I Am Sherlocked

...at 221B Baker Street

Sherlock Series 3 E01 **SPOILERS**
The Empty Hearse - Review

This was the episode we had all been waiting for. The return of Sherlock and the on screen return of Sherlock Holmes back from the grave.

The episode opens with a rather elaborate explanation of the Fall by putting Sherlock into the role of master spy Bond as he bungy jumps from Barts' and then crash into the room that Molly is waiting for him in, he lands on his feet and kisses Molly hello and goodbye just before sauntering into the sunset. Meanwhile John had been knocked to the ground and was hyptonised by illusionist Derren Brown into thinking that no time had passed before he got to Sherlock's blood-splattered side in front of the pathology dept. at Barts'.

BULLOCKS!! Exclaims Greg, as we realise that this is just another of Anderson's ridiculous theories as to how Sherlock survives the Fall and once again Greg admonishes Anderson that Sherlock is dead and nothing can change that. At the same time News reporters proclaim Sherlock's innocence 2 years before and Moriarty's existence as well.

This reunion episode gives us everything that we needed from series 3.

- We got an explanation as to how Sherlock survived the Fall, (like Anderson though we might be a little disappointed about the actual reveal).

- We found out that Anderson lost his job while Greg kept his... John was able to get on with his life he has a good steady relationship and a lucrative practice as a Doctor. Punishments for bad deeds is cool. Thanks for this bit.

- We know that Sherlock spent the last 2 years hunting down Moriarty's network and that the end of that group took place in Serbia where Sherlock infiltrated the group and used his skills at deduction to stop his torturer from damaging him with an iron pipe. Sherlock was deep undercover and looked like a rather fit bum what with his long tangled hair.

- It was all Mycroft's plan it seems. I am glad that Gatiss stuck to the original storyline and made Mycroft integral to Sherlock surviving in his self-made exile. I also love that Mycroft went undercover to retrieve Sherlock from potential trouble in Serbia... go Holmes boys!

- Mycroft and Sherlock are really really closer than anyone would expect given their sibling rivalry and the way they bicker. The friendly bickering between Sherlock and Mycroft in TEH was definitely laden with affection and to quote Mrs. Hudson "He's secretly pleased to see you again.... Both of you!"
They were playing Operation! The scene was set up to look like they were playing speed chess esp. given the serious conversation they were having about terrorism but them Mycroft buzzed on the broken heart and Sherlock won the game. I loved Mycroft's cry of "Bugger!" XD
Oh, and I cannot forget the deduction game! I had missed this bit in series 1 when TGG established the sibling rivalry in the form of taunts and bickering instead of a deduction show down. I am glad the chulla hat deduction was shown here. Mycroft won this round deducing that the client was not isolated, while Sherlock wont he war by calling Mycroft on his lone wolf existence.

- John had grown a moustache... no one liked it and it took Sherlock coming back from the dead to convince him to shave it off. Here I quote Mary - "6 months of bristly kisses for me and then his nibs comes along and there it goes."

- Of course JOhn could not win the argument with "I don't shave for Sherlock Holmes!" Yes you do John, yes you do!

- Mary is very likeable and has no intentions of breaking up the best bromance in history. She tells John - "I like him". twice in the same scene. She is as perfect a mate as John could ever pick....Sherlock deduces she is a Liar... is this foreshadowing a sinister past for Mary? We will see... The dynamics between John and Mary is perfect for a couple in love and the dynamics between Sherlock and Mary is that of amicable allies rather than anything else. Perfect.

- The actual reunion scene was in parts hilarious, heartbreaking and very intense. Hilarious as Sherlock, shows his lack of social skills by trying to play a trick on John instead of just breaking it gently that he was still alive. No, Sherlock decides to pretend to be a French waiter at John's table to 'surprise' him. I don't think we need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce how that went down. So Sherlock shocked John, John reacted badly and broken and then Sherlock unable to discuss his feelings at reunion with John makes a joke about John's moustache. ..so John decks him, full body slam onto the floor. They get thrown out of the fancy restaurant.

Then they sit at a diner and Sherlock tries to explain how he survived and John interrupts by saying that he does not care how but rather WHY!? Sherlock reveals that Mycroft and Molly and his homeless network were in on the plan. This angers John so he punches Sherlock... they get thrown out of the diner.

Then they end up in a kebab joint. Sherlock tells John that he was not in on the plan because he cannot keep a secret and is not a good liar. Furthermore he makes deductions about John and Mary and then asks John for his help to take down terrorists. John is not pleased..... he butts Sherlock on his nose.... but he did not break it, John is a good doctor. XD

I loved this scene so much, far better than the original where Watson faints.^^ It shows the emotional reunion and John's sense of betrayal and love for Sherlock and under the anger we see that John is happy that Sherlock is back.. in the next scene John shaves off his moustache after all. LOL

Sherlock does not know how to handle seeing John again and so messes it all up; he doesn't know how to tell John that he missed him and he fought hard to keep him alive and that he was happy to see JOhn again, so he makes a joke and gets a beating.

- The use of the underground in this ep. was visually stunning as it lends a gravitas to Sherlock and character to London. In other words we really get a revitalised London seen anew through Sherlock's eyes after having been away so long.

- Molly has a boyfriend that looks a bit like Sherlock.. he's ordinary and sweet. The question is though does she want a cute, sweet version of Sherlock or does she want the real thing? XD Only time will tell.

- The scenes with Sherlock and Molly solving crimes together was great. They show that Sherlock can be nice when he wants to and he had a lot to be thankful to Molly for so he showed her a good time as his partner for the day. Lovely heartwarming scene.

- Sherlock has ordinary parents! This was such a cool touch.. of course later in the series we learn that Mummy was a genius but otherwise they were just in London visiting their baby boy who was finally absolved of all wrongdoings and fraud in the public eye 2 years after his 'death'. John remarks that they are very ordinary, implying that is unlike both Sherlock and Mycroft. I love the reference that John thinks Sherlock is brilliant. XD

- The big-bad enemy is introduced as he had John kidnapped and placed within a Guy Fawkes bonfire and set ablaze! Sherlock and Mary arrive in the nick of time to rescue him! Exciting!

- The terrorist cell is revealed in the person of Lord Moran the Giant Rat of Sumatra Road Underground Station. Lots of ACD references there ^^ John and Sherlock end up on the train carriage rigged to blow up Parliament. Thankfully Sherlock was able to disarm and save them all. The imminent danger, have them professing their love for each other and now the team of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson is back! Yeah!!

I loved this reunion ep. as I said before I have seen it about 5 times so far on iPlayer and I think that alone illustrates how much I enjoyed watching TEH. Re-watchability is my benchmark for shows I really love. XD So join in on Sunday on PBS and we can all watch this great show together ^^

Sherlock Series 3 **SPOILERS**
At long last. Sherlock series 3 is over. PBS is going to show The Empty Hearse on Sunday January 19th and I will watch it again (for the 5th time^^) after that I will try not to re-watch until I get the Blu-Ray release XD

So what can I say about Sherlock Series 3? It took wayyyyyyy to long to be aired but it was actually pretty speedy after actual filming.^^ I don't mind waiting a year for a new series so I hope the rumours of a Jan 2015 release for Series 4 is fact.

Many Happy Returns - Review

The Christmas episode special was about 7 mins long. Half of the web-isode focused on Anderson and Lestrade as Anderson tries to convince Greg that Sherlock has faked his death.... that Sherlock has been working remarkable cases in Tibet, India, Germany and that he is on his way back to London. It seems that after in investigations into Sherlock's consultancy, Lestrade was absolved of any misconduct, Sherlock's name and reputation was cleared and Anderson lost his job because a sense of guilt and conscience had himm convinced that Sherlock Holmes as indeed still alive after having staged his suicide.
Bullocks! According to Greg. Of course everyone knows that Sherlock died.
Greg Lestrade excused himself and went to visit John at his new flat away from Baker Street. Greg hands John a box containing paraphernalia from Sherlock's various cases and including an uncut version of a Birthday greeting that Sherlock had sent John a couple years before. John steels himself with some Scotch and watches Sherlock bluff himself through an excuse not to be at John's b-day party. As Sherlock asks Greg , who is behind the scenes, what to say.... John interrupts and say "Don't be dead." On screen Sherlock responds "Okay. Happy Birthday John and Many Happy Returns". Then after John pauses the film, the video plays out with a smile and a wink. Greg get a newspaper that reads "The Game is back On".

My impressions

I loved this mini ep. it was nice to see that the Sherlock believer was Anderson and that he had got just punishments for doubting Sherlock in The Reichenbach Fall. It was also good to see Lestrade getting a starring role. I was also happy to see that Greg did not lose his job over the Sherlock debacle. XD John looked relaxed and while his mourning was not completely over we can see that he had indeed moved on after Sherlock and he was in a good place.
The theme of this mini ep was that Sherlock is coming back. It is very appropriate and I was very glad that he was on his way back and the Christmas release broke up the seemingly long neverending wait for the return of Sherlock.
Make sure you watch this ep on YouTube before you see The Empty Hearse. ^^

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014
:D Hey all, I hope you had a great Holiday season. I hope you were nice and that Santa brought you something good.
If you don't celebrate Christmas then I hope you at least looked at Time of the Doctor! :)

For New Years we got The Empty Hearse from Sherlock and I loved loved it! The reunion! Just having new Sherlock!I have seen the episode 2 1/2 times and would have seen it more but iplayer keeps hanging on me *sigh*
Tomorrow is Sherlock The Sign of Three and I can't wait.

Thank goodness for BBC iplayer! XD

(worry not i shall wait until after PBS shows Sherlock series 3 to do spoiler reviews^^)

So in the spirit of the season here are 2 oldie ('70s) Christmas songs from Trinidad and Tobago to entertain you.

Around the Christmas Tree


Hopefully, I can chat again soon :)

Wow, this post is longggggggg overdue. XD
I haven't posted in so long. though to be fair I haven't really been on LJ in almost the 5 months I haven't posted ^^

I have been blown away by "The Day of the Doctor"; I actually quite enjoyed "The Night of the Doctor" as well. XD

Sherlock premiere has me avoiding any hint of a spoiler, knowing all that people will post as they try to spoil the fun for the rest of us. I can't wait for January. I plan to Watch "The Empty Hearse" on Jan 2 (Jan 1, if I can), Jan 22nd I think on PBS and BBC America as well. So now know I have to go and check the airdates. XD I can't wait!

I got me a copy of "S" by JJ Abrams and I look forward to reading that maybe Christmas day itself^^.... if I have time. Right now though I have about 2 more days I can complete my Christmas shopping and I am feeling the pressure. I hope for the best though. :)

On holidays :D
It is the end of the first week and I am feeling relaxed. I spend a lot of time lounging in bed but I am keeping up with my Zumba so no threat yet of putting back on the weight. ^^

I went to see World War Z it was more disturbing than horrifying which is good because hubby went to see Man of Steel instead :) He loved the novel for WWZ too much to go watch the movie. LOL

I need to find something to do this holidays or I will start to go crazy and I can only look at the sherlock eps. so many times ^^

Watching movies and tv *spoilers*
Sherlock Lestrade
I have been watching some good movies lately XD

Iron Man 3 was good and I am looking forward to Avengers 2 and Thor 2 as a result. Let's just say the Mandarin was the best part of that movie. Hurray for Ben Kingsley, Trevor stole the show.

Star Trek: Into Darkness was the best movie I have seen this year. I even went back to the cinema and saw it twice. XD The whole crew were great to see again but of course hands down the star of this show was Khan! Oops, I shouldn't say that, Spoilers! I will have to put a warning in the title :D Ben Cumberbatch was great, menacing and evil in this role. This Khan by himself was more threatening than the old one and he had his entire crew with him.

Game of Thrones deserves a mention because of the Red Wedding massacre. Rob and his mother, wife and unborn child all got horribly slaughtered. It was as shocking as it was brutal. I don't know if this nihilistic series is really my cup of tea though. What's the point really if everyone dies?

So, I seem to be addicted to shopping online my skybox is always full :) I don't think I have the money to support this habit though ^^

Anyone who knows me knows that I don't like exercise XD. I am convinced that it will send any normal healthy human being to an early grave.

However, I have started Zumba classes about 2 months now and I am dedicated and loving it! I can keep up and the instructor knows my name and wants me in front! O.o Who would have thought.:)

I am glad that Zumba is nothing like aerobics which I tried in the past (2nd year uni) and absolutely hated and could not keep up.

I shall continue to Lighten up my life :) If I can do it anyone can.

Work Sucks
Sherlock Lestrade
I want to rant about my work but *sigh* I think even doing that will prove stressful for me.

So I am being asked to take up the slack for others at work and I think this is grossly unfair. Why do I have to be punished for my professionalism and diligence while the mediocre workers are being relieved of their duties so they do not cause more damage?

Punish competence and reward incompetence? Am I the only one who experiences this at work? *sigh*

Well, in other news I believe that I have a new plan to lose 5 lbs... :) I shall avoid snacks and the sweetened drinks this week and I will reward myself for my self-control on the weekend.
So far I have had a couple biscuits yesterday but I believe I am doing rather well all things considered.

I also have to avoid chocolate because I am breaking out in spots like whoa. It is hard to give up chocolate but I must until the end of the month... hoping my face clears up.^^

So my friends are throwing a private party to raise some funds. It is a back in Times 80s & 90s theme party and I love the theme for sure.... I myself however, am not a partying kind of person... I find them tedious at best. XD

It is hard trying to sell tickets for this party when I am abysmal at sales... I tried when I was about 20 no luck there.

I don't think people have money right now to go to parties and especially not on the Mothers' Day weekend.

I hope next time we do a barbeque... I can definitely sell tons of those :)

I hope it goes off well nonetheless because I am in it with them. I believe that I have a sale for 2 tickets so I guess I am not empty handed at the meeting this evening.

This is not a rant but I had to get it off my chest.^^

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