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 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Self indulgence is very much part of its style, and fits the main character.
The very nature of the show requires the writers to use every trick in the book to dazzle and amaze its viewers, many of them gasping for air because of the sheer awesomeness!

And because its only 3 episodes a season it doesn't outstay its welcome.
A 12 ep season would have gotten repetitive, a 22 ep season beyond redemption.

But to have just 3 eps, with so much style, cleverness, humor and emotional warmth condensed and focused in a way a regular season probably never could.

It's an event. TV to stay home for in a time when you can tape, stream or download anything at your convenience.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Who else here is laying a bet on Mrs Watson not lasting the next episode? There has to be something "big" now, after all, doesn't there? All bets are off for episode 3, I feel...?

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Who else here is laying a bet on Mrs Watson not lasting the next episode? There has to be something "big" now, after all, doesn't there? All bets are off for episode 3, I feel...?


I don't know ?

I feel that, if that was going to happen it would have happened in episode : 2.

After all, when Conan Doyle brought Holmes back from his 'Fall", Mrs Watson had just died.

Also, as Mrs Watson here is the real Mrs Freeman ( and she's terrific!), I don't think that will happen.

We shall see !


 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

I really cant see them killing of John Watson's pregnant wife.

In Game Of Thrones, sure...she'd be good as dead, but Sherlock, nah...

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

The previous two were great because they were both hilarious and exciting. But His Last Vow was 90 minutes of pure bottom clenching suspense and exhilaration!

The writers seeded just enough clues to make you think you found out what the cliffhanger might be, and went in a very different direction.

CAM was just about the creepiest villain I've seen!

One has to admire the lengths they go through to keep the audience on the wrong foot without actually cheating. Starting the end credits, only to interrupt it and throw us a last minute game changer is just brilliant!

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Wow. Episode 3 was great stuff.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2014 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


You little devil, Sherl...

For a minute there, you had us going. eek

An exhausting, 90 mt roller-coaster ride.

Simply stunning stuff.

Hurry back !



 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2014 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm on a Sherlock "blackout" until the dvds are released in the USA...but:

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Sherlock - Official BBC Press Release Arrives for 'Season 3' on DVD, BD
Available to own on February 11th, just 9 days after the finale airs on PBS!
Posted by David Lambert
1/16/2014


Sherlock - Season 3

Order this title from Amazon.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE DETECTIVE RISES AGAIN ON BLU-RAY & DVD

SHERLOCK:
SEASON THREE

ON FEBRUARY 11, 2014

UK SEASON PREMIERE MOST-WATCHED
EPISODE OF SERIES EVER FOR BBC ONE



New York; January 15, 2014 - It's been nearly two years since Sherlock Holmes seemingly fell to his death in the epic second season finale of Sherlock, and since then all anyone has wanted to know is: how did he survive? The question is finally answered when London's greatest consulting detective returns in Sherlock: Season Three, available on Blu-ray and DVD February 11, 2014 from BBC Home Entertainment. The third season of Sherlock premieres in the US on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! on PBS on January 19, 2014. Earlier this month, the season premiere was watched by 9.2 million viewers on BBC One in the UK, making it the most-watched episode of Sherlock ever. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek: Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit, The World's End) reteam in three brand new action-packed adventures of the Emmy-nominated series that USA Today called "TV pleasure at its most intense..."

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include three exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes:
"The Fall"
"Fans, Villains & Speculation: The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes"
"Shooting Sherlock"

So...how did Sherlock do it? And how will John take the news that his best friend faked his own death? The first episode of this new series, "The Empty Hearse," picks up two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall. Dr. John Watson has got on with his life - a new job, a new romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what Watson wanted more than anything...but if Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, he's in for a very big surprise!

In the second episode, The Sign of Three, Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all: delivering a Best Man's speech on John's wedding day. But all isn't quite as it seems - mortal danger stalks the reception, and someone might not make it to the happy couple's first dance.

And in the final episode of this new series, His Last Vow, a case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates. But how do you tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?

This contemporary re-imagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), also stars Rupert Graves (The White Queen) as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs (Till Death Us Do Part) as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington (Mr. Selfridge) as Mary Morstan, Louise Brealey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Molly Hooper, and Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes.

SHERLOCK: SEASON THREE
Street Date: February 11, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 270 minutes - bonus features/ 2-disc set

 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2014 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

The real truth behind Sherlock’s abandoned ‘Sumatra Road’ tube station?

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/the_real_truth_behind_sherlock_s_abandoned_sumatra_road_tube_station_it_s_under_hampstead_heath_1_3177453

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Watched "The Empty Hearse" yesterday (twice) and enjoyed the hell out of it. Apparently my viewpoint differs from most other fans who couldn't handle the storytelling, direction, and characterizations.

I'm looking forward to "The Sign of Three" next week. I guess we can all go into greater detail about series three once it's finished airing worldwide?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Well, if that's the explanation they're going with for how Sherlock faked his death, it's terribly uncreative. I did like how the opening scene turned out to be Anderson's theory, because it was so ridiculous I couldn't believe they were doing it. So when I realized what it was, I had a great laugh. I feel a little cheated, though, because they seem to have skirted around giving a real explanation. Even after Sherlock tells Anderson how he did it (in a really strange intercut sequence that feels disconnected), there still seems to be doubt that even that is the whole story. Very disappointing.

As for the rest of the episode, I felt the story was all over the place (the whole terrorist plot thing seemed to take up only about 15 minutes worth of screen time spread over the duration) and lacked focus. I had no difficulty following it; I just wish the plotting had been much tighter and not had so many distractions. It felt more like a first draft, just laying out the basic ideas, but without refining the story to make everything come together as well as previous episodes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

For those used to the style of series 1 and 2 you probably need to be a bit flexible with series 3.
It does not conform to its previously established blueprint.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

Well, if that's the explanation they're going with for how Sherlock faked his death, it's terribly uncreative. I did like how the opening scene turned out to be Anderson's theory, because it was so ridiculous I couldn't believe they were doing it. So when I realized what it was, I had a great laugh. I feel a little cheated, though, because they seem to have skirted around giving a real explanation. Even after Sherlock tells Anderson how he did it (in a really strange intercut sequence that feels disconnected), there still seems to be doubt that even that is the whole story. Very disappointing.

From what I read about the episode, that too was Anderson's psychotic delusion. So Sherlock's mysterious survival is still unexplained.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm still "processing" The Sign of Three but on the whole, I liked it--a lot, though I could have done without the prolonged drunk scene though the scene itself had its moments. I also find myself enjoying the focus on character interactions over mystery cases.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Oh man, "The Sign of Three" was horrible. Easily my least-favorite episode yet. I did like how all the pieces fell together near the end, once it donned on Sherlock who the culprit was, but . . . wow. That episode was truly an absolute chore to sit through. The humor was so forced that I hardly laughed at any of it, and I actually felt embarrassed for the actors. As a friend of mine said to me in a text afterwards, it was a scatter-brained mess.

So far, this season has been extremely disappointing. frown

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Oh man, "The Sign of Three" was horrible. Easily my least-favorite episode yet. I did like how all the pieces fell together near the end, once it donned on Sherlock who the culprit was, but . . . wow. That episode was truly an absolute chore to sit through. The humor was so forced that I hardly laughed at any of it, and I actually felt embarrassed for the actors. As a friend of mine said to me in a text afterwards, it was a scatter-brained mess.

So far, this season has been extremely disappointing. frown


Keep in mind that you also put the fourth Indiana Jones movie on your "Best of" list. However, like you with Indy, I must be a really dedicated fan of this Holmes franchise, though Cumberbatch's take doesn't touch the true greatness that is Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes.

As for The Sign of Three, I enjoyed the flashbacks, the artsy-fartsy direction, and the mending of John and Sherlock's friendship. I agree with you about *some* of the humor falling flat (and it did so in a big way) but even the aforementioned scene I said I disliked in my prior post, I actually liked more upon second viewing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I thought the first two seasons were absolutely fantastic and brilliantly done. I just feel like they haven't given this season their all like they did with those ones. "The Empty Hearse" and especially "The Sign of Three" felt like they were shot from rough draft screenplays that weren't given subsequent passes to smooth things out and make them more . . . structured.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

...though Cumberbatch's take doesn't touch the true greatness that is Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes.

...and yet Cumberbatch's Holmes is arguably the closest so far to Doyle's creation...just thought I would throw that one in there wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2014 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Had to DVR "His Last Vow" Sunday night and just finished watching it. Overall, Series 3 was . . . not good. At all. Borderline horrible, even. I don't know what happened, but these episodes were terrible. The first two series' episodes were so brilliantly well done, with plots that were tightly-focused, creative and exciting. But in this series, the plots were wildly scatter-brained and just all over the place. Far too much style over substance. A huge disappointment. Maybe with the two-year gap between productions everybody lost their game or something. Whatever it was, I hope they can recapture the magic and brilliance for Series 4.

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I, too, am underwhelmed by this new season. A whole lot of hoo-haw, some really unbelievable things taking place, and formulaic plotting (should that be "plodding") that says the current creative team seems a bit written out and could use some new blood.

The production values, the editing, and the performances remain spot-on, but please let's get back to what it WAS.

 
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