The wait is over and the game is on. Sherlock is finally back with Season 4 after a three-year break which tested the patience of the fans worldwide. If you are a Sherlock fan, you have been awaiting this day since 2014. The 2015 Christmas Special provided some relief but we definitely wanted more. The last season ended on a high note when Sherlock killed Charles Magnussen and was exiled for his crime. Until, Moriarty 'came back'. If you think that all your questions are going to be answered in the first episode itself you clearly have no experience of dealing with Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. But what they definitely are good at is making it worth the wait.
The season begins exactly where it last left off. So if you have trouble recalling all the finer details, it is advisable to watch His Last Vow before you begin. Although there is a short preview, you will thank us for making you catch up. The official details of Charles Magnussen's assassination have been doctored so that Sherlock can come back home and find out whether Moriarty is actually back. Sherlock meanwhile resumes his work with a tad more zealousness as he solves a variety of cases in his quick manner without leaving his couch (you might want to slow down when you come to this part of the episode). While he is awaiting Moriarty's next step, he stumbles onto a case that changes everything.
Your greatest disappointment with the episode might be that after a three-year-long wait there are questions that are still unanswered but remember that there is a whole season (of two or maybe three more episodes) still left for those. Loosely based on The Six Napoleons, you will feel that familiar thrill when Sherlock solves all those cases making you wonder whether it is actually that elementary. The dynamics between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) remains unchanged with the added bonus of Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) who has not only given birth to a baby girl but is also an active member of team Sherlock now. One thing is for sure – the upcoming episodes are going to change the dynamics for the characters and we can't wait to see how that will be handled. There is a slight nagging nostalgia of the times when it was Sherlock just solving murders and thefts (normal things) instead of getting involved in some national security matters. Maybe the makers will pay heed to that we might get an episode like The Hound of Baskervilles or The Blind Banker again. Although they were stand-alone episodes, they had their own appeal.
The pressure of making it worth the wait seems apparent as they have tried of infuse multiple stories into one with neither getting not enough time. Also, Moffat's influence prevails with a tear-jerking ending, which will just intensify the wait for next week's episode. The stakes have increased and, in its own way, justice is being served but this time, it's working against Sherlock as the past wants to catch up. If you have not seen the episode yet, make sure you catch it tomorrow and do share this with fellow lovers of Sherlock.