Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tips on how to watch Season 3 online! Hola worked great. Even after all the tips and assurances that it would work, I still double checked it early by watching the Graham Norton Show (Oh, I just love that show. It is one of the things that just generally makes me happy.)…just to make sure. I wasn’t taking any chances! Since New Year’s Day, I’ve been watching…repeatedly. There will definitely be a Sherlock Watch Party (any ideas are welcome), but I think I’m going to wait until the DVD/Blu-Ray comes out next month. (Apparently, everyone’s schedules don’t bow to my wishes…who knew?) This is something that I need to watch my friends’ and fellow aficionados’ faces as they watch.
I really want to write a review for the first two episodes of this season, but I don’t want to give anything away. I’ve avoided even the “Spoiler-Free” reviews so far, because I love surprises. Watching everything unfold without any predetermined expectations is so much more fun for me than going in knowing that person 1 loved everything, but person 2 thought they could have done this better, etc. What I will say is that I’ve missed the characters, and watching them in this new season has kind of felt like catching up with old friends. I haven’t found sections that dragged or anything, and I’ve enjoyed it more than I expected.
People had mentioned that PBS edited the show for time and content, so I DVR’d A Scandal in Belgravia to watch and see what/how much was actually cut. Yeah…they took out the scene with Sherlock’s deduction in Buckingham palace and the bit where Sherlock steals the ashtray. That was one of my favorites! (Okay, fine they’re all my favorites, but that isn’t the point.) The scene not only explains why John has a lighter at Irene Adler’s home in order to set off the smoke detectors, but also exemplifies the growing friendship between the two men. For a “high-functioning sociopath” Sherlock listens to John, and thinks about what will make his friend happy…even when that is just an ashtray taken out from under Mycroft’s nose…okay, so that probably makes them both happy.
Now we’re two episodes in to Season 3, and the final episode is coming up on Sunday…a) I’m not ready to say goodbye to the team at Sherlock quite yet b) um…I’m a little afraid…here’s the trailer.
If you’ve already seen any of these episodes and want to discuss, please feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me! I’m not posting anything remotely spoiler-y here, on my Tumblr (ilovegeekology101), or Twitter (@ilovegeekology), but I’ll happily discuss! No one else I know has seen any of it yet, so….I’m about ready to burst. (Yes, this is a shameless plea to talk about the details of this show with someone who a) knows and b) cares.)
I’ve been diligently searching the internet and Pinterest for ideas for a simple(ish) Sherlock Watch Party, and I’ve found a few ideas out there. They’re good, but I don’t know if they’re necessarily…right. This is something that doesn’t have to be on the scale of the Doctor Who party I hosted in November. Maybe something a little subtler? (Friends, family…stop laughing…really…I can do subtle!)