This was possibly the most anticipated TV episode ever. If you dare go on Tumblr and certain other corners of the internet, it is impossible to avoid talk of Sherlock. That’s a lot of pressure for Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, but they took it all in their stride and even used it for fan fodder. But was it worth the wait? Yes and no.
If you weren’t desperate for a solid explanation of how Sherlock pulled off his roof jump, then easily, but most fans certainly were. The fake explanations were certainly entertaining, especially the first one when viewers nationwide were simultaneously outraged that they were wasting it on such a silly conclusion, before they all breathed a sigh of relief.
However, it was slightly frustrating that we don’t even know for sure if we received the actual explanation – I’m not convinced that the sequence of events Sherlock told Anderson was correct, although others believe it was. Perhaps only time will tell (or many repeat viewings).
There was no solid reason why John wasn’t allowed to know but such a surprisingly vast amount of others were. Sure, he might blab, but surely he’s more trustworthy than most of those others.
Speaking of John, the sequence when he was in the bonfire was rather dissatisfying within the episode itself; we don’t find out why he was victimised and, although it will surely come up in the next episode or two, it made the episode feel less complete in itself.
That’s the negative stuff over with. Ignoring these particular niggles, it was easy to sit down and enjoy being swept along with Sherlock once again after a two year wait. The comedic beats were as clever as ever, with Sherlock surprising John just one brilliant example.
The plot was convoluted at times but the underground thread was as exciting as ever and allowed the central pair’s relationship to blossom again. Needless to say, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both gave absolutely fantastic performances.
Overall, I am very happy that Sherlock is back and am looking forward to the next two episodes as they should be free of all the baggage that needed to be resolved in this one and so will hopefully be more fulfilling.