Synopsis: Why is someone destroying images of Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?
Review: Sherlock after what has been a two year break, but he is on license for the UK Government who has tasked him with figuring out what Moriarty’s end game was.
To this end. Sherlock who is now reunited with Watson and Mary along with the newborn Rosy proceeds to go about business as usual until a case worthy of his attentions pops up.
When a murder pops up, which involves the smashing of a bust of Margaret Thatcher. Sherlock’s interest is triggered and like a sniffer dog on speed he proceeds to follow a trail of clues, which leads him to events that took place in Mary’s past. Back in the days when she worked for AGRA.
The quips come thick and fast from all sides in this adventure, which ends rather tragically for Watson, but at the same time opens up a whole new can of worms as Sherlock is tasked with saving Watson, but from what or whom. There was much fun had with Sherlock asking who Maggie Thatcher was, which was admittedly somewhat juvenile, but still fun.
The fact that Mary’s past saw her connected with a member of Mycroft’s inner circle who ultimately betrays her was well executed. In fact the entire episode was full of red herrings and did manage to use a lot of misdirection in order to keep the average viewer guessing.
This was a very strong start for the new series and hopefully the way the fourth season will continue to play out. We’re promised a new villain in next weeks story. And with Watson missing for the time being. It will be interesting to see Sherlock cope without the one character that truly understands him and is able to diffuse the effects of Sherlock’s abruptness when dealing with the public.
We have a brilliant performance from Amanda Abbington who seems to have left Sherlock with an entire new house of cards to decifer as he gets to the bottom of AMMO and the consequences of how everything ties together.
- Incidental Music9.4