Note: If you have been eagerly anticipating the second season of the BBC's Sherlock, it begins in the US tonight on PBS as part of Masterpiece Mystery. Despite having seen it, Fernando is, of course, incredibly excited to watch it all over again.
If you have not had the pleasure of watching BBC's first season of Sherlock, please go watch it. The second season is finally upon us. The true treat of Steven Moffit's vision is clear as day in this season's three mysteries.
The first mystery - "A Scandal in Belgravia" - is wrapped in duality. We meet Sherlock's female counterpart, Irene Adler, part domanatrix, part Pandora's box. She is embodied beautifully by Lara Pulver.
She brilliantly teases Holmes more than any other mystery Holmes has ever faced. She does this by tickling Sherlock's ego with a potent sexuality that Holmes has little defense against. The two carry on a flirtation that keeps both the audience's and Holmes' attention like no other episode to date.
This mystery starts with a secret that Adler stole and now protects. A secret that Holmes is tasked with returning. This plot quickly gets stirred and muddled as motives and truths become a quicksand of danger that Holmes must rescue Adler from before she is forced to pay the ultimate price.
My fascination with this show is no secret. This season Moffit has managed to evolve the character exponentially and still provides viewers with a completely immersive experience into the mind of the great Sherlock Holmes.