But know what?
Totally worth it.
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss the series creators who brought this updated version of the classic consulting detective and his associate Dr. John Watson into the modern age return with series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson) and within moments, it was like they never left.
The series opener, A Scandal In Belgravia picks up where the first series finale, The Great Game left us hanging, in a face off with the notorious Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott).
The situation is defused, and Moriarty escapes.
Holmes is sullen and despite being inundated with potential cases, none of them rate his attention. Watson stays busy with a successful blog, chronicling their adventures, generating an enormous amount of hits.
Finally, they are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft (played by producer Mark Gatiss) to Buckingham Palace in what is a laugh out loud scene and one that reinforces the dynamics of all the relationships.
It seems one of the royals has gotten themselves into a spot of trouble with a spirited dominatrix named Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), known to Holmes as The Woman. She keeps secrets, and has a slew of them on her mobile, secrets that could cost her life.
Holmes is intrigued, and settles in to recover the phone, or more precisely its contents. But unfortunately there is a much longer game on, and we quickly learn that no one can be trusted.
The writing is in top-form, everything we came to expect from the first series. The writing is sharp, witty, and engaging. The two leads have such great chemistry together that you buy completely into their relationship.
Freeman’s Watson is a little grouchy, but incredibly loyal to his friend, which is good because for the first time Holmes is almost out of his depth, and despite the fact that he truly believes he doesn’t need anyone, we can see that he does.
The opener is rife with moments that I loved, the punch scene, the discussion of stealing an ashtray from Buckingham Palace – and Sherlock’s attire in that scene, Adler’s first appearance to Holmes, his observational skills in deducing the combination to her safe, the banter, the deception, the puzzling out of the email, and the last scene.
Sure there are only two episodes left in the series already, but I am so glad you’re back Mr. Holmes.
Just call me a Baker Street Irregular.