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While you guys are off fleecing little old ladies, knocking over banks, thieving from local police officers, and calling the Doctor, I'm just going to sit here and rock back and forth rewatching the last few minutes of this week's Sherlock.

So if last week's episode was agonizing, overly complex with a frame for the narrative so it looked like a first-year art student's project but with less restraint and more tired racism -- this week's was exactly what Sherlock Holmes should be. They managed to marry the complex and interweaving issues of a larger mystery with the smaller -- but more important to me -- issues of individual character interactions absolutely beautifully, and when they moved all in concert, it was an absolute thrill. It started off fantastically indulgent and it just got even more fabulous going forward, and I'm still so atwitter about it I am having to dose myself liberally with rose to get this out in any sort of coherent way instead of just typing ZOMG WESTWOOD TAILORING MYSTERY BOMBS I JUST IT WAS SO OMG over and over again. Yes, in that exact order.

There's probably a lot of smart meta that could be written about this week but I'm just going to twirl over the last few minutes, and more specifically, the exquisite subtext of the last few minutes. In a weird way, while I've loved the series and gotten major giggles out of the undercurrent of homoerotic flirting that's been present throughout all the episodes so far, I've been mostly ambivalent to the idea of Sherlock and Holmes actually being in any sort of relationship, either now or eventually. Part of that's because I think there's a much more interesting story here than just one about fucking, partly it's because my view of them has always been so colored by other interpretations, from the old TV shows to the Robert Downey Jr. movie to House M.D., and in all of those movies, though Watson and Sherlock are undoubtedly meant for each other, I've never known whether I was entirely sold on their being meant for each other's beds. For one, I think Watson deserves better, even if he would find better boring.

But this episode totally blew that ambivalence out of the water for me. I still don't know if I ever want to read the ridiculous romances that I so love in every other fandom, but I'm definitely firmly in camp Sherlock and Watson should probably just get married. In fact, I am making us membership cards. They will have a bold serif font and a houndstooth pattern on the back and be as elegantly embossed as something Mycroft would carry.

John Watson spent this entire episode harboring a growing sense of disappointment at Sherlock for not truly caring about the people on the other end of the phone line, and we were reminded -- smartly -- throughout the show Sherlock doesn't really care about all that many people or all that many things. I spent most of this episode saying, "Man, I would give my left nut for them to be totally predictable and make John the target of this bomber's last pip," because I like it when things are predictable but well-executed. And then they gave me what they wanted, because BBC and Stephen Moffat are just as awesome and self-indulgent as I am when it comes to this sort of thing, apparently!

Everything about the last few minutes was fantastic: from Sherlock's seriously sociopathic and nearly carnal curiosity about the bomber when he shows up at the pool, to the way his voice breaks -- in a hush -- when he realizes it's Watson and says, "John." I loved the way that Martin Freeman played that entire scene, the way that the actor they cast for Moriarity was nothing at all like what you expected, and so absolutely perfect, a gut-punch of recognition, to see him again after Sherlock so soundly dismissed him earlier in the episode in a throwaway moment. Even better, I loved what a cruelly worthy adversary Moriarity is, how even though he's obviously pure evil, he's somehow more human than Sherlock.

I also loved the way he promised he would burn out Sherlock's heart, the way Sherlock said he was assured he didn't have one, and how Moriarity begged to differ. This goes into the territory of my college English classes and poetry explication, but even the vocabulary here is crucial: Moriarity, when speaking through John, said he would stop John in his tracks, stop his heart. And later, he more or less repeats the sentiment, because for a total psychopath, he has a bit of a romantic streak in him. Even more telling than just that brief flicker of unhinged threat is the way that Sherlock, after dispassionately letting an old woman panic and weep in terror, and listening without any apparent emotional engagement to a little kid sob and count down to his own death, freaks the absolute fuck out and goes down on his knees, rips the bomb off of John and demands to know that he's all right -- which would be normal for anybody else, but for Sherlock Holmes, it's verbal confirmation he doesn't trust his own observation, that he's so rattled out of his element, that he's so shook up he can see all the data and he doesn't know what to do with it. Congratulations, Moriarity, you found his heart, and you stopped Sherlock Holmes's brain, brava. I'm sure he'll be touching himself to that for months.

Even better is the moments just before the cliffhanger, the way John and Sherlock exchange that look, and how Sherlock, who is so good at running off half-cocked, not explaining himself, acting without consideration for others, actually glances over and checks with John first before he levels the gun at the bomb, discarded on the floor. He might not know the Earth circles the sun, but he knows that he shares his orbit with another heavenly sphere now, anyway. Also, A++ on incorporating the blog and mixed media. I'd been reading it, but mostly as a sort of fun add-on to the series -- it pleases me endlessly that it's shown up in the actual narrative.

In conclusion: I CANNOT FUCKING BELIEVE THEY ENDED IT LIKE THAT. JESUS CHRRRRRRIST.

Fanfictions, internet. PLEASE, GIVE ME FANFICTIONS.



You could say I had many feelings about that episode.

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Date: 2010-08-08 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derryere.livejournal.com
BAAAAAAASICALLY

BASICALLY, I'LL BE MOVING INTO THIS POST. I'LL JUST PITCH MY TENT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT BEHIND HIS COMMA, AND STAY HERE FOR A WHILE. IF YOU DON'T MIND.

ALSO I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD COMMEND YOU FOR TYPING ALL THIS UP LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER THE EP--IN LOWER CAPS. I CAN BARELY FIGURE OUT MY FEELINGS ATM, LET ALONE WORD THEM IN ANYTHING BUT SHIFT+

ALL IN ALL,

Fanfictions, internet. PLEASE, GIVE ME FANFICTIONS.

THIS.

I haven't read a lot so far, barely anything really, but I HAVE two fics that I ENJOYED IMMENSELY and hold on I'll rummage through some bookmarks HOLD ON

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Date: 2010-08-08 11:40 pm (UTC)
derryere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] derryere
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT FANFICTIONS I NEED, ONLY THAT THEY INVOLVE JOHN AND SHERLOCK AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I JUST. I JUST. I CAN'T. THIS IS. I JUST.

I KNOW. EXACTLY THIS. EXACTLY. I CAN'T, BUT JUST, BUT I NEED, BUT IT'S, BUT AT THE SAME TIME--LIKE. I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF FIC TO MAKE OF IT, BECAUSE IT ALMOST FEELS LIKE THE SHOW IS THE FIC. LIKE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON WAS AN ARTHUR/MERLIN AU. ONLY DIFFERENT. AND ACTUALLY--ACTUALLY--JUST. MARRIED. AND. CARE SO MUCH ABOUT EACH OTHER, MAN. SO MUCH. AND, YES.

I AM VERY FAR FROM BEING OVER THIS EP. VERY, VERY FAR.

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Date: 2010-08-08 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derryere.livejournal.com
BAM! :D

http://phantomjam.livejournal.com/39844.html
http://calicokat.livejournal.com/350622.html

Still can't figure out OpenId

Date: 2010-08-09 12:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The things this show does to me are indescribable, but i'd have to pretty much second everything you said.

And yoink! Going off to the happy place that is fanfic city.

Have they released the dates for the next "season"? And for goodness sakes it had better get a longer run this time :(

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Date: 2010-08-09 02:43 am (UTC)
ahab: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ahab
EXACTLY. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Date: 2010-08-09 07:51 am (UTC)
waketosleep: signboard saying 'I have seen the truth and it doesn't make sense' (Default)
From: [personal profile] waketosleep
OH MY GOD THAT EPISODE

WHAT WAS THAT, I CAN'T, WHAT

I still can't see Sherlock as a sexual being but regardless, yes, he and John should just get the hell married already. "I'm going out! There's risotto in the fridge! We need milk!" CHRIST.

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Date: 2010-08-09 10:10 am (UTC)
meredyth: (Kaylee OMG)
From: [personal profile] meredyth
All of this! *points up*

I've been waiting all day to be able to read your comments and see the show (not in that order) and now I'm here all alone just wanting to ramble wildly at someone over it.

And SO glad someone else found the second ep flat and lacking after the pilot. It felt totally wrong, lost all the warmth and pure energetic joy of the first one. Here it was again, Sherlock being wonderful and awful, and dragging us along with him.

If I have been disappointed by anything, it has been that for a trained surgeon and soldier, John hasn't contributed as much as I would like. You don't become a trained surgeon without having some smarts, and you don't survive active combat without being switched on - I have to tell myself that a lot of his reactions are still affected by his emotional state, that he's still recovering. I love him as a foil for Sherlock, but less so for being himself. I do hope (gods, we HAVE to have more, right?) that they give him a chance to be more in the future.

Sorry, this is me trying to stop myself running around the house going 'OMGOMGOMGOMG!'

Oh, and yes, put me down for a cash donation, and let me know if you need someone trained to use firearms and who can drive a mean getaway car. I'm willing to have a go at hot-wiring the TARDIS too - how much different to a 1970s Ford can it be? :D
ender24: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ender24
yes *hissdamnhell, now we wait WHAT FOR ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE SECOND SEASON???*

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Date: 2010-08-09 10:21 am (UTC)
ender24: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ender24
PS; I HAVE MONEY ON MY SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR RETIREMENT!!
who the fuck needs to retire anyway, I WILL GIVE YOU THE MONEY IF IT GETS ME THE NEW EPS NOW!

AAAHH!

Date: 2010-08-09 12:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Where can I see this episode online!? I NEED to see it!!

Re: AAAHH!

Date: 2010-08-09 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
online here:
http://www.divxden.com/trgkjf1ay3q6/sherlock.1x03.the_great_game.hdtv_xvid-fov.avi.html

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Date: 2010-08-09 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunasky3.livejournal.com
WHY WAS THIS SO AMAZING. CANT EVEN. STILL FLAILING

also linkage:
http://community.livejournal.com/libraryofsol/151062.html

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Date: 2010-08-10 04:02 am (UTC)
viggorlijah: Jesushorse (Default)
From: [personal profile] viggorlijah
Okay second comment from http://selenak.dreamwidth.org/600761.html Selenek's review - I don't think he was being dispassionate. I think he was being *focussed*.

He asked urgently and gently that she not tell him anything about Moriarty, even though any clue would be valuable and he responded in quiet shock when she died.

An emotionally distraught Holmes would do them no good, or the future victims. He's cruel but - even Molly, he is trying in his own way to protect her from what he sees as a pointless waste of her time. He's not cruel out of pleasure but to be efficient.

People in horrible circumstances under high stress often are perfectly calm and dispassionate, even with gallows humor, as a way to cope and focus. Holmes IMO just functions like that all the time - he can almost never let his guard down because he sees bad things all around him, all the time. Cold curiousity is a barricade against constantly having his heart bleeding. Which makes John all the more remarkable in being someone Holmes is safe enough with to freak out for.

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Date: 2010-08-10 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sexybee.livejournal.com
And if you look at "The Blind Banker" you see that when Sherlock was untying Sarah there at the episode, he was actually being quite nice to her. He told her that it was all right, that she was going to be okay, and that everything was over, and even did (what looked to me) like a comforting kind of arm rub.

I think part of the problem he has with giving a damn about whether or not someone dies is that he honestly can't get how someone can care about someone they don't really know.

And also I can sort of see that, to him, it's like the vast majority of people are Darwin Award candidates. It's hard for him to feel pity for people who are too stupid to live.

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Date: 2010-08-11 10:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] causeways
Last week's episode rang incredibly flat for me (also, seriously, MUST all the Asian characters be evil and/or (ex-)gang members and then die?) but this week's was so ridiculously excellent. Agh, I cannot believe it ended there. And I cannot get over the reinterpretation of Sherlock Holmes as a majorly Dexter-esque sociopath who does, in fact, care about John Watson in a big ol' way. So much love.

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