Last night, Kathy and I attended a preview screening of the first episode of the BBC’s “Sherlock” third season – presented by KCTS, the Seattle PBS station. If you watched the final episode of the second season, you know that it ended with Sherlock jumping to his death in order to save his colleagues from assassination at the hands of Moriarty’s henchmen. The twisted Moriarty had just blown his brains out eliminating any chance of his calling them off – a modern re-imagining of the “Reichenbach Falls” story – a wonderful cliff hanger.
Of course, in watching Sherlock’s death, you immediately suspect that all cannot be as it seems and, given that a third season was in the offing, you assume that the secret will be revealed to start the new season – hence the great anticipation of “Sherlock” fans. The auditorium seating was “sold out” last night with a standby line starting by the door (free tickets could be had online). KBTC, the Tacoma PBS station, will be hosting a similar preview tonight. The series officially premieres in the US this coming Sunday, the 19th.
The episode is all you would expect and thoroughly enjoyable. Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is both wonderfully brilliant and insensitive. The story line is a twisting, suspenseful roller coaster ride – anxious moments and laughs floating on a sea of ambiguity and mystery. If you have not watched, I highly recommend you find the first two seasons (of three episodes each – available at Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Seattle Public Library (though there is quite a waiting list at the library)) and, after catching up (as Kathy had me do), enjoy the new season and, we were told last night, the fourth season which will be coming sometime down the road.
I may have missed a bit of sleep last night but it was well worth it!