Sherlock S301 - The Empty Hearse

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002
Synopsis from Wiki:

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. John has moved on and has a girlfriend, Mary Morstan. Sherlock enlists Molly to assist him, but when John is kidnapped by unknown assailants and is rescued by Sherlock and Mary, John returns to help find the terrorists and an underground plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament during an all night sitting on Guy Fawkes Night.

It was interesting to see the different conjectured ways that Sherlock might have survived. However, that just helped underline the very contrived nature of it all - made even more clear the supposed reveal. There were 13 different ways the situation could have developed, but everything was put in contingency for just one? And why the big focus on fooling Watson, when the entire point was to fool the would-be assassins? Who were very quickly taken care of, anyway! It would have made more sense, in hindsight, for Sherlock to just wander, pushing for time until the would-be assassins were all caught - which would not have been long.

And it didn't really make any sense why Sherlock never informed John Watson, when apparently so many other people knew?

Anyway, aside from that, generally entertaining and in character with the overall series, though underlined by a sense of the contrived.

A very tense stand-off over the bonfire was perhaps the highlight.