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06 January 2014 @ 11:26 pm
Sherlock: The Sign of Three  
I think it's becoming a trend that I always like the 2nd episodes of Sherlock best.


The big day is here for John and Mary. Hopefully things will turn out better for them than it did in their previous incarnation.

This might be a first but I don't think I have any genuine strong Dislikes for this episode. I have maybe mild frowns but no seething Dislikes which is kind of incredible for someone who is as critical as me so huzzah for Stephen Thompson!

Likes (if I wasn't going to say the entire episode):
1) Sherlock is the best best man - I really thought this was going to go completely sideways but I loved every detail of Sherlock putting in some real effort to be a good best man for John. I loved the Blue Screen of Death Face Sherlock got when John first asked him, I loved how invested he got in the entire thing (the folded napkins! from youTube!) and how he managed to be very Sherlocky about the entire thing (science will beat drunkeness!) but not a jerk. Yes, I started to wonder during the start of the best man speech (nice shout out to "The Sign of Four" though) but it got so heartwarming (as unintended as it was on Sherlock's part. He's just stating facts) that I was swept up with everyone else with how great it all was. It was also interesting to see how his lack of social deftness can make Sherlock an awkward figure. Mainly because we almost never see this on the show as it's either done to highlight Sherlock's superiority or used for pure comedy. But my heart went out to him over how awkward he looked when he was using his flashcards during his speech and how out of place he looked and felt at the very end with the dance.

2) Deducing under the influence - Seeing Sherlock do his Sherlock-vision while intoxicated is the greatest thing Thompson has ever given us.

3) John Watson of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers - I always enjoy it when John's previous life as a soldier is brought into play. And I very much enjoyed seeing his old commanding officer. So...DOES he talk about Sholto all the time to Mary? No wonder Sherlock's all jealous. Still, it was nice to see John's clear admiration for Sholto and how happy he was that he came to the wedding. It really makes me want to write fic of John when he was still in the army.

4) Sherlock's Revamped Mind Palace - Again, really liking this season's style of showing us Sherlock's method. I was also super intrigued that when it came down to the boiling point of Sherlock figuring out something was going to happen at the wedding, the person talking to him through it in his head was Mycroft. The show has only recently started to shift the Holmes brothers' relationship into something other than constantly adversarial so it was interesting to see Mycroft have this role in Sherlock's brain. And how Sherlock snapped out of it and used John to center himself back to the real world. Very, very interesting.

5) Sally Donovan - We got Sally! I thought she'd be MIA this season so it was lovely to see her. And see her being a competent police officer who wasn't there just so that the audience could hate her for hating Sherlock.

6) Clues? Clues? - The episode dropped a few clues for what I dread is coming up in the last episode. We got Mary casually mentioning that she's an orphan, there was that telegram from C.A.M (Charles Augustus Magnusson, yes?) congratulating Mary only about the wedding and how it's a shame her family wasn't there to see it, and Sherlock making that rather heartfelt LAST VOW that he'll always be there for John, Mary, and Baby Watson. I liked how these were all tossed in very casually, even as I really fear what the last episode will bring.

Very Mild Dislikes:

1) Sherlock is Magic? - Did Sherlock really get past the guards by putting on a beefeater hat? That doesn't seem right. Even for the world of Sherlock where lots of insane things happen.

2) Poor Tom - I already feel bad for him that he's such a distant 2nd choice in Molly's heart. Actually, I felt bad for both Molly and Tom that they were largely at this wedding for the Molly Still Isn't Over Sherlock storyline being present.

3) How tight is that belt? - Can you really be stabbed and not know it? I get the belt holding the wound together but wouldn't you feel SOMETHING when an implement stabs you deep enough that you nearly bleed to death? I'm a bit skeptical about this one but may be it is possible and I just don't know.

4) Really, Nurse? - Was the nurse extremely desperate that her case be taken on immediately or could she not see that both Sherlock and John were falling over drunk? Would you really want someone hammered to take on your case? I momentarily thought that she was in on the plot to kill Sholto and thought it neatly explained why she persisted with Sherlock despite his clear inebriation but then realized that no, she was just an unintentional informant.
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The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 7th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
Deducing under the influence - Seeing Sherlock do his Sherlock-vision while intoxicated is the greatest thing Thompson has ever given us.

I very nearly rofled on that, for reals. I could not stop laughing at not only Sherlock failing to deduce anything useful, but referring to speakers as something like 'makes noise thing'. Bloody brilliant.

I get the belt holding the wound together but wouldn't you feel SOMETHING when an implement stabs you deep enough that you nearly bleed to death? I'm a bit skeptical about this one but may be it is possible and I just don't know.

I actually figured it out the moment the guard was stabbed, because that is how Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated. She was stabbed through her corset, didn't realize it, went home, took off the corset and bled to death. As soon as it was a locked room mystery, I went 'he was stabbed and then took his clothes off and died'. So, I don't know if a belt is as tight as a corset, but it's plausible, at least.

I was also super intrigued that when it came down to the boiling point of Sherlock figuring out something was going to happen at the wedding, the person talking to him through it in his head was Mycroft.

I loved this, because I felt like Sherlock was panicked, and he knew he had to be clever, and he acknowledged last week that Mycroft is cleverer than him. So, not only was he using the person who taught him how to deduce to help him, but he was trying to be more like Mycroft to solve the problem.

My only sadness about this is that now my post-Reichenbach brother interactions are out of character, and I could have had so much fun making them friendlier too each other. But at least I have canon versions to work with. In general, my Sherlock now seems a bit too cold, and I generally thought I tended to make him warmer than he really is. I will try to nudge him in the right direction.

But seriously, I think this my favourite episode ever. Aside from feeling somewhat like they have been reading my fanfiction, it was everything I wanted. Everything.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 7th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
I could not stop laughing at not only Sherlock failing to deduce anything useful, but referring to speakers as something like 'makes noise thing'. Bloody brilliant.

My favorite was him noticing the leather chair and thinking sleeeeep.

I actually figured it out the moment the guard was stabbed, because that is how Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated.

Ah, okay! Thanks for this! Now I'm very much less skeptical.

But seriously, I think this my favourite episode ever. Aside from feeling somewhat like they have been reading my fanfiction, it was everything I wanted. Everything.

Many fans seemed to note that this seemed like fanfic. And I'd read those comments before seeing the episode so I feared the worst and instead it turned out to be the best.

I could have had so much fun making them friendlier too each other.

Well, onward you can! I'm so pleased that the show's canon is making them "closer" if that's the right term for them.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 7th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
My favorite was him noticing the leather chair and thinking sleeeeep.

Whenever Benedict pretends to be drunk, I love it. He has such a great way of moving his body around, that's so ungraceful and unlike typical Sherlock movement. The two of them giggling was adorable, and I also love how Sherlock decided not to invite anyone else with them on the stag-do. I'm sure Lestrade and Stamford would have come, but Sherlock is the Best Man and he has Things Under Control. I just wanted to huggle him all the way through this episode. I was just going from 'aww' to 'ha' and back, and at some points, doing both. It is absolutely the Sherlock thing to take something and get obsessed with it, be it case or wedding.


Well, onward you can! I'm so pleased that the show's canon is making them "closer" if that's the right term for them.


Yes, me too. Since in canon, they do get along rather well. I think now we're coming to canon!Sherlock's portrayal, like what we've seen previously was him growing up to be where we meet Sherlock in the original stories, maturity wise.
aelfgyfu_mead: Spockaelfgyfu_mead on January 8th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
I actually figured it out the moment the guard was stabbed, because that is how Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated. She was stabbed through her corset, didn't realize it, went home, took off the corset and bled to death.
That's so cool! I mean, not that someone died horribly, but that it's plausible and you worked it out.

Aside from feeling somewhat like they have been reading my fan fiction
I thought so too!

Edited at 2014-01-08 12:31 am (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 8th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
That's so cool! I mean, not that someone died horribly, but that it's plausible and you worked it out.

There is a German musical about her that I was interested in once upon a time and I did some research into her. She had a very sad life, unfortunately, but an interesting one,
shadowfireflame: Sherlock in Molly's labshadowfireflame on January 7th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
Deducing under the influence - Seeing Sherlock do his Sherlock-vision while intoxicated is the greatest thing Thompson has ever given us.

Agreed. And drunk!Sherlock is the best thing ever, seriously.

I love this review and agree with pretty much everything you've said here. This was one of my favorite episodes ever. It's so interesting that you always like the second episodes. Mine tend to vary--I like "A Study in Pink" better than the other two, then "Reichenbach," and so far now this one, so what's that, 1, 3, and 2? Hahaha.

I loved every detail of Sherlock putting in some real effort to be a good best man for John.

YES, totally. So often he is portrayed as cold and uncaring, but here he really opened up and was delightful even while so obsessed with the wedding and terrified about his future.

(Also, awanderingbard, I feel like these two newest episodes have been like watching your canon come to life, except Alec looks a little different and Sarah's named Mary! But when they said Mary might be pregnant, my jaw dropped and it was brilliant.)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 7th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
I feel like these two newest episodes have been like watching your canon come to life, except Alec looks a little different and Sarah's named Mary! But when they said Mary might be pregnant, my jaw dropped and it was brilliant

I'm glad it's not my own self-centredness thinking that, because, seriously. It's weird.

Mine tend to vary--I like "A Study in Pink" better than the other two, then "Reichenbach," and so far now this one, so what's that, 1, 3, and 2? Hahaha.

I prefer Gatiss episodes, myself. I like The Great Game and The Hounds of Baskerville the best. I like his versions of the characters the best, I think. But this is definitely my favourite episode so far, just because I felt as though everything I always wanted to happen did. Just an episode about Sherlock and John being bros. That's what I watch the show for.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 7th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
YES, totally. So often he is portrayed as cold and uncaring, but here he really opened up and was delightful even while so obsessed with the wedding and terrified about his future.

He was so remarkably thorough and involved with every aspect of the wedding. It was surprising but really, really appreciated. I'll never get over him giving Mary a choice of Sydney Opera House or Swan. Which he learned on youTube!
aelfgyfu_mead: brilliantaelfgyfu_mead on January 8th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
I'll never get over him giving Mary a choice of Sydney Opera House or Swan. Which he learned on youTube!
Yes!

(I hope it's not annoying that I'm coming in and just agreeing with everything, but I'm agreeing enthusiastically. I'd have said more if I'd got here sooner, before most of what I was thinking had been said!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 8th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Enthusiastic agreement is never annoying!
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlock and Johnaelfgyfu_mead on January 8th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Yes to everything! Including the Mild Dislikes.

I cheered at seeing Sally. I'm glad she didn't leave the Met or go all Anderson or anything.

I loved the speech, and every time I started to think it was going too long or a bit too far, there was something else really moving.

I love John. And Mary. And John and Mary and Sherlock. No, not that way ("We can't all dance together."). I want everyone to be happy. And I felt like they were. Some people took Sherlock's leaving at the end as heartbreaking; I took it as having a touch of melancholy, perhaps, but otherwise happy. He did everything he meant to do and more. He gave a memorable speech! He played the waltz. He was there for John, and he didn't let him down. That's what he meant to do.
Plus, he found a woman who could appreciate his talents, solved multiple cases at once, and danced a little.

Thingy! Thingy!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 8th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
I took it as having a touch of melancholy, perhaps, but otherwise happy.

I got the feeling that Sherlock is glad that John is happy. Even if he might not get why he's glad that John's glad, he just is. But he probably is a bit worried about how things will change and he (Sherlock) is uncertain where he stands amidst the change. Which, let's face it, we all feel when friends and loved ones make huge changes in their lives.