Sherlock Season 3 Finale Recap: A Three-Pipe Problem

After two good-but-not-brilliant episodes to begin its long-awaited third season, Sherlock returned to peak form for its finale and reminded us why we’ll sorely miss the show during what will presumably be a substantial hiatus. So, what was the magic ingredient that put the show back on the scent? In the end, it turned out to be something as elementary as a decent case.


Like the show’s titular detective, fans had grown restless without a substantial piece of sleuthing this year. Fortunately, this week’s installment, “His Last Vow,” served up a genuine “three pipe” problem that, at points, flummoxed even the great Sherlock Holmes. At the episode’s center was a fiendish villain, in the form of Charles Augustus Magnussen, played with delicious precision by Lars Mikkelsen. A master blackmailer who specializes in finding and exploiting people’s “pressure point,” he’s a character plucked straight from Conan Doyle’s original tomes (although he goes by the name of Milverton in the books). But just like everything else in Sherlock, the character has been reimagined for the show’s modern-day setting; here, he takes the form of a powerful newspaper baron with heavy-handed parallels to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.  Read More...


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