Christmas can’t come soon enough, it would seem. Today, the BBC released the first full trailer for the Sherlock Christmas Special, which will feature Benedict Cumberbatch‘s titular detective and Watson (Martin Freeman) working a case in the 19th century. Creator Steven Moffatt and Mark Gattis wrote the elongated episode, and favored co-stars such as Rupert Graves, Amanda Abbington, and Una Stubbs will be returning as well in appropriate period-accurate wardrobes and facial hair.
Check out the trailer for the Sherlock Christmas Special below:
The overall tone of the few scenes and images that are teased in the trailer is far more grim than prior episodes of the sensational BBC series, but then, Season 3 of Sherlock certainly ended on a particularly gloomy moment. Then again, the Christmas Special doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the series and to hear Moffatt tell it, that’s exactly how he and Gatiss wanted the Special to come off. At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, he went on ad nauseum about how he envisioned the Special as a unique one-off, a project done mostly for the fun of the idea.
The problem is that, from the looks of it, it’s not quite as much fun as lugubrious crime plotting. There’s those images of hooded minions, looking like some higher order of the Ku Klux Klan, and general action fireworks, all of which suggests that the Special will not be so much about the wit and more about the dark elements of crime and violence that our beloved heroes must untangle and reckon with. “Every war has its suicide mission,” says Sherlock at one point and there’s just a hint of machismo in that bit of dialogue, as if he were trying to pull a John McClane-type one-liner. Nevertheless, this is the first new entry in the Sherlock canon since the superb Season 3 closer, and to say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.