|Holmes spots something suspicious on a recently deceased corpse in a hospital morgue after conducting a few experiments on some unwitting cadavers.|
Another week and another case for Sherlock but despite what has been a pleasant surprise of a series so far, this episode can be counted as its first mis-step.
This week’s case is one entirely of Holmes’ own making as he spots something suspicious on a recently deceased corpse in a hospital morgue after conducting a few experiments on some unwitting cadavers. The observation puts him on the trail of a mercy killer at work in the hospital who is dispatching terminally ill patients.
In regards to how the episode plays out, there is a considerably more routine explanation to the mystery than what the series has offered so far and is an episode minus any truly notable surprises or twists. There are only a few viable suspects and the resolution is all too predictable. Now that a full series has been commissioned, you get the impression that this will be considered to be merely a “filler” episode in the long run and that there is something more challenging lined up for next week.
Jonny Lee Miller is still eminently watchable in the lead but is in rather more subdued form. In fact, the best aspect of the episode comes courtesy of Watson as she meets an old friend from her days as a surgeon and has to confront her past. It is one of Lucy Liu’s best performances so far and does show encouraging signs of the writers being able to broaden the show and ensure it has other strings to it’s bow rather than just being a vehicle for Miller.
The episode is far from atrocious but still ranks as the weakest of the current run. Here’s hoping for a return to form next week.
Review by Jonathan Gray