Disclaimer: Unlike the Irene-story, I don't actually know that much about the ACD Hounds story...besides you know, STAY OFF THE MOOR! and HOUNDS!!! So, yeah, this is me going in pretty much clean...
Anyway, ON WITH MY THOUGHTS! WOOO
Henry has a funny shaped head.
The HARPOON! WHY was Sherlock covered in pigs blood with a harpoon? Also, why was he covered in pigs blood with a harpoon at 6am? Because it had to be around then, because he had enough time to shower and then get bored and go mad for cigarettes, but when Henry was talking to them it was only 9:15am and....um, yeah, obviously, I've just been watching Sherlock. :P
Anyway, before we get to Henry - they actually talk about "The Cluedo Incident" NICE! I love that they explained that - that they had the board stabbed up there last episode and now they're like "and this is why we can't play Cluedo anymore." My best friend and I have "The Checkers Incident" and we can no longer play checkers - so, yeah, I understand.
And poor Mrs. Hudson - I mean, if my friend knew that my boyfriend had two wives, I'd want them to tell me - but Sherlock IS a little heartless about it. Though, I suppose by now Mrs. Hudson is used to it. On that note: Why have I never seen a pre-series Sherlock and Mrs. Hudson fic? I mean, it's an excellent prompt - and you have enough information to run on for the basics.
Okay, so Henry...he talks SO SLOW it's almost comical. I love Sherlock's line "If I wanted poetry, I'd read John's emails to his girlfriends - far more amusing." And then he tells John to do the job, and then he tells them he'll go...and yeah, I kind of didn't understand why he was being confusing about that. Sort of odd.
Sherlock drives!! For some reason, I find that amazingly attractive. Maybe it's because every fic I ever read where they drive somewhere, John is always the one driving.
And then you get the obligatory "two guys checking into an inn" gay joke - this time with the gay couple who own the inn. Nice touch. I also like the fact that John just gives up trying to explain otherwise.
Also, an excessive use of the word "ta" - love it. I grew up with a mother who used a lot of Britishisms, but "ta" was never one of them - so yeah, I guess I like the word for some reason. I have friends now in Vancouver that use it, and it pleases me to no end every time.
So, then Sherlock goes out and talks to the tour guide - speaking of which, I loved how they worked in the line about staying off the moor if you value your life....but yeah, this was one of those clips that they released beforehand, and I saw some people talking about it and they were like "Benedict isn't being very Sherlocky..." and they were all concerned about Benedict's acting ability, and I thought to myself "Haha, just wait..." because really, I think we've all seen enough proof that Benedict knows what he's doing.
The military base sequence was so NERVE-WRACKING! My goodness. John pulling rank was AWESOME. Also, Sherlock getting in there and going on about Bluebell the bunny rabbit - HILARIOUS, and also I was with John "Did we just break in here because of a bunny?" Hahaha...so good.
MYCROFT! And then they are saved by the scientist...and I should have realized that he wasn't just a convenient friend, but I didn't. Not even when he screwed up John's "investigation."
Oh, and John's comment about Sherlock "with your cheekbones and turning up your collar to look cool and mysterious.." HAHAHA - cheekbones? Really John?
I love John walking into Henry's house and saying "this is um...are you ah...rich?" "yeah." Hahaha, lovely.
And of course, they go out onto the moor and John gets separated. Personally, I don't see why Sherlock wouldn't grow at least a LITTLE alarmed that John was suddenly no longer walking behind him - or that Henry wouldn't mention it. But, hey, whatever.
Sherlock being all freaked out in the Inn afterwards was crazy...I figured he had to have been drugged, because it just wasn't normal. And then he hurts John's feelings - and bravo to John for leaving before he had to smack a consulting detective.
Then john finds out that his mysterious morse code was just a make-out point...kind of funny.
And then Sherlock sets him on the therapist - hahaha, I guess Sherlock has found good use for John "Thee Continents" Watson. And John was doing a good job of it - AND he was basically just being honest. Then doctor guy exposes his purpose AND manages to use Sherlock as the ultimate cockblock...and I STILL didn't realize that he was the bad guy. I just thought "Ah ha, it's hard to get dates when you're already married to a dude."
Then Sherlock apologizing was ADORABLE. Also, his lines about John being a "conductor of light" are basically right out of the stories, and that was really neat. Especially since John was like "Hold on! You are failing at being nice here..." Heheheeh
And then Sherlock made John coffee and gave him puppy-eyes...and SO ADORABLE...and again, I should have KNOWN Sherlock was just drugging John and that he couldn't possibly actually be that adorable, but I fell for it. I blame the puppy-eyes. For someone most likely on the autism spectrum, Sherlock certainly is a master at emotional manipulation.
GREG! They actually named Lestrade! I like that Sherlock didn't know his name was Greg. I loved this scene, even though I rolled my eyes when I realized that this would only encourage the Mystrade shippers (I really hate Mystrade).
Also, I loved John and Lestrade's conversation - with John telling Lestrade that Sherlock actually was happy to see him, and then Lestrade saying that he probably liked the familiar faces, and John actually using the word "Aspergers." Is that the first time they've said that possible diagnoses out loud? I think so. I liked it.
And Lestrade breathing in and saying "Nice to get away from that London air" - TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUR FIRST CLUE.
John's freak-out in the lab was great. Martin Freeman is amazing. Just, the way he can do terrified on the verge of tears, yet hold it together like the soldier he is...and yeah, amazing. I felt so bad for him. Sherlock is so mean to his friend.
Of course, as soon as they confirmed the drug thing, my thought was "GO HELP HENRY! HE ISN'T SLEEPING!!" If you don't sleep, you don't dream, and if you don't dream, you start to hallucinate. I once went to Munich with a guy who hadn't slept in three days...he held it together remarkably well, until the statues started moving and talking to him. Mind you, a month later he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but my point stands!
Sherlock's "Mind Palace" was an interesting sequence. I can't decide whether I like it or not, but it was interesting. I suppose that's where he is when he doesn't notice John leaving...it's the Sherlock equivalent of staring into space, except that he can remember what he was thinking about when he snaps out of it. (I never can).
The password being "Maggie" is HIGHLY unlikely. Government passwords have to be at least 8 characters long, have both upper and lower case letters, and must also contain both a number and a special character. This is true of any password used to access a system. The only thing you could access with a password like "Maggie" is an email account. Still, whatever, maybe the British army does things differently - but my work is more secure than that, and the only thing exciting you could do if you cracked my password would be read historical documents until you are both bored and depressed...and I suppose you could find out the addresses and family names of a certain segment of the population, but I'm sure there are easier legal ways to do that.
Then Henry FLIPS OUT! But you know, good on Sherlock for talking him down from suicide. I don't know, maybe I'm a sociopath - but to me that proves that Sherlock isn't one. You care about human life if you're willing to try to prevent someone from killing themselves, in my opinion.
Also, "Uncle Bob" was a HORRIBLE friend to Henry's father, my goodness.
Then a drugged dog attacks drugged people!! DRUGS EVERYWHERE! Sherlock seeing Moriarty is really cool - it shows how much Sherlock is still worried about what Moriarty may do...also, I LOVE the fact that Lestrade misses the dog when he shots, but John gets it bang on.
And I love John's "Sherlock! Timing!" reprimand, when Sherlock was "a bit not good" again - it just speaks to the fact that "Sherlock, we have had this conversation before!" You definitely have a chance to see the way that John's presence has humanized Sherlock, even when it's a learned humanization rather than a natural one.
And the bad guy is blowed up. Aww...
Then we have John put two and two together and realize that Sherlock's "Apology Coffee" was actually an "I'm-going-to-drug-you-and-then-terr
And then we get the weird end scene...Mycroft letting Moriarty go...Moriarty having written "Sherlock" all over the walls...when did Mycroft GET Moriarty? Why didn't he have him killed? That's what *I* would have done...I do not understand.
So, all in all, a great episode!! Thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Next week though - next week is going to kill me.