BBC's Sherlock - Series 3 and Beyond

paranoid marvin

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I too though the ending with Magnusson to be 'cheap' and very un-Sherlock.

Yes this season was so far up it's own backside, and yes more sit-com than drama. Still entertaing, but more 'Men Behaving Badly' than Holmes and Watson.
 

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This episode was better than the others but one thing irked me: (SPOILERS)

How did Magnusson not notice/care that his PA was friends with Mary/having it off with Sherlock?
 

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I quite like the fact Sherlock brought CAM's crusade to an end the way he did; it was a necessary evil. It would have been a whole lot easier for Sherlock had there been a physical database. You can see him working out what he has to do while Watson deals with CAM (Sherlock is virtually silent for the majority of the final scenes - He knows he has to kill a man and I imagine he's trying to work out a way around the inevitable).

Sherlock 'got involved' and when that happens he's going to go 'postal' - he's a sociopath.

This season was disappointing. I felt a little like a genre swap for me. I don't watch Sherlock for the humour. I watch it for the plot twists and surprises, and in that respect it was a weak season.

Watson was epic though. ;)
 

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Very good analysis of the Last Vow and I wholeheartedly agree with his findings. And I'd like to add that even though there were weak moments, the whole third season season was a brilliant piece of storytelling, as it deepened all of the characters so much. Sherlock is here to stay, even if we get just mere drops of this marvellous adaptation every year.

An in-depth look at how His Last Vow, Sherlock’s series 3 finale, adapts the Doyle story of Charles Augustus Milverton…

Warning: contains major spoilers for Sherlock series three.
Sherlock: updating Charles Augustus Milverton | Den of Geek
 

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Did anyone else think Magnusson was somewhat similar to Rupert Murdoch?
 

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Ha, that did rather jump out at me. The white supremacist working for him was also a shade clunking (but not as much as the fact the Knower of Many Things was seemingly unaware his PA was both Sherlock's girlfriend and the bridesmaid of a woman with a motive to kill him).
 

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Sherlock producer Steven Moffat has previously revealed that he is preparing a fourth series of the hit detective drama. But now he has gone one step further, saying (half-jokingly) the BBC series will "continue until Benedict [Cumberbatch] gets too famous". The Hollywood Reporter's coverage of a Moffat and Cumberbatch Q&A at the Television Critics Association press tour also quotes the actor as adding: "I'm fine with it. I'm going to keep going with it … it's a schedule-providing thing … I love it. I find it very invigorating." Asked about why the writers had added Amanda Abbington as Watson's wife, Moffat said: "If you have a female perspective on the two men, it's very, very funny and very illuminating … They all see through Sherlock so fast … but John is still bamboozled." He added that Abbington will continue to be part of the series, despite a mixed reception from Sherlock fans: "Mary's absolutely here. We don't just off her. How would that be at the start of the next series? 'Where's Mary?' 'Dead!'" The producer also tackled the kiss between Sherlock and arch-villain Moriarty in the season three opener, part of one of the scenarios of how Sherlock faked his own death. "We got the idea from the palpable chemistry between Benedict and Andy [Andrew Scott]," said Moffat, giving credit to co-writer Mark Gatiss. He said Gatiss told him: "I've done something slightly cheeky." But fans who hoped that the pair might have really locked lips may be disappointed: "We cut it before contact, and indeed, sex, because that was wrong," said Gatiss. Cumberbatch confirmed: " We didn't actually connect."
Sherlock 'will continue until Benedict Cumberbatch gets too famous' | Media Monkey | Media | theguardian.com


 

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Did anyone else think Magnusson was somewhat similar to Rupert Murdoch?
Of course not because that's what he certainly was, except for the fact that Mr Murdoch hasn't been found "blackmailing" people, and willy nilly using everything in his possession to make some headlines. Note that there was a similar kind of character in James Bond, and he too was allegedly closely associated to the Mr Murdoch.
 

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Very good analysis of the Last Vow and I wholeheartedly agree with his findings. And I'd like to add that even though there were weak moments, the whole third season season was a brilliant piece of storytelling, as it deepened all of the characters so much. Sherlock is here to stay, even if we get just mere drops of this marvellous adaptation every year.

Sherlock: updating Charles Augustus Milverton | Den of Geek


In-depth review indeed! I very much enjoyed the last episode which I also think is the best of the three. I have no problem with Sherlock killing CAM (I wonder if the idea crossed Doyle's mind but then that was a different time). It is logical as Sherlock detested CAM the most and he vowed he’d do anything for John and Mary. Being a modern day Sherlock, it is nothing wrong to show some heroism.:)

I think Mary’s role in this series is excellent as not only it fits Watson's attraction to sociopaths and adventure but also led to the unexpected twist, and her mysterious past will no doubt add more intrigues in the future. As for CAM, what brilliant performance to justify the writing of the character!

Had there been more to the plot and less overly-done comedy stuff the series would have been perfect. However the character development and the chemical between the characters are done superbly. And the acting is as brilliant as ever. So, for me it is still the best and my favourite show. :)


I sincerely hope he won't get too famous! After all Sherlock is the number #1 role in his element.
 

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The third season of Sherlock came to its close on American television last night with the finale episode “His Last Vow,” where Sherlock finally faced the mysterious blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen. Played by Lars Mikkelsen, the character is based on the titular villain of Doyle’s story “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton,” who was in turn based on the real-life blackmailer Charles Augustus Howell. And that’s just the first of many hidden references and shout-outs. Read on to learn more!


WHAT WE SEE: This episode is entitled “His Last Vow.”


WHAT IT MEANS: The title references Sherlock’s vow, made at the end of the previous episode, that he would do anything to protect John, Mary and their unborn child. It also calls back to Doyle’s “His Last Bow,” the final Holmes story chronologically.


WHAT WE SEE: ...
The Shout-Outs and Easter Eggs You Missed in the Sherlock Finale | Underwire | Wired.com
 

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I didn't like the series as a whole. I felt the finale wasn't great either. Really let down and i hope that next season goes back to traditional cases
 

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Looks like we won't have to wait too long for more Sherlock - the Beeb have announced a fourth series of three episodes, and a special!

The creators of Sherlock have confirmed the hit BBC One drama will be back for a special in 2015, followed by a fourth series of three episodes.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the special will start filming in January with the series following later in 2015.
BBC News - Sherlock: Fourth series to follow a special in 2015
 
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Interesting that the actors didn't really kiss. Regardless of their sexuality or whether they like the person they are being intimate with, I just assumed it was all part of the job.
 

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Looks like we won't have to wait too long for more Sherlock - the Beeb have announced a fourth series of three episodes, and a special!



BBC News - Sherlock: Fourth series to follow a special in 2015
That's fantastic news! :) "Of course, it's far too early to say what's coming, but we're reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you'd expect", said Moffat. Wonder what could it be?
 

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I'm not sure not being able to see it until well into 2015 counts as not having to wait long.
 

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Although Sherlock series three may not have been a fan favourite, in certain corners of the internet at least, it was more than successful enough to secure as many future episodes as Moffat and Gatiss can write.

"We have a plan to top it — and actually I do think our plan is devastating," said Moffat of how the new series will compare to the last.

"We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan. Honestly, Mark and myself are so excited with what we've got coming up, probably more excited than we've ever been about Sherlock."

Pressed to discuss air-dates, Moffat used his trademark question-avoiding skills (and sarcasm): "When they go out is up to the BBC. And I am their loyal servant. I simply do what they ask me."

On the future of the show, namely whether such an all-star cast will continue to assemble, he simply said that "what's happening with Sherlock is unusual". He did add, however, that "We will keep coming back to it."
http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/sherlock/31863/new-sherlock-will-be-devastating-says-steven-moffat
 

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On the future of the show, namely whether such an all-star cast will continue to assemble, he simply said that "what's happening with Sherlock is unusual."
Sherlock is going to regenerate, isn't he?
 
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Here's a calendar date for you: the Bath Chronicle recently published details of a letter sent to residents of the area surrounding Queen Street in Bath, informing them that filming is due to take place on the BBC series on Monday the 2nd of February, when Queen Street will be decorated "in a Victorian theme".

The canny folk on the #setlock hashtag have discovered a couple of casting calls from Mad Dog Casting, a company that has previously provided supporting artists for Sherlock, that may give us a clue as to the content of the Special. A call for male mime artists and physical theatre specialists went out for "an incredibly popular returning BBC drama that will be filming in Bristol in the first weeks of January", and was reiterated last week with a notice specifying that it was "a BBC detective series". That seems fairly unequivocal, we'd say.
http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/sherlock/33528/sherlock-special-2015-latest-news-for-victorian-themed-episode
 
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