"What life? I've been away!"
2 years have passed since we watched Sherlock Holmes jump from the top of Bart's Medical School and land, head first, on the pavement in front of John Watson. Presumed dead by his loved ones, only the audience watching at home knew that Sherlock had somehow faked his death and was really alive, watching from a distance. Since its inception, the BBC's Sherlock (headed by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss) has become a sensation. Benedict Cumberbatch is the reigning king of Tumblr; JohnLock is one of the most popular non-canon ships in fandom and wool trench coats have made a very serious come back. In the intervening two years, fans have become their very own "Empty Hearse" club, trying to piece together how Sherlock faked his death and, perhaps more importantly, how John Watson would react when Sherlock inevitably came back. In the first episode of the third season, "The Empty Hearse," the next villain is teased, cases are rapidly solved, and John and Sherlock try to reconnect after Sherlock reveals himself to be very much alive.
Miscellaneous Notes on The Empty Hearse
--There was a lot going on this episode that I didn't talk about because the real focus was John and Sherlock. For example: there were several smaller cases that got solved, we met Sherlock and Mycroft's parents, Molly is engaged to an obvious Sherlock look alike.
--John is now engaged to Mary, but I'm not sure if it'll last. In the original books, Mary dies and I suspect that she may not be who she says here. She solved that text code awful fast for a receptionist/nurse. Could she be a spy?
--The villain is Magnussen, if case no one knew. Moriarty may be Sherlock's arch enemy, but Magnussen is the man he hates most. I look forward to see how this plays out
--Have to give a lot of credit to Mark Gatiss who was pulling double duty this episode (he does it a lot come to think of it). He crafted an almost perfect script and was busy playing Mycroft. The scenes between Mycroft and Sherlock, in which they "play" deductions and discuss loneliness, were pitch perfect. Mycroft doesn't know what it means to be lonely because he's never had a friend but Sherlock did and now he's lonely, missing John.
--Thank God John shaved that mustache; it was pretty horrible.
--Lestrade hugged Sherlock. Adorable.
--I really wanted a JohnLock hug! Hopefully before the end of the season we get one.