Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the third season of Sherlock Holmes this Sunday, January 19 — rejoice! While the season is only three episodes long, from what I’ve heard and read, the third season is a very good one, so I’m looking forward to watching it and writing a review of the debut of the third season of Sherlock on Sunday.
While Cumberbatch, 37, has recently stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he almost turned down the role of Sherlock Holmes, guess what? The show has been so well received by both the British and American public that it’s been already announced that there will be a fourth and fifth season of the series filmed! Sherlock Holmes co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have stated to Radio Times that they already have the fourth and fifth seasons’ episodes planned out. There’s no doubt that fans of the series will be eagerly anticipating viewing them.
According to Benedict Cumberbatch, he almost turned down the role because of Sherlock Holmes was such an “iconic character.” He was worried about any comparisons that might inevitably be made between him and past actors who portrayed this iconic detective creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
He needn’t have worried too much, as the third and final episode of the third season of Sherlock Holmes had a record high number of viewers. It’s expected that when the third season of Sherlock Holmes debuts this Sunday on PBS, it will meet with the same degree of success it’s had in the U.K.
Along with Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman will return as his sidekick, Dr.John Watson, in Sherlock Holmes. Freeman plays the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and Cumberbatch lends his vocal talents to portray the vile, violent and greedy dragon, Smaug. Smaug is one of the many obstacles that Bilbo, with the help of the wizard Gandalf the Grey and the company of fellow adventurers that journey with them must overcome in the book and trilogy of Hobbit movies made based on the novel The Hobbit.
Besides The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Cumberbatch has been very busy lately with a variety of acting roles, such as appearing in the movies The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County, and 12 Years a Slave.
Martin Freeman has said that it’s basically a toss-up which character fans recognize him for, Bilbo Baggins or Dr. Watson. He’s said that the most “manic” fans, though, are usually the Dr. Watson ones. Freeman claims, also, that he’s the one who really “started” the immense amount of media and fan attention that’s being paid to his co-star in the Sherlock Holmes series, Benedict Cumberbatch.
How did Sherlock Holmes survive his “suicide attempt”?
At the end of season two of Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty had told Sherlock that he had paid assassins ready to kill everyone Sherlock knew and loved if he didn’t jump of the building’s roof that they were both on and kill himself. To protect those people, Sherlock jumped to his apparent demise, though not before Moriarty took his own life by blowing his brains out (or, at least, making Sherlock believe that he did).
How will the season three debut episode of Sherlock Holmes reveal that the sleuth survived? The episode on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS is called The Empty Hearse. I won’t mention any spoilers, other than to say that more than one explanation will be given for how Holmes survived.
Many actors have taken on the part of Sherlock Holmes in movies and TV series, perhaps most notably, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone, and Robert Downey, Jr. The sleuth has also been portrayed in the U.S. in the series set in New York, Elementary, by Jonny Lee Miller. Miller’s maternal grandfather, Bernard Lee, played M in the first 11 James Bond movies. I really like Miller’s take on the character, but there’s something to be said about having any movie or TV series based upon Holmes to be set in England, like the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes.
I, for one, am counting down the minutes until the third season of Sherlock Holmes debuts on PBS. Join me in watching, please, and then come back here to read my recap/review of the episode!
Written by: Douglas Cobb