Sherlock - Series 3 2013

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BBC One‚Äôs much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited third series of three, 90-minute films ‚Äď The Empty Hearse, The Sign Of Three and His Last Vow. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
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Sherlock Season 3

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 21 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Director Jeremy Lovering, Colm McCarthy, Nick Hurran
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 20 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 21 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Director Jeremy Lovering, Colm McCarthy, Nick Hurran
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 20 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Speedwell on 7 Jun 2014
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This is the third in the BBC's totally watchable series, starring Benedict Cummerbatch, and Martin Freeman, with both actors playing really believable parts and making a delightful duo. Sherlock has been brought into today; normally, I don't like this, but was instantly captivated by the first episode. (Am no spring chick, but my 93yr old mother loves them as well.) These are not just believable, they are fast and slick, up to date technologically, and are the kind of tv drama that one wants to see more than once. There is so much in them. Worth a punt if 'you' are not sure about buying this and/or have missed the tv. I have them all!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oothoon13 on 29 Oct 2013
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*SPOILERS APLENTY*

As I've mulled over what went wrong for me with Series 3, it all comes back to how Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss seem to have let slide their own creation. I've read so much, particularly from Moffat, about how he intended from the first to have his Sherlock be 'dark' and 'Byronic'; Season 1, Episode 1, set that archetype up perfectly. If you go back to look at that intense 12 minutes or so of the cabbie and Sherlock facing off in the educational institute, it fairly throbs. Sherlock is masterful and truly Byronic, with his coat thrown back and his face etched in overhead light in close-up. It's a scene guaranteed to rivet your attention--tense, dark, with something really at stake: not just Sherlock's life, if he trusts his intelligence and takes the pill, but something of his reputation as well, as the cabbie taunts him about his 'real addiction'. (Compare it to the stumbling, drugged scene between Sherlock and the cabbie staged at 221B in the unaired pilot, and the brilliance of the scene in S1E1 will be illuminated.) Watch his cruelty as Jeff Hope lies near death, and Sherlock, desperate to know the name of the man who follows his exploits but is so much 'more' than he is, pushes with his full weight on the gunshot wound until Hope cries out "Moriarity!" with his dying breath. Sherlock, wasting not a moment for human suffering, doesn't even look down but breathes the name with a pensive, almost pleased, look on his face. That was drama!
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James on 2 May 2014
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Let me give the writers of Sherlock a little tip - don't do season ending cliff-hangers if you can't think of a satisfactory resolution to them. Both the first and second seasons ended with cliff-hangers, the start of the second season opted for the rather cheap strategy of simply dissolving the tension with a little humorous moment; disappointing, but forgivable. The 'resolution' (if you can call it that) that we get to the massive s2 cliff-hanger, is quite frankly insulting.

Unfortunately that is just the start of this season's problems. Sherlock has been away for 2 years and returns with a personality transplant, he is practically a different character this season. The show has become far too self-aware and often comes across as a smug, fan-service for the Tumblr generation: "Look at us, our show is popular and trendy" the writers seem to be saying.

Tonally this season is unrecognisable from its predecessors, with a much greater emphasis on comedy. Remember this is a series that had dark moments like a blind, elderly woman being killed - along with many others - in an explosion... now we have drunk Sherlock and 'Elephant in the room' (literally). I have nothing against the funny moments, but I always felt they worked best in moderation - it is still meant to be a drama series, after all.

'Style over substance' is a phrase that is commonly used to describe this third season, and I'm afraid I have to agree. The production and editing are as slick as ever, but there isn't a great deal of plot to be found here. In fact it would be flattering to describe the first two episodes as anything other than 'filler' - pretty shocking when you consider that it is only a 3 episode season.
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It's another great series, but they've evolved a few styles, and they do become tedious after a short while.

Rather hoping they show the next season soon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nuallain on 3 Jun 2014
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Part of what was brilliant about the first season of Sherlock was that it brought to life that version of Holmes rarely seen on screen -- the brittle, downright unpleasant young man of Conan Doyle's earliest stories. The one who's actually pretty unkind to his new friend John Watson yet feels a need to have him around that, perhaps, even his genius can't quite work out.

But just as Conan Doyle felt the need to evolve his hero into the... well, not *cuddly* -- never *cuddly*... but slightly more good humoured, genuine and devoted best friend to Dr. Watson, so have the writers of Sherlock needed to move the character and situation on.

Some have been critical of S3 for not featuring more cold, clinical detective work. but this season, it seems to me, is the bridge to Sherlock's new world. If the first seasons were about Watson learning to live in Sherlock's world, then this is about Sherlock learning to live in John's. These three stories feature probably the greatest emotional upheavals of Sherlock's life so it's right that that be the focus. There'll be time for Cases of the Week next time out, now this New World Order has been established.
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