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‘Sherlock’ Season Premiere Gave The Series A Necessary Shake-Up

Thu, January 2, 2014 10:28am EDT by Andy Swift 4 Comments
Sherlock Season 3 Premiere
Courtesy of BBC One

Nobody likes change, but in the case of ‘Sherlock,’ the season three premiere provided much-needed upheaval.

Sherlock made its long-awaited return to BBC One on Jan. 1, as did the show’s titular character (Benedict Cumberbatch), who’s been M.I.A. since his supposed death at the end of season two. Unfortunately, his homecoming wasn’t quite as promising as he’d hoped — unless you consider having to rescue your best friend, while thwarting an international terrorist plot, to be ‘promising.’

Of course, before all those shenanigans happened, Sherlock had another major life change to deal with: Watson (Martin Freeman) is engaged! Sherlock literally walked in on Watson mid-proposal, which made for an awkward — albeit hilarious — first meeting with Watson’s new fiancée Mary (Amanda Abbington).

I also love that, despite Watson’s engagement, Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) still thinks he and Sherlock solve ‘undercover’ mysteries on the side. You know what I mean.

Meet The New Big Bad

Speaking of new additions to the series, the premiere’s final moments teased the arrival of season three’s new big bad, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), who creepily re-watched footage of Sherlock saving Watson from the burning building. Seriously, what’s he up to?

Still, for as much change as Sherlock had to endure during the premiere, so many of the things we love about the show remained the same: The action was explosive, the stakes were intense, and the friendship between Sherlock and Watson was strong. Sure, a little forgiveness was required, but what epic TV relationship doesn’t go through its ups and downs every once in a while?

All in all, the Jan. 1 premiere was a thrilling return to a series that’s been sorely missed by viewers ever since it ended two years ago. (Yes, it really has been that long.) Everyone came out stronger than they entered, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of season three has in store for us.

HollywoodLifers, did you see the Sherlock premiere? Drop a comment with your review of the episode below.

— Andy Swift

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