8:45 pm EST, January 2, 2014

‘Sherlock’ series 3: Our 10 favorite moments of ‘The Empty Hearse’

By Hypable Staff | Edited by Karen Rought

Sherlock series 3 launched last night, and to celebrate, the Hypable staff have picked their favorite moments from “The Empty Hearse.”

Sherlock is only on air for about two weeks every two years, so when we do get these concentrated bursts of brilliance, it’s important to enjoy every second of it that we can! To help you relish this short but sweet broadcast window, Hypable writers Harri Sargeant and Marama Whyte have selected their 10 favorite moments from “The Empty Hearse” in the first of a series of Sherlock articles, accompanied by GIFs made by writer Tariq Kyle. Check them out below, and make sure you share your faves in the comments below!

Empty Hearse 1 Mary Morstan

When Sherlock reads Mary, he comes up with, amongst other things, “clever” and “liar.” If she ranks as clever on Sherlock Holmes’ standards, she is certainly one to watch. The “liar” tag also has us asking questions, as does Mary’s ability to decipher a skip code immediately. Is there more to the future Mrs. Watson than meets the eye?

Mary is a delightful addition to the series, and we adore Amanda Abbington’s portrayal. The undeniable chemistry between Abbington and Freeman is easily explained by the fact that they are real-life partners; the chemistry between Abbington and Cumberbatch comes down to them both being fantastic actors. A woman who isn’t threatened by John and Sherlock’s friendship? Now that’s someone who we are interested in.

She gives dramatic readings of John’s blog, she put up with the moustache disaster, and she suggests T-shirts that say “I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes.” She interrupts her own marriage proposal to applaud herself. Mary arrived in Sherlock as a likeable, complicated and fully formed character. We can’t wait to get to know her better, and next week’s “The Sign of Three” looks like a great place to start. – Marama Whyte


As soon as the first images of Sherlock series 3 were released, fans were a little concerned about John Watson’s new moustache. As it turned out, so were all of the characters – everyone had a quip or two to make about the strange choice in facial hair. Even Mrs. Hudson had a sarcastic comment up her sleeve.


But it was the interchanges between Sherlock, John and Mary that provided the best entertainment. The great detective (sans his own drawn on ‘tache) insulted the upper-lip-slug within minutes of revealing he was still alive, earning himself a punch. And that wasn’t even the end of it, as Mary eventually confessed she wasn’t a fan. The T-shirt’s in the post.

It was a fun nod to the classic image of Doctor Watson, but most of the fandom are thrilled to see the back of it. Let’s just hope Sherlock never goes into hiding again, or else we might see some strange sideburns or even a goatee. – Harri Sargeant


Empty Hearse 3 Mollys Boyfriend

Oh, Molly. It was all going so well! Having turned down Sherlock’s offer of a romantic date at the local fish and chip bar, it seemed that the bumbling scientist had finally moved on. So when she brought her boyfriend to Baker Street to celebrate the super sleuth’s miraculous return, we all waited with bated breath to see what he would be like.

As it turned out, he bore more than a passing resemblance to Sherlock – from his long coat and shoes to the trademark scarf, Tom could have easily passed as the corpse used in the Reichenbach stunt. Thankfully, her friends go down the tactful route and don’t point out the similarities. Instead, they just share a few grins when her back’s turned.

We’ll have to wait to find out what the future holds for Molly and Tom, but let’s just hope he doesn’t end up like “Jim from IT” and launch a criminal network hell-bent on dismantling her former crush’s reputation. – Harri Sargeant


Empty Hearse 5 Sherlock Lives

“The Empty Hearse” was a highly comedic episode, but a lot of those laughs were derived from Anderson’s group for like-minded people – or the “I believe in Sherlock Holmes” support group.

And in Sherlock, as in real life, the theories said a lot more about the fans themselves than they related to the real events of the story. Anderson, a man very obviously racked with guilt over his part in the defamation of Sherlock Holmes, has turned Sherlock into a James Bond-esque figure, complete with kissing the girl. Other fans, perhaps more interested in Sherlock’s personal life than his ability to cheat death, give us even less likely explanations.

But what they all have in common is that they are hilarious, and in an episode dedicated to answering How Sherlock Did It, they were a neat story tool and a fun apology for inspiring two years of fan speculation. Mainly, we were disappointed that we didn’t get to hear more of their outlandish theories. Perhaps that is something for the DVD special features.- Marama Whyte


Empty Hearse 5 Sherlock top

Sherlock Holmes returned in this series 3 opener as a changed man. With the episode taking place two years after the events of season 2, we were a little worried that we were going to see the same old (albeit brilliant) Sherlock Holmes. How wrong we were.

The balance of “The Empty Hearse” is tricky. Sherlock is funnier than in the past two seasons, and in some ways seems to have mellowed – as seen in his interactions with his parents, and his behaviour toward Mary. And yet his ability to read social conventions and situations is even worse – he seriously thinks surprising John is the best method to break the news to him.

Given that Sherlock has been away from the very people who seemed to have humanised him, it is not surprising that he has (in some ways) reverted to his pre-series 1 state. But the development in other facets of his personality give us hope that he is a character who is growing and changing, and unlikely to stay stuck as a blunt one-joke character. – Marama Whyte

On page 2:

Actual bromances, shipping heaven, and a sinister cameo…

Pages: 1 2

We want to hear your thoughts on this topic!
Why not write a comment below or submit an article to Hypable.

Introducing the Hypable app

Free for iOS and Android