I couldn't find a thread which quite fitted, so I'm starting a new one. Bear in mind that I haven't seen HLV yet, and have only watched TSoT through for the first time a couple of days ago, so I'm still mulling it over.
I found it difficult to believe in the characters planning the wedding. All three of them! None of them struck me as the type to be particularly interested in wedding stationery, etc. I suppose we're supposed to think that Mary, as the bride, is the most interested, but even she didn't strike me as somebody who'd care that much. And the napkins? The caterers would do the napkins, not the best man. Maybe it was to show Sherlock going off the rails slightly in his efforts to please John? Of course, Sherlock had to see the wedding stationery to be able to solve the crime, so there was that. How did John go from craving danger and excitement to wanting to plan all the tiny details of a wedding? I suppose he got used to boredom even at 221B, when Sherlock would spend hours thinking or doing something unfathomable, and he's also used to helping out when needed. But still.
Then there was Sherlock being surprised at being John's best friend. It didn't make any sense. Sherlock has called John his friend in the very first episode (ASiP). Just in the last episode, John has said that Sherlock is the best man he's ever known. I know Sherlock can sometimes miss the obvious, but I didn't find it believable that he would be so dumbfounded at being John's best friend. It was a sweet little scene otherwise. And I recognise that Sherlock is telling a story, and it's possible that it didn't actually happen like that.
Sherlock seemed confused when the guests were moved by his speech. He'd spent ages writing it, researched it, drafted in LeStrade, deliberately made it "sentimental" - why was he suprised to get the intended reaction? It didn't ring true. (I suppose all of these things could show that Sherlock is failing in some way, not functioning as usual ... and maybe that will be explained in HLV). Just in general, Sherlock does understand people's motivations and feelings very well, or he wouldn't be able to solve cases the way he does - what is going wrong here?
He's normally a show-off, but here he seems to put himself down quite a lot, for instance by talking about cases he couldn't solve. I know he's trying to take a back seat to John and Mary. But then he doesn't! He takes centre stage with the wedding speech, and seems to be the only person making a speech (although maybe we missed John's speech).
In TRF, Sherlock created a public persona for a reason, and I wondered if that's what he's doing here? There are so many times that Sherlock has been one step ahead of the game and kept it from us (the audience).I don't know. I find this episode confusing. A lot of it is about his relationship with John, but there are changes in other ways too. He channels Mycroft in a way that we haven't seen him do before - I did like that (that he needs to tune into the Mycroftian part of his mind).
The murder method didn't convince me either, which was a shame as I liked the idea. Somebody convince me that it would work!
Last edited by Liberty (September 23, 2014 8:58 am)