If you’re surprised that Sherlock Holmes isn’t actually dead, the fact that PBS is about to air three new episodes of “Sherlock” may be confusing.
Holmes of course did not die at the end of the last season, but you knew that. The show is simply too great to go away, and no one could ever play the contemporized version of Conan-Doyle’s great sociopath/detective in “Sherlock” better than Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, it’s agonizing to wait so long for just three episodes, but, as with the first two seasons, the third is very much worth the wait…
“Sherlock” is hardly the first show to acknowledge its fans, but you’d be hard-pressed to find others that do it quite so extravagantly. However, you do not have to be a Holmes expert to go completely gaga over the new season. All you need is appreciation of perfection.
The performances are even better than in previous years, with brand new but fully credible sides of Holmes’ and Watson’s characters. And the writing, by Moffat and Gatiss, is in a league by itself. Other shows may plateau or tread thematic water once they’re successful, but so far, “Sherlock” has been, and remains, a great show that only gets even better.”