By Courtney Rowan
Benedict Cumberbatch in all his glory returns this Sunday with his sidekick, Martin Freeman, as Sherlock and Watson and I could not be more excited! As I’ve stated before, last year’s series honestly may have been the most intriguing 4 and half hours of television I’ve ever watched.
What To Expect in Series 2
A contributor at Sparklife.com has put together a great list of 10 things to expect from Series 2, a few of which I wanted to share to get you all geared up for Sunday’s premiere:
3. Irene Adler: A new addition to the season is Lara Pulver playing Irene Adler. For all of you who have read the original Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler is possibly the only woman Sherlock was ever interested in (yep, girls just weren’t his area). In this version, she’s absolutely stunning. She’s strong and smart—and utterly seductive. An amazing new character who I hope we’ll see more of.
4. Hound of Baskerville: Probably one of the most famous stories in the entire Sherlock Holmes adventures, Hound of Baskerville is masterfully adapted in Season 2. Please remember to not watch it late at night. Put your lights on, have a friend with you. It’s probably the most horror-filled of all the Sherlock episodes yet, and you want to be prepared. Please. I don’t want to you to have nightmares.
5. A Heart: Sherlock has been reliably informed that he doesn’t have a heart. But we viewers will learn that’s not quite true as we get to see a lot more of his humanity develop in season 2. It’s just so, SO heartwarming (and absolutely heartbreaking as we get to the final episode—but that’s a bit of a spoiler).
10. The Reichenbach Fall: Those of you who have already read the original Sherlock Holmes know the significance behind the words “The Reichenbach Fall”—but even if you know what’s going to happen, you’re still going to be traumatized. Mentally prepare yourself for the shock the final episode of the season will give you. Gatiss, Moffat, and THOMPSON (who wrote this tear-tastic episode—darn you, Thompson!) have created an absolute mind-kill for everybody. Get some tissues ready. Be prepared to have a broken brain, and maybe a broken heart too, after watching.
Aghhhhh! So much to look forward to… Do yourself a favor and read the full list here.
The Next 3 Mysteries
In addition to the list above, Mania.com has a brief description of all three episodes:
“A Scandal in Belgravia” Airdate: 5/6/2012
Episode: Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten.” It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage — love?
“The Hounds of Baskerville” Airdate: 5/13/2012
Episode: Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments — top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors
“The Reichenbach Fall” Airdate: 5/20/2012
Episode: In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective.
Now for some Trailers…
Anglotopia has put all 4 trailers released by the BBC for the second series into one video. So, here’s some clues on what to expect:
Watch all the videos PBS Masterpiece Mystery has posted on Sherlock Series 2 here.
Season 2 of Sherlock returns to the States on Sunday, May 6th on PBS Masterpiece Mystery – check for your local PBS listings.
Sources: Sparknotes.com, Mania.com, Anglotopia