Sunday, May 20, 2012

Final Problem, Final Episode

If it seems that the second season of the British drama Sherlock just started its run on PBS-TV, well, that’s because it just did--at the beginning of May. And tonight brings the concluding episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” which finds Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) confronting the insane criminal mastermind, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott). Together with “A Scandal in Belgravia,” this season’s opening show, I rank “Reichenbach” as one of my two favorite Sherlock installments thus far. Lyndsay Faye, author of the recent historical mystery The Gods of Gotham, as well as the concoctor of that 2009 Holmes adventure, Dust and Shadow, offers her thoughts on “The Reichenbach Fall” in Criminal Intent.

Ninety minutes in length, “The Reichenbach Fall” begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery!

By the way, if you haven’t been keeping up with Ms. Faye’s excellent commentary on Sherlock--both this season’s episodes and last year’s--you can still find her posts here.


Gary Phillips said...

I thought the second one, the Hound was weak but quite enjoyed The Reichenbach Fall. Sherlock needed Molly to get him a corpse to fool Warson -- the bike rider bumping into him as he ran toward the body (Holmes' fall slowed by some sort of wiring?) was the mis-direction and time to switch out the bodies. I suspect Lestrade was one of the paramedics on scene.

I'd also venture the chap -- the one that blew out his brains -- we knew as Moriarty was never Moriarty. He was an actor the real villain put up to this, possible brainwashed or unhinged to begin with, as he admits being insane on the roof. He or she will be revealed in season 3.

Barbara said...

For some reason I can't quite put my finger on, I don't like this series. Perhaps the actor who plays Sherlock? Anyway, it just doesn't work for me.