Which I think for the most part is a good thing for no matter how you feel about the show, it has people talking about Sherlock Holmes, and it has Sherlockains hunting for Sherlockianisms.
Which, several times, has turned out to be rather fruitful.
Most of the criticism has become kind of mundane with the biggest criticism being that the show has fallen into the category of just another police procedural. That was a great comment until just about everybody took it up as a tag line and then it became rather redundant. After all, was Sherlock Holmes not the founder of the police procedure's that we now find common in most police shows.?
So far, the episode tonight has fallen pretty far away from being a common police procedural.
The show is not without it's Sherlockian faults, and for me the biggest criticism is that the writing fails to WOW! us with Sherlock's observation and deductions, making it seem like Sherlock is often more led to clues rather than coming upon them by observational skills and discoveries. It would have been better if Sherlock had found the link between the heart attack victim and 'M' and Moriarty, than 'M' giving him that lead.
With all that said, I really enjoyed the acting in this episode, especially with F Murray Abraham as Gottlieb. His acting skill and presence lead me to suspect him to be Moriarty at the beginning and his manner and look could well have pulled that off. It seems a shame at this point to have someone of his caliber play such a minor hit-man and serial killer. That may be the point, that that may not turn out to be all he is.
I found it a little disheartening that Holmes feels the need to keep him hostage while he does his investigation, especially after the last episode, and a few others, where Gregson has been willing to go along with Holmes' methods. It even seemed more odd that Watson went along with it.
It will interesting to see where that story line goes.
I won't miss Moran or 'M', never did like that take on him. But we can't even be sure he is gone, he hasn't died yet. And in the second series, who is going to be in the empty house with the air gun.
Which brings up the question; Who was the marksman who shoot John Douglas? And did we really need John Douglas. Probably just part of explaining the reach and control Moriarty has.
We have some wonderful references to the Canon.
Most obvious is the quote; “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”
We have the reference to bee's once again. And used in a very clever manner.
We have a reference to physics.
We have a reference to Black Peter. In Black Peter he uses a Harpoon on a pig to replicate a murder. In this one he uses an Air Conditioner.
Not a lot of humor in this one, but the scene during the autopsy where Watson declares they are not having a moment was pretty good.
I am giving this episode a rating of
because I liked the acting, the Sherlockisms that were present and hoping it will lead to a good last few episodes.