Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sherlock series 3 opener review The Empty Hearse rises to the occasion - and Benedict Cumberbatch series gets even better

January 1, 2014

Two long years after Sherlock plummeted off the roof of St Bart's Hospital in London, fans are finally being rewarded with the explanation of his miraculous resurrection.

So which of the theories endlessly bounced around were on the money? The prequel mini-episode Many Happy Returns, which the BBC released a week ago, showed the supposedly dead detective has not been resting in peace since last we saw him.

According to Anderson of Scotland Yard, who has become a bit of a Sherlock fanboy, the sleuth has been solving crimes across Asia and Europe, and his dramatic return is imminent. But even after John Watson's poignant graveside plea - "Don't be dead" - will he react well when he discovers his friend faked his own demise?

As Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are reunited in this episode, called The Empty Hearse, series three might have buckled under the weight of expectation. Instead, like Sherlock himself, it rises to the occasion - and then some.

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