Only a few more days till BBC Sherlock Series 3, Episode 1 premiers in North America! Ok, I’m in Canada and I’ve already seen it. And it’s not because the Queen of England is still our constitutional monarch, we get no special access to Sherlock or even Downton Abbey!
My teenagers procured a copy and I didn’t want to know how they did it. When it comes to Sherlock, watch first, ask questions later!
Very first impression? They tried too hard to be funny. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED it. But in the first 2 BBC Series, they were naturally funny, it was so sublime that one could easily miss a thing here or there and then you got it later on or on a second viewing. It seemed like now that they knew their audience a little better that they set out to be funny and we could tell. But no matter, there is plenty to love still.
Ok, so I won’t give too much away, although it’s already all over social media if you are looking for it. Just a few of my favorite things.
John Watson’s fiancé played by Amanda Abbington (his real life partner). I was so ready to not like her! Maybe because the chemistry between Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch was so good, and I didn’t want that to be tampered with. Could also be due to the fact that in the Hollywood Sherlock movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, Dr. Watson’s fiancé was so unlikeable! Did not like her one bit! But this Mary, I really, really like.
Which can only mean one thing. They will kill her off. Make you fall in love with her and then get rid of her.
Other favorite moments:
- The episode opens with Anderson outlining his latest ‘conspiracy theory’ to Lestrade, a scenario that was so weirdly bizarre, it had us shouting at the TV (we thought they were revealing the actual way he survived the fall)
- Anderson has formed a club (The Empty Hearse) where they discuss theories about how Sherlock might have survived. At the latest meeting all of their phones start going off at once with the twitter hashtag #SherlockLives. My son pointed out that they were making fun of people like me! And true enough, there was a lot of playful poking at the huge fan base this show has built.
- The look on Sherlock’s face when he meets Molly’s new boyfriend (that’s all I’m going to say!)
- A lot more interaction between Mycroft and Sherlock.
- We meet Sherlock’s parents (played by Benedict Cumberbatch’s actual parents!).
If you want to get caught up before this airs, the first two Sherlock BBC Series are available to watch on Netflix, or if you are like me and want to have them forever, get them on Amazon.
Happy watching! Enjoy.