Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sherlock Season 3 - As Wonderful As Ever

Bennedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (Season 3, Episode 2: "The Sign of Three")
There is all types of TV shows. While some are wildly entertaining and original, others can be more mindless or unoriginal in a cookie-cutter type of way.

Yet more than original or entertaining, the television show BBC's Sherlock is something even more. It's intelligent and artfully prepared. Artful from it's cinematography, editing, writing, and overall creativity.

My wife and I finished the third season (each season has had three 90 minutes episodes), and it is as enjoyable as ever. This is a true delight.

In season 3 not only does the three episode answer the mysteries the season 2 final let linger, but it also introduces and incredibly entertaining character, Mary Morstan (Dr. John Watson's girl friend/wife played incredibly well by Amanda Abbington).

Of every episode in this entire series, one of my favorite episodes to date was the 2nd episode called "The Sign of Three." This episode is based off of Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes book The Sign of the Four. The majority of this episode is framed with a very long, funny, and awkward wedding toast by Sherlock Holmes (Bennedict Cumberbatch). This episode has a wonderful complexity to it, mixed with amazing humor, beautifully intriguing filming, and something that I really think is a truly unique television experience.

The fact of that matter is, that the way these episodes are crafted each episode is stand-alone-amazing.

Martin Freeman does a wonderful job playing Dr. Watson, Bennedict Cumberbatch will always be the modern Sherlock Holmes, and I hope this series continues season after season with high caliber writing and filming.

In addition to each episode being a perfectly packaged TV event, each of the three episodes did a great job progressing an overall plot as well with some very exciting surprises and story resolution that unfortunatly I can hardly write about without being spoiler free.

Creator/writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have done something wonderful here, that truly deserves recognition and more than that I highly recommend tracking each of these seasons down and watching this wonderful series.

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