a murder or two into the mix, and you’ve got a wedding that’s more explosive than the Doctor and River’s. Some people have complained about this episode, but personally I liked it since it worked as a nice tribute to what makes Sherlock such a great show and why we love it so much.
  3. His Last Vow: Steven Moffat ushers us out of season 3 with an episode that provides twists, turns, and shocks galore. It’s Sherlock and John’s biggest case yet as they face off with master blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen, a man with his fingers in many pies. His influence extends over most of the known world…and strikes much closer to home than either Sherlock or John ever expected.  Nothing in their lives will ever be the same again.

There’s no denying that season 3 is one for the record books. On to season 4! (Whenever that may come.)

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Sherlock Returns…Are You Ready?

Yes, yes, technically he already returned on BBC One, but tomorrow he’s returning to America via PBS. And may I say that it has been far too long a wait for new episodes. Fortunately, I’ve heard that the BBC is pushing Sherlock co-producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss to have series 4 ready by early 2015–or maybe even a Christmas special for Christmas 2014!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. PBS airs the series 3 premiere “The Empty Hearse” tomorrow night at 9:58 pm, and you can watch the prequel “Many Happy Returns” to get all hepped up for the big event.

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Happy New Year!

2014 is now upon us, and only time will tell what kind of a year it will turn out to be. There’s not as much to be excited about at first glance since Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary year is over, but at least Sherlock returns to our screens tonight! And speaking of Sherlock, I saw its two main actors in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earlier today; I’ll be posting my thoughts on that a little later.

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