One of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal “Star Trek” picture last summer was the villain, played by the man with the coolest name of all time, Benedict Cumberbatch. Even though he was miscast as a certain iconic character long beloved by Trekkies, the ‘batch brought the thunder nonetheless. If you saw that film and wondered, “Where did this guy come from?” the answer is BBC’s Sherlock, which has just wrapped up the shooting of its third season and is set to premiere January 1st in the UK, and January 19 stateside on PBS.
The BBC has just released the first trailer for the upcoming third series, as well as this “interactive trailer” that promises clues and insight! Lions, tigers, and bea…nah, just pictures and a few clips of the upcoming season. Obviously, if you haven’t watched the show yet, don’t watch them:
Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen the show, stop reading this and watch it here or here. Each season is comprised of three episodes that are about 90 minutes long each. They are more slickly-made tv movies than standard episodes. Devote an evening to each one and you won’t be sorry. They take inspiration from the original Sherlock Holmes canon and ask the question, what if Holmes lived in Modern day London?
Like the stories, the show is told through the eyes of Watson (played by the Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman), a war vet who functions as the audience, looking at this eccentric, brilliant but possibly sociopathic “consulting detective.” One character wonders aloud, what’s going to happen when Sherlock gets bored?
Once again, SPOILER ALERT: The last thing we saw was Sherlock jumping to his death after his mortal enemy, Moriarty, committed suicide. No wait; the last shot showed us thatSherlockindeed faked his death (just like in the original stories, duh). Season 3 will pick up with the return of the “consulting detective”, who apparently has come back from the grave because London has been threatened with a terrorist attack. Also because Watson grew a mustache and Mr. Holmes just can’t have that.
BBC has also announced a Christmas Special prequel to Season 3 in which, “Sherlock Holmes has been gone for two years. But someone isn’t quite convinced that Sherlock is dead.” I’m in.