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TV Review: Sherlock

Kirk and Spock. Crockett and Tubbs. Sam and Dean. TV has had a long love affair with bromantic crime-stopping buddies. Some choose to see a love that dares not speak its name in these homosocial heroes. We joke about it, write steamy fanfic about it, and, if we're  Sherlock , make three 90-minute movies about it. Season 3 is keenly aware of its place in the pop firmament — our fandom for master detective Sherlock Holmes and partner John Watson, and for the chemistry between stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — and unabashedly writes to it. The result is a blast, but at a worrisome price. The wink-wink began with an effective premiere, ''The Empty Hearse,'' which acknowledged our theories about how Sherlock survived his suicide fall in season 2, and reframed Sherlock as a zeitgeist hero — part Bond, part dark-knight detective. It also established a narrative that plays — and satisfies — like a rom-com, in which the evolution of the renewed ''Johnlock'' relationship is mirrored by John's romance with Mary (Amanda Abbington), a surprisingly welcome addition to the mix. Jumping past the initial meet-cute and courtship, ''The Sign of Three'' gives us the John-Mary wedding and an epic toast from Holmes to Watson that is nothing less than a declaration of till-death commitment and love. The honeymoon-is-over capper, ''His Last Vow,'' tests both unions with a deliciously loathsome rogue: Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), the incarnation of England's phone-hacking scandals and the poisons that threaten relational bliss — secrets, selfishness, power games. When he flicks Watson's face, over and over, it's the coldest cruelty you'll see on TV this winter. Read More... //www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20778650,00.html

Sherlock Season 3 Premiere Recap: Impossible Is Nothing

The season-two cliff-hanger of what happened to Sherlock Holmes ranks up there with TV’s biggest mysteries: Who shot J.R.? What exactly is the island on  Lost ? And just who are the people still tuning in to Fox’s  Dads ? But “The Empty Hearse” doesn't waste time pondering Holmes’s fate further, picking the action up right where we left off almost two years ago with Sherlock tossing his phone and seemingly leaping to his demise from the top of London’s St Bart’s Hospital. We’ve seen that part before, of course, but this time we’re shown the bigger picture: a series of crash cuts revealing a Mission: Impossible –style team of agents, a cast of extras, and British mentalist Derren Brown helping the cantankerous crime-solver to set the scene whilst the detective himself bungees off of the building, smashes through a window, and smooches Molly before popping the collar on his iconic trenchcoat and waltzing off to a pounding dubstep soundtrack.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2014/01/sherlock-recap-season-3-premiere-pbs-empty-hearse.html

'Sherlock' season premiere recap: Legends of the Fall

'The Empty Hearse': Sherlock's brilliant premiere trolls Watson and fans alike.  Read More... //tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/sherlock-empty-hearse/

Review: 'Sherlock' returns to PBS for season 3

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews the third season of "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as 21st Century versions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Read More... //www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-sherlock-returns-to-pbs-for-season-3

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Sherlock' is alive as ever

The BBC's 'Sherlock' returns for Season 3 on PBS, with Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes and Martin Freeman's John Watson back on cases (after a head-butt). It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS.  Read More... //feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/entertainment/news/tv/~3/QzvprMB_7-w/la-et-st-sherlock-review-20140118,0,6635359.story

TV Review: Sherlock Returns, Brilliant As Ever

  It's been two years since we've had a new installment of Sherlock , so there's something extra thrilling about seeing that long coat billow anew behind Benedict Cumberbatch. When season three premieres on PBS Sunday night at 10,  Sherlock's quips will seem quippier, his disdain for others more disdainful, and the bond between him and Watson even more powerful. Season two's "A Scandal in Belgravia" was about sex; "The Reichenbach Fall" about glory. The third season premiere, "The Empty Hearse," is about devotion. The people devoted to Holmes, the people to whom Holmes is devoted — and a little bit about fans who have devoted themselves to the show over the last four years.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2014/01/tv-review-sherlock-returns-brilliant-as-ever.html

SHERLOCK: "THE EMPTY HEARSE" REVIEW

It was  the  question going into the series premiere of Sherlock. How did the great Sherlock Holmes make the world believe he died after falling off the roof of Saint Bart’s hospital? And what has he been doing since? And how will he be resurrected? And how has Watson coped? Okay. There were lots of questions. But the first was the one everyone needed to be resolved. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/02/sherlock-the-empty-hearse-review