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Quick to the cut....

We begin out little program with Magnussen, who is super-duper creepy and I might be spelling his name wrong, so I'll just call him Magnuts from now on. I couldn't figure out if the words he saw when he looked at people were in his mind or written on his glasses - and I didn't even realize this was a plot point. They're actually using the way they film the show against us! Brilliant.

Anyway, did I mention how super duper creepy Magnuts is? HE LICKS THAT WOMAN'S FACE! Uuuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh

Let's cut to John, who is having bad dreams again :( It's interesting that his war dreams fade into dreams about Sherlock... I wonder if they're all war dreams? Personally, I think my headcanon will be that it's like me and Harry Potter - whenever I'm having a really bad dream, as soon as I reach a certain level of distress, my brain flips the "Harry Potter" switch and I start dreaming about Harry Potter instead. It's really really bizarre... it actually hasn't happened for several years, so I'm curious as to whether I've switched media or not, but I think I'll probably always call it the HP-switch, because before I got into Harry Potter, I used to just wake up from distressing dreams the way people usually wake up from nightmares.

Anyway, I've gotten super off topic. Someone's at John and Mary's door and it turns out to be a woman named Kate, who is in tears. It's interesting, because John treats her like a client from the beginning, more than that, John's the one that's being horribly insensitive. I love it.

I like John asking if she wants Sherlock Holmes, because "I haven't seen him in ages." And Mary interjects that it's only been 1 month. Again, I love that ages=1 month. Personally, I've gotten to the point where two weeks or so without speaking to my best friend feels like ages, so yeah, we've all been there.

Kate's son Isaac is into drugs and didn't come home last night, and she is much distraught.

John volunteers to go get him from the crack den. Mary objects and asks John what's gotten into him, and John actually yells "there is nothing the matter with me!" at her - and isn't that a Sherlock line?! Or am I confused? It sounded exactly like a Sherlock line.

John takes the tire iron from the trunk of the car, and I love Mary telling him "it's a tiny bit sexy." :)

Then John is the BAMFiest BAMF that ever BAMFed. I love precision fights like that one.... I love John just walking right up to the guy with the knife, and yeah, awesome. I love the line "I'm a doctor, I know how to sprain things." or whatever it was exactly.

But of course, as soon as John entered the crack-den, I thought, oh god, he's going to find Sherlock there... and I was right! Oh no! My mind immediately filled with all the sentimental stuff you see in fanfic about how Sherlock went back to drugs because John left him...and hell, actually, I think that's partially ACD canon... so it's hardly like those stories are wrong. But Sherlock insists that he's on a case.

I also love everyone piling into Mary's car and going to the hospital. Molly tests Sherlock's urine and then slaps him six ways from Sunday. (Is that a legitimate phrase? It's something my mother used to always say "six ways from Sunday", but it occurs to me that I may never have heard anyone else on earth say it.) Anyway, we also find out that Molly's engagement has fallen through... :( Okay, I'm not actually sad, because Molly/Lestrade is my OTP on this show.

Sherlock is indeed using again, which isn't good. Meanwhile, the junkie with the sprained arm starts deducing! My god, there's two of them... heheh..., his name is Bill. He deduces that John's been cycling to work, because there are creases in his shirts from where they've been packed in a backpack so he can change once he gets there.

They head back to Baker St, where Sherlock can tell from the door knocker that Mycroft is there - because it's straight, and Sherlock always puts it crooked. Mycroft is INDEED there, and Anderson and the Sherlock fanclub are picking apart the flat trying to find Sherlock's drugs.

John discovers that his chair is missing... and wow, that IS sad... because when Sherlock died John just moved out so that he wouldn't have to look at Sherlock's stuff, and yeah, John hasn't died, but Sherlock obviously couldn't bare to look at the empty chair. "It was blocking my view of the kitchen"... and then John has a funny line and I can't remember what it was, but yeah...

Mycroft is just about to go into Sherlock's closed bedroom when Sherlock tells him to stop, and we find out that Sherlock's case is good ol' Magnuts. Mycroft immediately tries to put the brakes on that case. Telling Sherlock that if he were to go against Magnuts, he'd be going against Mycroft.

Sherlock loses his temper and shoves Mycroft into a wall!! I love it! "Don't appall me when I'm high."

I love the mirror between what Mycroft says to Anderson and co. and what John says to Mycroft.

And once Mycroft leaves and Sherlock goes to wash, we discover why the bedroom door was shut. It was Janine! YAY! I liked her... only, not-yay? Because WHAT? Janine is in one of Sherlock's shirts and is obviously super familiar with everything. I love how she calls Mycroft "Myke" and Sherlock "Sherl" - awesome... mainly because I did that in one of my fanfictions, I'm not going to lie.

Janine goes to talk to Sherlock while he's in the bath and John is all O.o

It's super weird to watch Sherlock be coupley with Janine... but you can TELL that it's not genuine on Sherlock's part, and I think Janine is clever enough to tell too.... but we'll get to that.

I love Sherlock trying to explain the case to John, while John is stuck on trying to figure out why/how Sherlock suddenly has a girlfriend.

(Uh, I'm assuming you all watched the episode and know the case, but for the benefit of the one odd person who reads this without watching the show...or me, years from now, rereading this for some reason and not being able to remember the show: Magnuts is "the napoleon of blackmail" and supposedly has a vault underneath his house filled with documents that have blackmail material on everyone of influence in Britain. He also runs a newspaper.)

And that's when Magnuts arrives. He basically just ignores Sherlock, then pisses in their fireplace, while telling them that the reason he likes Britain so much is that everyone is socialized to be too polite to stand-up for themselves. He has a point. I didn't put it together when he was being super gross with Smallwood at the beginning, because women in general are socialized the most to just sit there and take whatever shit men do to them... so it didn't strike me as that odd that she just froze up instead of hitting him or doing anything else.

Personally, I think John would have done something ordinarily, but I think at this point John doesn't do things without Sherlock giving him the go-ahead....he knows that Sherlock often has multiple plans in his head, and John doesn't want to be an unpredictable component, so I think he restrains himself a lot. But, that's just my opinion...

Sherlock isn't dissuaded though, before Magnuts leaves, he pulls the Smallwood letters out of his pocket briefly, so Sherlock is excited. If he has the letter with him. Which means he's going to put it in the vault of his London flat while he's at a meeting that evening.

So, it's off for some good ol' fashioned burglary!

Sherlock, as it turns out, has been dating Janine in order to gain access to this flat - because she's Magnut's PA. He fakes a proposal at the security camera in order for her to open the door! I love it! Mainly because it's directly lifted from ACD canon where Sherlock did the exact same thing during a case, only they actually got engaged. Brilliant... and horrible, and brilliant.

When they get to the flat though, they find Janine unconscious from a blow to the head and a security guard unconscious too. As much as I know it's against the Hippocratic-oath and whatnot, I kind of love the fact that Sherlock's version of triage is to determine who deserves help based on Sherlock's opinion of whether or not they're a good person.

And then as soon as Sherlock named the perfume and John said "Mary wears it", I KNEW... they DID make Mary secretly evil! OH MAN! I was so thrilled, because if she were actually evil, I wouldn't be as sad if she died, which I was sure she was going to do in this episode...

And then she SHOT SHERLOCK! OOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mmmmmmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnn!

I LOVE the sequence of Sherlock being shot and his brain basically going into S.O.S. mode. Molly, Anderson, and Mycroft are in his brain to help him figure out the best way to fall, how to survive shock... Mycroft tells him to think of something comforting, and he thinks of Redbeard! Who turns out to be a dog, that apparently had to be put down.... I'm going to go ahead and assume that Sherlock didn't take that well as a child, seeing as how it's still a touchy subject for him.

When the pain hits, Sherlock goes into a padded room in his mind to find Moriarty to ask him how he was always able to ignore pain... and Moriarty tells him that there's no way to not feel pain, but you have to not fear it.

Meanwhile, Sherlock is in the hospital and dying... and he flatlines, but then Moriarty remind him that John is in danger, and Sherlock claws his way back to the living. Which, was nice, because I was starting to distress a bit that John wasn't showing up in the mind palace. But then it occurred to me that Sherlock uses Molly and Anderson as repositories for knowledge, Mycroft as a..., well, kind of a logic/deduction coach? Moriarty is, of course, a repository for slightly sociopathic-skills. But John is actually Sherlock's reason to live and that's a far more important job.

While Sherlock is still mostly out of it, Mary comes by to tell him not to tell John about her.

We next see Sherlock talking with Janine, who has sold her story to every paper that Magnuts doesn't own, about how Sherlock used her and it's her revenge... she's made a ton of money off him. I love her. Basically, she was using him for tabloid fodder while he was using her... personally, I think she knew from the get-go that he was using her, because, as she points out, she KNOWS how he is. The lovey-dovey routine would obviously be an act. So, her bitterness isn't about the fact that he used her, it's about the fact that he LIED to her - because he could have just told her the truth. And man, I love Janine, because that's my number one rule in my relationships - you can basically do whatever the hell you want, but you're not allowed to lie to me about it. I can't stand being lied to.

Janine is also awesome because she's bought a cottage on Sussex downs. It came with a whole bunch of bee hives, but she's going to take those down... and then she parts by saying that they could have been friends! AND CAN YOU MAKE-UP AND BE FRIENDS AGAIN?! BECAUSE YOU JUST BOUGHT SHERLOCK'S RETIREMENT HOME!!

Oh, before she leaves, we also find out that Sherlock never slept with her, much to her disappointment. So, I guess those who prefer to think of Sherlock as asexual will rejoice in knowing that he wasn't even lying back and thinking of England... and those who get upset about people sleeping together under false pretenses can't get upset either... but then, everyone probably still will get upset, because that's what people do.

Sherlock then disappears from the hospital when Lestrade comes to get his statement. Then it's an investigation about where his "boltholes" are... bolthole is actually a word that I had never heard before. Anyway, off topic...,

While everyone is off searching for Sherlock, John goes to Baker St and John ACTUALLY SOLVES A PUZZLE. He knows Sherlock was shot in the chest and saw the shooter, yet Sherlock didn't name them as soon as he woke up - which means he's protecting someone....Sherlock has put John's chair back in the living room, "why does Sherlock think I'll be moving back in?" There's a bottle of the perfume on the table by the chair... and yeah, Sherlock has left John a message and John recognizes it... and then takes off for Leicester Gardens, because John possibly knew the whole time where Sherlock was? I'm not actually sure how he knows to go to Leicester or why he didn't mention it... but nevertheless, he does...actually, maybe all he had to do was walk outside and ask the nearest homeless person and tell them he got the message in the flat... anyway, we don't know this last bit yet...

Mary meanwhile, has found Leicester as well, and giving money to the homeless guy on the corner has her receiving a cellphone in exchange, because that man is Bill! Yay! I love that when Mary comments about him working for Sherlock now, Bill says, "keeps me off the streets..." and Mary's like "well, no." Hahaha

Then the showdown between Sherlock and Mary... and it's basically the empty house - sort of. Sherlock's seems to have put a dummy in the a chair in the shadows at the end of the hall. Mary tries to get him not to tell John that she's not really Mary Morstan... because Mary Morstan was a still born baby and "Mary" just usurped her identity. Sherlock asks for a demonstration of her skills, and Mary threatens to shoot him right then...but Sherlock knows she won't, because she didn't fire a kill shot the last time and she's obviously been trained well and knows what she's doing. She shot Sherlock in a place that would give him a chance at survival and then called an ambulance for him.

She demonstrates her skills on a coin instead, and Sherlock steps out into the hallway behind her to take a look at it. Mary begs him not to tell John, because she doesn't want to break John's heart - she doesn't want John to hate her.

But Sherlock didn't have a dummy at the end of the hall. He had John Watson.... and John Watson is mad.

Then we flash forward to Christmas! They're at the Holmes' for Christmas, and it's wonderful!! Mycroft gets called "Mykey" which is TOTALLY WHAT I HAD HIS FAMILY CALL HIM IN MY FIC. *Ahem* Sorry.... but we get more Holmes parents!!! And therefore more Cumberbatch parents!! And they are wonderful! We find out that M.L. Holmes (Sherlock's mother) is a mathematician and a genius, who gave up her career to have a family. Their father self-identifies as a "moron", who just happened to think that their mother was hot stuff. They're ADORABLE.

Of course, through all this flashforward, we find out that Sherlock's parents don't know who shot him, and Mary is at their house or Christmas... so it's a glimpse of how the ensuing blow-out between John and Mary is going to go. I absolutely love Mrs. Holmes saying that if she ever finds out who shot her boy, she'll be all wrathful... I love the little glimpses they give us about how the Holmes brothers didn't necessarily just spring out of nowhere.

They go back to Baker St. to have it out... and Sherlock explains to John how this happened... John loves sociopaths. His wife is lying murdering sociopath, because that's the type of person that John falls in love with. It's apparently not just Molly Hooper that has a type. John is livid. Mary wasn't supposed to be like that. Mary was supposed to be normal. I think John has been fighting and fighting against this aspect of himself for years... that he KNOWS he has a problem, and he knows he should want a quiet "normal" life - it's part of the reason he went through so many women, I think... he would try to fit himself into a life that he didn't actually like, and then he'd rebel against that or self-sabotage to get away from it. Mary was the exception, because she was able to push the right buttons on him desire-wise, and yet she had the window-dressing of the life John was supposed to want.

Anyway, John is super mad, but Sherlock is actually on Mary's side here... and he gets John to calm down in a very good way. He gets John to put aside Mary-the-Wife and focus on Mary-the-Client..... Mary-the-person-who-needs-help. He basically has John put her betrayal on the back-burner, he gets him to shelve it and work on it slowly instead of doing anything rash. Mary takes the place of a client, but gives John a USB stick with her initials A.G.R.A. that has all her information - though she warns him that he'll hate her after he read it. A.G.R.A. I think is also a canon reference? But I'm not actually that well-versed on canon, so I could be wrong.

Sherlock meanwhile, is slowly bleeding internally, and has called his own ambulance. Oh, this is actually where the whole reveal about Mary calling Sherlock's ambulance after she shot him was... whatever... you know I do these things mostly from memory right?

Cut back to Christmas, and John gives Mary back her USB... he never read it. He decided that the Mary he knows is the only one that matters, that her past is in the past and he still wants to be part of her future. He throws the USB in the fire for good measure. I half wanted Mary to be like 'I still need that!' hhaha.

Meanwhile, Sherlock and Mycroft are having a smoke outside. Mycroft asks Sherlock why he's so adamant in going after Magnuts. Sherlock tells him that it's because Magnuts "attacks people who are different." - awww... Also, it's only just occurred to me, but does Mycroft not know about Mary?! Because Sherlock, I think, started going after Magnuts because of Smallwood and the fact that he attacks people using their secrets and such, but now I think its all about John and Mary and protecting them, like he vowed he would. I mean...it's the title of the episode!

I love the little bit where Mrs. Holmes comes out of the house and says, "are you two smoking!?!" And Mycroft is like "No!" and Sherlock says, "Mycroft did it!" And it's hilarious.

Mycroft tells him that MI5 or whatever, wants Sherlock to go on a mission, but Mycroft wants him to decline it. It's apparently back in eastern Europe and Mycroft has figured out that it would lead to Sherlock's death in six months. Sherlock declines it as told, and then asks Mycroft why he didn't leap at the opportunity to be rid of him - Mycroft says that he thinks Sherlock is still needed in London, but then as he's walking away, he admits, "also your loss would break my heart." To which Sherlock chokes on smoke and says, "what the hell am I supposed to say to that?!" And I love it... I mean, despite how hard I am on Mycroft sometimes, he DOES love Sherlock.

Anyway, Sherlock has secretly drugged his entire family (and Mary) - thanks to Bill, who I forgot to mention was also invited to Christmas. He and John then take off to go see Magnuts.

We find out that Sherlock and Magnuts met while Sherlock was still in hospital - and Sherlock thought that the glasses might be computer-glasses too! But they aren't!! And that should have been our first clue that the show was using it's own visuals against us.... but I didn't clue into the twist at all.

Sherlock has bartered Mycroft against a tour of Appledoor (Magnuts' vaults)... he'll give Magnuts what he needs to take Mycroft down, and Magnuts will let him into the vaults and allow him to extract the information on Mary.

I love Sherlock walking out to wait for the helicopter and asking John if he brought his gun like he asked him to, and John saying "Why would I bring my gun to Christmas at your parent's house?!!" And Sherlock just asks, "Is it in your jacket?" and John is like "yes." Hehehe...

Oh, earlier I forgot to mention how much I loved the scene where John was frisked and the guy found the switch blade and the tire iron in his trousers. Hehehhehe

We go to Magnuts' swanky house and he lays out what had been Sherlock's plan - bring him the laptop, which has GPS...Mycroft wakes up and orders a retrieval and arrest, they find all the other documents, and arrest Magnuts, Sherlock and John aren't charged because they exposed a traitor or whatever... and everyone is happy!

Only that plan isn't going to work, as Sherlock finds out, because Magnuts doesn't have a vault - he has a mind palace. His vault is a white room with a chair, because the information is all in his head. He doesn't need proof to blackmail people, because he runs the newspapers - he can print whatever he wants, unsubstantiated, and that's enough to bring down anyone in this day and age, where even lies can destroy your reputation because no one actually waits for proof to believe something anymore (or decides to believe something despite proof to the contrary.) Mind you, Sherlock had his reputation destroyed by Moriarty in a similar way, and it may have taken two years, but he DID end up having his reputation reinstated and the lies exposed as lies.

With this reveal, however, Sherlock doesn't have his escape plan - he doesn't have his "destroy Magnuts" plan... he doesn't know what to do.

Magnuts takes advantage of this, and starts flicking John's face, giving him a big speech about how this is what he does - unless John lets him flick his face, he'll reveal what he knows about Mary... (he's already revealed that she's ex-CIA, which means that Mary is most likely actually American.) John lets him, but only because Sherlock told him too with a nod... and I think that's an important bit, because John DOES have a gun in his pocket. Mind you, John might be someone who thinks of consequences more than I do.

Mycroft arrives with a police force and tells Sherlock and John to step away from Magnuts. I kind of thought that maybe Mycroft was going to kill him? I mean, again, that's what I would have done... um, I should mention that I'm not the most lawful person on the planet. Anyway, Sherlock is thinking along the same lines as me, because he realizes that in order to protect his friends, in order to defeat Magnussen, he has to take a page out of Mary's handbook and kill him. It's the only way. By being unwilling to negotiate, Magnussen has left him no other choice... and since Magnuts only has the information in his brain and nowhere else, by destroying the brain, he destroys the information. It appears that Magnuts hasn't put any fail-safes in place to prevent this line of action either... no, "and if you kill me, an email will automatically go out to so-and-so detailing horrible-thing-you-don't-want-known", so yeah, Magnuts has really shot himself here, in my opinion.

Sherlock does indeed take the shot - he's not a hero, he's a sociopath. It's what he told John back in The Great Game (1.3) - he's not a hero. He is though, he's just JOHN'S hero. He's a hero to those he loves, and if that means being a little loose with his morality, then so be it.

Of course, this means that Sherlock is a murderer, and has to be arrested as one. Mycroft suggests an alternative to the regular punishment to a council, a council with Smallwood on it. One member accuses him of acting out of familial sentimentality, but Mycroft denies it, saying that he's not one to be sentimental about his brother and "you know what happened to the other one." WHAT?!

Sherlock gets exiled. And we get a goodbye scene between Sherlock and John... and it's awesome.

We find out that Sherlock's full name is "William Sherlock Scott Holmes" ... "just in case you were looking for baby names." - adorable!!  John lets us know that they're expecting a girl.

Sherlock says that "the east wind takes us all in the end" and John has him explain - he says that it was something Mycroft used to tell him, that the east wind comes and destroys everything in its path, plucking up the unworthy... apparently Mycroft used to use it to torture Sherlock as a kid.

John asks Sherlock where he's going, and Sherlock informs him that he's being sent on a mission to Eastern Europe for six months, because Mycroft says it'll take six months, and "Mycroft is never wrong" and John asks what Sherlock will do after that, and Sherlock just smiles and says he doesn't know. And GEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.... Sherlock isn't being exiled. He's going willingly to his death, in exchange for John and Mary being able to live happily ever after....

Then Sherlock says he has something he wants to tell John, since it's the last time they'll ever speak... "Sherlock is actually a girl's name."

Hahaha, oh Sherlock. John tells him that he's not naming his kid after Sherlock. He's totally going to name that girl Shirley, I just know it.

I LIKE the fact that there are no huge sentimental words between Sherlock and John... I like the fact that they just simply part. They've said everything they've needed to say to each other between Sherlock coming back from the dead and the best man speech at John's wedding. They know where they stand. They know how much they mean to one another.

But, just as we think the episode is over, and we're like "Oh Noooooooooooooossssssssss" we cut to Lestrade in the pub, and the TV flickers and he sees something unbelievable... and then all across London (the whole country?) we see TV's flicker and then we find out that it's a message from Moriarty, a picture of him saying "did you miss me?" Calls get made, and one of them is to Sherlock on the plane... telling him that he's needed. "It's only been seven minutes?" Hahaha...

And then the plane turns around and comes back, and John tells us that Sherlock is the east wind. :)

And it's NOT A HORRIBLE CLIFFHANGER! Yay! It's a happy cliffhanger!!

Now we just have to wait two years for everything horrible to happen that I was sure was going to happen in this episode. :P

So, tell me what you thought in comments!

Date: 2014-01-13 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caranfindel.livejournal.com
I agree with everything you said, from the deliciousness of BAMF John to the very end.

Date: 2014-01-13 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Also Mrs. Hudson used to be an exotic dancer! So awesome! :)

Date: 2014-01-13 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ramblin-rosie.livejournal.com
Not in the fandom at all, just commenting on the linguistic questions: yes, I know and use "six ways from Sunday" all the time, and a "bolthole" is a 'hole' someone bolts to--it's another word for a hideout. :)

Date: 2014-01-13 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Oh good. My sister had a habit of making up phrases, so I wouldn't put it past my mother to have done the same.

Also, either my father or my grandfather, I forget which, used to wake people up by saying, "it's morning in the swamp!" I have no idea if that's a thing or not.

And, ah, bolthole makes sense when you put it that way. I kept thinking of bolts, as in nuts and bolts... and yeah... was confused. I really don't think I've ever heard it before, so that's cool! I learned a new word!

Date: 2014-01-13 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4422shini.livejournal.com
So I've only gotten into Sherlock this past 2 weeks and I'm in love with it. This, in my opinion, was there best episode. But that may have been from the physical pain and heroin (I always liked the idea of Sherlock's addiction... like probably every other fangirl ever). I literally squee'd the whole way through.

Date: 2014-01-13 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad you fell in love with the show just in time for this season!

This episode was VERY good. I love all the exploration of Sherlock's character - including the massive faults, like the fact that he's an addict.

Oh man... so good that I don't even know how to articulate how good it was.

Date: 2014-01-14 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4422shini.livejournal.com
I'm bouncing with irritation because I want to be DONE WORK NOWWWWW so I can go home and watch it again.

BTW, I totally thought Mary was going to be put in the refrigerator as a way to drive the guys closer. I was really surprised at the twist.

Date: 2014-01-14 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I want you to be done work TOO! hahaha... I'm going to be watching it again soon too, because a friend hasn't seen it yet and relies on me for downloads.

I totally thought Mary was going to be fridged too, since that's what ACD did. I'm super happy that she wasn't and was instead made into a secret BAMF... which, now totally explains why she was able to stay on the back of that bike in 3.1 when Sherlock was driving it down stairs and whatnot.

Anyway, I'm now nervous about her being fridged in S4, because I'm still convinced it's eventually going to happen.

Date: 2014-01-15 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4422shini.livejournal.com
That's a very good likelihood. Women don't fair well when bromance is a foot.

Date: 2014-01-13 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wbkbb.livejournal.com
But what happened after the credits?? I saw like three seconds of something like a Three Musketeers movie with one second of "Miss Me?" and an arrow piercing a wall. Was that it?

Date: 2014-01-13 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
It was just the "Miss me?" thing as far as I know. That's all that was on the BBC One iPlayer, anyway.

Date: 2014-01-13 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wbkbb.livejournal.com
Thanks. The thing I saw last night didn't have Moriarty's face, just the sound of his voice. Very odd. I found the Moriarty second on Tumblr.

Date: 2014-01-14 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tashi-monkey.livejournal.com
I know this is probably ... narrow-minded of me, but it bothers me that Sherlock is not one of John's "pressure points" listed on Magnussen's "scan". What are your thoughts on this? You are so astute about these things.

Date: 2014-01-14 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
It doesn't bother me too much, mainly because Magnussen's "pressure points" are chosen by Magnussen - so there's a bias. People have more than one "pressure point" but Magnussen only lists the one/ones that he thinks will be most effective.

John loves Sherlock and will do anything for him, but at the same time, John knows Sherlock is smarter than him. If Magnussen did something to Sherlock, John would either believe that Sherlock could get himself out of it, or John would go to Mycroft...and since Sherlock is Mycroft's pressure point, Magnussen would basically be taking on Mycroft directly with a move like that. Magnussen, in his speech at the end, seems to have wanted to take on Mycroft, but only indirectly... he wanted Mycroft to see just how everyone was Magnussen's puppets. It's actually more effective then just threatening Sherlock, because it shows Mycroft just how much power Magnussen has.

Anyway, I'm getting off topic, Magnussen only lists the most effective pressure point. Mary... because John doesn't know who she really is, and John thinks she's a civilian who can't protect herself from villains.

When Magnussen looks at Sherlock, and it looks like he's listing a bunch of pressure points - there are actually only four or so pressure points repeating. Drugs, John, Irene, Redbeard... I think this isn't so much about all those pressure points being EQUAL, it's that Magnussen isn't entirely sure which possible pressure point should be listed first. Sherlock is trying to draw Magnussen's attention to the drugs... Magnussen must know Irene is still alive... we still don't know exactly what happened with Sherlock's dog, but apparently it's a very sensitive topic.

And that brings us to putting John under that bonfire. What do you do when you aren't sure about which method might be best to do something? You run tests. It was simply a test on Magnussen's part to see just how effective using John as a pressure point would be. Obviously, he liked what he saw, because that's the pressure point that he eventually went for.

So, to sum up: the pressure point listed isn't ALL of the possible pressure points, it's just whatever would be most effective. Sherlock only gets multiple pressure points listed because he's a little harder for Magnussen to "read" and Magnussen hasn't yet decided if John is indeed the most effective pressure point for Sherlock.

so why did mary shoot holmes

Date: 2014-01-15 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c9411010.livejournal.com
she clearly did not shoot to kill him, yet he came darn close to death. what did shooting achieve?

Re: so why did mary shoot holmes

Date: 2014-01-15 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
She did it to buy time. She needed to get out of there before John saw her - if she had let Sherlock engage her in conversation, John would have heard the voices and/or made his way to the room before they were finished. She had to get out of there before John saw her. I think she knew there was a possibility that Sherlock might die, and then her life would be easier because her secret would die with him - but she didn't actually WANT him to die, because he's a friend, so she did everything she could to stack the odds in his favour, even though she probably could have lived with either scenario - she IS a fellow sociopath, after all.

Date: 2014-01-16 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mohit patange (from livejournal.com)
What if the homeless guy Bill.....was the third Holmes sibling. The one Mycroft mentions. He has the deduction skills. He was invited for Christmas. Sherlock was on his case....when John comes to the drug den. He works for Sherlock now. This is Sherlock's way of secretly keeping an eye on him..
Edited Date: 2014-01-16 08:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-16 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yeah, but Mycroft would have said something instead of just making a cutting remark about how nice it was of Sherlock to bring his friends for dinner. :P

Also, their parents would have been a bit more fussing over Bill, I believe.

But, hey, a theory is a theory! Who knows!

Date: 2014-01-16 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mohit patange (from livejournal.com)
I was actually basing it upon the screen time given to him and how his character was woven into the plot.

Date: 2014-01-17 04:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fannishliss.livejournal.com
six or seven BOLTHOLES: what I want for Christmas.

WIGGINS: ACD Canon character. In canon, Wiggins was a "street Arab" who ran errands for Sherlock.

SHERLOCK: totally a girl's name.

WANDA: best casting ever.

AGRA: also ACD shoutout. In the Sign of Four, Mary Morstan comes to Holmes to find out why she keeps receiving pearls in the mail. Long story, but her dead dad was involved with the "Agra Treasure". So Agra is kind of like Mary's patrimony, which is very cool. It makes her John's Pearl of Great Price. :D

MAGNUTS: best coinage ever. :) I wanted someone to shoot him so bad. That's the problem with the rule of law. Mycroft can't just shoot whomever he pleases. Goshdarned rule of law!!!

SHERRINFORD: There's this ancient fanon that Sherlock and Mycroft have a third sibling named Sherrinford. In fanfic Sherrinford returns all the time and it is awesome. :D see this page:
Baring Gould is a "Holmes" biographer, basically an antique BNF, and his positions have become quasi-canon. He also theorized that detective Nero Wolfe is the offspring of Sherlock and Irene. !!!

REDBEARD: Another shoutout to fanon. Many fans speculate that Sherlock was one of those sociopathic children who murder pets. Of course Sherlock would never do such a thing without a good reason. But my money is that he murdered Redbeard, either accidentally or on purpose as part of an experiment, and that that triggered his diagnosis as a "high-functioning sociopath" that he has never let himself live down. One of the most heart-breaking things I ever read was Sherlock trying to give Mycroft a birthday present by presenting him with a perfect mouse skeleton -- the skeleton of a mouse that had been his own beloved pet. OMG, i cried my eyes out. I guess since I have rodent pets.... they don't live very long... a mouse skeleton would be a beautiful thing to have -- Mycroft didn't understand and Sherlock went into treatment. D: so that's my take on Redbeard. The name is supposed to make us think of pirates?? there is a French-language comic about a pirate Redbeard. Is baby Sherlock a ginger?

Date: 2014-01-17 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Ooo, thanks for the ACD canon knowledge.

Sherlock is a surname in my family tree. I always wanted to name a kid Sherlock. Though I was going to use it as a middle name for a boy, I'm of the opinion that a lot of names should be unisex, whether they are traditionally or not. ;)

Oh man, I hope Sherlock didn't kill his dog... I don't think he would have done it on purpose if he did. I think it would have been an experiment gone wrong in trying to make Redbeard sleep through an entire Wednesday. The alternative is just too sad for me.

And yeah, I think the dog's name is a shout-out to pirate-obsessed baby-Sherlock.

Date: 2014-02-03 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katsheswims.livejournal.com
Finally saw the final episode tonight! I waited until they aired in the US to watch them on TV. I had noticed your reactions go up earlier and kept them in mind so I could read them after I watched the episodes because I knew I'd enjoy your thoughts.

I wonder if Moriarty is really alive or if someone is just using him image for some reason? The video on the tvs was just a photo so it could be from something taken years ago...I'm not sure which I'd prefer. Moriarty was an interesting character, but if he's not alive this is the introduction of a new villain...

I am with you about how creepy that guy was. I'm glad he was shot. I was hoping for it. I was thinking Mycroft just might have his guys do it and cover it up--I'm sure that happens.

Date: 2014-02-03 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I think it's just someone using Moriarty's image, as you say. So, it's the introduction of a new villain, but one that is connected to Moriarty!

I was also thinking that Mycroft was going to do the shooting and that's why he was telling Sherlock and John to step away... but nope! Crazy law-abiding Mycroft. :P

Date: 2014-02-20 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe78.livejournal.com
I really liked this episode, and I love Mary. I hope she won't die - I am not familiar with Conan Doyle so I don't know and I don't want to know what happens in canon, but anyway, I love Mary.

She's smart and a killer and she loves John so much, so much that she even shoots his (and her) friend just so John won't find out that she's someone else than she claimed.

I also can see how this is the ONLY person who would be able to compete with Sherlock over John, because she doesn't have to.
Sherlock said it so well: John CHOSE that woman. Even though he didn't know it then, she thrills him. Which is why she doesn't need to feel insecure when John has fun with his best friend - because in the end, he will come back to her, since he might get his thrills with Sherlock, hunting crime, but he won't find everything with that man.

And I love that she's not in the least insecure about Sherlock and John, she's only scared to lose John over something in her past.

I really like the idea of someone so thrilled by danger like Watson would find - even without looking - a very dangerous wife.

What I also loved was John's speech in the Cottage at Christmas to her. Basically that he loves her, and if given a choice of a life with her or one without her, he will take the one that has her in it. And then he whispered in her ear that he's so very pissed and it will sometimes show and he'll be sorry but he's really very pissed - and she just nods, because she, too, wants a life with John and not one without him. It's all she'd wanted in the first place.

It must have been an interesting filmset... wife of one actor, parents of the other... it's like a real Christmas get-together :-D

Magnussen was soooo creepy! and tall - damn, what long legs!

you know, as I'm a sitting here and thinking about it... what if the failsafe of Magnussen actually was Moriarty? Is it a coincidence that he turned up right after Magnussen's death?

Oh, and I adored Mycroft's "Oh Sherlock, what have you done!" when he saw him shoot Magnussen.

Date: 2014-02-21 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Agreed with everything!


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