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16 January 2012 @ 05:33 pm
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall  
Short review: Holy crap! That was awesome.

Long review: more incoherent than usual, I imagine, because...wow...



- First off: acting. Acting! All around just...acting! Wonderful, wonderful acting. Every single damn person was excellent. I was pretty much okay until John started shouting 'he's my friend' and then lost it at 'just, don't be dead.' Martin Freeman, you sir are awesome. All through the episode, just the confidence in Sherlock in the face of all the crap and the reaction to Mrs. Hudson being 'shot' and then the whole 'suicide' scene and the psychologist scenes.

- Also, Benedict throughout the episode and as things start to unravel for Sherlock was great. I really, really like how he's brought Sherlock to be a more human human being very subtly, until his last conversation with John is like...normal. Benedict has a tough job in that Sherlock by nature has to be over the top, but I thought he did a really brilliant job with the more subtle things. His reaction to Molly reading him was great.

- I always really like it when actors get to show off their range in one part, and Andrew Scott played both Moriarty and 'Richard Brook' perfectly. I loved that Richard was an entirely, absolutely, different person than Moriarty and showed just how insane he is. I mean, I would have believed Richard's story and I know the truth. And I don't know if he anticipated Sherlock being there or was able to improvise that all on the spot, but either way, it was chillingly perfect. Andrew was recently on an episode of Garrow's Law and he's so brilliant at being Moriarty that I kept waiting for him to stab Garrow in the face.

- Thank you very much to Steve Thompson for giving Molly a moment to be not quite so pathetic. Her reading of Sherlock was superb and I'm assuming she's managed to do something awesome to keep Sherlock alive? At least I'm assuming that's what 'help' he needed from her. Unless it was just to not call the police and let him hide out in the lab.

- Great work from the cop crew too. Lestrade remains my boy by sticking up for Sherlock even in the face of overwhelming evidence. And Sally, despite doing what she did, manage to come off as a human being following a solid lead instead of the uber-bitch bent on revenge she could have been.

- I really liked the references to the original story, though the repeated 'the final problem' from Moriarty felt forced a bit.

- Not many laughs in this episode, though the whole handcuffed chase scene was great and for some reason I went 'bwah!' when Sherlock threw himself in front of a bus to attract the hit man. That's just the way Sherlock's mind works. And I love that John's reaction to 'I'm going to throw myself in front of a bus' was 'all right, sounds good'.

- Steve Thompson's writing was spot on. Good on you, sir!

- How the hell are they going to justify Sherlock surviving? I mean, falling into water and they never found the body, totally believable that you could come back. How do you survive throwing yourself off a building in full view of a street full of people and your best friend?

- No more Sherlock for now is very sad, but an excellent episode to go out on.
 
 
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donutsweeperdonutsweeper on January 16th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
My assumption was that he went to Molly because she could "procure" a body and the night was spent "fixing" it. Notice that Sherlock made sure John stayed where he could see the roof and the fall from where he was standing, but not the ground where Sherlock fell. And then the bicyclist crashed into John, further disorientating him.

Amazing episode overall- I really wanted to hug John at the gravesite at the end. Poor, poor John.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on January 17th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, that makes sense. I dread to think what they had to do to the body to make it look like Sherlock, though. He doesn't exactly have a common face. But I suppose after a fall like that any differences could be chalked up to the impact. I can picture Molly running around buying replicas of Sherlock's coat and scarf and trying to find coloured contacts that matched Sherlock's eyes or something. And Sherlock being somewhat disturbed by how accurate she is.

Oh God, the gravesite! I was okay until the gravesite scene and then I lost it. It would have been bawling if they hadn't shown the shot of Sherlock at the end. I knew he couldn't be dead, but it made me feel better to know that he was at least looking out for John. I hope John punches him good when he comes back.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on January 17th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
YES there must be a punch or something!!! He forgave the tea poisoning FAR too easily in HOUND, this is not something that should be forgivable in the same way.

Although I can see a HARD punch (pulled at the last second, John wouldn't want to break Sherlock's jaw) and John yelling "You utter bastard!" or something and then accepting it fairly quickly and offering tea or something.
formerly lifeinsomniac: SherlockChaseScenejoonscribble on January 17th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
And we were three for three on similar reviews.

Thank you very much to Steve Thompson for giving Molly a moment to be not quite so pathetic.

Oh, holy hell YES. I was so pleased that she was the one to notice Sherlock's sadness over what was going to happen soon.

But yes, the acting was incredible in this last episode and in the entire series in general. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we won't have to wait another 18 months for series 3, although Mark Gatiss' tweet doesn't exactly bolster me with hope.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson giggleawanderingbard on January 17th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, holy hell YES. I was so pleased that she was the one to notice Sherlock's sadness over what was going to happen soon.

And that even works in character for everyone, because Molly watches Sherlock enough to know when he's sad where as everyone else doesn't expect Sherlock to have emotions like sadness and just assume he's being his usual apathetic self. It's like the one area where being the girl who totally believes he's capable of MORE!! is actually useful.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we won't have to wait another 18 months for series 3, although Mark Gatiss' tweet doesn't exactly bolster me with hope.

I always think I should join Twitter to follow people I like, but I just can't bring myself to do it. My lack of Twitter and Facebook is a source of pride for me.

I'm not surprised if they'll be another gap, what with both Martin and Benedict in the Hobbit movies and Benedict also in every other play, movie, television show and radio production going on.

Hey! My theory that Sherlock drove in Hound because Martin can't drive is confirmed by Mark Gatiss. That's the only reason I could think of that Sherlock was driving. Twitter: At least It's Useful For Something