Sherlock fans are so starved for material that it is always a celebration when any scrap of the show is revealed. Today is like Christmas come early, then, as a 90 second long trailer has just dropped – giving us our first ever look at the much anticipated season 4. The video was first revealed at the Sherlock panel at the San Diego Comic-Con before finding its way online.
Without further ado, have a watch of the teaser trailer below.
What immediately jumps out about this trailer is the significantly darker tone to what we are used to with Sherlock. It’s full of characters at odds with another and fraught with anxiety. It’s not until the last few seconds that we get something approaching one of the show’s trademark quips. This is knocked on the head when an irate Molly claims that it’s “not a game” – a nod to Sherlock’s catchphrase, “the game is on.”
Moriarty’s shadow also looms heavily over the trailer – and Sherlock himself – as something or someone unidentified is apparently heading to Baker Street to cause havoc. Captain America‘s Toby Jones also features at several points to taunt the detective. Jones is confirmed to be the main villain of the season’s second episode.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Rupert Graves and Una Stubbs, Sherlock season 4 is written exclusively by the show’s creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. While no official broadcast date has been given just yet, it is a safe bet that the series will return on New Year’s Day 2017 – just as the previous two seasons have also done.
In the meantime, Sherlock fans can look forward to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marvel debut in Doctor Strange. A second full-length trailer for the movie was also just released at SDCC.
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