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Craving The Old Mystery In New ‘Sherlock’

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John Holmes’ wedding scene in the third season episode, “The Sign of Three.” 


 
By Arooj Khalid
Senior Reporter
LAHORE, Pakistan – Sherlock Holmes has been
out in the streets, solving crimes for centuries. The BBC resurrected the great
detective as a 21st century super sleuth in the television show Sherlock.
After the tragic last episode of the second
series that ended in a cliffhanger, fans have been waiting for the third season
since 2012.  Sherlock Holmes had to jump
off a building in order to stop his worst enemy’s evil plans and save his
friends – but survived.

The long-awaited show came back to the
screens in the UK on January 1, 2014 and the third episode will air today.

The biggest concern for many of the show’s fans
was how Sherlock survived falling from the rooftop of a building, and the
reaction of his best friend and colleague, Dr. John Watson, who had mourned his
death for two years.
In fact, sleuthing fans – taking clues from
the show itself – developed many theories.
The third season’s first episode included some
of the most famous and ridiculous theories in a series of possible ways
Sherlock could have survived, but it turned out to be one character’s
imagination.
Holmes himself was back in London, ready to reveal
himself, but before that he needed to visit his friend.  Watson, however, who was proposing to his
girlfriend, didn’t welcome Holmes’ news that he was “not dead.”
Watson hilariously tried to kill Holmes multiple
times in the episode for letting him grieve.
Then the duo were back to solving crimes
together and found themselves in a train with a bomb about to explode the
British Parliament. Holmes made Watson think that he didn’t know how to dispose
of a bomb – which he had already done – and there was a vague flashback of how Holmes
actually tricked the whole world into thinking that he died by jumping off the
roof.
The episode had an overall comedic approach
and it seemed that many of the scenes were based on the theories of the show’s
fans.  Although it was nice to see the interaction
between the characters and the introduction of new ones, it lacked what is
really expected of a Sherlock Holmes show. It was too far away from the
criminal drama that made the first two seasons so enjoyable.
This season’s second episode, “The Sign of Three”
came out three days later and mainly starred Watson’s marriage.
Sherlock was best man, and during his speech
solved another case. The episode focused on Holmes and Watson’s deep-rooted
friendship. The parts involving the self-described sociopath finding himself in
emotional situations and Watson’s bachelor party were extremely amusing. The
sign of three included the appearance of Major Sholto, who has appeared in
Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Sign of
the Four
but nothing besides the name was similar.
As a whole, the first two episodes were
mainly comedy and disappointingly far away from the show’s main theme. They
lacked what Holmes calls “the thrill of the chase, the blood pumping through
your veins.”
As a fan, I was amused by and liked both
episodes, but to someone watching it for the first time, it could appear boring.
The mystery and thrilling plots that are classic Sherlock Holmes are missing.
However, I expect all of the mystery and
excitement will return for “His Last Vow,” the third and last episode of the
season. The word is that there is a new villain on the program based on the
book character Charles Augustus Milverton, king of blackmailers.
I expect he will be quite cold and serious.
Milverton is featured one of Doyle’s short
stories, where Holmes described that no murderer repulsed him like Milverton,
who blackmailed women from wealth or position. “
With
a smiling face and a heart of marble, he will squeeze and squeeze until he has
drained them dry,” Holmes said.
Hoping
that this villain will be as loathsome as he is in the books, I am expecting an
episode that brings back what the show so far lost this season.
The
villain, who will be known as Charles Augustus Magnussen on the TV show, was
shown at the end of first episode watching Sherlock in a video with an evil
eye, while at Watson’s wedding there was a mocking telegram for the bride, an
orphan, from “CAM” saying “wish your family could see this.”
Could
the third episode have a lot more in store for the viewers? Holmes made a vow
that he would always be there for Watson, his wife and their child. It is
viable to say that Magnussen might target Sherlock’s friends in order to finish
him, but I doubt that as that is exactly what was done by Sherlock’s enemy in
the previous season.
It
wouldn’t be a wrong assumption to say that the last episode has a lot in store
for us, and it is worth mentioning the rumor that it might be a cliffhanger
again. 
But
according to the great detective himself, it is a capital mistake to theorize
before we have enough data, so all we can do is wait for today’s episode to
find out what really happens.