Television writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have done it again. These two creators of Sherlock have gone above and beyond in season three of the modern retelling of the classic mysteries, airing in the United States on PBS’s Masterpiece.
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) has risen from the dead and is even more brilliant than he was in the past two seasons. It is the perfect series for those who desire action, mystery, drama and humor. Fans of “Doctor Who,” “The Mentalist,” “Elementary” and “Lie to Me” would love Gatiss and Moffat’s “Sherlock.”
The matters at hand, though, are geared more towards mature viewers.
“The Empty Hearse,” the first episode of season three, focuses on Holmes’ return to society after he had supposedly died. The instant Holmes returns, he is swamped with cases begging to be solved and questions demanding to be answered.
Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, is fantastic. He begins season three heartbroken over the death of his best friend. Holmes, who is never one for subtlety, of course does not ease himself back into Watson’s life. He interrupts Watson when he is about to ask the most important question a man can ask the love of his life. It takes the entirety of the episode for Watson to join Holmes’ side in solving crimes.
By the end of “The Empty Hearse,” nobody knows how exactly Holmes survived his jump from the top of a hospital building. Honestly, what is a mystery drama without leaving the audience with questions?
That is exactly what happened in “The Empty Hearse.” The audience was left craving more witticisms from Watson, more action, more mystery and most importantly, more Sherlock Holmes.
The story line for season three did appear to be very similar to Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Watson has made a life altering decision, and Holmes is skeptical to believe. However, the difference is the fact that in the movie Holmes supposedly died at the end, but in the series Holmes died before the new season began.
Gatiss and Moffat truly know how to enthrall an audience and leave them wanting more. These two are a perfect match and have even collaborated in writing episodes for the hit sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”
Unlike Moffat, however, Gatiss has plenty of acting experience. He even plays Mycroft Holmes in “Sherlock.” Perhaps it is the combination of talents that makes these two writers so great at what they do. With Gatiss’ knowledge of acting and Moffat’s extensive knowledge of writing, they make a mind-blowing team.
“Sherlock” has certainly started on a good note. Audiences have been captivated by the mystery once again. Holmes and Watson play so well off one another in a way that the audience feels as if they are literally on set and in the mystery. Hopefully, Moffat and Gatiss will be able to keep the suspense and thrills of the series high for next Sunday. The true test will be to watch episode two “The Sign of Three” at 10 p.m. on PBS’s Masterpiece.