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17 January 2012 @ 07:47 pm
S2E3 Sherlock. Whew. What a ride.  
Last night I watched the most amazing piece of television I think I’ve ever seen. Nearly twenty four hours later and I’m finally able to put some coherent thoughts into some sort of order.

This episode packed an enormous emotional wallop that is still leaving me feeling slightly gut-punched. Even a familiarity with canon didn’t prepare me for the impact this would have. I’ve yet to discuss it with anyone, or read anyone else’s reviews, I just wanted to get my thoughts out there first.

There were so many things to love, and giggle over. Sherlock, telling John that he’d just be himself in court, and ultimately being jailed for contempt. Oh Sherlock, you should listen to John! And John’s comment to Mrs Hudson “I’m not THAT angry” when she starts cataloguing Sherlock’s faults when they’re standing at his grave. That served to release some of the pent-up tension but I must admit the rest of that scene just broke my heart.
John calling Sherlock a total dick. *g*

Funny seeing Jen from The IT Crowd as the sleazy journo. What a bitch of a character she played! Just what one would expect, I imagine, from a journalist for The Sun.

The complete, utter chilling craziness that was Moriarty. Andrew Scott deserves some sort of award for his portrayal; swinging from pathetic to dominating to totally loony in a heartbeat. Brilliant stuff. His portrayal of Moriarty being Richard Brook just blew me away. I was disappointed Moriarty killed himself as I would have loved for Sherlock to be the one responsible for his death.

I don’t know if I can ever forgive Lestrade for his betrayal of Sherlock, and I’ll never ever forgive Donovan and Anderson for being so quick to jump to the wrong conclusion. Even if Moriarty planted the seed, they were happy to believe the worst about Sherlock and they would jump on any opportunity to discredit him. That’s the only way I can read their behaviour. I hope Lestrade throws them off his team.

Actually, you know what I’d like to see? Donovan being given the task of re-opening every single case that Sherlock ever helped the Yard with. After all, if she believes he staged most of the crimes, it means there’s one hell of a lot of innocent people in jail. And once word of Sherlock’s “crimes” gets out, every single one of the convicted criminals he helped put away will be screaming for a retrial. Get to it, Donovan, and good luck.

Molly – oh Molly, how well you read Sherlock even when he didn’t want to be read. Or did he? Was it always his intention to enlist Molly’s help? (Because he needed someone on the inside at Bart’s; he couldn’t have pulled off that stunt without assistance). But that line, where she says she’s noticed how Sherlock looks so sad when he’s looking at John, when he doesn’t think anyone is looking. Except for her, and she doesn’t count. You DO count, Molly!

Mycroft acted the utter bastard that Sherlock made him out to be in the first series. But why did John accept so readily that Mycroft would give any information at all to Moriarty? Mycroft also had to be in on Sherlock’s game, for sure, but I was surprised John would swallow Mycroft’s confession of idiocy. The man may be many things, but “idiot” isn’t one of them. I wonder if John will look back and remember Sherlock telling him that Mycroft is possibly the most dangerous man he’ll ever meet.

I loved the way it started, with John back seeing his therapist, but unable to articulate what had happened. And then again near the end, when it was all over, and his therapist told him to say the things he’d meant to say to Sherlock but hadn’t. And John just couldn’t do it.
John’s scene at Sherlock’s grave was so poignant; John’s wish that Sherlock could just “not be dead” broke my heart. Martin Freeman really stood out in this episode with such a strong performance from start to finish; distress, and worry, and courage, and admiration….John’s unswerving loyalty and devotion, his utter faith in Sherlock’s abilities even when the rest of the world branded him “fake”…. I just wanted to hug him, at the end.

No doubt I’ll think of a million other things I loved about this episode, and probably watch it over and over and over again. I reckon the fandom will soon be over-run with (by? I always mix those up) post-Reichenbach angst for a while now and I look forward to reading it all, but for now I need to sink into some fluffy fic for the next few days I think.

And the announcement that Series Three was commissioned at the same time as series two lifted my spirits immensely, even though it’s likely to be a couple of years before we see it. I can wait! I think. I just want to see the look on John’s face.
Current Mood: draineddrained
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miwahnimiwahni on January 17th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
A wonderful review. Thank you. It was cathartic in a way, writing it all out. Still painful though.
I don't really care if they gloss over the details of his fake suicide, it's the emotional impact of his return that I want to see. In particular how John deals with it (thump him then hug him?) and also I want to see Lestrade eat crow. And Sally Donovan. I want bad things (career-wise) to happen to her.
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miwahni: sherlock sanctity of your brainmiwahni on January 17th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know what that is; haven't watched Merlin, it's still on my "one day" list.
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miwahni: random violinmiwahni on January 17th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
andrea: sherlock + watsonandreathelion on January 17th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
nods to all you said. Very well written review!

I watch it yesterday and I still try to come to terms with all of it :sigh: Maybe after I've rewatched it next weekend (with the OH).
I can't rememeber the last time when an ep had such an impact on me.
miwahni: sherlock want to see some more animatedmiwahni on January 17th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Very well written review!
Thank you. Setting it down on paper actually helped me deal a bit better. Like you, I don't know when I've been that moved by a tv show. I was thinking that my level of emotional investment was a bit unhealthy so it's nice to know I have company.
Strike while the irony is hot: HOLMES -- Sherlock (sepia)draycevixen on January 17th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)

I think I'll just say THIS! :D

I was completely blown away by Freeman's performance in this episode. Such understated emotional truth, right down to the only partially executed military turn from Sherlock's grave.

miwahni: Sherlock trafalgar squaremiwahni on January 17th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wasn't he brilliant. *nods* I could barely see through my tears by the end of the graveyard scene but it looked to me as though John marched away from Sherlock's grave. I'll have to watch it again to see the bit you mentioned as I didn't notice that, but it ties in nicely with what I thought I saw.
Strike while the irony is hot: HOLMES -- Sherlock (sepia)draycevixen on January 17th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)

He draws himself up and turns sharply and smartly to his left... but he just can't quite seem to finish the move.
miwahni: sherlock keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on January 17th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'll look for that, thanks.
eveningblueeveningblue on January 17th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
It was a very difficult episode to watch, especially the last 15 minutes or so.

I agree that something BAD should happen to Donovan. Oh, how I hated her here!

In canon, Watson faints when Sherlock turns up alive (after three years). Maybe John will faint?
miwahni: sherlock keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on January 18th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Downright painful, from the moment in the lab with Molly onwards.
In my headcanon, John punches Sherlock when he reappears, once he's taken a moment to compose himself. *g*
eveningblueeveningblue on January 19th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
That would be AWESOME
miwahnimiwahni on January 19th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it. *sigh* I have this long story I'm plotting away, with Sherlock flitting around the world destroying Moriarty's network through IT and financial means (cut off the money supply!) but I'll probably never write it. That's how it would end, though - with Sherlock coming back and John tearing him a new one.
Calisecali_se on January 19th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
This is not at all waffly!

It was such a wonderful episode. The scene at the grave made me cry. I've enjoyed Martin Freeman's acting since his role as Tim in the office - Tim was my favourite character. That understated emotion takes a lot of skill to act.

My urge to write some Sherlock fic grows stronger. :)
miwahni: sherlock want to see some more animatedmiwahni on January 19th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
I loved him in The Office! Only watched that in the last twelve months, and only because MF was in it. He does pathos so well without ever veering into murky sentimentality.
In my head I'm writing long plotty fic and scribbling madly on the bus in the mornings but I don't know if I'll ever actually put it all together. You should give in to your urges, definitely.
Calise: Sherlock&Johncali_se on January 20th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
Did you see the very last episode? Beautifully done. They finished it at just the right time, imo.

I really hope I can get something written that I feel is worth sharing at some point. Good luck with yours!