Sherlock Season Three Review

Nina Russell, Staff Writer

Two years. Sherlock fans and John Watson alike have been waiting for the new Sherlock season. At the end of the season two finale, Sherlock Holmes faked his own death, and after two years of waiting, we finally get to see how, and, more importantly, why.

I have already seen the new series. It came out on New Year’s Day, and I live streamed it online. I will not be posting spoilers in this review, but I highly recommend that you watch the first two seasons before you watch season three. There are three episodes per season, and you can find them on Netflix and Veoh.com.

Sherlock Holmes has been away from Baker Street for two years and his friends have gotten on with their lives. While Sherlock has been dismantling Moriarty’s network, John Watson has gotten a girlfriend, Greg Lestrade has moved on and accepted Sherlock’s death, and only Philip Anderson, who works in forensics for Scotland Yard, believes that Sherlock is still alive.

The character development in these episodes is phenomenal. In the course of these two years, Sherlock has seemingly become more human, though he still doesn’t understand everything about human nature. John has grown a moustache and adjusted to civilian life. Mycroft is actually being helpful. This makes the characters more real to the viewer, and makes the show a lot more believable. The new villain is definitely believable, and I guarantee that you will hate him.

The tone of these three new episodes is a lot lighter and different than those in the first two seasons. There’s more comedy, more of Sherlock’s mind palace, and an overall different feel from the characters’ relationships from one another. The first episode was not unlike a James Bond movie, the second was more poetic than the first, and the third was a lot more depressing than either of the first two, with an extreme plot twist at the end. While the first two are more about the characters than the plot, the third is a lot more case-heavy. They are guaranteed to not disappoint.

The only problems that I had with this series are the crude humor and the extreme changes. The first episode was like a remake of every James Bond movie I’ve ever seen mixed with V for Vendetta, all spliced together with about three different plots. The first episode focused mainly on the characters getting close again, and their reactions and developments, so the plot wasn’t going to be very big in the first place. A new addition is added to the series though: crude humor. So much crude humor. I wasn’t much of a fan of that aspect. Also, the episodes just aren’t like they used to be. There is a lot more humor, and the cases aren’t as pronounced as before, mostly because the characters are obviously key in this series. I’m still not sure if I like the way the new episodes are made or not.

Overall, the episodes are lighthearted, deliver well, and set up perfectly for the next season (Seasons 4 and 5 are already planned out, and season 4 could be here as early as Christmas). There were a few elements that I didn’t like in them, but the third episode makes up for it. The cases were not very important to the writers in this series, and there were some holes, unlike the episodes of seasons past, but it’s altogether a good season. I give it 4/5 stars. Tune in at 8pm on Sunday, Jan. 19, 26, and Feb. 2 on PBS, or watch reruns on the internet.