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Sherlock: Season 3

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How in the hell does this show manage to stay as good as it is?  Season 2 left nowhere for Season 3 to go, so it's going to be bad, right?  I mean, how many times can you bring a character back from the dead before your show has more in common with a Soap Opera than with a top-notch mystery drama?  This is the second time in a row that I've thought "It can't possibly be as good as I remember it" and then starting and finishing the series and thinking that, somehow, it was even better than I rememberd.  As soon as I begin watching a season of Sherlock, I'm reliably done within two days.  Sure, part of that is the fact that there's only three 90 minute episodes, but on the other hand, it's often difficult to find 90 uninterrupted minutes.  But we manage it, every time.

The great things from past seasons are completely undimmed.  Cumberbatch still has the perfect Holmesian manner, and still nails the sociopathic savant character well.  Freeman, even though he's a much bigger star now, still convincingly plays the exasperated sidekick.  And together, they still have an astounding magnetism.  The villain in this season isn't quite as good as Moriarty, but don't worry, he'll be back.  Did you miss him?

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