With the launch of its 3rd season on 1 January of 2014, British crime drama Sherlock was back with a bang. All the three 90 minutes long episodes of the franchise’s season 3 were admired and appreciated by the viewers and critics alike. Season 3 began with the story “the Empty Hearse’, which unraveled the suspense left in the end of season 2, where Sherlock Holmes had died. The 1st episode revealed the modus operandi that Sherlock had used to fake his death. The other two episodes of season 3 included ‘The Sign of Three and ‘His Last Vow’.
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat came up with the first season in 2010 with a three episode series. In 2012, season 2 with three episodes aired. The makers, actors and directors struck a chord with the audience right from season 1 and fetched reviews like:
“A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving,” from Matthew Gilbert of Boston Globe.
Another one from the many was “Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary,” mentioned Matt Roush from TV Guide.
The launch of season 3 on PBS broke all the records when about 4 million viewers were glued to their couches on January 19th in the U.S. The last episode of the series took the number of viewers to a record high at 8.77 million, which was 32.1% of the total audience at 10pm time slot.
Detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) continue to stay at 221B Baker Street and both the flatmates keep the humor and chemistry alive. Sherlock is a uniquely 21st century show with extensive usage of latest technology, like smartphones.
Like earlier two seasons, the third one is a contemporary adaptation of Canon’s work and knitted in a cohesive and smooth manner. The extraordinary direction and captivating performances of the actors continue to impress the audiences.
Recently Sherlock’s co-creator Steven Moffat disclosed that the show might not resume until the timing is right. It might take another two years or longer for the next season to resume – disappointing news for the fans across the globe.
~ by Deepika Sharma Grover