I loved this episode. I loved it less than I loved "Scandal." It's still a fabulous episode of a fabulous show and I enjoyed it immensely and there was lots to love. I just loved "Scandal" more.
Partly that was because of the subject matter of this episode. I am easily scared, and I found this episode terrifying. I'm glad I didn't watch it at night, as was my initial plan, because I wouldn't have been able to sleep. I don't really like scary things, so I liked this episode less as a result. I also don't really care for stuff about people going insane, because it always makes me feel like I am going insane. So there was that.
Strangely, I felt like I couldn't understand what was filling the time of the episode. Like, every time I looked, I was shocked to see I'd been watching for half an hour, or an hour, or whatever it was. It was like the opposite of watching "Scandal," when I kept expecting it to be almost over but it wasn't. I never felt like "Hounds" dragged, and I was never bored, it was just that "Scandal" was so jam-packed, it was like an entire season's worth of episodes in a 90-minute package. This was a more conventionally paced episode, stark only in contrast to the pacing of "Scandal."
I think "Hounds" also suffered a bit to me because I know Reichenbach is looming. So this felt something like a lark, a distraction from the real plot of the series. I know that isn't fair, but I do think it affected how I felt about the episode.
And I feel like all that leaves the impression I didn't love this episode. I did love the episode. I just loved it slightly passionately less than I loved "Scandal." As for individual things I loved:
OMG ARE YOU FOR REAL, LIVEJOURNAL?? Stupid new comment system! I wrote a huge long reply and LJ froze, didn't post it, and the new comment feature won't even work now. UGH.
Luckily when it froze I could still scroll through the comment box, so I just took screen captures rather than re-type everything from memory, haha. (Except the STUPID lj scrapbook isn't working either, omg I am so happy to let my crappy paid account run out. Why would I renew it when nothing works?! >:|)
My long, rambly reply:
Sigh. Silly stupid LJ commenting issues. It was clever of you to do the screencap thing!
I agree, those open windows at nighttime were TERRIFYING. I was like, "This guy is paranoid and crazy, WHY DOESN'T HE HAVE CURTAINS???"
I want to imagine that John tries to make Sherlock play lots of board games. In fact, I want lots of fanfiction about it.
I *loved* Sherlock's sad puppy dog eyes! Of *course* Sherlock would have perfected those by now. I bet they work almost all the time, even if John pretends they don't.
I was very surprised that Sherlock was driving, but I guess maybe he's a control freak about it? Like, I could imagine John starting to drive, and Sherlock being so critical that finally John was like, "Fine. You do it."
Hahahahaha! You're right, Sherlock doesn't correct people! Hahahahahaha!
Yeah, I agree with you about that scream thing. I noticed it way more the third time through, it felt like it was completely gratuitous.
I do think Sherlock was sincere in his apology, I think he does value John and I think he's uncomfortable when he knows John is upset with him. But I like that there's so much ambiguity with Sherlock that you never really know for sure.
I thought the Asperger's thing was John trying to find *something* that might explain Sherlock. I feel like John is constantly trying to figure out how he ticks, and that Asperger's was his latest guess, but not one he looks thrilled about.
Ahhhh, I didn't know about the euphemistic definition of "see a man about a dog"!
YES, WHAT IS MYCROFT DOING. I can't wait to find out!!!
I was all "listen here LJ, we're discussing a show about a very, very clever man. I am not going to sit here and be defeated by crappy coding on a dying website. This comment is getting posted whether you want it to or not!"
Or better yet, if he believed he watched a vicious monster dog rip his dad to shreds *AND* believes that vicious monster dog is STILL LOOSE close to his house... brick that shit up! Why even have such a weak defense point like that?? Unless it's like, bullet proof glass. But really, just wall that thing up and put some normal, small windows in. D:
I imagine Sherlock playing board games to be a lot like my grandpa (who was born and raised in Liverpool but sadly passed away when I was 7 - he was pretty old, though... I think like 80+?) playing any sort of board/card games with my brother and I, which includes lots of flipping boards, throwing cards, accusations of cheating, etc. XD Eventually my mom had to ban him from playing cards with us after he accused us (both of us being toddlers) of cheating at Slap Jack, haha.
I like to think the puppy eyes ONLY work on John. So far he's the only one we've seen them used on. I imagine Mrs. Hudson *might* be swayed but I think she'd be a bit more stern/motherly and not fall for it. I don't see Sherlock even opening up that much to use them on anyone else. Which makes it that much more adorable.
Maybe John spent too long fussing with a map (he was the one with the map out on the moors) and Sherlock was all "ugh, John, I can't believe you don't have these roads memorized yet"? XD Or maybe Sherlock didn't, but also didn't have the patience to be the navigator and actually refer to a map like some common "idiot"? Haha.
I think Sherlock's so ambiguous that even HE doesn't really know for sure. XD Like he wants to apologize but doesn't know how to be sincere so he "apologizes" in a way that benefits him because using people like that is more familiar? Which is why his compliments to John are always sort of backhanded or wrapped in an insult?
Yeah. It's pretty clear he never bought into the sociopath thing and seems to be trying to find other culprits for Sherlock's behavior. Or maybe he also suspects (like fandom does) that Sherlock self-diagnosed and now uses it as an excuse to justify his tactless, jerkish behavior and John wants to be able to say "you're not a sociopath, you're [X] so your behavior is explained but not justified, you're accountable for it".
Can you imagine Sherlock trying to use those puppy-dog eyes on Mycroft? Hee!
Hahahahah, Sherlock totally memorized the map on the train ride down there. Or already had it memorized.
Awwww, I think you're right about your Sherlock theory!
"Cross Keys: The sign of St Peter, the gatekeeper of Heaven. Often found near a church dedicated to St Peter. When people walked to the Sunday service, they often stayed afterwards, at a house near the chruch, to drink beer and to watch or participate in sporting events. These venues became known as "public houses" and woukd use the sign of the saint to which the church was dedciated - the Cross Keys for St Peter, an Eagle for St John, a Lion for St Mark. The sporting events might include the racing or fighting of dogs, bulls, cocks or pheasants, or the hunting of foxes, with or without hounds - thus giving rise to further pub signs."-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu
The part of the Cross Keys pub was played by The Bush Inn in Wales. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/n
Edited at 2012-01-11 05:52 am (UTC)
Things, I have so many things about this episode!
1. I think, including Sherlock and Doctor Who, this was Gatiss' strongest episode. Which pleases me, because I like him, and I want to like his writing, but it's usually lacking a certain spark, and this was the first time I didn't feel that way.
2. Benedict Cumberbatch could have spent the entire episode standing on that cliff and I would have been happy.
3.The scene with the lights freaked me the fuck out. It's a fear of mine, plate glass windows at night and something outside looking in.
4. I loved how entirely alarmed Sherlock was, how terrified he was that he couldn't trust his eyes. Because that is everything to him.
5. I laughed so hard at Sherlock trying to inhale the smoke from the cigarette.
6. "That would be tremendously ambitious of you." That just slides so beautifully off the tongue, doesn't it?
7. Lestrade wins best cameo ever. I'm not convinced there was ever a reason for him to be there, but who cares?
8. I LOVED the red herring that John would go up on his own.
9. Fic of that conversation:
and the obligatory incest one: http://archiveofourown.org/works/31
10. Have you read the marvelous fic where Jack Harkness does meet Sherlock? It's made of win. http://sherlockbbc-fic.livejournal.c
11. I called the dog thing early on, because why would there be a recent receipt for meat if they put the dog down a month earlier? On a related note, for the love of all that's holy, if you do not have the budget for CGI, don't use it! That was some of the worst I have ever seen, and the "hound" lose all power as soon as we saw it. Much better to let it never be seen, until the real dog is revealed.
I was really annoyed at the CGI, too, until I realized "It's not supposed to be a 'real' dog. It's supposed to be a hallucination" and then I became much more forgiving of it.
But then I was also annoyed that the "huge, vicious" *actual* dog appeared to be a rather typical black lab. Really? I was expecting it to be some sort of large mastiff or something. Something more believable to be considered "enormous". (Yes, I suppose black labs can occasionally be freakishly large, but it's not common enough that it worked for me)
1. Hmm. I think I prefer "The Great Game" to this. I really love "The Great Game."
2. I agree.
3. YES. I was like, "WHY DO YOU HAVE THIS SET-UP, HENRY KNIGHT? IT IS A TERRIFYING SET-UP!!!!"
4. Poor Sherlock. I really felt for him in that scene. (I actually thought maybe John could have been more sympathetic. Except John has to live with him, and I don't.)
5. ME, TOO.
6. It's so lovely, I can't wait to use it.
7. Ha! You're right, it was basically a cameo! An AWESOME cameo!
9. Oooh, thank you!
10. !!!! What a fabulous idea for a fic! Thanks for passing it along!
11. Someone mentioned how it was smart of them to keep the hound out of sight until the audience knew it was a hallucination. So that then, when you do see it, you can worry about what everyone *isn't* seeing, and not so much what they *are* seeing. Sort of. I didn't do a good job explaining that, I don't think. :-)
Have you discovered the Sherlockology site yet? You can find out the exact price of all BC's costumes, where Speedy's Cafe really is in London, and lots more. It really is an excellent fan site. Don't miss John's blog, either, with its embedded video apparently shot by Moriarty touring Sherlock's pad.
The security in this was laughable. Top secret operation and they wear acronymed T-shirts in public? That and the unlikeliness of Henry's shrink not arranging for someone to actually be sleeping over with her patient in that creepy house when he's clearly fragile.
I could go on, but it was fun and very watchable. That's the main thing.
More Mrs Hudson next week, please.
The shrink, arg! I was so convinced she was in on it. The way she was behaving when he remembered Liberty, In was so shady. And if she'd never encouraged him to go back there, none of the plot would've happened, which is such a bizarre coincidence that I find it hard to swallow.
I would've much preferred a bonus twist that she was in cahoots with that scientist to help discredit Henry.
Oooh, I have not discovered the Sherlockology site, I'll have to check it out! But I do love John's blog, I've been semi-stalking it. That video is so creepy!
Yeah, there were a lot of security lapses. But, as you say, it was fun and watchable, so I shan't be too harsh.
I think next week is going to be a much bigger episode for the core characters, including Mrs. Hudson. This episode felt much like "The Blind Banker" in that respect. I was just happy we got to see something of everyone, even if it was tiny snippets.
I'm willing to ignore glaring plot holes if the characters are compelling and I enjoy the overall arc. This wasn't "Scandal" but in many ways, I loved this just as much. It was such a strong relationship piece, and I saw a lot of growth from last week to this in regard to the whole John/Sherlock dynamic. Even the Sherlock/Mycroft dynamic was moved forward another notch.
It's also rare that an episode can have me in stitches in one moment and terrified the next. The dialogue was spot-on.
Your review? Another big fat hairy DITTO for me. We seem to share a Sherlockish fangirl brain.
Yeah, good characters really make plot less important. Funny how that works, isn't it? And you're right, all the relationships moved forward a step. They really are positioning it to rip our hearts out this Sunday...
Yay for brain-sharing!
I am so afraid of trying to download these episodes to watch. The last time I tried to do this, I got a virus that took two weeks to get rid of. Not to mention, I have the worst luck ever, if I download it I am completely convinced I will get caught. And it's killing me! I feel like by the time it actually airs here in the States, I won't even want to watch them.
Totally random question, but it seems rare to find a fellow wimp among Who fans. Mostly I get mocked. So, question. Have you ever not watched/made it through an episode? Who, Sherlock, uh...Torchwood? Please say yes so I know I'm not the only one.
Also the best part was when John got such a kick out of pulling rank. That was amaaazing.
"I don't have friends. I've just got one." Awwwwwwww. See, the thing is, I really want to think he means this, and then I think that, you know, he is a manipulative bastard, so who knows?
Why can't it be both? He says it to be manipulative, but he still means it?
I have the first season taped (I'm in Australia, we don't have the second series yet), but I never have the chance to sit and watch it. :(
And I want to, because the internet's love for this show is epic.
I've just watched the second episode, first series (I forgot to record the first episode), and this migth sound strange, but I think I like the fandom for the show, more than the actual show? I don't know. I mean, I like it, but it's turned out to be different than I expected, from the rosy glow everyone's treated it with. For a start, I'm sorry, but I find John a little bit dim, and that he complains a lot, but Sherlock I find charming.
Although possibly that says a lot more about me than anyone or anything else, lol.
Hee! I watched the first episode a day or two after it first aired in the UK when everyone was freaking out, and I admit I was pleasantly surprised by how much I adored it. So I've been in it from the beginning and the fandom has built up with my love for the show, simultaneously, I guess.
The second episode of the first series is the worst of them all. John and Sherlock don't work well together, John is in an unjustifiably bad mood for basically the whole episode. Sherlock *is* charming, in a weird annoying sort of way, so you see why John likes him, but I don't think the second episode is the best showcase for John.
You've seen the new eps. I am sad as I have to wait. *sigh* But it sounds FANTASTIC! "Hound" is one of my fav Conan Doyle books and I am a Sherlock obsessive reader from years ago. Just recently listened to some books via audio. Its loverly when a proper englishman reads to me in his snarky Sherlock voice and his annoyed Watson voice.
Ahhhh this episode was good it's true. Although like you I enjoyed it a bit less than scandal and that was partly due to the scare factor. I really should watch it again because some of the character stuff in this episode - most of which you mentioned - was just great. Sherlock, John, Mycroft, Lystrade. Could these characters be anymore perfect?