So we got to see this trailer three months ago. I distinctly remember a mixture of fangirling and screaming. BUT IT’S HERE. And thus it calls for a review of the episode, even if there a was two years of waiting for a freaking special, which I’m still pissed off about. But nonetheless, being a huge Sherlock fan, this post call for gifs and fangirling and lists!!1! I have a copious amount of thoughts on this, so bear with me.
(also apparently it was Sherlock Holmes’ 162nd birthday two days ago *throws confetti* )
so…was Sherlock was worth it after that
slightly long unacceptable wait??
- I liked the episode. A lot. I mean, can I even get started on how pleasing all the special effects were and the fact that the graphics were amazing?? I’m glad it was a relatively high budget episode. the hole in the back of Moriarty’s head and the mind palace and the skeleton coming to life and and…basically everything, okay? LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS THE ENTIRE EPISODE WAS??
- It was based off the The Study of the Musgrave Ritual (rather loosely, honestly, but the plotline was twisted and engrossing and fabulous) and The Five Orange Pips. CAN I SHRIEK? I’ve read the actual version of the story, and exploited this opportunity to remind my sister that I had every five minute. #siblinggoals
- It was set in the eighteenth century. In Sherlock’s mind palace. *throws away sanity and screams* I can’t think that anything gets more interesting than that. He solves an existing mystery that took place almost a hundred and fifty years ago in his head. Sherlock was a tad bit less of an asshole to John, but I loved how they played off so many parallels to the original series.
- So after reading metas of this episode for almost two hours now, I have a rather different perspective. THIS EPISODE WASN’T ABOUT THE MYSTERY. It was there, yes. But the subtext. We learnt that it was too painful for Sherlock to say goodbye to John, so instead he drugged himself to do it. He took enough pills to kill him – and I quote “The Tarmac will kill you, Sherlock” – AND that in his mind, these would be his last moments. And what makes me want to cry is that he spent what he thought would be the last moments of his life, off on a mission that would surely kill him anyway, he freaking read John’s blog. The first time they met. He wanted to die with his mind reminiscence happy memories about John. JOHNLOCK. This tumblr post b l e w my mind. *shoos you to go read it*
- Most of the ninety minutes of the episode revolved around Moriarty – how he might have survived, the main themes, almsot everything. NOT THAT I MIND. My evil precious cinnamon roll :’) Sheriarty was…interesting in this episode. By interesting, I mean he was the same amount of random and creepy and flirty, but still quite the adorable psychopath. He told Sherlock that dust is composed of primarily human skin, right before he goes and licks the dust in Sherlock’s room. Huh. He also comes close enough to swallowing a revolver. There was lots of Moriarty licking things in the special.
- Oh, and can we talk about Molly dressing up as a men in this episode?? (internal screaming) Genderfluid Molly Hooper was possibly the best thing in this episode. There were sufragettes and plots and secret societies and lots of amazingness. I love how the mystery played out in the end.
- We found out that Sherlock was hurt at John’s moving out, and that he truly, actually believes that John will always be there for him. The end proved that much.
- SO. It’s also hinted at heavily that Moriarty has a twin, possibly the twin that will carry out his life’s work even after he’s dead. And the twin might be…Mary? Can I just…ask for season four already…? So I can sleep in peace? THIS ISN’T FAIR.
- We also learnt that Sherlock’s a big drama queen. But John already knew that.
- I ALSO WANTED TO HUG HIM. Especially after he called Moriarty short-ass. His expression was phenomenal.
- Also that he’s really good at jumping off things. LOOK AT HIM? He’s a natural.
- SO MUCH JOHNLOCK THOUGH.
- “Why don’t you two just elope already??” -Actual James Moriarty to John and Sherlock.
- “I am glad you liked my potato!” – Actual John Watson referring to Sherlock.
- We also learnt that Andrew Scott is possibly PERFECT for Moriarty. I mean, I didn’t have doubts before but now it’s juST OHMYGOD LOOK AT HIM ACT.
- “This gentleman is my husband.” – Actual Sherlock Holmes in the Diogenes Club referring to John. The hidden innuendo gave me life.
- In the end, I was just like “ohmYGOD. THIS IS NOT DOCTOR WHO WHAT ARE YOU DOING.” That’s the general gist of the episode though.
- So all in all, even though it had a few flaws, this episode was fantastic and now I need more.
do you watch Sherlock? your thoughts on the special??? have you watched the Abominable Bride yet? if not, are you scared or excited?