25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Twenty-Five: Whatever Tickles Your Fancy.

Well, for my final post, I decided to have a look at the third season. Now, of course, the third season won’t begin shooting until early 2013, supposedly, which means it is liable to not be premiered until Christmas 2013 or maybe even January 2014, which is a long way away. But regardless, we can make some possible guesses.

Now, we know, according to Gatiss, that the first episode will be based on “The Adventure of the Empty House”, which is where Holmes returns from his faked death, as well as captures Colonel Moran, which is an obvious start for “Sherlock“‘s return, which also will include Watson’s reaction to Sherlock. So we know the first episode will be this one. It also seems likely, following the habit of the previous two seasons, and Moffat being the one discussing the return, that Moffat will write this one. However, seeing as how the last two seasons have had Moffat write the first episode, maybe Gatiss will take this one? What we don’t know, is what will follow it, with Gatiss even teasing fans by referring to the episodes as “The Return. The Second One. The Third One.”

The second episode, well really we have no clue, but let’s presume that it will be an episode based on a story that follows “The Adventure of the Empty House”? Or, will it be similar in the vein of season 2, the second episode based on a feature length book, such as maybe…”The Sign of Four”? The book is based before Moriarty, but what it includes is stolen treasure, four convicts, the East India Company, numerous elements that presents a big enough challenge for Holmes, but big enough that could also help him regain the respect of his “colleagues”, who are probably quite angry with his betrayal. This could make sense, and I reckon it is possible that Thompson will do this one.

But what will be the third one? Supposedly it will have the biggest cliffhanger. So, I have a possible feeling, that this may be the most original of the series, it won’t be based on an exact story, it will just have hints to the unused stories yet. And what could be a huge new element, I reckon, would actually be something to do with Mycroft. Each season, Mycroft’s role has slowly been built up, and the relationships between him and both Sherlock & John, and the biggest storylines are the most emotional ones, the ones built on character, and these three are the biggest characters. I’m probably completely wrong about this, but I just get this slight feeling, and it seems likely that Gatiss will write this, as he probably would understand Mycroft the most. But, this is all just throwing ideas out.

Either way, the previous two seasons have been awesome, and I would be surprised if the third isn’t as awesome, the fact they have so long to write it and plan it should hopefully make it the most consistent season yet.

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"Hello. Are you ready for the story? This is the story of Sir Boast-a-lot. Sir Boast-a-lot was the bravest and cleverest knight at the round table, but soon the other knights began to grow tired of his stories about how brave he was and how many dragons he’d slain, and some of them began to wonder, “Are Sir Boast-a-lot’s stories even true?” Oh no. So, one of the knights went to King Arthur and said, “I don’t believe Sir Boast-a-lot’s stories. He’s just a big, old liar who makes things up to make himself look good.” And then, even the king began to wonder, but that wasn’t the end of Sir Boast-a-lot’s problems. No. That wasn’t the final problem. The end."

25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Twenty-Four: Another Favorite Quote.

Moriarty to Sherlock, I always thought it was an awesome allegory for the entire series, which was very clever.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Twenty-Three: Favorite Episode Overall.

For me, it has to be “The Reichenbach Fall”. For this, I am going to copy and paste in a previous post I’d written, because it just says everything I would have said for this one:

I was quite happy overall with the second series, I think it built on the strengths of the first series as well as removing some of the weaknesses (i.e. stretched storylines for a a half hour too long). The weakest episode is probably again, the middle one, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, and yet was still quite strong on a standalone basis.

I also thought Irene Adler was one of the strongest antagonists yet, a well written female character who affected Sherlock unlike any villain yet, as well as a great build on the series 1 finale. The use of the Bee Gees for the series 2 premiere was original and hilarious, which I loved.

However, for me, my favorite was the series 2 finale. I love finales that have been built up through multiple seasons, it makes the culmination that much more exciting, such as season 2 of ‘Supernatural’, where the death of The Yellow-Eyed Demon was bloody awesome as it had been built up for two seasons. So when we got to “The Reichenbach Fall”, I was blown away by the result, which was surprising, as I didn’t have high hopes with Steve Thompson, who exceeded himself.

The relationship between Watson and Sherlock was at the forefront, and Martin Freeman’s performance as Watson was astounding, the bookends to the episode, the beginning with his Psychiatrist, and the end, saying goodbye, are suitably heartbreaking. Moriarty cements his position as Sherlock’s archenemy, with his destruction of Sherlock’s reputation intelligent and a rollercoaster ride. Overall, the entire episode was a wonderful culmination of all six episodes, and it left me overwhelmed with excitement for the third series. I applaud the efforts of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Stephen Moffat, Steve Thompson, and director Toby Haynes.

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"Moriaty: Westwood. Do you know what happens if you don’t leave me alone, Sherlock, to you?
Sherlock: [Dryly] Oh, let me guess, I get killed.
Moriarty: Kill you? Um, no. Don’t be obvious I mean, I’m gonna kill you anyway, someday. I don’t want to rush it though. I’m saving it up for something special! No no no no no, if you don’t stop prying… I’ll burn you. I will burn.. the heart out of you.
Sherlock: I’ve been reliably informed that I don’t have one.
Moriarty: Oh, but we both know that’s not quite true. Well, I better be off. So nice to have a proper chat.
Sherlock: What if I was to shoot you now? Right now?
Moriarty: Well, then you could cherish the look of surprise on my face. Because I’d be surprised, Sherlock, really I would, and just a little bit… disappointed. And of course, you wouldn’t be able to cherish it for very long. Ciao, Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock: Catch…. You…. Later.
Moriarty: [High pitched, sing-song voice] No, you won’t!"

25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Nineteen: Favorite Moriarty Quote.

This, for me, is where Moriarty demonstrated he could be terrifying. When I first saw the reveal, I found it questionable, but then he shouted “That’s what people DO!” and it got my attention. And then this bit, convinced me: Andrew Scott could be great.

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"I always hear “punch me in the face” when you’re speaking, but it’s usually subtext."

25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Eighteen: Favorite Watson Quote.

Watson in response to Sherlock. Cracking line.

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"Lestrade? We’ve had a break-in at Baker Street. Send your least irritating officers and an ambulance. Oh, no-no-no-no, we’re fine. No, it’s the burglar. He’s got himself rather badly injured. Oh, a few broken ribs, fractured skull, suspected punctured lung. He fell out of a window."

25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Seventeen: Favorite Sherlock Quote.

One of the best moments for showing the humanity in Sherlock.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Sixteen: A Scene That Made You Happy

"Whose status?" "Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. John Watson." is the final scene of ‘A Study In Pink’ and is the scene that cemented the fact for me that ‘Sherlock’ could be a brilliant series. And it was, it was. A heartwarming ending.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Fifteen: A Scene That Made You Sad

Do I even need to say why I felt sad, watching Martin Freeman as Watson, struggling to say the words he refuses to believe…Sherlock is dead.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Fourteen: Episodes Ranked by Preference

From favorite to least favorite:

  1. A Study In Pink
  2. The Great Game
  3. The Reichenbach Fall
  4. A Scandal in Belgravia
  5. The Hound of Baskervilles
  6. The Blind Banker

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Thirteen: Favorite Scene From ‘The Reichenbach Fall’

This, for me, is Watson’s episode, and even more, Martin Freeman’s best performance yet. The ending, by the grave, is actually quite reserved, just like John, and yet, beautiful, and open, and I love it.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Twelve: Favorite Scene From ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a full version of the scene, but I love the pub scene where Sherlock nearly breaks down, reveals his body feeling fear, and to prove he is still in control of his senses, demonstrates his ability, scanning several members of the entire pub, in extremely quick succession. It demonstrates Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing ability to recite Sherlock’s dialogue, as well as Freeman’s response and dialogue, elevating the amazement, as well as coupling it with the bitterness of living with a show-off.

It also is a good reminder of a similar scene at the beginning of the episode, where Henry first appears, and Sherlock scans him, except more extreme.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Eleven: Favorite Scene From ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’

I love a lot of scenes in this episode, when Sherlock meets Irene, when John punches Sherlock, “shut up Mrs Hudson!” and of course, the entirety of this scene, which includes the home invasion, the headbutt, the throwing out of the window, and “shame on you John Watson”, the entire scene is just awesome for character portrayal.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Ten: Favorite Scene From ‘The Great Game’

As if it is a surprise. We meet Moriarty, who impresses very quickly, the relationship between Sherlock and John is cemented, there is shocks, turns, twists, great dialogue, and a magnificent cliffhanger that I loved. Classic moment.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Nine: Favorite Scene From ‘The Blind Banker’

Unfortunately, as much as I looked, I couldn’t find the respective scene. Mine is near the end, when the villains reveal they think John is Sherlock, and then lots of seemingly throwaway elements throughout the episode suddenly get shown in a different light. The first time I saw this, I was extremely shocked and surprised at this, as whilst I’d noticed the moments, I thought they were just jokes, and the inclusion of them in the climax just felt very impressive to me.

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25 Days of ‘Sherlock’ - Day Eight: Favorite Scene From ‘A Study In Pink’

'John is introduced to Sherlock'

This was the moment that had my hands rubbing in glee, when Sherlock first met John, it just worked perfectly for me, and set the entire series off to a flyer.

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