This is an instant reaction post, so it won’t be very polished. I just needed to get my “feels” out of the way.
Sherlock is back! I’ve REALLY missed it. I won’t spoil ‘The Empty Hearse’ too much; but I find it amusing (and sweet) that Lestrade is the only one who greets Sherlock’s return with the reaction he was hoping for. (Of course John isn’t going to be happy, Sherlock, how could you have thought otherwise?) It’s my favourite TV show not just because the cases and solutions are so cleverly thought out, and the episodes stylishly executed; the character interactions are such fun to watch and so “Britishly” dry and witty. A lot of the credit has to go to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. I just love watching him interact with everybody.
As usual, there are small touches of brilliance here and there that just enhance the overall quality of an already fantastic show, including Mycroft calling Sherlock in the midst of watching Les Mis with their parents and begging him to take his place during the interval. John punching Sherlock several times, and them changing locations after each time. And the makers reenacting not just one but several scenarios in which Sherlock could have survived that fall — to humour all the fans who spent time concocting up their own theories, I suppose. So was what Sherlock told Anderson the truth? Probably — but if they were to say Anderson was hallucinating the whole encounter, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’ve come to expect anything and everything from the creators of this show.