During my little illness, I did enjoy one treat: the new series of BBC's Sherlock has begun, and the famous investigator stages -- or tries to stage -- his return. He's been quite convincingly dead for two years, so... Well. "Madcap hijinks ensue," at least for a certain range of values for both "madcap" and "jinks greater than zero."
Some of the tension is artificial but it was a fine episode nevertheless. He's trying to be a bit more human, occasionally with distressingly aspie results and if -- if! -- the series can maintain this precarious balance, it will be great fun.
Word is Auntie's on board for a fourth series (three episodes). Show creators Stephen Moffatt and Mark Gatiss say they're got plots for a fifth season as well. The largest hurdle is talent schedules; the main and supporting players have plenty of other work. It's a remarkable updating of the character and somehow leaves both Holmes and Watson more like their originals than most "faithful" adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.
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