Right now I have a severe affliction. I can’t stop smiling, I have this warm glow settling over my insides, I’m downright giddy. What could have possibly caused this? What could have made this normally sarcastic and dour writer, dare I say it…happy? Ecstatic even. Well, SHERLOCK IS BACK ON THE AIR. That’s right people season 3 has just debuted in the UK and thanks to the power of the internet I was able to watch it. Now Season 3 will be on in America on PBS Masterpiece Mystery later this month (Sunday, January 19th. Save the date.) but there was no way I was waiting to see it. Now I’ve seen it and I have to say…It. Was. Glorious. Absolutely fantastic! I won’t spoil anything but I just wanted to tell the world how amazing this episode was. John and Sherlock are back on the case and I’ve never been happier. To me personally the whole episode felt like a love letter to the fandom. It was like Moffat has been watching the fandoms slow decent into the darkest depths of insanity (which he totally has and has been enjoying every minute of it) and decided to give us this opening episode. To me the writers were saying, “Hey, I know you’ve been in pain and languishing in the dark voids of despair. We just want to say we love you and that you’ll be back there soon enough so here, have this episode of joy and perfection to make up for all the pain that you have felt and will feel in the future.”. Thank you. I know I’ll be in pain soon seeing as there are only 3 episodes to a season and Moffat has promised us a cliffhanger worse than the one we had last season but the episodes I do have got me through it…sort of. I really can’t calm down right now. The inner me is jumping up and down shrieking with joy. Part of me feels that the episode was a hallucination brought on by the prolonged episode of the series. If that’s true it was a mass hallucination shared by the fandom and I’m ok with that. Ok, I need to stop writing now because I’m barely making words I’m so happy. Just…watch it as soon as you can.