When Sherlockians hadn’t still recovered from The Empty Hearse, Sherlock aired it’s second episode of the season last Sunday: The Sign of Three. The Sign of Three (a title that kind of reminds us of Doctor Who’s The Power of Three), revolves around John (Martin Freeman) and Mary (Amanda Abbington)’s wedding and the several ways that Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) dealed with being John’s best man.
WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS. Proceed at your own risk!
This episode divided into two plots that went together hand in hand perfectly. Plot A was John’s wedding and Sherlocks’ role as his best man. Plot B was “the Invisible Man” trying to murder Major Sholton and previously rehearsing his plan with a british guardian. The two plots were perfectly tied up when Sherlock mentioned John’s ability to save a life during his speech and when he later realised that the man who tried to kill that guardian was actually in the wedding and trying to murder Major Sholton with the same belt mechanism.
I have to say that the idea of watching 1 hour and a half of just one wedding didn’t appeal to me at first, but the show proved once more that it doesn’t lack of originality. The way the story progressed (as always, using lots of flashbacks) was superb. The episode was exciting, emotional and full of tear-jerking moments like Sherlock’s speech or John and Mary dancing to Sherlock’s violin playing. But the episode also has one of its funniest moments, like Sherlock and John going on a stag party and then trying to solve a case while still being drunk.
Season 3 has, so far, become my favourite season of the show. And if I thought The Empty Hearse was my favourite episode, The Sign of Three has taken its place. Let’s see if the same happens next week with His Last Vow. Congratulations to the crew, the cast and the BBC for making such awesome TV!
The best: -Sherlock’s mind palace when interrogating the victims online and imagining actually being with them in person. Brilliant! -Sherlock and John getting drunk. -Sherlock’s speech. -Mary. I love her character so much. Sherlock and her seem to get along too!
The worst: -Mollie’s attitude. I felt bad for poor Tom at times! -Sherlock feeling lonely and leaving the party early on his own. My heart crushed when Mrs. Hudson said “you wouldn’t understand cause you always live alone”.