Sherlock: Season 3, Episode 1

The Empty Hearse (19 Jan. 2014)

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Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization.

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Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. If Sherlock thinks everything can be just as he left it though, he's in for a very big surprise. Written by BBC

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Trivia

Watson's fiancée, Mary Morstan, is played by Amanda Abbington, the real-life partner of Martin Freeman. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, when Sherlock and Mary are driving to save John, a brief scene before they arrive at the police barricade clearly shows a shadow of the camera/crew on the ground. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: [after being head-butted by John] I don't understand. I said I'm sorry. Isn't that what you're supposed to do?
Mary Morstan: Gosh, you don't know anything about human nature, do you?
Sherlock Holmes: Nature? No. Human? No.
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During the credits, individual letters are coloured red. Together they spell Weng Chiang. See more »

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References Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977) See more »

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Do You Hear the People Sing?
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Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
[Played during Mycroft's telephone conversation with Sherlock]
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Disappointing
3 January 2014 | by (Los Angeles, United States) – See all my reviews

Self-referential and alarmingly smug, this first episode shows all the signs of brand trashing. I loved the first two seasons and thought they represented the very best contemporary entertainment television. I called it smart entertainment for smart people. Sadly, smart is the one thing that this latest episode is not. It played out like an old, well-worn joke told by someone who doesn't quite understand what made the original so funny. The two leads are still a delight to watch but this time around they're working with tired material. Conan Doyle would have sympathized. I'm going back to my Hustle reruns. More fun and, worryingly, more intellectual stimulation.


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