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Sherlock 02x03

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OH, but before I get to that, I have this message from Irene Adler I need to pass on:
Dear Mr Holmes,

I can't believe you still don't get the pun. You might do better if you did silly things from time to time, yourself.

P.S. I'm in Antarctica. Let's have dinner.
ANYWAY.

MOLLY.

Oh, Molly.

You act like an awkward, desperate, Hello Kitty type, and you let everyone else think that's what you are, but you're not. You never have been, even from the beginning. You are awkward, and from time to time, desperate, but that doesn't change the fact that what you are, what you really are, is friendly with death.

You are. You are morbid. You are a ghoul. Except that you are those things cheerfully and without prurience, so nobody notices. Least of all Sherlock Holmes. As Irene Adler knows, he can be incredibly dense about the screamingly obvious but "silly" (like puns) or "sentimental" (like watching over the dead).

Nothing and nobody will ever convince me that what you were offering Sherlock, that even he didn't get (and kept on not getting until it apparently went on like a lightbulb, though of course by then he had a slightly modified idea in mind), was to look after his corpse. We all die. And you, Molly, are accustomed to inhabiting this liminal space where your workday is hidden away in a basement, where your jokes are inappropriate, where half of everybody takes what you do for granted, where everybody else is grateful for what you do but doesn't want to think about it too hard, and where nobody, absolutely nobody, including the most brilliant and least ordinary, seems to notice how much power you hold until they need to disappear.

And you just keep doing your thing.


…oh, yeah, there was also some stuff about Sherlock and John and Mycroft.



ETA: OH, YEAH, and Moriarty. BEST. MORIARTY. EVER. I'm sorry, but I fucking love this guy (Andrew Scott). He is, to me, exactly the right combination of unhinged and in control, theatrical and calculating, genuinely crazy and genuinely sane. I've heard the complaint that he doesn't appear to have enough self-restraint to be a credible threat, and it's a completely valid one. It comes down to subjective reading, as so many things do; for me, his outbursts ping as being this character deliberately trying to appear unhinged, or even trying to be unhinged, all the while still dangerously in control. Theatrical, in other words. That scene at the beginning, and the final "No rush"? I came, ladies and gentlemen.

And I am pissed that he is dead. About a quarter of the way through the episode, I realized that if they trufax killer Moriarty, I was going to be more distressed about that than if they did in Sherlock. And lo, I was and am. Well, minus the detail about Holmes of course being alive, but you know. I want him to have somehow been faking—yet, I'm not sure that I do, because the thing that I love about this Moriarty has been his sheer commitment.

TL;DR, Andrew Scott, you are the most amazing thing right after Martin Freeman—hell, maybe even that amazing. May much fucking awesome work come your way.

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kian15
Jan. 18th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
This. All of this.
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
SHE IS SO AMAZING HOW IS SHE SO AMAZING
kian15
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
BECAUSE SHE IS AMAZING.

Also, I love what Andrew Scott said about coming up with how to play Moriarty; that he took all the things that scared him about himself and amplified them. And Martin! I knew I liked him but I feel almost guilty that I never knew until he played John Watson what a bloody talent he is. Cumberbatch is great, but the show is fabulous because they're all magnificent.
airie_fairy
Jan. 18th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
MOLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYy I look forward to more Molly stuff next series. She's basically guaranteed an important role now, yeah?




MOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYY
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
SHE HAD BETTER BE. Anyway, she will always be important TO ME. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
airie_fairy
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
I JUST MEAN IT WILL INVOLVE MORE SCENES AND BEING AMAZING, PREFERABLY WHILE SHERLOCK STUMBLES OVER SENTENCES AT HER IN HELPLESS SURPRISE SOME MORE.
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
IT HAD BETTER. ♥
nonelvis
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I ♥ this post.

(I'm not totally convinced Moriarty is dead, btw. Could have been a blank in that gun and a blood squib, and we never see Sherlock examine the body.)

Edited at 2012-01-18 01:02 am (UTC)
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's my hope-that-I-can't-100%-decide-if-I-actually-do-hope. Probably yes, because Andrew Scott is, once again, ZOMG AMAZING.

Also: Seven vs. Mycroft, WHO WINS?
nonelvis
Jan. 18th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Seven, but only because he has a time machine.

Either way, I'd read the hell out of that fic.
prof_pangaea
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IN THIS POST

EVERYTHING
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
THAT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE A SMART MAN just kidding except partly not
shannonsequitur
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I can't really stand this incarnation of Moriarty, but I'm definitely going to keep your words about his weird outbursts being mostly for show in mind and hope that it (retroactively?) makes him more tolerable to me.

My theory is that Moriarty was somehow used for the decoy corpse, so I'm not really expecting to see him again.
elliptic_eye
Jan. 18th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
YANA in this. And if he had to go, at least it was a bitchin' send off. But I'll miss that psychotic SOB. :(

This Moriarty seems to be a love-him-or-hate-him proposition. I think the source material had great characters—or, really, great ideas of them—but was ultimately mediocre writing and has lots of room for improvement and just outright play, so possibly that makes me more accepting of new bells and whistles.
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