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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

England's Consulting Detective is Back
  • For those who have not seen this latest version of Holmes, rent the episodes or stream them on-line.  They are a wonder to behold.
  • To save money on costumes Holmes is now in 21st century London.  But don't let that throw you.

(C/Net.com)  -  In "Many Happy Returns," a seven-minute mini-episode of the hit TV show "Sherlock," we see Benedict Cumberbatch at it again as the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he makes his journey back to his roommate, colleague, and best friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman).

After Sherlock disappears after faking his own death in "The Final Problem" to fool his archenemy Jim Moriarty's henchmen -- who vowed to kill those closest to Sherlock if he did not die -- fans shared endless conspiracy theories on how clever the detective would have to be to convince even Watson (who sees Sherlock jump off the roof of St. Bartholomew's Hospital) of his own demise.

We know Sherlock is indeed alive thanks to the last scene in "The Final Problem," where he lurks in behind trees hiding from Watson and his beloved landlady Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) as they lament over his grave.

So what has Sherlock been up to since he's been presumed dead and how have his friends and colleagues been coping this entire time? "Many Happy Returns" gives glimpses of Sherlock solving mysteries around the globe, starting in Tibet -- which ironically mirrors Cumberbatch's real-life adventures when he taught English in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in his youth.

The mini-episode -- written by the show's creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss -- hints that Sherlock (posing as a Buddhist warrior monk) ferrets out a blonde female drug smuggler who is hiding out among them.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Screw Shakespeare, Doyle was Britain's
greatest writer.

In New Delhi, we see a police press conference where it's revealed the killer was discovered from the minutest of details -- the depth of a chocolate flake had sunk into the victim's ice cream cone. Not to mention the mysterious juror in Germany, who taps his fingers impatiently like you-know-who.

One of the most shocking transformations of a character belongs to Sgt. Anderson (Jonathan Aris) of the New Scotland Yard forensics team, who was once insulted by Sherlock, who accused him of "lowering the IQ of the whole street."

He's no longer the defensive adversary of Sherlock, but has become the biggest believer that Sherlock is alive. Anderson, now haggard and unemployed, meets with DI Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves) in a pub to discuss the unusual crimes he's been tracking to try to convince him that Sherlock must still be alive to solve them all.

It's heartbreaking to see Anderson so desperately passionate to prove Sherlock's continued existence. But he may have just ingratiated himself into the hearts of Sherlock fans who have been tweeting #SherlockLives since his aired "death" in January 2012.

With only three episodes per season, this mere seven-minute mini-episode of "Sherlock" is just what fans need to keep us going until the third season premieres with "The Empty Hearse," written by Mark Gatiss, on January 1 on BBC One in the UK and on January 19 on PBS in the United States.

There is no question that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the finest actors to come
out of the UK.  The great Martin Freeman does a wonderful Dr. Watson.

Sherlock Holmes -The Hound Of The Baskervilles
The full video of the greatest of all Conan Doyle stories.

The Only Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
The late Jeremy Brett was the greatest of all the actors to play Holmes, and the
late Edward Hardwicke was the very best of all Watsons.

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