We hope you’ve enjoyed our trip to 221b Baker street as much as we have. We still need to post our individual episode commentaries, and then next week we’re taking a week off due to me having family obligations to tend to. But join us in two weeks when we will be starting Angel, season 2…Until then!
-Foodie and Elf
* There sure have been a lot of wedding episodes on different series this season. Apparently Sherlock wanted on the bandwagon? Except, of course, that it’s canon.
* I love that Sherlock writes them a waltz for his gift to them. And that he really works at it. It’s not just a throwaway gift. He made something just for them.
* Sherlock’s definitely very vulnerable in this episode. We see him actually doing everything he can to make this wedding come off well. including sending John off right, even if they did end up in a cell together.
* I’m very amused by Sherlock vetting Mary’s ex. He really is the scariest best man ever.
* They definitely had a great time with reaction shots in this one. The best man talk between Molly and the others, Sherlock’s reaction to being asked, Mary’s ex…oh, and Janine and Sherlock.
* I definitely like Janine in this, too. Her reactions to Sherlock are great fun, and she reminds me of Katie’s Morgana, too.
* Sherlock’s speech really is pretty horrific at first, but he does manage to get his stride when he starts to talk about John, and even more when he talks about their cases.
* Love seeing Alfie Enoch in this. He’s really grown up well from his time as Dean Thomas.
* Mary’s such a plotter—pitting both John and Sherlock against each other to keep them distracted before the wedding.
* Sherlock’s always at his best when there’s a case to figure out or talk about.
* Stag night is great. Not sure exactly what John was trying to accomplish there. Granted, Sherlock was being over-precise about everything, but tinkering with that? Not exactly smart.
* Love the courtroom in Sherlock’s mind palace. It’s great image use.
* I love that Mary refuses to be left behind when the boys run off to save John’s commander’s life.
* The ending is so sweet. Sherlock playing for them, his reveal of the baby, and even the flirting with Janine. It’s too bad he didn’t stick around. But then, he’s not really a party person.
3.2-The Sign of Three
*Really Sherlock? You called an emergency in to Lestrade for that? Well, I suppose technically Lestrade overreacted. He didn’t even inquire as to the problem before heading over there.
*I think Lestrade might be in love with Sherlock. So many ship Johnlock, but I think Lestrade is the one who truly is actually in love…
*Well, it wasn’t much of an actual wedding that we got to see, but then again, weddings are boring.
*Sherlock drinking eyeball coffee is not ok…OMG OMG OMG OMG *barfs*
*I can’t explain it(at least not yet), but Sherlock seems off somehow since he came back. Like he’s not as sharp as he normally is. I dunno, he’s just not…what he was before. I mentioned this to Elf and she used the word “vulnerable”. I think that is perfect. He’s more vulnerable somehow and yet he doesn’t realize it. He’s letting people, John and Mycroft so far, get into his head and that would never have happened before.
*The name-guessing scene must have been so fun to film. And then the drunk deduction scene too. How hysterical! It makes me almost forgive Sherlock for being a horrible person.
*I imagine Sherlock doesn’t drink that much, if at all, and he’s quite a lightweight.
*Sherlock on the floor asleep: “I’m tired, can’t we just be Death Eaters?”
*Why would John hate his middle name? Hamish is a lovely name.
*Is it an invisible man? Sherlock is beginning an invisible man search!
*Awwww, so sweet of Sherlock to play the violin at the wedding.
*Awww, very cute of Sherlock to be the first to recognize the signs of Mary’s pregnancy.
*I keep getting this feeling that the writers are going to pull a Lost on us and the next episode is going to somehow undo everything that has happened so far and none of it really happened. Like Sherlock made it all up in his head after he jumped off the roof. I mean, I was thinking about it, if he knew he was going to jump off that roof and onto a giant mattress thing, and would survive, then why was he crying? I don’t believe he was crying because he was sad at what he was about to put John through or because he was going to miss him when he had to leave, that’s not really like him at all. So, he had to be crying because he was scared and knowing that he was falling, most likely, to his doom…Well, I guess I’ll find out for sure next week…
* The fake solutions start up immediately. I’m personally of the opinion that we don’t get the full and honest truth, but the one told to Anderson does appear more plausible than most.
* Ugh. Is there anyone who honestly likes that horrible caterpillar John grew on his face? If so, they’re lying.
* The reveal of where Sherlock’s been is quite good. Even if you know it’s him, Mycroft is a bit of a surprise.
* Love John’s visit back to Baker Street, and Mrs Hudson’s strop about never calling. :D
* I will say, by the time Sherlock was looking more himself, Foodie was threatening his life once more for being an insufferable prat and making John suffer like that.
* Sherlock’s growing disguise in the restaurant is great. :D And I love that it works against him when he talks to John. No one looks at a waiter. Not really. Certainly not in a big place.
* John’s reaction when he does finally see him is both scary and perfect. Mary’s too. I love that she takes to Sherlock so quickly. Shows they’re two of a kind. John’s kind. :D
* Speaking of Mary, I do love her, though that hairstyle at the restaurant is horrid.
* Lestrade’s reaction to Sherlock is great, too. And calling him Graham…. :D
* Sherlock just moving back in like he never left… I hope Mrs Hudson hit him with the fry pan.
* At least the mustache had a short life. Not even half the episode. Thank God.
* Great shot there with the brothers playing each other, so that at first it looks like they’re playing chess. :D
* Even better is seeing Sherlock win a battle of wits against his brother.
* Love Molly especially this season. She’s pretty great all around. And I love that she gets to play John for a case. :)
* The talking to John even though he’s not there must have happened during his time away. He was so used to having him there, he kept talking to him, even though he wasn’t. Hard habit to break, now that he’s around people again…
* I love the Jack the Ripper case, even if it is just a tableau created by Anderson.
* The train case seems really just a distraction from the real story as well, though really, all of them do this season. The real story is John and Sherlock’s “lovestory.”
* Well, and the reasoning behind John’s abduction, too. But we don’t get that until the third episode.
* Sherlock’s parents—that’s a fun scene. :D
* And after the abduction, everything between John and Sherlock is basically back to normal, with one addition—Mary.
* The episode was making me want to watch Hitchhiker’s when they realized that they wouldn’t get out before the bomb went off. “So this is it. We’re going to die.” :) Didn’t help that it was Martin Freeman… ;D
* Mycroft suffering through Les Mis with their parents is priceless. :D
* And Sherlock is truly alive again at the end of the episode—and everyone knows. And all his well—or not, given the shadowy man watching a replay of John’s rescue from the fire…
3.1-The Empty Hearse
*And away we go…
*What the actual hell?
*Wow, I am so glad that was a bullshit theory and not what they actually came up with…I was about to turn off the tv and be done with this.
*I just vomited at John’s mustache.
*Ok, I have no idea what is going on…(torture scene)
*He just thought life would pause when he left? Like the world ceases to exist when he’s not in it?
*I would have coldcocked Sherlock with that wine bottle. Right in the head.
*Sherlock, this is not amusing. This really does show your lack of understanding people. I do approve of John’s reaction, it’s what I imagine somebody really would do if that happened in real life.
*Part of me thinks Sherlock should have stayed dead.
*Mycroft, what does that even mean, you are living in a world of goldfish? I don’t even know what that means…
*Brilliant casting of Sherlock’s parents. I mean, who else would be better to play them? And John is right, they are far too ordinary for him.
* *Begins to imagine Benedict’s parents as my future in-laws…*
*If they had the time stamp on the video, wouldn’t they be able to track down who was driving the train at the time?
*Poor John, he’s basically living in a real life version of the Truman Show. Assuming of course, that what Sherlock is saying is the truth. I suppose in the end, we have to decide to just trust him, or not.
*Sherlock is such a dick. He is inexcusable. Laughing at John like that, it’s just horrible. Why does John keep putting up with him???
*Sigh, this episode left me really emotionally drained. I lost a cousin just before Christmas and this episode brought back a lot of the pain that I thought I had worked past. It was definitely an unexpected trigger for me. I find myself possibly irrationally angry at Sherlock, because I cannot bring myself to be angry at my cousin. At least not yet. It’s easier to be angry at a character on a tv show, than at somebody who was real and a part of your life. But I have to say, that the writing of this episode was exemplary, and I think Mark Gatiss did a wonderful job with it. The way he wrote John’s reaction, I have to wonder if he’s lost somebody to suicide too, because it’s the kind of pain you can only truly understand if you’ve experienced it yourself. I was so moved, to be completely honest, that I wrote him a thank you letter and mailed it off tonight. Like actual snail mail. I have never really done anything like that before, and I’ll probably never hear anything back from him, but I felt I had to thank him for it. Maybe that makes me a big nerd, but I don’t care…!
* I’ve only seen this episode once, so I’d forgotten the opening. Not okay, guys…
* I love that they each have their own gripes about the press. Sherlock and that hat, and John and being single. Or not? ;)
* Moriarty seems like the sort of character I would usually love, but I don’t. I don’t hate him per se (though I don’t like him), but he’s off in a way that I guess I just can’t handle.
* Moriarty’s trial is such a farce… They should never have let Sherlock in the witness box. He’s a very bad witness. He ended up being the one being convicted. Not in actuality, but in public opinion. And the people close to him should have known that and stopped him from being there. Bad move.
* And that Reporter… Even without Moriarty, she was trouble. I wonder if she was already in his pocket, or if she honestly believed his lies, or at least convinced herself she did.
* I have entitled the Tea scene “Tea with Morry (arty).”
* The apple is truly creepy because it’s so common, and you’re so unaware of it until Sherlock looks at it after he leaves.
* Why on earth would you bring a modern common man to an old-fashioned men’s club without warning them what to expect? Really stupid move, Mycroft.
* I’d forgotten about the Kidnapping case that “proves” that Sherlock was the one behind everything.
* Molly is truly wonderful in this. It’s great to see her come into her own.
* Moriarty may be creepy, but he prefers to let others do his dirty work. Particularly when death is involved.
* Look! It’s CSI Bakerstreet!
* Moriarty may like flash and press, but his true plans are always less understandable than they appear, and have many twists and turns you just don’t expect.
* As I said with the first episode, Sally Donovan’s an Ass. And I especially hate that she decides that because she doesn’t like Sherlock, that everything bad she hears or suspects about him must therefore be true. Look, hate someone all you like, but use some fucking common sense and stop helping people look bad! They can do just fine on their own! okay, that came out more silly than intended, but you get my drift. It’s because she buys in so easily that the rest of this episode happens. If she hadn’t gone to Lestraude, he wouldn’t have believed it of Sherlock, but with her “proof,” suddenly he did. Fuck her backwards on a wooden and rusty sawhorse.
* I do love that John hit the Chief and ended up joining Sherlock. He’s a very loyal person.
* It’s great that Sherlock finally sees Molly for who she is, and she gets to play a role in the endgame. She deserves that much. And really, she only gets to because Sherlock overlooked her for so long. Because he did, so did Moriarty, discounting her as being anything to Sherlock, and therefore worthless in her eyes. It meant that Sherlock had her to fall back on for help when he most needed it.
* It does make me sad that Sherlock plots to get John out of the way while he confronts Moriarty. I hope he realizes that trick will only ever work once on John. Especially after this outcome.
* Sherlock hates to fail. He’s like Hermione in that instance. He’s sure, right up to the last second, that he can get Moriarty to back off. Until Moriarty kills himself. And then he has to follow through with the plan.
* I love how completely John believes in Sherlock, even when Sherlock is telling him otherwise.
* The end scene breaks me. Especially John’s voice breaking as he asks him not to be dead. And I’m tearing up again. Ugh.
2.3-The Reichenbach Fall
*Well, here goes nothing…
*Ahhhh, so it’s sort of an after the fact thing and then they go back and show you how they got there. Cool.
*Sherlock and paparazzi, not a good combo…
*Ok, creeper journalist in the bathroom. If you swapped the genders of the two, the okness of that whole scene goes from not at all, to about negative million.
*What is Moriarty’s true scheme? I bet it’s the Hulk…
*Moriarty needs to be in prison for some reason. He wants to go. But now he’s been found not guilty. So maybe that wasn’t the case?
*Moriarty has dead eyes.
*Mycroft, you are a horrible person.
*If you’re so worried about Sherlock, why did you let Moriarty out of that room in the last episode? You’re so stupid!
*That’s a really great way to get anthrax, John! You’re an idiot too!
*So, Moriarty is trying to set Sherlock up to take him down.
*I want there to be the episode where it turns out Donovan’s a serial killer.
*Giant IOU graffiti with wings(angel?) tagged on the wall behind them as Sherlock takes John “hostage”. Very cool detail.
*Mycroft, you f—ed up big time. I have never had less respect for you than I do right now.
*I still think there’s something literal to the “IOU” thing. Do they correspond to something? Letters on the periodic chart maybe?
*I can never tell when Sherlock is being sincere to Molly and when he’s playing her. I am assuming he is asking for help in the possibility of faking his death. Sort of a Dumbledore-Snape deal from HBP going on.
*I will say, Moriarty’s elaborate scheme has been quite well pulled off thus far.
*Loving John’s aggression in his confrontation scene with Mycroft.
*Ooooh, here’s a thought, Sherlock, why not toss Moriarty off the building? Do the world a favor…
*Moriarty could be bluffing.
*Elf kept me from looking at Moriarty’s suicide. Probably a good idea…
*I have been, very recently, and currently, where John is. It is not a fun place to be. I think for me this is the worst thing to think about. Not the “How did Sherlock do it?” I truly don’t care how he did it. What I care about is the very real grief his loved ones are experiencing. We as the viewers know it’s needless of them to grieve because he’s not truly dead, and that makes it all the worse. It is unspeakably cruel to put somebody through that, even if you think it’s for their safety or for the best. Or if you have to do it, then stay dead to them. You don’t get to come back years from now and shake up their lives yet again. I am already angry at him for what I know is coming in the next series.
*We’re not meeting next week so we won’t be starting series three for two weeks. I can’t believe I have to wait two whole weeks…!!!