GIF/Pic of Series 3

I’ve reviewed Series 3 and told you my thoughts on it. Now it’s time to highlight some of the top GIFs (and pics) of the series. Even though we’ve run out of episodes, this isn’t the end of GIF/Pics of the week, they’ll still be happening. Enjoy this week’s content.

The Empty Hearse:

We’ve all had an “Anderson” moment at some point in our lives. It might have even happened during this exact scene.

This just proves how much time people have on their hands. But it’s also true. 

Sherlock, always trying to get the last word. I wonder if we’ll get a “that’s so four years ago” for Moriarty?

The Sign of Three:

Drunk deductions. No words needed.

In fairness, everyone on this show is a drama queen but points for that reaction face.

Introducing “Silence is not my division” Lestrade. Should have invited him to the stag night Sherlock…

His Last Vow:

This is actually really well done and refers to the Star Trek Into Darkness movie poster that also features Benedict Cumberbatch.

Referencing Cumberbatch’s role in Star Trek Into Darkness appears to be a fan favorite for His Last Vow

It’s funny and sad all at the same time. 

Bonus:

Sherlock was off the air for two years, came back for 11 days, and is most likely gone for another two years. Ultimately, hiatus is that friend that you hate but can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how hard you try.

Tumblr, you provide most of the content for the GIF/Pic posts but you are very scary to go to sometimes. You have a point on this particular aspect of the show though. 

I can’t pick everything out there but search the web for more great creations. If you have a suggestion or content for a future GIF/Pic of the episode, email sherlockdeduced@gmail.com with “GIF/Pic of the episode suggestion” in the subject line. Include a link to where the original content was found if necessary.

News for the Week of April 21

Series 4 Update

Even though 2016 has appeared to be the most likely air date for Series 4, the BBC has said in an interview with Mirror Online last week that they have no plans for an air date at the present moment. It’s still very much up in the air about a date but the show’s denial of a 2016 date is most likely just in case the show comes back at an earlier or later date.

A few days later, it was revealed in this Mirror Online article that plans to film Series 4 during the fall of this year were scrapped. However, it can be seen from the article that there is definitely a desire to start filming as soon as possible.

Series 3 Review

Cast of Sherlock (source)

Cast of Sherlock (source)

I’ve dreaded writing this because unlike Series 1 and 2, Series 3 left a sour taste in some fans mouths. Did the show take a different path this series? Yes, it very much did. We fell away from the cases taking the center-stage to the human relationships between Sherlock, John, Mary and others being the focus of the series. That bugged some people. It bugged some people a lot. Sherlock is no longer the icy machine from A Study in Pink. He has friends (not even just John anymore). He has emotions. He’s slowly developed as a character (he’s still a machine though) and for some reason people don’t like that.

Let me ask this, if Series 3 of Sherlock had followed the same pattern as the previous series would you love it any more or less than what was actually delivered? Would it have started to become predictable and maybe even a bit boring? We don’t know the answers to these questions because there is nothing to compare to, even hypothetically. The way in which Series 2 ended made it impossible for Series 3 to ever follow that same pattern. Change is scary and doesn’t always work perfectly, but that doesn’t make Series 3 any lesser of a product than Series 1 or 2.

Now that that’s out of the way, after a two-year wait of finding out how Sherlock lived, in The Empty Hearse we never get a real answer, which sucks. The third situation presented by Sherlock was probably how he did it but we’ll never know for sure and that’s something everyone is going to have to accept. Ultimately, that and the fact that the “case” is only brought up when convenient make it not as strong of an episode as it could have been. In The Sign of Three, it’s the wedding episode so if you were thinking there’d be a “normal” episode of Sherlock, sorry to disappoint. However, it is the episode that shows the most character development and shows the most realistic experience any of us could actually have in real life (apologizes to people who’ve spent time in bonfires and/or been shot by your best friend’s wife). In His Last Vow, bombshells are dropped which threaten everything Series 3 has worked towards but manages to conquer them, in a realistic manner.

John and Sherlock at the wedding (source)

John and Sherlock at the wedding (source)

In every episode of Series 3, the focus is on character development. Whether it be John’s reaction to Sherlock being alive, showcasing Sherlock as the best/worst best man of all time, or the rawness of Mary’s betrayal, Series 3 is big on emotions. It does get a little annoying when you are watching and everything seems like it’s trying to get you to feel happy here or sad over there. However, those emotions are set up in a highly intelligent way in regards to the episodes. Episode 1 brings the team back together so we’re happy about that. Episode 2 is full of so much love and laughter its suffocating but we’re even happier. Then we leap off the edge and fall into an episode full of darkness and anger. His Last Vow wouldn’t have had the effect it did if episodes 1 & 2 weren’t as joyful (using that term loosely) as they were.

Series 3 gave us the black sheep of Sherlock, Mary Morstan. It’s almost ingrained in you from the start to find a reason not to like her. She’s going to break up the team, ruin the show, and stop us from ever seeing Sherlock and John living in the same flat ever again. Some people probably never liked her, but a majority fell in love with her. She doesn’t break them up, she reunites them in a way. Yes, she splits them up too but merely in terms of living situations, not friendship. The build up of her as a likeable character is so well done that when she shoots Sherlock, it hurts and you wish you had kept your dislike for her. Something else changes in that moment as well. It’s realized that Sherlock and John are on one side of the room and Mary’s on the other. Despite everyone’s forgiveness of her (even your own), she’s never getting on the other side of the room again. She hurt both members of our favorite duo and no one will forget that. Everyone can get along and still love each other, but they won’t forget and that’s a cross Mary’s going to have to bear for the rest of Sherlock.

Charles Augustus Magnussen (source)

Charles Augustus Magnussen (source)

Moriarty is dead (well he was for Series 3 at least) and we need a new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (CAM). If you go back to the telegram scene from The Sign of Three, the telegram from CAM is actually from Magnussen. Magnussen as a villain does not live up to Moriarty. He’s a disgusting human being, grant him that, but he doesn’t send a chill up your spine like Moriarty. He’s barely mentioned in episode 1, brushed aside in episode 2, and when he gets killed at the end of episode 3, who cares? He could be considered frightening because there is a much greater chance that someone like him exists in our world but it’s scarier to have someone blow people up for fun rather than blackmail them. The only truly “worthy” moments of villainy happen when he licks a face, urinates in a fireplace, cleans his hands in a glass and flicks John in the face. Not exactly the stuff of nightmares. Was he just a filler villain? Probably, due to the fact that Moriarty is back. I’ll give it this, the show does know how to top itself on cliffhangers.

Series 3 was a mixed bag of testing a new version of Sherlock out with a greater emphasis on characters rather than the mysteries. It’s not perfect for sure but for those with an open mind, it still went beyond our expectations. Only time will tell what Series 4 brings (and how on earth Moriarty is alive). Below is my ranking of the episodes of Series 3 with some brief reasoning’s for each.

  1. His Last Vow –Excellent story telling, acting and surprising twists that leave you feeling satisfied. Also, some of the best visual shots in regards to the mind palace sequence.
  2. The Sign of Three –A fun episode that shows off Sherlock’s humanity. Also, the drunk scenes sealed the deal for those losing interest.
  3. The Empty Hearse –Good story that spends a lot of time with the duo separated and doesn’t quite fulfill the hype of how Sherlock lives. Also, doesn’t win any points for 30 minutes of that horrible mustache.

GIF/Pic of His Last Vow

His Last Vow was a roller coaster of emotions that left us hanging on an even bigger cliffhanger than how Series 2 ended. While this is the last episode, there will still be GIF/Pics of the week, only now they won’t be limited to any one episode. Enjoy.

    

I think we’d all faint if Sherlock ever legitimately proposed to someone.

    

Sherlock and Mycroft, two of the most clever and powerful people in England, still afraid of getting caught smoking by their mom.

Oh, yes. We missed you…but how are you alive?!

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