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05 January 2014 @ 12:28 am
The second coming of Sherlock Holmes  
The Empty Hearse - and what I loved about it.


Sherlock is still a dick. Totally. He really has no clue - although we see that he's learned one major thing at least from his two years away, and that is that he needs friends. And he's hoping Mycroft will realise this too. He's also worked out that he's different and that's okay. I hope they develop this further.

I was quite prepared to dislike Mary, but she's actually pretty awesome. That scene where she is sitting on the bed reading John's blog, and the whole discussion about the mustache - fantastic. And I like that she likes Sherlock! But how did she know what a skip code is? I mean, I'd be getting that text and thinking wtf? But Mary is all oh, it's a code, this is what it means.... I'd love to explore her backstory.

Sherlock was obviously nervous about reintroducing himself into John's life - with Lestrade he was a lot more relaxed. Which shows that he rates John's opinion of him much more highly than anyone else's. And I loved Mrs Hudson's reaction to his return! And her violent tea-making; who knew it could contain so much hostility?

And is it vanity, or is it an attempt to divert Mycroft, when he asks how his shirt looks? I laughed at that.
Loved meeting his parents too, and how utterly commonplace they seemed. Not at all what I'd expected Sherlock's parents to be. And both he and Mycroft thinking he was an idiot until they met other children - well I expected that Mycroft was smarter than Sherlock but that really set me thinking about Mycroft's abilities. Poor Mycroft, marooned in a world full of goldfish.

But you know what I loved best? When Molly turns up at the flat with her boyfriend in tow. Yes, he's of a similar type to Sherlock. Yes, Sherlock takes a moment to look him up and down. And he's in a hurry to meet the press. But the big thing is - Sherlock doesn't deduce him. This is what Sherlock does, he deduces people instantly, and usually blurts out his findings. But with Molly's boyfriend he's silent. I can't help but think he's learned a big lesson after the Christmas party in ASiB, where his deductions about Molly resulted in her total humiliation. Somewhere along the line, he's learned both self-control and a sense of what's appropriate, or at the very least he's learned not to blurt out things that could be hurtful.

So we waited two years for that. Was it worth the wait? Man, the seven minute mini-sode was worth the wait. The full ep was fantastic. Two more eps to go, and then what? Another two-year hiatus? And Dr Who fans are bellyaching about an eight month wait!
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miwahnimiwahni on January 4th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, so additional html doesn't work in cut text... who knew? *g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPA WATSONdraycevixen on January 4th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)

I really enjoyed it too. I gather from surfing the net that it was not well received by the fandom in general but I liked it a lot. *g*

I liked Sherlock's nervousness too and yes it came to me that he understands far more than he used to about himself even if he's only capable of so much change as a result. Key to me was his conversation with Molly as she left after her day of being his assistant where he congratulated her and remarked on her unfortunate attraction to sociopaths. It was downright tender by Sherlock standards and complimentary even, implying he might have cared for her otherwise.

I have to admit that the casting of Mary was a lot of what made it work along with a decision to write her as someone very sure of herself and not threatened by Sherlock.

miwahni: Sherlock Want to see some more animatedmiwahni on January 5th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
I've not seen a lot of the fandom reaction, just the odd comment on tumblr, but what I saw was mostly favourable. There are problems with the episode; I didn't like the way the reunion scene was basically played for laughs, after John's emotionally-harrowing scene at Sherlock's grave last season for example.
I DID see someone accusing Gatiss of being homophobic (!) because of the Moriarty/Sherlock kiss being stopped, after showing the Molly/Sherlock kiss in full. But that doesn't take into account the circumstances of each of those; the Moriarty kiss was the point where the lady's theory jumped the shark as far as Anderson was concerned, and he cut her story short.

Sherlock was gentle with Molly, wasn't he? That was nice.

Oh, another criticism I read, which really made me chuckle - someone accused the show of ripping-off the plot ofV For Vendetta. I think someone needs to go back to their English history....

I really liked the way that the episode was set up; almost from the start we know the time of year ("Penny for the Guy, mister?") and elements of Guy Fawkes were used beautifully; John in the bonfire being a case in point. Wonderful dramatic tension around that scene too.

Ah well, a bit under 24 hours and we can do it all again.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPA WATSONdraycevixen on January 5th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)

Gatiss homophobic? Really? The thing is, UK TV has been really comfortable with same sex kissing for a while now so I'd totally agree that it was the point where her theory jumped the shark.

As a card carrying V for Vendetta fan I know what that critic meant as yes, Guy Fawkes tried it first, but V did it by loading up a tube car with explosives and positioning it under the House. :D
miwahni: Sherlock Keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on January 5th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I wondered if Lord Moran was also a card-carrying member of the V fan club! *g*. I didn't see it as ripping off V, though, more as an updated re-telling of the original plot.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPA WATSONdraycevixen on January 5th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)

Hey, you write enough fan fic you should get a card. *g* *smirks imagining his nibs composing fan fic in his hotel room*

I noticed it but put it down to an homage and suspect strongly that Gatiss and Moffat might well be Alan Moore fans.
moonlightmead on January 4th, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I am not in the fandom. I just watch it :) (Also, Lestrade is cool. Yes. And Molly is cool so far, definitely.)

What I liked the most about this, which enabled me to watch it properly, was that I could hear the dialogue and the optical effects weren't so flashy. I had great trouble with the extremely dark/bright sets and lighting in the first episodes. I couldn't make out the words above the background music - despite the fact I love the jaunty music - and I couldn't see the actors' lips to work it out either. (At the time subtitles weren't working on my video.) My eyes don't react well to changes of light, so the sudden darknesses or bright lights lost me.

Either my eyes, my television or the programme is improving, because none of this was a problem this time, which meant I could focus on what the hell was going on!

I did wonder what fans would make of the various jabs I thought the writers were making at fandom: the slash fangirl was the obvious one. And a friend in the fandom tells me that every single one of the explanations is well-known in fandom? That passed me by completely.

But other than 'who the fuck is Anderson?' - I got totally lost in the final episode of last season and forgot it all over the two years - I think this was much more watchable for a non-fan than the Doctor Who Christmas special was. The DW Christmas episode is traditionally supposed to be the one that all the family can watch, including Mummy and Daddy who know nothing about it, and enjoy. My dad, who knows a lot about old Who, watched it this year and was both lost and bored.

Hadn't thought about Molly's boyfriend in quite the same way, but yes! I remember the meltdown at the party, and I noticed Sherlock didn't do that this time; but I hadn't really considered what that said about Sherlock actually learning something.

I want to know: do the places Sherlock was in in the minisode have any bearing on the rest of the series?
miwahni: Dr Who I want to believemiwahni on January 5th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
It's interesting to get the POV of someone not in the fandom, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

The first two series I had to play over a few times to pick up all of the dialogue, especially Sherlock's when he starts spitting out those rapid-fire deductions, so you weren't alone there.

Hmm... I had certainly read the squash ball in the armpit trick, and had seen a slow-mo where someone at the "landing" scene reaches into a jacket and pulls out what looks suspiciously like a bag of blood, and also read that the homeless network more than likely had a hand in helping. But I don't think I'd seen the Moriarty is alive scenario anywhere other than fanfic.

Anderson - "shut up Anderson, you're lowering the IQ of the whole street!" - the forensics cop that wouldn't work with Sherlock... I'd love to know how he got all turned around and became a believer.

I really have no idea what happens in the next two eps, other than the wedding, as I've tried to avoid spoilers wherever possible so I don't know if the minisode's events will have any bearing or not.

I watched the DW Christmas special, and on the whole found it a bit disappointing. I haven't been a great follower of Eleven as I don't like Matt Smith's portrayal, but I knew enough of the key points to at least be able to follow it. All the same I thought the narrative in the middle section was clunky, and I did get bored too. I liked the bits with Clara (and her family!) and right at the end I liked the regeneration scene. The rest of the ep? Not so much....
moonlightmead on January 5th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
I'm relieved about the dialogue, I have to say!

Ah, I remember that quote, yes! I'm starting to think I am going to regret not catching up with series two when it was reshown, because I think I need to know what exactly happened in the last episode in order to be able to follow Anderson. Wikipedia, here I come...

Oh, totally with you on avoiding spoilers. It makes things so much more fun. I read that Moffatt had thanked fans who were present at the filming for not revealing how it (something) was done. Is he talking about the filming of this series, or about the finale of the last one? Either way, I am impressed if people are wandering around desperately not letting the cat out of the bag.
miwahni: Sherlock Buckpalace gigglemiwahni on January 5th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh do rewatch The Reichenbach Fall if you get a chance. The way Sherlock put everything right out there, but left it up to us to put the clues together - brilliant. And a very emotionally-draining ep, too. I loved it.

I thought Moffat was talking about the filming of The Empty Hearse. All the same there were numerous stories out there - even though I tried to avoid spoilers, some nights tumblr was one big spoiler - and I had seen photos of Mary in her dress and of Sherlock with the bungee cord, and there was word that both Andrew Scott (Moriarty) and Derryn Brown had been seen on set. And didn't that latter fact lead to a lot of conjecture! *g*
Calise: John&Sherlockcali_se on January 4th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
There were things I loved and things I liked - agree with a lot of what you've said here. And there were a few things I felt uncomfortable about, particularly what happened in the train. The second time I watched it, I was dreading that scene, but I was prepared. In the event, it still jarred with me a bit, but was not nearly so... yes, I'll use the word - upsetting. As I said to you, I noticed little things re: Sherlock's manner and behaviour which put things more into perspective for me. I still don't know how I feel about how that scene panned out, but I'm hoping the second and third episodes bring back some of the warmth between them - the warmth we glimpsed now and then in the first.
miwahni: Sherlock Don't be deadmiwahni on January 5th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
I found the train scene to be disturbing, and yet another instance of Sherlock not really understanding what someone else might be feeling. It reminded me of the lab scene in Baskerville, which just made me want to smack him.
On the other hand, they've cleared the air now, and hopefully can get on with being best friends again. (but it was still a dick move!)
Calise: John&Sherlockcali_se on January 5th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
Perhaps Sherlock just wanted to get back to the familiar banter that only he and John shared. The train scene was a weird, out-there (and shitty) way to do it though, and it just felt so odd, to me, coming as it did after the rescue from the bonfire. But yes, I hope they will be able to move on now. We'll see tonight! (when will you be able to see it?)
miwahni: Sherlock Want to see some more animatedmiwahni on January 5th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
With any luck, if I can find a fast download, I'll be able to sit and watch it by about 8pm tonight (Monday). It's on its way to 7am at the moment, so a bit over 13 hours to go. I imagine you'll be watching it in about an hours' time. Enjoy!
Newsy: cheekynewsy891 on January 4th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
Scene with Sherlock's parents is adorable because those are the actual parents of Benedict actual Cumberbatch.

(Yes, all the hype got me involved finally)
miwahni: Sherlock Trafalgar Squaremiwahni on January 5th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
That was a nice touch, I thought.