By Brent Glass
That’s all she wrote, folks. The season finale of Sherlock aired last night, signaling – for me, at least – a lull in good television. That is, of course, until Mad Men returns in April. I thoroughly enjoyed the third season, though I must admit not all critics were completely enamored as myself. I think it’s safe to say, however, that the third episode was the best of the third season.
There was a new villain in town. Moriarty’s empire was toppled, and now the sleuth needed a fresh mastermind to keep him on his toes. Enter Charles Magnussen. A genius blackmailer, Magnussen used his knowledge of people’s darkest secrets against them. Even the British government was wary of this man (I think they should work on that. First Moriarty, now Magnussen?) But he is good. Real good. He even has some dirt on the seemingly impregnable Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock, through a complex fake engagement, managed to surreptitiously enter Magnussen’s heavily guarded office. However, he was not the first one to the party. Someone with a past was there. Mary Morstan, recently renamed Mary Watson. Apparently, Mary had not been completely forthright with John. After being shot, Sherlock awakened in a hospital bed. The newly acquired information was too much to hold him to hospice and he proceeded to escape.
As one may ascertain, it wasn’t long until John was made aware of Mary’s true identity; Holmes slyly tricked Mary into telling John herself. Needless to say, the marital bliss abruptly ended.
Eventually, however, possibly because of the holiday season, John forgave Mary and decided to destroy the information Magnussen had on her. It was a job for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. To Sherlock’s chagrin, the duo found out that Magnussen did not keep actual records of people’s secrets but utilized his “mind palace” as Holmes had. Irrefutably outplayed, Sherlock did the unthinkable and unloaded a round into Magnussen’s skull. Unfortunately for Sherlock, the British government was on the scene by this point.
There are obviously two crucial developments in the Sherlock series. 1. Mary Morstan continues to be a dynamic character, adding to the humor and drama of the show. 2. Sherlock was so completely outsmarted his only option was fatal violence.
The latter is something most would not expect. Sherlock never killed anyone in Doyle’s works and his mind had always been sufficient. However, after running through all possible scenarios, he figured there was no other option. Knowing fully well that he would be taken away, he was willing to do the dirty deed for the sake of John’s and Mary’s futures. Sherlock has gone soft. Just kidding.
The good news is that Sherlock will be around for two more seasons. The bad news is it could take another two years for a season (I hope not). I do know one thing, however: It will be worth it.
Oh yeah, Moriarty is back!
Brent Glass is a Michigander who graduated from Eureka College in May of 2013. He spent time at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, IN (a non-partisan think tank) where he worked on political economy pieces for Detroit, MI and Elkhart, IN. Additionally, he spent the summer of 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, working on social media management. Currently he is working as a freelance writer for Sagamore Institute, creating a social media management business (Connect You Consulting) and working full-time as a Management Assistant to the owner of a car dealership. He plans to further his education in the fall of 2014 in public policy.