Long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenseless, Sherlock and Dr Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?Written by
ANEMOI-these are the letters in red in the end credits-the ANEMOI were the gods of the four winds--Boreas (the north wind), Zephyrus (the west wind), Notus (the south wind), and Eurus (the east wind). It is also an anagram of "I AM ONE". See more »
Saving the best for last, the third episode of the most recent miniseries finally gave me all I want in a Sherlock story. With nods along the way to "The Ring" ,"Citizen Kane" "Silence Of The Lambs", and Edgar Allen Poe it started mysteriously and intriguingly with a little girl as the only passenger awake on a bound-to-crash jet airliner using her mobile phone to somehow reach Sherlock in her plight.
Then, cut to Sherlock and Watson, along with Mycroft, setting out for the remote, state-of-the-art prison complex wherein is incarcerated the Holmes' long lost sister we learned about only in the previous episode. But why can't Sherlock remember her from his childhood and just what is the mystery of the family dog "Redbeard"? All this and the apparent return of Jim Moriarty from beyond the grave, who could want more?
The latter anomaly is cleverly and credibly explained, although I still wish it could somehow become reality, but the gradual exposition of Sherlock's dark childhood which is the key to everything ("Redbeard" = "Rosebud" anyone?) is played out along a suitably twisty-turny road.
There were so many scenes where I was made to smile knowingly at the cleverness of the writing and then the staging of events. I loved Sherlock's "touching" first encounter with evil sister Eurus, the sequence of locked-room situations from which Sherlock had to contrive escapes, his interplay with Mycroft and Watson, especially Mycroft's would-be sacrifice and the "Redbeard" reveal before the conclusion.
My only caveats would be the prominence given to Una Stubbs' ever more eccentric Mrs Hudson and the lingering presence of Watson's dearly departed wife but otherwise this was one of the very best episodes of the show I've seen. I know that Steven Moffat has passed on the Dr Who baton but on the strength of this, I hope he stays around to run the affairs of our tousle-haired 'tec for some time to come.
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