Honestly, it’s hard for me to be disappointed in anything. I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic types. Especially when it comes to stuff like this. One of my friends was very critical of The Desolation of Smaug—he has every right to be—and the whole time I thought, This is a movie and it’s a lovely movie and look at the scale and this is magnificent omg it’s an actual movie it’s a movie I’m crying look it’s a movie that everyone can enjoy.
So yeah. Keep that in mind while I reflect on my season 3 opinion. Because it’s going to be happy. I do have my qualms, but they are minuscule compared to how much joy and excitement I felt watching season 3 for the first time. I do no begrudge anyone for feeling otherwise, though. It’s possible to be critical of something and love it at the same time. In fact, that’s often a sign of being a huge fan. I’m just one of those weird huge fans and spews positivity everywhere like a geyser of rainbows and butterflies.
The Empty Hearse. I DO admit that TEH wasn’t what I had been expecting. I spent so long reading all the angsty, heart-rending fic I could get my hands on that I forgot Sherlock is actually a funny show. A dark comedy, but a comedy nevertheless. They were never going to treat Sherlock’s return with the gravity we’d all come to expect because that’s not the way the show works. So after my initial shock of non-tearful-reunion feels, I thought the episode was brilliant. It was a tribute to fandom in the best sense and I loved how even though Sherlock and John spent the majority of the episode apart, it almost didn’t feel that way. BECAUSE THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT EACH OTHER EVERY OTHER SECOND SRSLY. John is supposedly ‘getting on with his life’, but he’s at Sherlock’s grave and then at 221B. I think the only time he’s NOT thinking of Sherlock is when he’s about to propose to Mary, but Sherlock counterbalances John’s not-thinking-of-Sherlock with his notice-me-notice-me-NOTICE-ME. So yeah. They’re damaged, delusional, and Sherlock’s top priority is to make John laugh. My feelings are 10000000896% done.
The Sign of Three: This is my favorite episode. I don’t even care. It’s my absolute favorite episode. Because John gets the credit he deserves. It’s a love letter to John Watson. I don’t believe he’s been given enough credit since the very beginning and this did so much for me as a long-time fan. I am so happy John Watson was recognized. Not to mention! Did you ever imagine that Sherlock and John would get drunk together and play silly games? I didn’t. It was magic. This episode was every bit about Sherlock’s love for John. We don’t get that a lot in canon. I mean, Sherlock obviously cares, and you see glimpses of it, and rarely does Watson see how much Holmes loves him, but my soul needed this. So bad. I needed John Watson to see. And I needed Sherlock to see. And this episode delivers.
His Last Vow: SO MANY CANON REFS OMG. The drugs, Wiggins, the burglary. I am a happy, happy girl. I knew what was going on with Janine the moment she stepped out of Sherlock’s bedroom so I enjoyed what I imagine was supposed to be a shock-and-awe moment. But you know. It was delicious. John’s jealousy gives me life. He’s so protective. I love it. I EVEN figured out who they were going to run into in CAM’s office before they got there. I didn’t imagine Sherlock would get shot, though. That was probably the only part of the episode where I freaked out. It was like TPTB reminding you that this is THEIR show and they can mix it up a bit. So exciting. Though very nerve-wracking. Poor Sherlock. I must say the sequence of events surrounding Mary shooting him was absolutely gorgeous. So so so pretty. I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this, but Sherlock clawing back to life for John was worth the pain of my favorite literary character getting shot. (Don’t hate me.) There are so many clues in the final episode and it’s very exciting. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next.
Oh man. It’s so nice to read some Sherlock love for a change. I totally agree with this, 100%.
I have seen this photo but he isn’t wearing the Belstaff in this one. Could someone with Photoshop remove the titles? Please.
Besides, I’ve read this article and there is nothing new about Sherlock. What caught my attention, however, is a paragraph where they quote Benedict explaining that the relationship between Sherlock and John is slightly differrent than in other versions of Sherlock Holmes.Hmm.