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Sherlock Recap: His Last Vow

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Here we are at the series finale of season 3 of Sherlock.  These seasons are way to short; we need more than 3 episodes.  Lets recap what happened last episode, John and Mary got married and the photographer tried to kill one of John’s old army buddies.  Sherlock told the most awkward yet touching best man speech ever.

Charles Augustus Magnussen (the new villain) goes into Lady Smallwoods study.  Lady Smallwood warns him that they cannot be seen together but Magnussen does not listen.  He tells Lady Smallwood he is in possession of letters that her husband sent to a 15-year-old girl.  Lady Smallwood says that she knows all about them but once her husband learned the girl’s age, he stopped.  Magnussen says he has pictures as well; for the most part, he is blackmailing her.  That is what Magnussen does he is blackmails people.

Prior to face licking

Prior to face licking

Before Magnussen leaves he makes sure to lick Lady Smallwood’s face, seriously is face licking starting to become a thing.  I do not find the appeal in having my face licked.  Lady Smallwood does a very brilliant thing and hires Sherlock to find the letters.

John and Mary’s neighbor comes by asking for John’s help in getting  her son back from a drug den.  John goes over there; he took some notes from Sherlock’s playbook because he was all badass.  He even grabbed the guy in an arm restraint.  John goes upstairs where he finds his neighbor’s son and finds Sherlock.  Naturally, Sherlock thinks John is there to see him.  Mary is waiting outside in the car where she has to order a bickering John and Sherlock into the car.  She also has to take the guy that John injured (sprained his arm) as well.  John confirms that it is a sprain because he is a doctor and knows how to sprain someone.  I would hope so because otherwise what good was medical school.

They are at the hospital because John wants Sherlock checked for drugs.  Molly gets some balls from I don’t know where and slaps Sherlock across the face multiple times.

During this, we find out that Molly is no longer in engaged, I wonder if that had anything to do with why she slapped him.

Back at the flat Mycroft visits where he is a huge ass, because well that is what Mycroft is.  Mycroft did manage to figure out that Sherlock is trying to take on Magnussen.  Mycroft tells Sherlock to stop what he is doing.  Sherlock finally has enough of Mycroft and goes after him.  It’s about time someone went to put Mycroft in his place because he can be such a pretentious ass.  While Mycroft was there, he remarked on the fact that Sherlock’s door is closed.  Growing up Sherlock never closed his door, unless forced by their mother.  Magnussen comes by to see Sherlock and John because of the letters that Lady Smallwood wants.  Magnussen pretty much tells them that he will not give them the letters.  Apparently, if you don’t let Magnussen go to the bathroom he will pee in your fireplace.  Serious who pees in someone’s fireplace, I guess face licking people do.

While John is waiting for Sherlock to get out of the bath Janine (Mary’s maid of honor) comes out of Sherlock’s bedroom wearing nothing but Sherlock’s shirt.

Who is this chick and why is she calling him Sheryl?

Who is this chick and why is she calling him Sherl?

First of only Irene can be in Sherlock’s room wearing nothing but his shirt.  If I have to, I will settle for Molly, but not this chick who does she thinks she is.  I am not all right with this chick coming out of Sherlock’s room in nothing but his shirt.  Sherlock and Janine are cuddling and being cute (barf) on the chair.

WTF is going on here, she needs to get out of Sherlock's lap

WTF is going on here, she needs to get out of Sherlock’s lap

Janine leaves but before she does she kisses Sherlock, again who does this chick think she is.  John cannot get past the fact that Sherlock is dating someone so he pretty much does not listen to anything that Sherlock says.

John and Sherlock go to Magnussen house where Sherlock uses Janine to let him because she works for Magnussen.  Now it all makes sense what he is doing with her.  I should mention he gets her to let him in by holding a ring and in essence proposing to her.  When they get inside they find Janine knocked out and it is deduced that the person who did it is still in-house.  Sherlock goes off to investigate and finds a person holding a gun at Magnussen.  This person is wearing the same perfume as Lady Smallwood, so naturally Sherlock thinks it is Lady Smallwood.  The assassin person turns around and its Mary – WTF.

WTF Mary

WTF Mary

Mary is an assassin, when did this happen and how did she manage to trick Sherlock.  Well of course, Mary can’t have Sherlock telling John about her so she shoots him.  This would not have been as bad but Sherlock when to his mind palace which was cool.  Molly visits Sherlock to help him understand what is happening to him because he was shot.

Molly helping Sherlock in his mind palace

Molly helping Sherlock in his mind palace

Mycroft shows up again to help Sherlock figure out that the bullet did not pass through his body.  Molly then tells Sherlock that he has to fall and use gravity to help dislodge the bullet.  Sherlock goes crazy while he is going into shock.  While he is dying in the hospital Sherlock goes into the crazy part of his mind palace where a chained up Moriarty taunts him.

Crazy Moriarty

Crazy Moriarty

That is actually a help because when he mention John that get Sherlock to fight.  Then Sherlock does a miraculous recovery I mean miraculous because he was declared dead.

When Mary hears from John that Sherlock survived the shooting she makes sure to go down there and warns him not to tell John about what he saw.  When Sherlock wakes up and Janine is there all pissed because she realized the he was only using her.

Janine is pissed that Sherlock used her

Janine is pissed that Sherlock used her

She messed with his morphine drip; there is nothing worse than a woman scorned.

John goes to visit the hospital with Lestrade only to find Sherlock missing from the hospital room.  Did we really think that Sherlock would listen to the doctors and stay in the hospital bed like a good boy?  Now starts the hunt to find Sherlock, John and Lestrade are looking for him, as is Mary.  While John is at Baker Street he is very confused as to why Sherlock would put his chair back out.  When John looks at the table, next to him he see the perfume that Mary and Lady Smallwood wear.   John knows that Sherlock knows who shot him because of the trajectory of the bullet, but why is Sherlock not saying anything, who is he trying to protect?

Mary is out searching for Sherlock and she gets some help from the homeless network that Sherlock uses. Sherlock knew that Mary would go to them to help find him.  It leads her to a building that Sherlock happens to own because he won it in a card game, I guess he’s Han Solo now.  Mary enters the building where she shows Sherlock how well she can fire a gun.  Sherlock tricks her by coming from behind Mary.  Mary begs Sherlock not to tell John because she cannot lose him and she will not lose him.

Mary behind you

Mary behind you

Unfortunately, John is smart and had been in the room the whole time so he heard everything.  It is during this time that Sherlock realizes that the clues have been there all the time, the fact they she knew what kind of coded text message had been sent and her great memory.

Sherlock orders everyone to Baker Street, where Mrs. Hudson is happy to see Sherlock.  John is mad by this point because everyone he meets and is in his life is a psychopath.  Sherlock tells John that those are the kinds of people he is attracted to and that he likes a certain kind of life.  Mary even confirms this by telling John that he knew what she was and still married her.  Sherlock and John take Mary on as a client, where she tells them that she had been an assassin.  Magnussen has information on her that is why she went after him.  Mary gives John a USB drive with all of her information on it.   Sherlock called an ambulance to the flat because he knew that he was going to need medical attention since he left the hospital to soon.

It fast-forwards a few months to Christmas, which is being spent at the Sherlock family home.  I was excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s real life parents reprise their roles as Sherlock’s parents.

Sherlock and Mycroft visiting their parents

Sherlock and Mycroft visiting their parents

We learn that Sherlock’s mom is brilliant that she had been a mathematician who had a book published.  We also learn that Mary and John had been a bit estranged during this time.  John had decided that he loves Mary and that her past does not matter but her future does because is contains him.  John takes her USB drive that he had not read and throws it into the fire.  Sherlock and Mycroft are outside smoking which they have to hide from their mother because she does not approve.

Shhh, don't tell mom

Shhh, don’t tell mom

Mycroft tells Sherlock there was an M16 mission that he would have been a great assent on but Mycroft could not send him because he would die, it would kill Mycroft to lose his brother.  Sherlock is shocked to hear this information.  When they go back into the house, it is discovered that Sherlock had drugged everyone in the house but John who he takes on a helicopter where they head to Magnussen’s house.

While at Magnussen’s home Sherlock offers to trade Mycroft’s laptop, which contains valuable information for what Magnussen has on Mary.  Unfortunately, all of Magnussen’s information is in his head because he has a memory much like Sherlock’s.

Sorry boys my vault is empty I keep everything in my head

Sorry boys my vault is empty I keep everything in my head

It as interesting to watch Magnussen go through how he found Mary’s information because he has to mime much of what he did in his memory.  Mycroft must have woken up during this time because he shows up at Magnussen’s house with a ton of government agents.  By offering to trade that laptop for information, Sherlock and John were committing high treason.  While standing outside of Magnussen’s home Magnussen taunts Sherlock and John.  Sherlock takes out a gun and shoots Magnussen – I was like what.  Sherlock had to because it was the only want to protect John and Mary.  Myrcroft is in the helicopter yelling at the agents not to shoot his brother.

Sherlock with guns pointed at his head

Sherlock with guns pointed at his head

In a later meeting, Mycroft is doing everything he can to get Sherlock out of jail and put him on trial.  Mycroft reminds them that there will always be a time when they need Sherlock Holmes.  Mycroft convinces them to send Sherlock on the M16 mission that would get him killed.

At an airfield John and Mary say good-bye to Sherlock since he will be leaving.  Sherlock tries to convince John to name the baby after him by telling him his full name.  John says the baby is probably going to be a girl, Sherlock then says that Sherlock is a girl’s name.

Sad Sherlock

Sad Sherlock

Sherlock leaves on the plane and while this is happening all the TV’s are taken over by Moriarty who is asking if people missed him.  Mycroft is shocked to learn this information and he calls Sherlock.  After a quick four-minute trip on the private plane, Sherlock is called back to London to help with a possible Moriarty problem.

Did you miss me?

Did you miss me?

I liked this episode because it had a good amount of WTF moments.  Sherlock having a gf was a shock and was crazy.  Of course, I was not feeling that because well I am all about Irene and Sherlock.  Mary being an assassin was kind of crazy but at the same time I remember thinking that there was something about her when she knew the kind of coded messages had been sent to her in episode 1 of this season.  I was not expecting it to come out that she was some kind of a badass assassin.  I did appreciate Sherlock realizing that Mary could have killed him but she choose not to.  I appreciated Magnussen as a villain; I think he was good for Sherlock because Magnussen was manipulative.  Not to mention Magnussen is creepy crazy not like Joker crazy which is what Moriarty seems like to me.   Of course Moriarty not being dead is a huge moment at the end, but at the same time is seems that they needed something big to bring back Sherlock.  I have to say this was great episode it had a lot of good moment, which was an improvement over the last episode.  As much as I loved Sherlock’s speech and how they did it, the bulk of the episode was the speech.

Until the next series and there is supposed to be a series 4 and 5 according to Moffet.

-Christena

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Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Recap

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Sherlock, well I have to say I have only just gotten into this show, but for those of you who have seen my New Years blog know this.  I pretty much saw all 6 episodes in a week.  I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; he is absolutely amazing in the role.  I was definitely excited to see the Season 3 Premiere.  Where did season 2 leave off… well Sherlock was presumed dead.

Sherlock - SH's grave

In order to save the lives of John, Mrs. Hudson and Detective Lestrade, Sherlock had to die otherwise Moriarty would have them killed.  To ensure that Sherlock would die, Moriarty killed himself.  Moriarty was not as bright as he thought because he never thought that Sherlock cared for Molly.  Sherlock went to Molly to help him with what he needed to do.

The episode starts with a telling of how Sherlock survived, he basically put a Sherlock mask on a dead Moriarty who was the dead body on the street.

Mask on dead Moriarty

Mask on dead Moriarty

Sherlock jumped off the building with the aid of bungee cord.  The cord pulls Sherlock back up and he crashes though the window and kisses Molly.

Sherlock and Molly kiss

Sherlock and Molly kiss

Which we all know the Sherlock and Molly shippers went crazy over.  Then Sherlock leaves the hospital while John finds the dead body.  This turns out to only be a theory that Anderson tells to Lestrade.  Lestrade does not believe the theory.

Then we are taken to another place Siberia more than likely, where a guy with long hair is being beaten up.  It turns out that Sherlock is the one being beaten and that Mycroft is sitting there just letting it happen because he cannot blow his cover.  Mycroft brings Sherlock back to London to help uncover a terrorist plot.  When Sherlock gets back to London a Ms. Congenitally/ Hunger Games treatment is performed on him to make him look like his usual self.

Sherlock all cleaned up and back in London

Sherlock all cleaned up and back in London

I dunno I was kinda feeling the long curly hair.

John finally visits 221B Baker Street since Sherlock “died,” Mrs. Hudson is happy to see him but sad that he has not tried to contact her.  John tells her that he has found someone who Mrs. Hudson naturally assumes it is a guy.  John tells her that is a girl and that he is not gay.   Some men just have a hard time accepting that they are in a bromance, let’s be fair Sherlock and John are one of the original bromances.

Sherlock goes the restaurant that John plans on proposing to his girlfriend at, even though Mycroft told him that John might not be happy to see him.  Sherlock obviously does not listen and disguises himself as a French waiter with various items he picks up throughout the restaurant.

Sherlock as a French waiter

Sherlock as a French waiter

Eventually Sherlock lets John know that it is him since John was too nervous about the proposal to notice.  It takes Mary a few moments but based on John’s reaction she figures out that it is Sherlock.  I thought John was going to punch Sherlock but he didn’t he punches the table instead.

John and Sherlock confrontation

John and Sherlock confrontation

When Sherlock makes fun of John’s mustache then John launched himself at the Sherlock knocking him down in the restaurant.   Sherlock talks with John and Mary at another place but does not give John the answer that he needs which is why did he stay away for 2 years.  Eventually John gets completely pissed off (he never gets pissed at Sherlock) and punches Sherlock in the face.  I knew this was going to happen because John was so distraught over the loss of Sherlock there is no way he would not have an intense reaction to him being alive.  Mary tells Sherlock that she will talk to John and Sherlock does his look at you deduction technique.

Sherlock deducing Mary

Sherlock deducing Mary

I have to say this is one of my favorite aspects about Sherlock that he can look at a person and deduct a great deal about them.

Sherlock visits Lestrade to let him know he is still alive and Lestrade reacts the best out of everyone by giving him a big hug.  Poor Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock gives her such a fright when he comes back.  He also reveals himself to Molly who naturally knew that he was not dead.

Another version of how Sherlock survived is told Sherlock has a fake body attached to a cord while he talks to John; it’s the fake body that falls.  Sherlock and Moriarty are sitting on the roof laughing about it because they are romantically involved.

Sherlock and Moriarty about to kiss

Sherlock and Moriarty about to kiss

This turns out to be a lame story made up by the Sherlock fan club.  During this time the TV say that Sherlock is alive and then their cell phones go off letting them know Sherlock is alive.  I have to say that I love it when Sherlock texts various people at the same time.

Mycroft comes by to visit Sherlock and to see how he is doing on the case.  Well they play a game of operation, which is just hilarious.  Then Sherlock and Mycroft get into basically a who has the bigger penis contest by showing off their brains in a deduction game.

Sherlock invites Molly to solve crimes with him, so she takes down notes during some of the meetings.  While John is having a normal day in the office until he freaks out thinking that one of his new patients is Sherlock – the patient is not Sherlock.  Sherlock and Molly visit a client who shows Sherlock footage of underground trains.  Basically someone got onto one of the trains but never gets off.  Sherlock deduces that this man is actually Lord Moran.  Sherlock and Molly visit a crime scene with Lestrade, which just has a skeleton.  Sherlock turns into a bloodhound by sniffing the body so that he can gain some more information on it.  On the way out Sherlock and Molly talk about how she won’t be able to do this.  Molly thanks Sherlock for the day and tells him that she is engaged.  Sherlock thanks Molly for helping him fake his death and gives her a kiss on the cheek as he wishes her the best.

Sherlock wishes Molly all the best

Sherlock wishes Molly all the best

John went by 221B Baker Street, but on his way there, he is drugged and kidnapped by some guys.  Mary gets a few random text that do not make any sense at first but then she deduces that there is a hidden message telling her that John is in trouble.  Mary runs to Sherlock who she asks for help finding John.  Sherlock commandeers a motorcycle in probably the best way possible by just putting his hand up.

Sherlock commandeering a motorcycle

Sherlock commandeering a motorcycle

Mary and Sherlock race across London to save John.  Where Sherlock maps out a route to go and calculating the time it would take them to arrive.  They make in just enough time before John is burned alive.

Sherlock and Mary arriving to save John

Sherlock and Mary arriving to save John

This would not have been as bad if the guy who kidnapped John was not trying to kill him in front of his daughter.

John naturally goes over the next day to talk to Sherlock because what else is he going to do the guy did help save his life.  Sherlock’s parents are leaving when John gets there (side note those are Benedict Cumberbatch’s real parents).  John is shocked to see how ordinary they are.  John notices Sherlock’s wall and Sherlock begins to tell him about the case.  They get a video call from the client that Sherlock visited with Molly.  Sherlock realizes that during that time not only did Lord Moran disappear but that his whole train car did as well.  The client helps them figure out where the car might have disappeared.

Sherlock and John race down to the underground tunnels, John tells Sherlock that he should call the cops but of course, Sherlock doesn’t.  I would like to say that I love how John got right back into being a detective with Sherlock, it was almost like the 2 years never happened.

Investigating the train car

Investigating the train car

They eventually find the car that they think is carrying the bomb only to find out that the train car is actually the bomb.  Lord Moran actually set the bomb remotely, giving John and Sherlock only 2 ½ minutes to defuse the bomb.  John naturally thinks that Sherlock knows how to defuse the bomb because well its Sherlock and he can do anything.  Sherlock tells him that he does not and hopes that John does since he had been a soldier.  John makes Sherlock go to his mind palace because somewhere inside there should be the information on how to defuse the bomb.  Sherlock tells him that there not, both men have a moment as they brace for death.

We are shown a scene of Sherlock being recorded, yay they did not die in the train car.  Sherlock is telling someone about how he faked his death; basically he had the whole thing set up with Molly and his brother Mycroft.  Sherlock made John stand in that location so he would not see anything that is going on.  When Sherlock jumped, he landed on a giant air cushion.  Sherlock arranges for John to be knocked down which give Sherlock time to get off the air cushion and lay down on the ground with fake blood.  Sherlock made sure to find a way to stop his pulse because he knew that John would be sure to check.  Sherlock had figured out that Moriarty had found someone who looked like him because Moriarty had a little girl convinced that Sherlock kidnapped her.  That is where Molly comes in because she got a hold of that corpse to help fake Sherlock’s’ death.  It turns out that Sherlock is telling this all to Anderson, who had arranged the skeleton death earlier.  Anderson finds the problems in Sherlock’s story making him doubt that he was even told the real story.

Back on the train car, well I guess we all got excited too soon.  Maybe we didn’t because Sherlock starts to laugh, apparently there was an off switch on the bomb that Sherlock has flipped, the bomb was stopped at 1 ½ minutes.  John is naturally annoyed at Sherlock for making him think that they were going to die.  The cops come a few moments later to help them Sherlock had called them.  As Lord Moran tries to escape, the cops stop him.

John comes by the next day and tells Sherlock everything he has said at his grave, the most important being that he asked him to not be dead.  Sherlock tells John that he know because he had been there.  We learn that Mary and Mrs. Hudson are there as well, because Sherlock and John is are going to be talking to press about the terrorist incident.  Molly comes by with her fiancé who looks very much like Sherlock but everyone makes sure not to say anything.  Sherlock goes outside to talk to the press wearing the iconic Sherlock Holmes hat.

The press conference

The press conference

Somewhere is a warehouse looking place there is a creepy looking guy watching the footage of Sherlock saving John.

I have to say I enjoyed this episode, but then again I always enjoy Sherlock.  It was a great way to bring him back to London and it was so interesting to see how many people actually knew he was alive and who didn’t.  I also appreciated all the different how he survived stories.  It almost reminds me of the Joker telling his origin or how he got the scars story.  It was great to see how everyone had moved on with their lives well except for Mycroft.  I really appreciated that with Molly since she knew that Sherlock was alive, that she was able to move with her life.  I cannot tell you how happy I was to see John punch Sherlock, besides the fact that we have all been waiting for that, John was lied to, and he had a right to be pissed.  I would have done the exact same thing only sooner.  This was honestly the perfect way to bring him back to London.

I have to say one of my favorite things about this show is that they show us how Sherlock’s mind works.  I love seeing that, I enjoy it so much when he just looks at someone and can deduce so much about their lives.

Sherlock's deduction skills

Sherlock’s deduction skills

It was also great to see Sherlock map out the path to save John and to include ETA times.  Seriously it is amazing to see his brain in action, I wish mine did that.  I would love to be able to do even a quarter of what he does.

Lets talk about the mustache; you really didn’t think I was not going to talk about it.

John with the mustache

John with the mustache

I already knew about it and everything else because thanks to other social media sites and England getting it first people were already taking about it.  I had no official opinion on the mustache until I saw the episode yea it needed to go.  I have no idea what John was thinking, but I think that was great creative writing.  The only person who could get John to shave it was Sherlock; right after Sherlock makes fun of it… it is gone.

Join me next week as John asks Sherlock to be his best man and as John marries Mary.

-Christena