The hit BBC television show Sherlock has returned with a fury. The first episode of the shows 4th season aired on January 1st of 2017. Titled The Six Thatchers, the episode takes many twists and turns before revealing just what the real mystery is. As is the case with show-runner Steven Moffet the episode is jam packed with many great Easter eggs for those who are looking, many of these are from the original Sherlock short stories of yesteryear, but there are also other eggs left for the eagle-eyed fan. In The Six Thatchers there is a delightful Easter egg that does not come from any of the cannon Sherlock stories but comes from one of the hundreds of Sherlock movies.
Many of you will remember the outstanding Disney animated classic The Great Mouse Detective, while it is not directly a Sherlock Holmes story it is directly influenced by the films and stories. Even going so far as to name the Sherlock mouse detective Basil, after actor Basil Rathbone who has been regarded as one of the best cinematic Sherlock's to date. In the season 4 premier of Sherlock, Sherlock tells Watson they are going to see Toby, at the home of a hacker. When They arrive Watson asks why Sherlock needs a hacker at all, to which Sherlock replies, Toby is not the hacker. The door opens to reveal Toby is a bloodhound who is owned by the hacker.
Now this Easter egg refers to a scene in the animated film The Great Mouse Detective when Basil and Dr. Dawson enlist the help of a Bloodhound named Toby to held foul the plans of Moriarty stand in Professor Ratigan. In The Six Thatchers the plot is very similar with Sherlock, Watson and Mary all following Toby around London in an attempt to foul what Sherlock thinks is Moriarty (In much the same scene Basil, Dawson and Olivia also follow him around London) The callback to such an original and unique classic of Holmes history is very fun to witness. Moffat is well known for referencing classic Easter eggs in all his work be it Doctor Who or Sherlock, and it was refreshing to see one that was well hidden and very memorable.