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Watching it live may have failed me, but my IP mask came through brilliantly afterward and I was able to watch it on the BBC iPlayer. Yay!

The showdown at the pool

Well, this turned out to be a non-event! That was a surprise. In the past year, I've been picturing bombs and diving into pools - I've been picturing Mycroft swooping in like a Deus Ex Machina....I did NOT picture a cheesy ringtone. I, however, am not disappointed in the slightest. I wanted the unexpected, and even though I had over a year to come up with every scenario possible, they still managed to surprise me. 

Also, they still managed to have Moriarty be terrifying. Seriously...if I ever ran into Andrew Scott on the street, I would probably run away out of instinct before my rational brain kicked in and reminded me that he's just a very good actor.

And that slow walk by Irene into the room....man, that woman really is sex on legs.

But, let's move on from the teaser....

I love the passage of time, and seeing John's blog take off, and Sherlock's annoyance with it.

I also love how they worked in the deerstalker!! Brilliant! 

The main plot...

I love how brilliantly WITTY this show is. Seriously...it's GOLDEN. The lines are so quick, you almost miss them - but they are absolutely brilliant. 

I love John and Sherlock giggling in Buckingham palace. I think where a lot of shows fall down (and I'm not just talking about Sherlock adaptations) but all shows...is that they forget to show the audience why two people love each other so much...but to actually just have the two main characters trading childish jokes and both laughing at them...it's just, refreshing to see. Especially since they could have written John being scandalized that Sherlock wasn't wearing any pants - but instead he finds it hilarious, and OF COURSE he would find it hilarious, Sherlock is his best mate...they HAVE to get along on this level, or else John would have left eons ago. The fact of the matter is that John LOVES Sherlock's insolence just as much as Mycroft hates it.

Oh and Mycroft...such good moments with Mycroft here..."the queen" and
"I'll be mother"
"There's a childhood summed up in a sentence"

Not to mention the other lines "Get off my sheet, Mycroft!" and the line about how Sherlock looks tall because he has a good suit and a short friend. Brilliant.

And then Sherlock actually steals an ashtray for John...oh friendship. Like I said, I love the fact that we SEE it with this series. 

And the PUNCHING SCENE!

This is what I love about John Watson - he was both a soldier and a doctor, and most people forget the first part. "You ought to remember, Sherlock, I was a soldier, I killed people." "You were a doctor" "I had bad days!"

John just didn't kill people in the war though - he killed someone the very first night that he met Sherlock, and with absolutely no remorse, I may add. I mean, I know it "wasn't a very NICE man", but I think even killing a bad guy would have SOME effect on most people - but not on John Watson.

And then we get to Irene...

And I like the fact that they kept true to the book, with Sherlock trying to fool her into thinking he's a poor attacked man...and her seeing through the "disguise"...I also like the fact that she doesn't play along. 

Also, I love that he can't deduce a naked woman...or, rather, a naked Irene - because he can still deduce John from the state of the skin on his face.

I also love her line "somebody loves you" about how John avoided his nose and teeth when he punched him in the face.

So far (I'm typing this up whenever I have to pause for a bit for the iPlayer to load more) I like what they've done with Irene. They've kept her true to the original Irene, who did not act with any particular malice, nor was she a criminal...they've also made, her, I think, a good reflection of the audience - smart is sexy. Though, I do which I looked like her - at least when it comes to her ass.

And she's dead. Ouch. Well - now I'm sad. Poor Sherlock.

Mycroft and Sherlock...I love the scene in the morgue, the cigarette - the conversation about whether there is something wrong with them because they don't care. 

But first let's talk about Christmas...Sherlock not remembering the John's girlfriend's names - awesome. Lestrade! Yay! And then Sherlock tears into Molly...Molly's quite the poor whipping boy in this series, I find. I do like the fact that he apologizes sincerely afterward. I like the fact that his infatuation with Irene (which, at this point, I don't think is sexual - I think it's the same as his infatuation with John or Moriarty - only, Moriarty turned Sherlock off by being evil, whereas Irene was just protecting herself and being brilliant in the meantime)...sorry, that was a long brackety bit...what I was saying was: I like the fact that his infatuation with Irene has broadened his horizons a little bit, I think. He has John, but Irene is someone he cannot hang out with, even though he very much wants to - and I think, because of that, he did understand Molly in that instant. Molly can't have Sherlock, because Sherlock doesn't want Molly - and Sherlock can't have Irene, because of her profession and his brother's disapproval, and the fact that, deep down, Sherlock wouldn't mean the same to Irene as Irene would mean to Sherlock, I don't think. Irene is lovely and brilliant, and I think she does fancy Sherlock's mind a little - but unlike Sherlock, she doesn't ONLY fancy the mind, and she could hold other partners in just as much esteem.

Anyway...I'm getting completely off topic.

I love the fact that Mycroft, John, and Mrs. Hudson have a plan for "danger nights" for Sherlock. I love the fact that in this adaptation, the drugs are an addiction that is fought against, rather than an acceptable tool. 

As a complete side note: Benedict has to work on his fake violin playing a little. As a violin player, I did cringe a bit. For the most part he's good though, and it's remarkably hard to fake, so I do give him points for the effort.

John loses another girlfriend to all this of course. These girls just have to get used to the fact that they're always going to be second fiddle to Sherlock Holmes. I wouldn't have a problem with it, personally...I do wish John weren't fictional, I'd be off to England on the next plane.

And Irene's Alive!!

Yay! Not sad anymore...also, AWESOME that they used a fake Mycroft kidnapping - haha, I've seen that done once or twice in fics, but never thought that they'd do it on the show. I know I said at the beginning that I was happy they didn't do a solution that I'd read in fics, but I kind of love this ploy, so I don't mind this one.

Also, heartbreaking that John just wants Irene to tell Sherlock that she's alive so that he won't be sad anymore. *hugs them*

Oh man...

I just...Sherlock....

Mrs Hudson

I love how they do this - the way Sherlock sees it all unfolding. The way he walks in and immediately upon seeing that Mrs. Hudson has been hurt, he doesn't deduce the American's occupation and lifestyle, he instead imagines the ways in which Sherlock can injure him.

And I love that John leaves Sherlock alone with the man, probably knowing full well what's about to happen.

Man, I love how much Sherlock cares for Mrs. Hudson - did I talk about that scene earlier when Mycroft told her to shut-up and they both got mad at him? That was brilliant too.

So, I have this thing where it's very hard for me to recognize women if they change their hair style - especially if they are white brunettes. When Sherlock discovers Irene in his bed, my reaction was not "Oh, it's Irene" it was "Who's that?...Um...maybe Irene? Is it? Ok, next scene...and yes, yes it is. Okay." I really hate that fault in my face-recognition ability. It makes for very awkward times, I basically become like Sherlock with John's girlfriends :P

Oh man...Moriarty's been playing with Mycroft.

Man, okay...just watched straight through to the end without break...so, Irene is KIND of a criminal? Not really? I'm still not sure what her motivations are - she wanted protection, but she only needed protection because of the information. She wanted to get the email decoded and give the information to Moriarty? Terrorists? Why? That part I didn't get. She was playing Sherlock...only, not very well.

And I KNEW when we overheard that bit of Mycroft's conversation that it would be important, but then I was all dazzled and I forgot about it!

Sherlock was indeed played, and it hurt his feelings...but then he got the upper-hand as always. Nicely done. I also love how in the end it's Sherlock who gets the dominatrix to beg. 

I also like Mycroft trying to spare Sherlock's feelings...I like that John and him are partners in caring for Sherlock. I also like the fact that Sherlock LETS them. John is a horrible liar, by the way.

I also love that before Sherlock wanted to be a detective, he wanted to be a pirate! SO CUTE! 

Also - how the hell did Sherlock get to the middle-east and infiltrate a terrorist cell? Who cares! That was awesome!

I like the end "The Woman...THE Woman."

I love the fact Sherlock's sexuality is still an unanswered question. He obviously is *stimulated* by Irene, but it's intellectual. I have the feeling though, that no woman will ever measure up to Irene, so that's probably it for him for the female gender. 

Of course, I also think that Irene's sexuality is a larger unanswered question - as it should be. I did believe her when she said she was gay. Which, by the way, I loved that exchange between John and Irene. I love how Irene tells John flat out that it doesn't matter whether he's gay or not, he and Sherlock are a couple. I think that's how partnerships SHOULD work, nevermind the labels or what people do or do not do in the bedrooms.

I should say something about the cinematography and direction.....it was GORGEOUS. I love the way this show is shot - I really do. I love the use of slow motion, and the text on the screen when people use computers/phones...lovely...it's just a visually stunning show, as well as being amazingly well written and well acted.

I think what I loved about this episode - and I touched on it earlier - is that we got to see domesticity as much as we got to see action and adventure. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is great and all, but the very heart of the story is this odd domestic partnership between these two men.

I'm sure there's TONS more for me to talk about - I have a feeling I'll be watching this episode all again this evening, even though I spend the entire day on it. Seriously. Woke up at 10 so that I could try to watch it at 12...didn't work at 12, so I napped until 2pm...took me 2.5 hours to watch it, due to load times and internet disruptions....now I'm typing this up while I'm on the phone, hoping that my typing  isn't obnoxious enough for the person on the other end of the line to notice...so, it's taking me a bit longer...

So, I'm still not quite sure what to make of Irene...but I liked her overall. I like that she's not a clear-cut criminal, though, yeah, I'd wish I understood her motivations...

Again, I love the domesticity and the fact that we get to see what Sherlock's relationships are like. In the first series, he was very isolated - but now we get to see the intricate relationships he does have. I loved LOVED seeing more of him and Mycroft together.


Anyway...yeah...superb. LOVELY show. And I will watch it again and again and again....

Let me know if there's anything I missed that you desperately want to talk about.

For non-Sherlock fans, who follow me for Supernatural: Last night I had a dream that Sam was possessed by Ellen (though she wasn't a demon, so I don't know how that worked) and it was hilarious and awesome...also, Sam needed reading glasses. He was adorable.


Comments

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nerthus
Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Just watched Sherlock, OMG I LOVED it, it had so many great parts I can't wait to watch it again and see everything I might have missed the first time. And I love your dream, ha, I can just picture Ellen coming through Sam and how she'd talk to Dean! You should write a fic about that! I too had a weird dream last night with a SPN character, or at least the actor playing that character; I guess because Sebastien Roche keeps popping up on twitter and loves taking pics of himself, ha, I dreamed I was at a Christmas or New Year's party and he was there and he just kept harassing me because I'm not on twitter. He got rather nasty about it, actually, and he was really starting to get on my nerves, ha. Balthazar wasn't even one of my fave characters on the show, so I have no idea why I would dream about Sebastien.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Glad you liked the show! I can't wait to watch it again too - there's just so MUCH of it, haha...it's so detailed and delicious.

I don't think I'm good enough at the Ellen-voice to do my dream justice - plus, I have no idea what her purpose was...but it WAS quite hilarious.

Sebastian annoys the heck out of me, haha...so I'd say your dream wasn't that far off. :P (nothing against him of course, our personalities just aren't compatible at all.)
nerthus
Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, he seems to be one of those people you either really like or can't stand; several fans who've met him at conventions couldn't stand him, while others thought he has his own quirky charm. Sounds a bit skeevy to me, ha, what I've heard of him, but I never met the man so I can't really say. Maybe he really is a sweetheart, who knows?!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'm the type of fan that can't stand him, and I also think he's a bit skeevy...though, yeah, I'm sure deep down he's a great person, deep deep down. :P
onechairleft
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
OMG, this episode!

You're about the get the full download of my thoughts on it because I'm just not in the right Comms- I don't know where to turn! :D

Firstly, I was worried that S2 wouldn't match up to S1- but the second that the Moriarty's phone rang... I was gone; hooked; won over completely. I *loved* the time-passing-case-solving montage and all the shout outs to fandom and to ACD canon (a Geek translation, ftw!- if you haven't checked that out on John's blog, go do it right now!).

I *love* how easy they are with each other- we really get to see that they're a year on from where we left them. Like you said- the laughter and the joking about, they're all real signs of friendship and proper relationships.

The Hudson/Holmes/Watson dynamic is wonderful- showing us that they've become a family, of sorts. And the Christmas party, reiterating that fact- Molly, Lestrade, etc. They all *know* each other. (Plus, Lestrade was *totally* checking out poor Molly... hello, new OTP).

Re: Irene... there's been some not-happy reactions with her portrayal here, but I loved it. I thought she was wonderful. There's so much ambiguity in the Sherlock/Irene relationship and it was so *charged*, though not necessarily sexually motivated. Like... two cats, circling one another and wondering if they should fight. :D Centering her around the Moriarty over-arc was interesting and I think it works- everyone else so far has been in bed with him. Leaving her out of that would have hurt the plot progression, amongst other things.

I loved the John/Irene conversation- and I loved it even more that Sherlock followed, especially given the 'he doesn't follow me everywhere' comment. Obviously, John, he watches when you leave to make sure you haven't been kidnapped again- just because you don't see him, doesn't mean he isn't there. John was just so... GAH. I love that he was going to tell Sherlock the truth, because it mirrors the ending where he decides the lie would be kinder- even though I'm pretty sure he thinks that Sherlock already knows that she's dead.

I'm also pretty sure that Mycroft knows that she's *not* dead- the 'only Sherlock Holmes could have fooled me' felt too deliberate. (On second watching, that is!).

What else, what else? Oh, yes. The Sherlock/Mycroft interactions... priceless. 'PUT ON YOUR PANTS'. Hilarious. Interesting to see that Mycroft has people that he reports to- so much of fandom has Mycroft as the be-all-and-end-all so it's interesting to see that he has people watching him, too. Also, not trusting the secret service because they're paid to spy on people? LOL.

And... finally... it took me watching it twice to realize that the guy who kidnaps Sherlock is covered in dog hair because he *works for the Queen, and they're her yappy dogs*. That, combined with the implication that the young, female royal was Kate Middleton... my brain is exploding.

And now I'm really, really looking forward to all the fic. Lol. And next week! OMG. Can I survive?! Not sure. Might die of squee first.

Finally, apologies for the rambling. I've been on my own all evening with no-one to squee at. :)

hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
You're about the get the full download of my thoughts on it because I'm just not in the right Comms- I don't know where to turn! :D

I too am not in the right Comms! SO TURN TO ME!!

Firstly, I was worried that S2 wouldn't match up to S1- but the second that the Moriarty's phone rang... I was gone; hooked; won over completely. I *loved* the time-passing-case-solving montage and all the shout outs to fandom and to ACD canon (a Geek translation, ftw!- if you haven't checked that out on John's blog, go do it right now!).

I agree! and also YES! John's Blog is AWESOME! :) And Sherlock's website has been updated to him being all pissy that John's is more popular. Lovely :)

The Hudson/Holmes/Watson dynamic is wonderful- showing us that they've become a family, of sorts. And the Christmas party, reiterating that fact- Molly, Lestrade, etc. They all *know* each other. (Plus, Lestrade was *totally* checking out poor Molly... hello, new OTP).

Yes, it's great! I kept saying to Molly "forget about Sherlock being rude to you! Turn around and look at that gorgeous DI who's got a cheating wife!"

There's so much ambiguity in the Sherlock/Irene relationship and it was so *charged*, though not necessarily sexually motivated. Like... two cats, circling one another and wondering if they should fight. :D Centering her around the Moriarty over-arc was interesting and I think it works- everyone else so far has been in bed with him. Leaving her out of that would have hurt the plot progression, amongst other things.

I think some people were put out because they don't understand that love=/=sex. She can be infatuated with Sherlock Holmes and still be gay - just as Sherlock's infatuation with Irene doesn't mean that we have confirmation that he's straight. So, I'll blame people not liking Irene on a failure to understand the complexities of human relationships.

I was really nervous about Irene because I didn't want them to make her into a criminal - I REALLY don't like the Ritchie-verse Irene for that reason. So, although I LOVED the Irene/Sherlock dynamic in this episode, I'm hoping a rewatch will clear up her motivations for me. But yes, I agree, to not have Moriarty involved at all would be bad for the plot progression - and my confusion aside, I did like what they did there.

I loved the John/Irene conversation

Me too, there's SO MUCH THERE. And yeah, as soon as John said "he doesn't follow me everywhere" I thought "I bet he followed you here though." Also, I loved that line because a lot of the time John is seen as 'Sherlock's dog' who follows him everywhere...and here we get the reverse.

The Sherlock/Mycroft interactions... priceless. '

AGREED.

And... finally... it took me watching it twice to realize that the guy who kidnaps Sherlock is covered in dog hair because he *works for the Queen, and they're her yappy dogs*. That, combined with the implication that the young, female royal was Kate Middleton... my brain is exploding.

I LOVED THAT! I was scandalized! Hahaha, I loved how they could get away with it with never actually saying any of the royals' names...but I was sitting there thinking "they can't really insinuate this, can they? I can't believe they're allowed to do this..."

And now I'm really, really looking forward to all the fic. Lol. And next week! OMG. Can I survive?! Not sure. Might die of squee first.

I'm right there with you! At least I already know that a Sherlock episode airing means that my ENTIRE DAY will be consumed with it. Oh man...two more episode....this series is sweet sweet torture...much like a good dominatrix.
onechairleft
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
So, I'll blame people not liking Irene on a failure to understand the complexities of human relationships.

Agreed. Completely. Sherlock’s fascination with her develops because she kicks his ass when they meet first- doses him up, leaves him reeling and later, *breaks into his home and returns his coat*. What’s not to be fascinated by? On her side, she’d never expected him to find the phone in the first place, much less open the safe and dodge the bullet. Hello?! They’re going to mind-lust for each other. That they’re both criminally gorgeous clearly distracts the rest of us. Lol.

I was really nervous about Irene because I didn't want them to make her into a criminal - I REALLY don't like the Ritchie-verse Irene for that reason. So, although I LOVED the Irene/Sherlock dynamic in this episode, I'm hoping a rewatch will clear up her motivations for me. But yes, I agree, to not have Moriarty involved at all would be bad for the plot progression - and my confusion aside, I did like what they did there.

I’m still not certain of her motivations, tbh- perhaps just boredom, much like both Moriarty and Sherlock. She says it herself, that she can create havoc- I’ll have to rewatch (tomorrow) and find what I missed. Though perhaps money and security are enough motivation when you’re in her line of work? She’s pretty morally ambiguous- there’s no indication that she has *any* idea what Moriarty’s plans are for the information and her profession doesn’t appear to be illegal, just… different.

Me too, there's SO MUCH THERE. And yeah, as soon as John said "he doesn't follow me everywhere" I thought "I bet he followed you here though." Also, I loved that line because a lot of the time John is seen as 'Sherlock's dog' who follows him everywhere...and here we get the reverse.

OMG- I hadn’t made that connection AT ALL. I have this image, now, of Sherlock being super-protective. I suppose that’s there in the scene where the CIA guys are threatening to shoot John in the head… also, I can’t help but wonder if the US government should be offended by the portrayal there- clearly willing to murder a civilian (or two) to get information in a foreign country. Not a particularly nice message, there!

I LOVED THAT! I was scandalized! Hahaha, I loved how they could get away with it with never actually saying any of the royals' names...but I was sitting there thinking "they can't really insinuate this, can they? I can't believe they're allowed to do this..."

And the ‘my employer is a great fan of your blog’ bit… OMG. How can they get away with this?! Obviously, becoming a national treasure allows some leeway. Plus, national broadcaster- must have some pull. Perhaps the Palace doesn’t have to pay its TV licence.

Thinking about it now, again, there are so many other bits that stand out to me- everything, really, but I loved Lestrade calling the other police-guy-whose-name-I-don’t-know and asking him not to punch Sherlock. I loved *John* punching Sherlock (‘Someone loves you…’ AW); I loved the helicopter; the ashtray; the ‘I’ll be mother’… And Mrs. Hudson, that if she left, England would fall. The text-tone was so appropriate- and I loved that John was counting; he was noticing, all the time, that Sherlock had this fascination. I loved the last sequence, where John was trying to decide what to tell him- and I firmly believe that Sherlock understood that John was lying to him but that he was going to tell him the truth (as he knew it). That just… oh, my heart.

I also really liked how much time passed- how they brought us right up to New Years, which was really clever. Which year, of course, might be debateable, but it was really cleverly done.

And now its 5am, so I should get some sleep. Dammit, brain, why do you do this to me?!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I’ll have to rewatch (tomorrow) and find what I missed. Though perhaps money and security are enough motivation when you’re in her line of work? She’s pretty morally ambiguous- there’s no indication that she has *any* idea what Moriarty’s plans are for the information and her profession doesn’t appear to be illegal, just… different.

Let me know if it's clearer to you on rewatch. I was thinking of rewatching tonight, but I might wait and do a proper rewatch of all 6 episodes later. Like I do with Supernatural.

OMG- I hadn’t made that connection AT ALL. I have this image, now, of Sherlock being super-protective. I suppose that’s there in the scene where the CIA guys are threatening to shoot John in the head… also, I can’t help but wonder if the US government should be offended by the portrayal there- clearly willing to murder a civilian (or two) to get information in a foreign country. Not a particularly nice message, there!

I'm a bit cynical when it comes to the American government, so personally, I don't really think it was a scandalous portrayal, but rather an accurate one...though, again, I'm extremely cynical when it comes to America.

As for Sherlock being super-protective. I can DEFINITELY see that. He's got ONE close friend. And, after all, we saw to what lengths he went to protect Irene, even though he'll never see her again.

Perhaps the Palace doesn’t have to pay its TV licence.

Hahaha, probably not! Though, if I were Kate, I'd probably give them full permission to use me in such a fashion - but then, I'm not exactly royal material ;)

Thinking about it now, again, there are so many other bits that stand out to me...

Same here! I love all the bits you mentioned, and more! It's why I'm thinking I might wait and do a proper rewatch - because then I can painstakingly go through and expound on exactly why those little moments are all brilliant and wonderful.

I also really liked how much time passed- how they brought us right up to New Years, which was really clever. Which year, of course, might be debateable, but it was really cleverly done.

I agree!! I think originally the first series was supposed to have taken place in 2012 - now it seems they scrapped all references to current years - which I like.

5am! My goodness! Get some sleep! It's 9:30pm here, and I just finished supper...now to finish my wine, and decide what if I'm going to do anything at all productive today, or if I'm just going to devote the rest of it to Sherlock as well...I'm leaning towards the latter. ;)

Have a good sleep!


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katsheswims
Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
It took me forever, but I finally figured out a way to watch it. And I LOVED it of course!

I agree with pretty much everything you said! I really loved the domesticity we got to see. How they incorporated Sherlock's trademark hat was neat.

I was actually afraid that they had killed Mrs. Hudson for a moment, but I loved that scene.

I don't think Sherlock was sexually attracted to Irene, but he definitely was 'attracted' to her mind and her deviousness. If it's true that Sherlock has never had sex I'm sure Irene was one of the few who tempted him to try it.

I really thought she was dead at the end, and I'm not sure exactly why Sherlock saved her life, but he is great to have done so.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the episodes bring!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
It took me forever, but I finally figured out a way to watch it. And I LOVED it of course!

Yay!

I was actually afraid that they had killed Mrs. Hudson for a moment, but I loved that scene.

I knew they wouldn't! Such an event would have been an episode in and of itself!

I don't think Sherlock was sexually attracted to Irene, but he definitely was 'attracted' to her mind and her deviousness. If it's true that Sherlock has never had sex I'm sure Irene was one of the few who tempted him to try it.

Agreed!

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the episodes too!! Of course, last series, we had a stellar first episode, and a mediocre second...so here's hoping they don't make it a tradition, and the next episode is just as good as this one. ;)

ravelqueen
Jan. 2nd, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
I think where a lot of shows fall down (and I'm not just talking about Sherlock adaptations) but all shows...is that they forget to show the audience why two people love each other so much...but to actually just have the two main characters trading childish jokes and both laughing at them...it's just, refreshing to see.

this! Like I also watch Merlin and my main problem with the canon couple is that they always talk about their Epic Love (tm), but I can never see them just enjoying each others presence. With John and Sherlock you see how much they like each other (not only here also the reaction to the blog entries the way Sherlock wants to seem not interested and John is just so adorably amused by it all)

oh my god the Mycroft - Sherlock interactions so much gold. Mycroft is always so collected, but they truly bring out the worst in each other. I mean Sherlock is normally not that bratty and Mycroft not so much a nag, but together? that shows so much interesting stuff happened in their childhood. Because they do love each other in their way. The scene in the morgue was beautiful and the way that Mycroft was sort of slumming it (meeting John in the dingy cafe) just so they could talk about Sherlock.

which leads me to: John - Mycroft friendship! this made me so happy on so many levels. I just love the idea that those very different people get together regulary, because they just love this one person so much and have no-one else to really rely on in this topic.

oh god, I didn't think I had such strong feelings for Molly, but I honest to god squealed when she came on screen. I love her to itty bits. I felt so bad for her and I really liked that Moffat didn't play her humilation for laughs, but actually had Sherlock apologize and show empathy, wow (also I now ship Molly/Lestrad like burning)

I loved Irene, I loved their relationship. I think Benedict did such a good job showing Sherlocks fascination with her, but also that he just couldn't respond on the same level.

I loved Irene being badass and confident and beautiful, but also human enough, enough of a real person. I know some people don't like that at the end her "love" for Sherlock was her downfall and she had to beg, but I actually liked the way they did it. I'm the first to cry foul at bad gender representations, but that's not what this is. In a way, if Irene wouldn't have been like that she would have been the gender fiction stereotype of perfect action girl. I like that she can't resist this man, who must be so interesting and new for her. Just as Sherlock has never met someone like Irene she hasn't met anyone like Sherlock.

I do believe Sherlock that at the beginning the password was like a bit of a joke for her, something to secretly smile at. But she kept it out of sentimentality for this weird relationship they managed to build. And just like Sherlock made a mistake because of it, she made one too. And thats neither male or female that's just human. Sherlock making her beg at the end is also human. It's mean and spiteful, but he was hurt, in a way his tentative tries at real human relationship building was thrown in his face there and he doesn't know how to healthily deal with that hurt.

So tl;dr I enjoyed everything about Irene.

and last but not least John and Sherlock were perfect and poignant and funny and depressing and everything a relationship (be it romantic or platonic) should be

basically I loved every second of it, all the jokes were perfect, Moriarty was super creepy, my heart broke for devastated Mycroft and I now need ALL THE FIC! ALL OF IT!(but especially the pirate!AU with marine officer John being Sherlocks part of the booty...because)

hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
this! Like I also watch Merlin and my main problem with the canon couple is that they always talk about their Epic Love (tm), but I can never see them just enjoying each others presence.

Yes! I've been watching Merlin lately too - and although I didn't have it specifically in mind when I said that, you are quite correct. It's a lot of telling and no showing - which is a big mistake in writing. It's no wonder that I'm not nearly as emotionally invested in that show as I am in Sherlock (or Supernatural).

Mycroft is always so collected, but they truly bring out the worst in each other. I mean Sherlock is normally not that bratty and Mycroft not so much a nag, but together? that shows so much interesting stuff happened in their childhood. Because they do love each other in their way. The scene in the morgue was beautiful and the way that Mycroft was sort of slumming it (meeting John in the dingy cafe) just so they could talk about Sherlock.

Agreed! I found it very interesting, because you're default is too see Mycroft as the wise older brother (or at least my default is that) who knows what's best for Sherlock...yet, when you see them together, or even that conversation in the morgue, you wonder if really Mycroft is a negative influence on Sherlock. I mean, he straight out tells Sherlock not to care about people - even though, I believe, that caring about people is exactly what Sherlock needs to learn to do. It's a VERY interesting dynamic, because of course, you can't argue that Mycroft doesn't love Sherlock...but there's a good chance that Mycroft might be just as misguided as Sherlock in the world, if not more so, since Mycroft doesn't have a John Watson.

John - Mycroft friendship! this made me so happy on so many levels. I just love the idea that those very different people get together regulary, because they just love this one person so much and have no-one else to really rely on in this topic.

Agreed! It also shows what I was just talking about...at the end of the episode, Mycroft leaves the final decision regarding Sherlock's emotional state to John...he TRUSTS John with his brother.

I felt so bad for her and I really liked that Moffat didn't play her humilation for laughs, but actually had Sherlock apologize and show empathy, wow (also I now ship Molly/Lestrad like burning)

Agreed! And I'm now also shipping Molly/Lestrade like burning!)</i>

I know some people don't like that at the end her "love" for Sherlock was her downfall and she had to beg, but I actually liked the way they did it. I'm the first to cry foul at bad gender representations, but that's not what this is. In a way, if Irene wouldn't have been like that she would have been the gender fiction stereotype of perfect action girl.

I agree on all points. Also, this isn't so much about "love," it's about a power play - Sherlock states that right at the beginning. Making her beg was Sherlock winning the power play, it's as simple as that...the fact that he was able to do so because of her emotions is no more different than her getting him to decode the email for her because of HIS emotions. And I do firmly believe, that at the end when he saves her, it's her winning the power play just as much - though, it's also the end of it. The game is over, they were both very gracious losers, and now their non-relationship can move onto one of mutual admiration, rather than struggles for dominance.

I've got off topic...basically I'm saying that although I really didn't want Irene to be a true villain, and she kind of did turn out to be a bit of one, I still very much like everything about Irene.

basically I loved every second of it, all the jokes were perfect, Moriarty was super creepy, my heart broke for devastated Mycroft and I now need ALL THE FIC! ALL OF IT!(but especially the pirate!AU with marine officer John being Sherlocks part of the booty...because)

AGREED! Hahaha, oh Pirate!Sherlock...you would have been adorable. :)





franztastisch
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
I have nothing of note to add to this. I think I agree with you on most points... I think. I can't remember. Wait, yes yes I do. I like your brain, it's like my brain. Or like my brian if I used it more often. :P

However! This is what I am going to comment on: As a complete side note: Benedict has to work on his fake violin playing a little. As a violin player, I did cringe a bit. For the most part he's good though, and it's remarkably hard to fake, so I do give him points for the effort.

I can tell you now, his acting in this bit was THE BEST THING EVER if the last fake playing of an instument you saw was done by a Bollywood actor. I love Shahrukh Khan a lot, but nothing is worse than seeing him fake-play an instrument, especially a violin. :P
hells_half_acre
Jan. 2nd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I can tell you now, his acting in this bit was THE BEST THING EVER if the last fake playing of an instument you saw was done by a Bollywood actor.

Haha, very true! I should be thankful for what we were given...like I said, violin playing is VERY hard to fake. Now I kind of want to watch The Red Violin again just to see how the heck they did it in that movie.

I think I agree with you on most points... I think. I can't remember. Wait, yes yes I do. I like your brain, it's like my brain. Or like my brian if I used it more often. :P

Hahaha, thank you! I'm glad you agree. Great minds think alike! (and fools seldom differ) ;)
franztastisch
Jan. 2nd, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying it didn't look faked. But then instrument playing always looks faked unless its... not. But good God, Bollywood is shit at it. Seriously, it's hilarious.

BRAIIIINS \o/
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