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Sherlock [Jan. 16th, 2012|10:55 am]
Tony Grist
So there's going to be a third season- and we weren't seeing a ghost when we caught a glimpse of Sherlock skulking in the vicinity of his own grave. Good. At least I think it's good. My fear is they'll spin things out for too long and it'll get samey and stale.

The first episode of the second season was the best. It was just so twisty. The Hounds of Baskerville was hobbled by its fidelity to its intractable source material- and strayed too far (for my taste) into the realms of SF. Wasn't it Dorothy L Sayers who said "poisons unknown to science" are a no-no in detective fiction? The same surely applies to wholly fictitious hallucinogenic gases.

The Reichenbach Fall was almost up to the highest standard. I like Andrew Scott's geek Moriarty, but I do hope he's really dead. Conan Doyle was very sparing with the super-villains- and one of the strengths of the original stories is the way he anchors them in the mundane- and sordid- realities of late Victorian England. National security and the fate of the crowned heads of Europe are very rarely entailed.  My plea to Gattis and Moffat for Season Three is, "Rein it in a bit, chaps".

[User Picture]From: redatt
2012-01-16 11:15 am (UTC)
Heh, for me the first ep was the worst. I think they got progressively better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-16 11:55 am (UTC)
They were all good, but...
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2012-01-16 12:13 pm (UTC)
but I do hope he's really dead

So do I. I was willing Sherlock to check! If rugby players can fake blood injuries on the pitch, how hard would it be for a supervillain to fake that death? :)

I was glad that the bit of magic computer code turned out to be a con because I was thinking, "There really isn't any such thing as a universal computer key." But the faking of the computer hacking was a nice touch and very believable. People worry about having uncrackable passwords, but most systems are hacked by bribing someone who knows how to get in.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-16 12:30 pm (UTC)
Surely he'd have checked. It's the elementary thing to do.

If Moriarty survives into a third season it'll be because Sherlock has permitted him to.

I'm assuming Sherlock's plunge was a conjuring trick that ended in a soft landing which Watson didn't see because he was too busy being knocked down.

I want Moffat and Gattis to keep it believable. Conan Doyle mostly played by the rules- no impossibilities, no SF solutions- and I want them to do the same.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2012-01-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
I doubt that they would bring back Moriarty as it would stretch incredulity too far, like the reincarnation of some geezer in Dallas so many years ago, i beleive it was Bobby Ewing. Otherwise a third series will be welcomed, and then call it a day, as over familiarity will breed contempt.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-16 06:32 pm (UTC)
My sentiments too. I like this show. I don't want it to outstay its welcome
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