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Sherlock S03E03: "His Last Vow"


Human life is built on and sustained by personal relationships. Our relationships with our family, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, our pharmacists, our landlords (or ladies), even our mailman. Life is a confusing, labyrinthine web wherein one event taking place over here could have repercussions over there, several relationships down the line. What's more, relationships are often fragile, broken just as simply as they were forged. Some are stronger than others, some are more complex, but everyone has them—even someone as relationship-challenged as Sherlock Holmes, whether he admits to it or not. And Sherlock's relationships—with Mycroft, Watson, and even Janine—came into play over and over again during "His Last Vow," a rather complicated, and controversial ending to a generally stellar season.

Everyone knows that the easiest way to get to Sherlock Holmes is to get to John Watson. If the near constant focus on their relationship in the first two installments of Season 3 didn't make that clear, it's very obvious now that Charles August Magnussen exploited their relationship for his own benefit. And now that Watson is married, the loyalty and love Sherlock has for Watson includes Mary by extension—meaning, if you mess with Mary, Sherlock is going to pay attention. Of course, because this a web and not just a linear line that begins with Sherlock, that means that Sherlock is someone else's "pressure point," to use the show's term of choice. The people who care about Sherlock include his parents, Watson, and Mary, of course, but also his older brother Mycroft. 


The antagonism that exists between Sherlock and Mycroft is reminiscent of many sibling relationships, although it's definitely not the norm. And even though Mycroft is constantly pissed off at Sherlock and finds his little bro's behavior annoying, it's very clear that he still views Sherlock as the little boy he used to be—and if we're being honest, that he still is, in a way. Intercutting adult Sherlock with young Sherlock after he shot Magnussen was a nice way to show just how much Sherlock actually means to Mycroft; Mycroft still views himself as Sherlock's protector, even though he'd probably turn on him in a heartbeat. It's one of those, "He might be an asshole little brother, but he's my asshole little brother" situations. I can speak to this phenomenon because I'm a little sister, and this sort of thing is real. So the way to get to Mycroft is to get to Sherlock is to get to John is to get to Mary. But Mary also cares about Sherlock, which is why, when Sherlock happened upon her as she was preparing to murder Magnussen, she didn't go for a kill shot, opting instead to inflict a still very serious, but not fatal wound. It's why she phoned the ambulance immediately rather than waiting for Watson to find Sherlock's body. See? Giant web of complicated relationships.


But even knowing all of that, Mary's backstory feels a bit out of place to me. When it was revealed that she wasn't exactly the person we thought she was, I was a bit annoyed. (Though to be fair, who did we think she was? We didn't know much about her outside of her relationship with Watson and Sherlock.) I already loved Mary as a character, and while I'm not against fleshing her out as someone who's more than just Watson's wife, her "former assassin" status just felt a bit silly. I was worried that the rest of the episode would focus heavily on Mary's betrayal, but I was pleasantly surprised when it was settled fairly swiftly and succinctly, with Watson eventually deciding he didn't care about her past because he loves her and blah blah blah. It was a little too sappy for my liking, but I much prefer this outcome to, say, Mary being a backstabbing murder fiend who only married Watson to get close to Sherlock. After all, we'd already seen Sherlock (and Mary, I suppose) fake an entire relationship with Janine in order to get close to Magnussen, since Janine is his personal assistant. We really didn't need another one of those, so the discovery that Mary truthfully loves Watson and only wanted to destroy the evidence Magnussen had against her, was a fine—albeit kind of ridiculous—plot.

As a villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen, older brother to Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen) was weak, especially when compared to the charismatic Jim Moriarty of Season 2. Magnussen was a powerful businessman who frightened (but also excited) Sherlock because of what he thought Magnussen possessed. For nearly 90 minutes, Sherlock was convinced he was fighting a physical enemy. He thought he could outsmart Magnussen into handing over the keys to the vault where Magnussen stored all of the information he used to blackmail important people like Lady Smallwood. Since Sherlock is used to being the smartest person in the room, his relentless pursuit of Magnussen and the vault leads me to believe Sherlock was not only scared of the guy, but impressed with him. 


However, as the episode progressed it became clear that Magnussen didn't actually have a vault below his house, nor did he have magic glasses that allowed him to tap into records relating to the men and women he met. He had what the series called a "mind palace," similar to what Sherlock has in his own brain. It appears that Magnussen was able to retain far more information than Sherlock ever has, if Sherlock's comment from last week about deleting information to make room for new data is to be believed. Magnussen seemingly had an infinite amount of mental storage space, which I truthfully find to be rubbish, and also a very cheap cop-out. 

Are we to assume Magnussen was just playing Sherlock when he pretended to show him the letters he used to blackmail Lady Smallwood? I'm almost certain of it, especially after his ridiculous display of dominance in Sherlock's flat, where he peed in the fireplace. But I still don't believe everything the man has ever read or learned is just stored in his brain. Maybe I've just got super-brain fatigue, but after Mike Ross on Suits, and Ichabod Crane on Sleepy Hollow, I'm kind of over the ol' eidetic memory magic trick in popular culture. Sherlock escapes my judgement on that front because of the aforementioned deleting of information, and because his skill set has always appeared to involve more of a hypersensitivity to detail rather than some form of strict memorization. Magnussen, in contrast, does not escape my judgement, because his mental prowess didn't make him more interesting; if anything, it made him rather flat.


An all-knowing enemy who can't be beat because he has no physical, tangible weapon is boring. Magnussen's arc is of those stories that appears to be clever and complex, but in reality, it's the opposite. Personally, I find it difficult to believe Magnussen has been 100 percent successful in his blackmail attempts, and I also find it difficult to believe he could get away with printing what could essentially amount to libel if he truly doesn't have any physical proof or documentation. But setting personal disbeliefs aside, I like what Sherlock was attempting to do with the Magnussen character. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was the series attempting to hold a mirror up to Sherlock Holmes himself, to illustrate what having a brain that remembers every detail looks like if it's used for evil instead of good. It was the series' attempt to create a villain who could stand on equal ground with our titular consulting detective. Sherlock was, in fact, outsmarted by Magnussen, and even though Magnussen ended up with a bullet in his mind palace—thus destroying the weapon that gave him so much power—Sherlock didn't exactly win. Instead of rotting in jail and causing civil unrest among the people of England, Sherlock was sent to Eastern Europe on what was basically a suicide mission. The fact that Sherlock won, but also lost, made "Hist Law Vow" an interesting experiment, and despite the Magnussen's failings as a Big Bad, the episode was still pretty exciting.


In any story, if the good guys win all the time, there's a risk of the plot growing very stale, very quickly. Although I always find myself cursing Sherlock for only filming three episodes per season, I also think that if we had more, we'd be far less inclined to praise the show. Its success depends on being clever and witty and complex. And making Sherlock feel like a real person who exists in a real world where bad people sometimes win. But the flipside to that is that this is Sherlock, starring Sherlock freaking Holmes, and we want our hero to win. The fact that he didn't quite come out on top in "His Last Vow" is ultimately what has me coming down on the side of declaring this episode, while certainly not the best the series has ever done, still wholly enjoyable and rather surprising. 

It must be said, however, that Sherlock's reprieve due to the apparent reappearance of Moriarty—who's somehow not dead—was a bit of a cheap shot to stir up conversation regarding Season 4 and how Moriarty could have survived. (Is he a Life Model Decoy? Sorry, I'm mixing up my shows.) But I'm not going to complain too much, because it was an easy way to erase the whole suicide mission thing, plus Moriarty is Sherlock's nemesis and he is very charming—way more so than Magnussen ever was. Magnussen fulfilled his purpose in shedding light on Mary's past and once again highlighting the many personal relationships Sherlock does in fact have in his life, and now I'm looking forward to what Season 4 brings.



JOHN WATSON'S BLOG

– I assume this is a rhetorical question. We all missed Moriarty, right?

– Though I didn't find a way to work it into my review, I think the idea of human error is something worth exploring here. This entire episode was an experiment in human error. Trusting the wrong people, not fully understanding someone's intentions... when human beings (and their feelings) are involved, anything can happen. Janine was wrong to trust Sherlock, and Sherlock was wrong to think Magnussen had a magical chamber of secrets (not to be confused with that other magical Chamber of Secrets). Human error, folks. 

– This was an interesting way to work in Sherlock's drug habit. I rather liked this line from Mycroft about it too: "It won't be the first time that your substance abuse has wreaked havoc on their line dancing."

– Also something I didn't find a way to work into my review: John Watson's own addiction to horribly messed-up people and dangerous situations. 

– I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that Sherlock's porn preference is "normal."

– Is Hobo Sherlock better than Drunk Sherlock?

– "Sherlock is actually a girl's name..."

– Sherlock and Watson had some of the best moments this week. I think they were even funnier once the series returned to finding humor in existing situations rather than just adding humor for humor's sake.

Sherlock: "I'm undercover!" Watson: "No, you're not." Sherlock: "Well I'm not NOW."

Watson: "Did you just get engaged to break into an office?"

Watson: "Sherlock, she loves you." Sherlock: "Yes, like I said: human error."

Watson: "We should call the police!" Sherlock: "During our own burglary?"

– Of course, Mrs. Hudson had a great moment herself:

Sherlock: "Even the landlady used to run a drug cartel." Mrs. Hudson: "It was my husband's cartel. I was just typing." Sherlock: "And exotic dancing." Mrs. Hudson: "Sherlock Holmes, if you've been YouTubeing..."

– I can't be the only person to catch the use of the phrase "the doctor's wife," right? I can't be. You sneaky bastard, Moffat.


What'd you think of "His Last Vow"? How about the season overall?


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AIRED ON 1/15/2017

Season 4 : Episode 3

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jut a tiny question!
Microft: "you know what happened to the other one"

another holmes??? if so why did no one mention him? is it an introduction to something in season 4 maybe?


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Excellent review, but you made two errors. One, Magnussen's Mind Palace having an infinite capacity for storage is not rubbish and instead real since he, unlike Sherlock, has a photographic memory, which allows for everything read to be forever edged into his brain, whereas Sherlock's memory, although not photographic, is just a very good one and therefore his Mind Palace has an inferior construct and limited capacity requiring for deletion of information to make more room. And two, Magnussen still has his hard copies somewhere and confirmed their existence right after he got done demonstrating his superior mastery of the Mind Palace. When Watson asks, Magnussen replies " Well, sometimes I send out for something if I really need it, but mostly I just remember it all." So if he was to have needed proof for any reason, he had all the proof he could ever need and wasn't just playing Sherlock by showing him the letters. They were real and evidence of his physical proof. Whats more, hes not the only one who knew where his hard copies were and therefore his murder didn't end his threat as a blackmailer and never will.
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Funny gaffe that occurred when we were all too busy getting jazzed about Moriarty's (and Sherlock's) return. Mycroft is holding his phone in his bare hand when he gets the call about Moriarty, but when he steps out of the car (from the opposite side?) still on the call, his hand is gloved.

Guess it was a cold day at the airstrip, Mr. Gatiss? :)
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I am fashionably late in discovering Sherlock, spending too much time thinking Elementary's reboot meant Sherlock Holmes was all tapped out. How wrong I was. In fact, now that there are no new episodes, I can't imagine two of my favorite tv shows (Sleepy Hollow and Sherlock) having nothing in the fire for months. Cruel Summer indeed.

I have to admit, I like the way Watson makes Holmes a better person and Holmes makes Watson come out of his shell and reveal himself to be the adrenaline junkie that he is. I also think with Watson being ex-military, the familiar call of comrade-in-arms was something he missed as well when he left. Therefore, its really not at all surprising how close he has become to Sherlock. To say that Sherlock is grade-A adrenaline for John perfectly explains his withdrawal when Sherlock leaves.

And that is why, despite her ridiculous past, I'm glad they made Mary who she is. They needed someone who could relate to John intimately while, at the same time, give him the intellectual and physical kick he's going to need to get out of his adrenaline shell. They needed a female equivalent of Sherlock and since they couldn't make her as intelligent, making her a black ops agent is a somewhat understandable choice.

It was very interesting to see how intense Mycroft and Sherlock's rivalry is. His venom towards Mycroft in his apartment came from a deep place, although I do wonder (since Mycroft is intelligence work himself) who would actually have won that fight. It's no wonder they are so deeply cordial to one another: too much time airing their true feelings would probably lead to one killing the other in rage.

In some ways, I think Mycroft hates Holmes more. Holmes has Mycroft but he also has a warmth that allows him, however shallowly, to interact with other people and find comfort in them. Mycroft is alone outside of Sherlock, although he probably refuses to acknowledge it, and that sense of being trapped by that relationship undoubtedly fuels some of his hatred (and, occassionally, tenderness) towards his brother.

If you really want to get metaphorical, Sherlock is to Mycroft what Watson is to Sherlock. It's why Sherlock uses Mycroft in his mind palace so often (in Ep. 2 hunting for the victim, here, trying to mitigate the damage of being shot by Mary.) Love-hate doesn't begin to describe his relationship to his brother.

And that makes his feelings towards personal relationships very understandable. Being who he is, having the brother he does, facing the laundry list of criminals required for his job, its no wonder his people skills have their own version of human error in them. The thing is, I think Sherlock desires more connection than he allows. It is very doubtful, with his intellectual capabilities, that seducing Janine was actually required to gain access to Magnussen's office. It reminded me of a Vatican censor borrowing some erotic pictures for 'research.' The engagement ring was over the top but there was some definite spark there, beautifully displayed in Sherlock's hospital room. Perhaps the unexpected fevor of accidentally summoning The Woman in Ep. 2 sparked some primal desire in Sherlock, satiating his curiosity without allowing himself to acknowledge it.

Speaking of Magnussen, for being so super-intelligent, how STUPID do you have to be to store all your information in your mind palace? It doesn't take the intellectual capacity of Sherlock Holmes to deduce that a bullet to the brain ends everything. In fact, even with the strongest blackmail in the world, under enough pressure, a person won't care if it ruins them, they'll still do their best to kill you (ie Mary.) Rule 1: don't pee in someone's fireplace if all your power over them can be taken away by a bullet to your mind palace. It's no wonder they needed to bring Moriarity back. As Watson said "I'm used to a better class of criminals." Writer's, hurry up your brilliant work. Us goldfish need something to help pass the time.
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I just watched the finale ep (unthinkable!). I actually had all 3 eps when the Brits finished their run, but didn't bother to watch until it aired in the US. After two years, and two so-so eps in the the third series I just wasn't chomping at the bit about the the finale for who knows how long.

I actually snorted at the Mary reveal. I had hoped and speculated prior to the series airing that Mary would not be Mary, but Moran, so her super secret agent past didn't blow me away. It was kinda terrible actually. How did she come across John anyhow? Was she sent to kill him and decided to shag him instead? John's, "I don't care that you were a serial killer for hire in the not so distant past. What matters is the future." The hell it does. There's a bullet with Mary's or whatever the fuck her name is- name on it . Being oblivious isn't going keep anyone safe.

I was struck in one of Sherlock's VO that he sounds exactly like Sideshow Bob.

I'm gonna blame the morphine for Sherlock not catching on immediately that Magnussen had a vast repository of knowledge in his brain after he discovered he wasn't wearing Google Glass. They can use as many fancy camera tricks and time jumps as they want, but they can't cover up the fact that Sherlock is getting slow or that they have a thin storyline and are just padding for time.

Magnussen was g.r.o.s.s. Completely animalistic in his dominance displays (licking, sniffing, pissing). He was suitably creepy, but I can't believe no one had gone, "fuck it", and shanked him long ago.

Moriarty. Meh. He's not the fucking Master. It better be his minions following his Last Will and Testament directives or I will be annoyed. I was already annoyed with Janine getting Sherlock's retirement home and bees. It was the cherry on the series 3 "kinda not good" sundae.
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What I love about this season is that we get to see whats inside Sherlocks mind palace. How he really enters to another world when he is thinking. I love the scene when he was solving the Mayfly man in his mind palace.

I also love the irony of love in this season
-while John is treasuring and valuing love, sherlock is just using, playing and tossing love around.

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I think, Janine has something to do with Moriarty's comeback. Remember her conversation with Sherlock in the hospital. She might look okay after getting her revenge on him by publicating their affair on papers but I think she was really, really and super duper hurt. She just didnt show it because she is planning a more painful revenge. Sherlock even asked her wittily, "How much more revenge are you going to need?" Then before leavingthe room she said that she has an interview with the one who show and havent made it up yet. I deduce (sherlock style :))) that she might be referring to Moriarty. She also said he should have not lied, that she knows the kind of person he is and they could have been friends. I deduce that she hates him so much and turns to be his enemy. She took Moriarty's side now.

She might bean important characted next season. With her too much screen exposure, from the wedding to being his gf, the writers might be preparing her character build up. Every scenes and dialogues are meaningful. They won't give her much scenes if she is nothing..

what do you think? Just my theories? Do you think Sherlock might praise me for this deduction or just insult me for being idiot and boring.. hahahaha!
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Not 'the one who show' or whatever you thought you heard? 'The One Show'. It's a dull talk show for the early evening.
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Janice might be dead or locked up in a dungeon only the dead man knows. Magnussen mentioned "playing" with her in the same escalating manner he was engaging John in that drawn out face flicking scene.
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Others might be disappointed with Magnussen as being a lame villian but for me, I dont really cared about him because I know that he is just a "temporary" enemy of Sherlock. Moriarty is always and will always be his mortal enemy. Personally, I was satisfied that there is no Sherlock's new archenemy because that would be boring. If Sherlock can defeat one enemy from the other then the feels/hatred for his enemy will be boring. Do you get my point? It's like, after defeating one enemy , a new one would come and the cycle goes on. That will be boring.

I think, the central theme of this season is about sentiment, building deep sentimental relationship among the characters. This season is more on the personal issues than criminal issues.
Season 1-Introducing and building the characters.. Revealing his archenemy.
Season 2-solving crimes and fighting against Moriarty
Season 3-Deepening the relationship among characters
Season 4-The game is still on with new additional players.
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I agree with you about the "human error" theme of is episode. We all make errors in life.

I also think, it's title, "The Last Vow" actually means Sherlock's vow. Remember in The Signs of Three, he said his "first and last vow" after he played the violin. He said that he will always be there for both John and Mary and he fulfilled this vow when he tried to retrieve all info about Mary. But he failed so he just killed Magnussen. Sherlock is not the kind of person who will kill and damage his reputation. The moment he shot Magnussen and asked John to stay away, I was teary because I realized that he is willing to sacrifice himself just for John and Mary to have a better life. With this, he just fulfilled his "Last Vow", being always there for Watsons.
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John could always name her Sherly!
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Thank you for saying it out loud. While I agree that Freeman and his partner-should-be-wife turned in some stellar acting ("Your past is your affair, your future is my privilege" <3), I completely disagreed with this writing choice. Again with the idea that we have to make a woman a gun-toting female bad-ass in order for her not to be flaky and helpless. Mary was a substantial, smart, strong character without the over-the-top background. As for Magnussen, also agreed that his grossness was ridiculous. I wanted him to have gravitas, unlike Moriarty, and granted he was less annoying overall, but still---peeing in the fireplace, seriously? And licking the woman's face, soooo not necessary. Please, guys, let's TRY to do scary and evil without gross, for once.
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I had mixed emotions about this episode. The reveal of Mary's past surprised me but I thought it could have been handled better. Though the scene where she accidentally tells John everything thinking she's only talking to Sherlock was well played. I am surprised that he chose to not care about her her past and burn the flash drive without reading anything on it. I think he made a copy and will read it, or Sherlock will, at a later time and thought it best to save face now. At one point I thought a portion of this episode was going to be an intervention for John about his love/obsession/addiction for violence and those involved in it, but I was incorrect. That could have been interesting though! On a different note, I think this season has humanized Mycroft a lot. In seasons 1 and 2 he seemed more like an intelligent mysterious robot than a human being, which is ironic since the show has question Sherlock's humanity. However, this season the audience got to see a different side of Mycroft. He actually seems to care about things and people and their effects. And he has parents, he didn't hatch out of an egg (I always assume that about characters with unknown parentage). This change made the end of episode 3 more convincing with Mycroft lobbying to send Sherlock on a mission to Eastern Europe rather than to jail for killing Magnussen. On that subject, as a "Sherlock" villian, I agree that Magnussen was weak. I have mixed feelings about the decision to kill him off right away. The fact that he did not have a real vault full of documents and it was all in his head is an interesting concept. And with only Sherlock and John knowing the truth about this fact, and no hard evidence to prove it, the ensuing scenarios could have been interesting. With that being said, Sherlock always looks for a complex solution to any problem he's faced with, he always thinks the solution has to be something intelligent and something only he could see. In this case, killing Magnussen was the simple way to make sure he never blackmailed anyone ever again, but it took Sherlock a while to get there and to see that that was the best decision to be made in that situation. This fact in itself helped save the ending to this story. As for Moriarty, "charismatic" and "charming" aren't exactly the words I'd use. As a person, he is extremely off-putting but as a villian he is excellent. I hope it's just some Followers of Moriarty making this move on his behalf.

No way, Drunk Sherlock is much better than Hobo Sherlock!
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Totally agree about turning Sherlock into a murderer is a weak decision. Magnussen had a key to past not future, keeping him as a prisoner would have been a better option. About Moriarty, its British TV, the end is the beginning is the end :) , its like Doctor to Daleks.
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Magnussen could never have been a prisoner since there was no evidence anyone had to use against him. Yet Sherlock murdering him in cold blood made me lose all respect for Holmes and Mary's past being revealed likewise made me lose all respect for her.
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Amazing season
Benedict is the best!!!!!!!!!!
Martin is a brilliant actor
Martin& Amanda a great tv couple :)
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I know it’s fiction and one must suspend belief, but how does “the most dangerous man on the planet” allow someone to walk into his lair with a loaded weapon? He doesn’t have them frisked? He doesn’t have some sort of metal detector? What about his security personnel? Seemed a little stupid for such a brilliant man with a mind castle to not check them for weapons.
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Because he relies on his blackmail. People think any move against him will lead to revealing their secrets as they don't know of the mind palace.
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Not buying it. When he visited Sherlock he had 2 security thugs with him, He would have gone alone if he wasn't worried about getting killed or at least beaten to a pulp.
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Wrong, Magnussen didn't allow Watson to enter his home with a gun, his men did. His security guards forgot to do the job their boss hired them for before allowing Sherlock and John to enter Appledore, and their boss ended up dead.
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That why we have people like Mary. People can hire Assassins so he still needs guards.
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Amazing "series" (it is British).

"Although I always find myself cursing Sherlock for only filming three episodes per season" These are 3 Movie events. Not 40 minute eps. This is about half a limited FX series. Or Sleepy Hollow. Correct - not enough, but with two substantial stars in the lead - if it fits their schedule, I WILL UNDERSTAND.

If Sherlock was able to fake his suicide (I don't think we ever saw the real method) - so could Moriarty. All of that is from Sherlock's point of view, remember.
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The Magnusson character was much more realistic than you realize. A "Mind palace" or "memory palace" isn't just some concept made up by the show. It's an actual memory technique called the Method of Loci, and does actually allow for a virtually unlimited memory and near-perfect recollection of facts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci
http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Memory-Palace
http://litemind.com/memory-palace
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i BELIEVE the Moriarty we were introduced to...ISNT the real thing...he was a ruse ...a blind...a mask...a poppet...:)
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I was hoping that SAME thing the whole time, since i am the ONE person who hated the way he was acted. It was the only fly in the ointment for me with this show. Every other part of it is a brilliant masterpiece down to each fleck of dust, aside from Moriarty's oddball speech pattern... he reminded me of the Penguin on Batman. Which i guess is a way to go with a super villain, but since there are no "BOP"s or "POW"s when they hit people - a Penguin Nemesis seemed out of place.
It made me wonder if that cartoony Blue Velvet Villain image was a reflection on how Brits view Americans, all John Waynes or Thurston Howell III's?
But i digress, i was hoping because of that - the face we saw as Moriarty was just his figurehead.
Even so, this show is the best written, acted, shot, produced show on Television, and I can't wait for the next season!
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-Oh and I also had the hint with how quickly he was introduced - and how quickly Moriarty ran to his first face to face meeting with Holmes, that the face we saw, wasn't really his.
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you also didnt mention the cool scenes when sherlock was shot and he went into his mind palace to give him the best shot of surviving. i thought that was very cool
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probably the best part of the episode. probably the only good part of the episode. The Mary ark was also interesting...sorta. meh. the entire season is just "sorta".
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Agreed not many mentioned it. I didn't as at the time i was under the influence and it honestly freaked me out. Haha was temped to pause it and go for a drink of water
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1. I let out an audible, horrible screech when the person with the gun turned out to be Mary. First I was disappointed (was really hoping it would be Irene Adler...haha), but then it kind of made sense, especially after Sherlock's explanation to John about the certain kinds of people John is attracted (platonically or romantically) to. It fit. And I loved his acceptance of her past. Thought that felt sweet without being saccharine.

2. I KNEW that guy looked familiar. And sounded familiar. The voice...hnng I knew I recognized the accent. The first time he said something, I was, uh...reminded of someone. And I couldn't place it. And it was really bugging me but I hadn't gotten around to looking him up yet. I just finished marathoning Hannibal season 1 so Mads is still pretty fresh in my mind xD

3. DEFINITELY missed Moriarty. I can only hope, though, that he's actually back and this isn't just some other villain using his name and image to gain instant traction as a villain. Love Moriarty, and the actor is fantastic. Plays both insane and insanely intelligent supervillain beautifully.

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Janine's boobs in that dress were spectacular. wish people at my work looked/dressed like that.
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She called him "Sherl" I was hoping for a painful death. j/k kinda .
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I saw LIAR when sherlock first "read" Mary in ep 1 and wondered what that was all about.
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So here I was SO very excited to watch this episode due to the hype of our friends overseas who said how awesome this ep was. Personally, I didn't mind last week's hilarious episode so when I heard how this would top it, I was gung ho. Suffice it to say-UGH! I'm apparently the only one who thinks that this version of Moriarty is the single most irritating and disappointing character in this show. It gave me great joy when he shot himself no matter how over the top that decision was. Now, I realize it's moriarty so it wouldn't be that easy but this would have benn the perfect time to bring him back with plastic surgery or something so a different actor could play the part. This moriarty is a joke to me. His ridiculous falsetto voice grates on my ears and his small part at the end totally ruined the episode for me because now I know there's more to come! UGH
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agree, Moriarty played a little too over the top for me, I still haven't seen an equal in this series for Cumberbatch's Sherlock. (Except for Freeman's Watson)
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You aren't the only one, I don't understand they hype about him either. That crazy/genius schtick has been done to death, like a stock villian from an 80's blockbuster
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Oh no not the 80's- he's like the 60's Penguin or Riddler :)
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It seemed to me that if Sherlock had simply recorded Magnussen's confession about having nothing in the vault but newsprint power and then blasted it on every screen like Moriarty did, then all he'd have to do is stand back and let Magnussen's enemies come along and hunt him down. 'Kill the blackmailer' would've made it very hard for the smug jerk to find a place to hide...
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Magnussen still had his hard copies somewhere and all the physical proof he could need, as well as the benefit of protection from the government through Mycroft, so Sherlock doing that would never work.
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Magnussen would have revealed Mary's true identity and location to all of her enemies, who would hunt her down. Killing Magnussen was the only way to ensure Mary's safety.
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In response to Sherlock doing such a thing, Magnussen might do a lot, but never that. He'd never have actually revealed Mary's location to her enemies since doing so would also cost him Mycroft if anything happened to her. Magnussen's murder was completely unnecessary and more an act of hate and wounded pride than anything. He didn't deserve to die.
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the consequent scenes after Mary shoots Sherlock was out of this world. Left me dazed.
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Huh...and here I am, thinking Magnussen is an awesome creepy villain, and that I'm super glad the episode didn't get too bogged down by the "story" so that we could get some of the best character interactions this series has shown us yet...
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he was very creepy. just his concept of "owning" people was disturbing. and the flicking of the face and saying how Janine kept her eye open once and she makes the strangest noises..creepy
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I do not agree with your assessment of this episode. I enjoyed it and the bad guy was great. You may get tired of the whole memory recall thing but that is a real thing. I would look forward to the next season, but since it has no date yet, kind of hard to look forward to it, but it would be interesting to see where they go with it. Hell Sherlock faked his own death, there is no way you can rule anything out when it comes to Moriarty. And the Mary thing caught me totally by surprise, but it is good they added a little more to her and it actually makes sense why she likes Sherlock, if you ask me. Overall another good season and good episode.
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he was very creepy. just his concept of "owning" people was disturbing. and the flicking of the face and saying how Janine kept her eye open once and she makes the strangest noises..creepy
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I'm absolutely gobsmacked that so many people apparently actually liked this season. While episode 3 was surely the best of the lot, this show has completely lost its charm. The first two episodes were completely meandering, seemingly without a point, and also managed to change the genre into a wacky comedy.

The writing in this season has become tedious, and what they've done with the characters is unforgivable. I would never have become such an ardent fan of Sherlock had the first runs been anywhere near this poor quality. There is one positive thing to come out of it all, I suppose: for once, people can say that Elementary is blowing Sherlock out of the water, and not be laughed out of the room.
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I am sorry, but Elementary is just another TV detective procedural, while Sherlock has been groundbreaking in many creative areas. Why do people even try to compare them? Just because they name their characters similarly?
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I think what you are not addressing is it HAS to meander a bit. It is a 2 hour episode! It needs to cover a ton of ground. Do I like that format? No. But it is what it is. They have to do 2 hours and not all of it can WOW. With Moffatt - the beginning can look nothing like the end. So it a strange format. But... i understand your points.
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None of the other long episodes have meandered like the first two of this season did though. I was glued to my TV every second of the episodes leading up to those two...
(And even with the meandering it's the best show on TV.)
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I love the passion. That is what TV should be about. I also completely disagree. I like them both...but Sherlock is amazing. Elementary is quite good.
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yes. thank you.
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Yep. With you there. Like pearls on a string with no specific order. Very dissappointing season. The first episode I was wondering when the hell it would actually start, and the dialogues in ep2 dragged far too long. Three was ok, but I was expecting Mary to not be 'Mary'. Well played villain, but again, a cheap shot with the head thing. Noone could blackmail a sodding fly if they didn't have hard or electronic evidence. Shame on you Moffat. You are leading the series in the same direction as Dr.Who and writing it into a plot black hole....
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The writers on Elementary could take a lesson or two or four or...from this series...Elementary COULD be SO MUCH BETTER...
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This is less a commentary on Elementary than it is on the drop in quality of Sherlock.
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Agree the first two seasons were one of the best but this one was like written by a crazy fanboy.
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OR writers who read message boards while they wait for the lead actors to wrap up other projects :)
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and we have yet another Elementary fan-boy
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I don't think you read his comment correctly.
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AGREED.
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Well I very much disagree on your assessment of Magnussen as a character and a villain. In your descriptions of the many reasons why he didn't work for you, I feel like you missed the point of him. I thought he was both clever and acceptably villainous. His characterization seemed a bit ill-defined, outside of that we know he liked to display his dominance over people he controlled, but a) that's to be expected with only 1 episode with him and b) I think it was intentional. Magnussen was meant to be very mercurial, an enigma that could not be so easily figured out. Because if he were, Sherlock would've sorted him out in record time. As far as not being scary.....well yeah.....he said himself several times he wasn't evil, he has no big evil plans like Moriarty. He's a businessman. He just wanted to control people and to know that he could control them if he needed to, for profit.

Also, you might want to check out some brain research. That I'm aware, no one has ever actually discovered the extent of a healthy brains knowledge reserve, or hard drive space, as it were. There is no shortage of people who have continued learning languages, sciences, memorizing this and thats for their entire lives, and so long as they keep refreshing what they've learned (i.e. not going 5 years without ever reviewing the highlights again), they've never topped out. People have yet to find the extent of what the human brain can hold. A truly amazing biological computer, frankly. It should not strike you as ridiculous at all that he held information in his head. I mean, this is essentially what any real life covert op agents do for a living, be they CIA spooks or military ghosts. They take gobs and gobs of files for missions, memorize it, and then never forget it because it will probably come into play on the next mission or somewhere else in their career. If a guy learns stuff about people, commits it to memory, and periodically reviews it.....yeah, it's WAY believable. It's actually much more silly that Sherlock claims to have to throw certain info out because he's "full." It doesn't work that way in real life.
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Actually there has been a lot of investigation - and speculation - into the capacity of the brain. It's finite, to start. There is a finite number of cells with a finite number of connections and a finite number of other ways to encode information. It's so preliminary that the estimates aren't very meaningful yet but I saw an estimate recently that put in the petabyte range. To give some - probably not very helpful - perspective, you could record your enitire life in HD video on a petabyte hard disk, which are already possible with technology in the lab which has not made it to market yet.
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Photographic memory allow pretty much infinite amount of information storage it would appear.
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Well, yeah. I never said it was infinite. I just said nobody has ever topped out yet. Which you appear to be confirming with more recent research.
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The bit with Sherlock deleting memories is in the books. That's why they have it in the show too.
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while i am no expert, I have learned from science that the human brain saves everything from the moment it can see and hear until it leaves this world. Most people do not have the ability to recall that information, but it is in the brain.
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This is not correct. How would science know it's there if it can't be recalled? The research actually shows more and more that the brain throws most of its input away in the first place, doesn't retain a lot and isn't and it's very reliable in storing or recalling what it does retain. Just look at the studies of the reliability of eye witnesses to crimes to start with. Not only is the record incomplete and difficult to recall but it is often distorted or just plain wrong.
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Except in the case of those with a photographic memory.
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Even though it is still highly entertaining, I don't like what they have done with Sherlock (as a character). He has become a silly superheroe and has distance himself from the Conan Doyle books. I did love though the wedding episode and the scene in the last episode when he gets shot.

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Another awesome episode of a show that just keeps getting better and better.
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This was by far my most fav ep this season and to me, even with the flaws nicely picked up in the review, it had a proper mystery which the first two didn't really... Other than that I totally loved:
  • Mycroft's brotherly love for Sherlock - totally ship these two brothers (and not in a slash weird way)
  • Watson's reaction and Sherlock's girlfriend... It was genius and since the audience (at least me) didn't know it was a fake out, it was even better
  • Moriarty back - I can never have enough of that guy on my screen even if this time is probably a fake out (as cleverly guessed by others in the comments)
  • Hobo-Sherlock: totally awesome as is his new 'hobo-butler' and I loved that he took it to his parents' for Christmas...
  • Your question about Sherlock's porn preferences - I have no suggestions but definitely can't be normal.
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Best line: "It's a tiny bit sexy" Mary totally redeemed the lame villain for this series and I am so happy about her
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I think the whole return of Moriarty was a get-out-of-jail-free card Sherlock had set up long before this episode for a situation like this one. If that's not the case, then this episode is very disappointing. But, this episode was pretty weak. Especially for a finale. I did like being inside Sherlock's head when he was shot, though.
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Holy smokes! That never even occurred to me, you're brilliant!
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While I found myself nodding along with your dissection of Magnussen as somewhat of a cop-out bad guy, I absolutely loved this episode. The humor, the relationships - that "human error" constant - it was just right on for me.
Last week I complained that the wedding episode played too much to the audience's fantasies, but here I was so grateful to see Sherlock's plane turn around. I was already starting to panic about how I would go another 2 years not knowing how Sherlock would come back to us. Was it a bit pat? Certainly, but as noted, we've all missed Moriarty. We don't know for certain what happened on that roof, and if Moriarty did fake his death, well, he'd obviously be back now to attend the fact that Sherlock won their battle in the end.

One minor plot point I enjoyed was that Janine's occupation was not the convenient coincidence Sherlock believed it to be, but that she was in Mary's life for the very same reason.

All in all, I'm not sure how you make this Magnussen thing not fizzle. When the eyeglasses were normal, I jumped to the conclusion that he had a chip implanted in his brain or actually in those flat, shark-like eyes Sherlock kept talking about. If so, you still wind up with Sherlock having to shoot him in the head to end it all, but at least we're not asked to believe that none of these blackmail victims ever called his bluff. They were obviously trying to make a point about "news" versus "facts" and that was very witty and all, but I agree someone would have sued his pants off at some point.
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I LOVE SO MUCH THIS EPISODE!!!!! Where to beggin??? humar error is all the point, no? I didn´t see the Liar in Marys deductions the first time, and I tried to watch them all at that miment, so I almost died when we see that Sherlock made the same mistake ( for love, he pretend it wasn´´t there)
Holmes parents, so lovely, so nice, so...ordinary...and the fact they are Benedict C real parents is the most sweet and funny and perfect thing in the world
But for me, the most heartwreaking thing in all the episode was Mycroft, always Mycroft...the quote "your lost would break my heart", and above all of it, the moment he saw Sherlock as the kid Sherlock, always the kid, almost make me cry... I love their relationship so much..
And Readbeard, I had the same tipe of dog when I was the age of young Sherlock...I almost died of sorrow..
Janines part was very funny, I almost had a heart attack when I saw her going out the bedroom, coming in the shower...so strange, and Martin was so perfect doing those faces!
BAMF Molly, I love her so much, it was so fun all the slaps in the episode (it seems slapsgiving to me), I´m so worry about her the next season...I don´t belive that Moriarty , the last Moriarty is really alive (and it kills me, because he is pure gold) I think there is a new Big Bad, who would play with thw image of the last Moriarty...whatever: the last time Moriarty was beaten because he didn´t realise Molly was part of the game, that She counts, but this time nobody is going to do that mistake again...poor, sweet, perfect Molly
I want Mary gone, I feel it like a personal betrayal...I wasn´t looking forward her in the season, but I open my heart because she was sweet and funny, and at the moment I accept her all the thing exploded in my face...the writting of this people is so perfect... but I´m sorry, I don´t buy the "love can forgive everything", but I´m afraid that with all the girl comming thing they would kill her... so annoying... I want S and W together again at 221B, but to much drama for the writers, I suposse...
Sorry if this post is a mess, I want to say so many things about this episode, and I feel so emotional...
It´s the first time I´m on Hiatus, I have discovered Sherlock this year, and now I undestand why fandom became so crazy all this years
Sorry for my mistakes, English it´s no my mother Lenguage
Just a last thing: I´d never think Sherlock has interest in porn, maybe the asexual consultan detective is not so asexual after all ;-)
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In comparison to the many iterations of Sherlock Holmes through the years, ie. House, The Mentalist, Elementary, etc... This show is Flawless!! Brilliantly crafted with great actors. Procedural 24 episode TV series is for the weak! 3 episodes a season, hour and a half each is the way of the future. So cinematic, no fillers, just pure unadulterated story and characters.
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Crazy Theory...

What if Sherlock orchestrated the "Did You Miss Me" event knowing it would get out of whatever consequence killing they guy caused? Hmm...
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I kind of want it to be Moran. They didn't really have Sebastian Moran on the show (and I refuse to believe that "Lord Moran" from TEH was it) - he could be a pretty badass character.

In order to have orchestrated it, Sherlock would have needed to know in advance that Magnussen didn't have any hard evidence, just his mind palace (or vault, in his case). Which is possible, because he looked through the glasses earlier. But then again, would he really have had such a BSOD moment at Appledore? And I don't think Mofftiss are going to make him an actual, cold blooded killer. Yes, he killed a man, but you can still argue that it was in a moment of total desperation - there was no other way out, not with Magnussen now having control over everybody Sherlock cares about (Mycroft included). That's marginally better than having him actually plan a murder and make contingency plans.

But the idea is pretty awesome.
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No, Sherlock wasn't planning on killing Magnussen all along, or he would have brought a silencer with him. The fact he didn't is also proof that he didn't know about or suspect the Appledore vaults were just Magnussen's Mind Palace. And yes, when Sherlock shot Magnussen, it was in cold blood and murder. No two ways about it.
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I agree that the mind palace was a surprise to Sherlock, but not about the killing. He reminded Watson to bring the gun. No silencer means nothing. He was planning on getting caught. He knew his brother would track the laptop. The plan was to kill Mag before he could hurt Watson and his wife.
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No, the plan was to trap Magnussen with the laptop after securing the files on Mary. As a murder plot goes, that was utterly moronic since stealing the laptop guarantees trumped up charges. Sherlock would have to be an idiot to have planned as you say.
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Unless Sherlock was planning on killing him, regardless. He had a gun. He knew Mycroft would be coming for the laptop, shortly. It's plausible.
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He wasn't and no its not plausible, or would have packed a silencer.
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Yes, he knew Mycroft would be coming shortly. But what sane person (not that Sherlock is all that sane...but he's smart) would murder someone in front of a dozen special forces and his brother, the British Government, on purpose? That's monumentally stupid. It only works as a very last resort solution. Also, there was no guarantee that they wouldn't be searched upon entering and the gun taken from them (plothole right there).

His plan was explained by Magnussen - Sherlock's goal was to get CAM arrested for all the blackmail material in the vault he supposedly has. Because he stole the laptop, the government would finally have cause to enter and search the premises - then find all the other classified material in the process and BAM - CAM goes down. Then of course we learn that there is no secret vault, just his memory, so Sherlock was basically screwed, with no other way out. His shock seemed sincere.

Then again, Sherlock's a great actor when he wants to be. And he looked through the glasses beforehand... But to actually pull it off, he would have to go to Mycroft with his plan. Again. I don't know if he would do that.
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You were right about his shock being sincere and about Sherlock not planning to murder Magnussen from the start.
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I think Sherlock figured out there was no secret vault during his conversation with Magnussen in the diner. He specifically asked John to bring his gun (to a famliy christmas dinner). Killing Magnussen was his plan all along. Obviously he was hoping he was wrong and didn't have to kill him, but he was prepared to do it.

Why did he wait until Mycroft shoved up? To protect John. :)
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Fair point. I withdraw my theory. :)
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I don't think that's crazy. That was my first thought. And, if it were true, it would make the end of this episode less bad. But I bet the writers will change their mind if too many people think that's the case

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that was my thought too. He insisted with John to carry the gun and keep telling him that he has to be quit while Magnussen was acting like a jerk. But until Extispex tell us, I didn't understand why he was so clearly tryin to exasperate john into killing Magnussen..
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If anything, Sherlock asked John to bring along the gun for sake of forcing Magnussen to surrender the files on Mary if he were to refuse after receiving the laptop. He didn't want him to bring the gun to kill Magnussen, or he'd of packed a silencer too.
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That was another of my theories I also thought it might have been Mycroft
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I like this theory! It was all too convenient... Just thought about it and perhaps it was Irene Adler? It'd be nice of her to return Sherlock the favour...
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I hope it's Irene! It would be lovely for her to return, and while I suspected it was Mycroft at first, it just doesn't fit so well with his character....
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Yeah Mycroft is the 'tough love' type, you know, like yeah little bro, I'll rescue you but not before the baddies beat the shit out of you (S03Ep01 somewhere in the Balkans?)
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I love this theory.
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And by "this"I mean the Irene Adler one. Not that the Mycroft one isn't interesting as well.
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Love this. We already heard from Mycroft that this "mission" MI6 wanted to send Sherlock off on would kill him in 6 months and that Mycroft wouldn't go for it. That Mycroft would now accept what was essentially a delayed death sentence for his baby brother so easily should have been a red flag to me.
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Well, the thing about a tv show, is: There was no earthly reason to even mention that mission unless it was relevant to later events. So I'm still going with the return of Moriarty being planned by either Holmes or Mycroft. Hopefully Holmes. Mycroft is being written into the story far too much as it is. (coincidence?)

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They're both Holmes ;) Mycroft (or Mike, if you can't make it all the way to the end) is his first name.
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Of course, Mycroft could have seen it as a hail mary attempt -- giving Sherlock some small hope of beating the odds.
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I could see Mycroft doing it to save Sherlock -- though he'd never admit it.
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Anyone else catch the reference to a third Holmes brother? I don't remember that being in any of the books, was it just a joke for the show?
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The joke of a third Holmes brother has been around for a while, although non-canonical.

See for instance, the Doctor Who novel "The All-Consuming Fire."
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That parts was so funny.
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I did too it was very brief or maybe Mycroft had a friend like Sherlock does with Watson
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Anyone else think the writers were doing drugs with Philip Seymour Hoffman?

This was one of the most disjointed unbelievable epsiodes written so far.

Getting gut shot then up and about, right.

Some detective when Mary is right under his nose.

If this guy strolls in, and pee's in my house I would cave his head in, body guards or not.

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Now that everyone has seen the season 3 finale, tell me, wasn't ep. 2 the best of the season?
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A thousand times yes. One of the best, and funniest, episodes of anything ever.
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I like it, but I prefer much more this 3 ed, and the first too, it was almost flaweless, but I didn´t like the end very much... If I have to choose, His last vow without any doubt
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Yep, it was so amazing and hilarious! I loved it so much, one of the best episodes of TV ever.
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Wow. No. I HATED episode 2. I felt like I was watching a spoof of The Office, with Holmes spoofing Michael Scott at his worst.

And, the idea that 2 people can be fatally stabbed but not know it just because they're wearing a belt is ludicrous.
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I much preferred episode 3 to the first two.
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Yep, Ep 3 felt truly Sherlock-like although some of the things that happened in Ep3 had seeds on the previous two esp. the whole thing with Mary & Magnussen and Sherlock's 'girlfriend experience'
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Also, I'd rather see Irene back than Moriarty.
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Saw that coming, without even being spoiled.

Mary picking up on that shift code, remembering the room, being able to actually keep up with Sherlock. Though I figured it was 50/50 if she was a rogue agent or someone that was originally sent my Mycroft to keep tabs on (or protect) Watson.

As for the bad guy, I suspected perhaps it was all just in his head all along... the "Google Glasses" bit was too obvious.

But seeing Moriarty at the end, even if it was just an animated Gif or whatever, was a shock. A pleasant one at that.
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Yea I suspected Mary but not because of the skip code or her ability to remember a room number (was that really so extraordinary?). I suspected her because of the way Sherlock acts when leaving her and John for the first time in episode 1, he seems suspicious and implies there's more to her than appears.

Good call on the Magnuesson keeping it all in his head though, that surprised me. Of course along with Moriaty at the end.
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Sherlock evaluating her too also seemed to justify it back then for me. I forget, was "Liar" one of the floating words back then too? I recall linguist and protector but I don't remember them all. I just remember he evaluated her for a good while and figured it might mean something.

The memory thing was just random... like Sherlock was having trouble remembering it but Mary just happened to remember what room number around out of around a hundred guests. BUT that could have been simply due to Bridezilla skills or she checked with the front desk on the way there.

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Yeah it was. If you rewatch the scene before they get in the cab, Liar is one of them.
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I was a tiny little bit disappointed with this finale because 1) killing Magnussen was such an obvious solution I wonder he didn't predict it himself (maybe not that Sherlock would do this but that secret services – who apparently use assassins, and he knows it – would) 2) I fully agree with the libel point: knowledge without a proof is not all that useful 3) I didn't find him very interesting overall.
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Magnussen had proof stored somewhere other than Appledore.
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Well it could be that same arrogance that moriarty had. In the first series finale at the pool it was a similar situation, well sort of. So i think magnussen really didnt think Sherlock would do it. This is the guy who pees randomnly to mark his territory, licks and flicks faces. He's a jerk. Knowledge without proof isn't all that useful, unless you are in the media and he owned a considerable amount of it. Have you ever seen leverage? there is an episode where they talk about the concept too. Lies or unsubstantiated facts can only be held for about 10 minutes, but if you have the resources to get everyone to believe the same lie for 10 minutes, its as good as true. As for him being un interesting, well i think they were going for chilling and unnerviung and to some that might seem to be a bit flat. I was creeped out simply because of the clown thing in ep1 and the face licking thing.
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If you mean kill him, Magnussen believed Sherlock and John were unarmed as he'd assumed his men had searched them, which considering thats their jobs he hired them for, is a perfectly sound assumption.
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Just a quick note about erasing the suicide mission thing - this is actually a typical ploy used by Steven Moffat (the series' creator). He likes to resolve complicated setups with a Deus ex Machina, even though it sounds very convoluted. He did the same with Doctor Who, so I'm not surprised he did the same with Sherlock.

Anyways, I think it was a very entertaining season, though different from what we have gotten used to with the first two. However, I think this is good for the series overall, since repeating the same formula would become boring very quickly.

I hope there will be a fourth season, but maybe it's for the best that it's not every year, as it provides enough time for coming up with interesting plots. Unfortunately, schedules are going to be increasingly a problem, given how both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are big stars now.
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I have to wholeheartedly disagree with the reviewer because this was the best episode (and season) this show has ever seen. For me, Magnussen didn't need to be a fully fleshed out character because he wasn't interested in Sherlock per se. He is an information collector and uses it to threaten people. He didn't have a personal vendetta against Sherlock, he just happened to be associated with Mary and Mycroft and got caught inbetween. He was different from Moriarty for a reason.
And I personally don't think Moriarty is alive. I think somebody uses the threat that is Moriarty for a greater purpose (my money is on Mycroft), so I don't think that ending was a total cop out.
Also, the mind palace sequence and the confrontation with Mary at Baker Street.. Wow, those scenes blew my mind. John's line "But she wasn't supposed to be like that" was the most heartbreaking thing ever. Ever.
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Magnussen uses his information to submit others to him, not genuinely threaten them.
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I also felt this was by far the best ep this season and I did not find Magnussen such a disappointment (his licking the politician lady was pretty creepy) I think it is a false cliche that evil villains/ serial killers are also interesting people. Sure Hannibal is and so was Moriarty but there are plenty of evil minds who are not particularly charismatic...
I also liked that they did not leave us with the cliffhanger of Sherlock flying away to exile (which would have been the temptation) and that they resolved that in this season.
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´m 100 % with you in this, except the Mycoft part...but the other...the same thought I have, I don´t buy the "you choose her because she is dangerous" because SHE WASN´T SUPOSSE to be like this
But yes, I think we are meeting a new villain next season, who knew Moriarty and is using him to blow up everybody mind
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Yes, there definitely should've been more props given to Martin Freeman for that scene, the best this season for sure IMO, he has been stellar.
I also liked the Mary backstory, I can see how people would see it as an obvious twist, but I liked how it fit with John's self-realizations, 'Because you chose her.' It wasn't really about Mary, but about John, which was interesting.
Also that whole sequence with Sherlock's mind palace right after he was shot wasn't mentioned, that was great stuff. What he thought about apparently within 3 seconds on which way to fall, using Molly to help him, then trapped with crazy Moriarty, great scene.
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That was the only saving grace of the obvious twist of Mary to me- that line :)
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yeah i agree best episode of the show so far.
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I agree it was an amazing episode, I also really like John's line “The problems of your past are your business. The problems of your future are my privilege”
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Yep - That was so totally truly romantic...
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The opening scene with Magnussen was so great but then he became a great disappointment as the episode progressed.Mary being a contract killer was ridiculous in a whole new level IMO. As a whole this season was disappointment for me. It felt like a total fan service, especially the first two episodes.
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!So glad it wasn't just me- that was exactly the feel i got from the first two...
and it is still the best show on TV
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This is definitely the weakest of the season; possibly the season. The Mary plot-twist left much to be desired. That being said, it wasn't bad, just not outstanding.

I do agree with Kaitlin about her take on the Mycroft/Sherlock relationship. I'm the eldest in my family. We can pick on each other; heaven have mercy on the non related people that try. We certainly won't. The insights into the relationships between the characters was what made this one worth watching. The over-all plot just didn't amaze me.

Hopefully, we won't have to wait 2 years for the next installment.
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Yesterday me and one of my older sisters were laughing about Sher/Mycroft relationship because we are exact the same: I´m the drama queen and she has always protected me and see me as the girl I was... and she also think "the noise, the people" very often
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I didn't miss Moriarty. The story with him was fine, but it is over and so it must be. So I am hoping he is still death and the whole thing was a plot he orchestrated before dying to be "activated" in an scenario with a surviving Sherlock Holmes
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Bringing him back feels a bit desperate so I have to agree with you.
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Also, John declaring that he loves Mary and doesn't care about her past - while still being furious with her, and warning her that his anger is likely to rear its head now and then.
Great moment, to me, and a good compromise between just outright sappiness with "I love you", "I love you more", "I love you mostest!" and an unsatisfactory "We need to work on this, I don't know if I'll ever get past this, we should see a lawyer"-type non-resolution.

John has already proven that while temperamental (yes, it takes a long time to ignite, but when it DOES...), he's a loving and forgiving man - otherwise he would never have forgiven Sherlock for letting him grieve unneccessarily for two years.
If he could do that for his best friend, why wouldn't he do it for the mother of his unborn child?

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One day John and Mary are having a fancy dinner at a posh restaurant, One thing leads to another and they get into a punching match that ends up at hole-in-the-wall deli - Issues finally resolved.
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I'm not convinced Moriarty is alive. Broadcasting a nearly static image of him only shows that someone has access to recordings of him.
So what?
As I said, not convinced he's alive - someone may be playing on his infamy, but I don't think it's him.
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