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Okay, let me just say this – I am so happy to have Sherlock back on television. It was a long wait, but it was so worth it. We were at the SDCC Sherlock panel in July and we saw such a great teaser of this season. It made the wait even harder because we knew how good this season was going to be. Episode one: The Empty Hearse was even better than I imagined. There was so much going on in this episode, but I’ve narrowed it down to my 5 favorite moments.
1. The opening scene. This was just one of the theories presented of how Sherlock faked his death. It culminates with my most favorite moment from the episode. THE KISS!!!!!!!! Molly Hooper, played by Louise Brealey, you are one lucky woman! The whole thing takes a couple seconds but it’s television perfection – putting the collar up, the hair tussle, and finally the kiss. I’ve watched the GIF of that scene a million times. I have a problem. Major swooning going on.
2. The restaurant scene aka Sherlock’s grande entrance: There is so much to love about this scene. Sherlock is so pleased with himself as he displays his crazy skills of deduction – the classic smug self assurance that we love is in full effect. It was hilarious how frustrated Sherlock was when Watson didn’t recognize him in his waiter disguise. We’re introduced to Watson’s new love, Mary. Mary is a remarkable woman – even when their proposal goes all wrong, thanks to Sherlock’s poor timing, she takes it all in stride. She’s there for John, but you can also see that she is going to be an ally of Sherlock as well.
3. Theory #2 of how Sherlock fakes his death -- Moriarity and Sherlock on the roof. The other “kiss” in the episode – wow! Why did they cut away!??! Sherlock faked his death so he could be with Moriarty? Not likely but scene was fun.
4. Deductions: The scene opens with Mycroft and Sherlock playing chess. Well, that’s what we thought – turns out they’re playing Operation. This leads to them playing a game of deductions. Sibling rivalry is quite evident and it’s fun to see them try to one up each other. Who knew you could learn so much from a ski hat?!
5. Finally seeing Holmes and Watson back together on the case. They figure out that the terrorist plot is to blow up Parliament with a bomb filled train in the Tube. Unfortunately for them the bomb is activated while they’re on it. And from there tension and hilarity ensue as John begs Sherlock to diffuse the bomb. This scene turns emotional as John thinks they are going to meet their end. Poor John… once again Sherlock has manipulated the situation to get a rise out of John. In those tense moments John forgives Sherlock for faking his death. John makes Sherlock swear to never tell anyone how he reacted in this moment. He says he will kill Sherlock and Sherlock replies, “Killing me. That’s so two years ago.” Thank goodness! Welcome back to the world Sherlock. You were missed!
Such a brilliant episode. It was hard to narrow down my favorite parts. What were your favorite moments in this episode?