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The Hounds Of Baskerville » Two stupid plot devices » October 2, 2013 4:09 am

I love that they managed to get a Mr Selden in there

The Hounds Of Baskerville » Two stupid plot devices » September 27, 2013 10:46 pm

This would have been a much better episode if not for two poorly thought out elements:

1) Bluebell should never have "ended up" with Kirsty, and there was no reason for her to die. Stapleton is portrayed as somewhat more intelligent than the other staff at Baskerville, yet she purposely took a rabbit from a research facility to give to her daughter. Purposely we know, because as Sherlock said, animals can't escape "unless they have help". Then when the rabbit turned out to be glow-in-the-dark (who would have thought?), the doctor decided to... kill it? Instead of just taking it back to the lab and replacing it with a similar one from a shop? Kirsty might not even have noticed the difference, except for the fact that the new rabbit didn't glow. Not to mention if Stapleton really wanted to give her daughter a rabbit she could have bought an ordinary one in the first place rather than risk her job taking one from work.

2) Top secret chemical experiment groups don't make t-shirts for all the scientists to wear around town on their days-off.

The Reichenbach Fall » A new clue to drive us all even more insane. » August 10, 2013 9:00 pm


What a stupid mistake. You'd think the film editors would have caught that and re-shot the scene with the earpiece in the other ear where it couldn't be seen.

The Reichenbach Fall » A new clue to drive us all even more insane. » August 10, 2013 8:09 pm

I came across this post on Tumblr within the past week. I'd never seen it before so I imagine it has only just surfaced very recently. The theories put up by rebloggers strike me as ridiculous but there is no denying this is real and not photoshopped. Go watch TRF and it's there.

I really don't think this is something Sherlock set up. Mycroft is the sneaky, tech-savvy one but I don't understand the purpose of John wearing an earpiece. It actually looks more like a hearing aid to me but we know John isn't hard of hearing. It also doesn't look hi-tech enough for something that Mycroft would use, plus it's visible enough for Sherlock to have noticed, if John was wearing it earlier before he left to see to Mrs Hudson "dying".

Another thing is that whoever was listening on the other end would have heard Sherlock's "note" to John because that's the ear John was holding his mobile to. John and Mycroft were not expecting Sherlock to jump, I don't believe anyone but Moriarty and the snipers saw it coming. So I don't believe John was wearing an earpiece for any reason having to do with the suicide. Ugh, this is going to drive me INSANE.

Fan Fic » Fanfics from forum members » August 5, 2013 8:05 am

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I've posted my first two complete short stories (one VERY short) to AO3 this week. I'm not 100% happy with them but if I waited and nitpicked until I was completely happy they'd never get posted

His Fellow Men -
The Miracle Worker -

Fan Fic » AO3 Usernames » August 5, 2013 8:00 am

I'm vuokki, I've only posted two short stories so far but have ideas for future, more epic ones. Eventually.

Series Three News » Official Sherlock Series 3 Trailer » August 5, 2013 7:56 am

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stoertebeker wrote:

@vaticancameos: How many times do you watched the trailer to notice all these details ?? I watched it about, I don't know, 8 to 10 times now but still wouldn't have noticed the fan .

It was all a bit of a blur. I lost count. ;)

Series Three News » Official Sherlock Series 3 Trailer » August 3, 2013 9:12 pm

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I don't know, I mean, Lestrade is wearing a scarf and warm coat. Perhaps Mycroft sweats a lot and his office is poorly ventilated. Who knows, we'll have to wait another six months to find out

Series Three News » Official Sherlock Series 3 Trailer » August 3, 2013 8:57 pm

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I thought I couldn't handle my excitement at the airing of the teaser yesterday - imagine how I felt when I woke up this morning and saw Mark's tweet that it was real footage!


If anyone is interested in juicy details, I made a post of my analysis of the teaser. I would copy it here but it's very long.

The Great Game » Age of Connie Prince » July 4, 2013 2:52 am

Did anyone else notice that when her death is announced on TV, they give her age as 48 but when Lestrade is telling Sherlock about her moments later he gives her age as 54? This would be a huge continuity mistake so I imagine she must have been lying about her age to the public (makes sense, given her occupation) and her real age is only known to the police from her birth certificate or something similar.

The Science Of Deduction » The science of deduction is more elusive than I thought. » June 29, 2013 5:05 am

I was a little disappointed that the mock-up of Sherlock's website doesn't actually have his identification guide of perfumes nor his catalog of 243 types of tobacco ash. I mean, I understand that it would be a very time consuming thing for someone to put up on a fake website, but doesn't this kind of information exist elsewhere? "Deduction" seems like such a popular topic, I'm amazed I'm not finding more online info on actual technique rather than vague articles on improving one's memory - which is certainly important, but only one of the facets to Sherlock's successful methods.

Do you guys think that Sherlock's skills come more from years of watching people and the results of their actions to build up a memory bank, or from reading a lot of obscure, technical texts? Sherlock claims he is the only one in the world who can do what he does, but in this day and age you'd think someone out there would be compiling databases of wine stains and types of paper and using the information in a similar way.

The Science Of Deduction » Build Your Own Mind Palace » June 29, 2013 3:28 am

I'm working on building a mind palace using my childhood home, since a beginner should start off with familiar, real-life places. I'm having trouble visualizing a "blank" palace to put things in though. When I go to shelve something, I get confused between my memory of the table or painting or plant that is supposed to be in a particular spot in real life, and the ridiculous trigger image I'm trying to lay over it. Does that make any sense? I almost want to try building my own brand new mind palace from scratch. Can anyone tell me if they've tried this and found it easier?

A Study In Pink » Donovan, did she ever date Sherlock? » June 24, 2013 7:40 pm

I don't think they ever dated. Though I do find it curious that he often calls her by her first name, whereas he calls Anderson by his last and doesn't even know Lestrade's first name for years.

The Blind Banker » Sebastian/Seb » June 24, 2013 4:11 pm

I think Sebastian and Sherlock have never been friends. Sebastian comes across to me as a controlling jerk. At uni Sherlock was probably the butt of everyone's jokes and was disliked for being "cold" and not having friends or a social life. If you watch their meeting you can see the subtle emphasis Sherlock puts on the word "friend" and Sebastian's incredulous echo. John senses tension right off and settles the matter with "colleague". It's quite like Sherlock is trying to show Sebastian that yes, he is capable of having friends and that he should be taken seriously.

Sebastian treats him in an overly familiar way as if he is trying to smooth down an old disagreement so that he can use Sherlock's abilities to solve his problem. In his email he calls him "buddy" and when he shakes his hand at the bank he clasps Sherlock's wrist with his right hand, the type of handshake someone uses to show intimacy in a professional setting - though if there is no real intimacy in the relationship, it tends to put the recipient of the handshake off. He doesn't shake John's hand this way, keeping his right hand in his pocket. In Sebastian's mind, John is a "normal" stranger and doesn't need to be ingratiated.

Also, when Sebastian is visited by Sherlock at dinner, where he is dominating the conversation with a funny story, he quickly dismisses him to talk to his secretary - another dominant move, showing that he wants to be in control of the situation even though it is obviously an urgent matter. Sherlock insists on telling him about Van Coon's murder and needles him about the appointment. Sebastian briefly looks down and tugs at his collar - he's been made to look bad and doesn't like it.

Meet The Members » Meet the Members! » June 24, 2013 6:27 am

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Hello everyone!
I'm in my 20s, have two cats and sell used books for a living.
I mainly read non-fiction and I skip from book to book, so at any one time I may be ploughing through a dozen or more different books.
I left college to start a small business which is doing well. I figure I'd rather get paid to learn on a job than pay to learn at a desk.
For fun I enjoy going to museums and cemeteries, thrifting, writing and watching movies. I also sit on the computer and research random things for hours.
I've boycotted department stores for years, except for things like socks that shouldn't be bought used. At least 90% of my closet comes from thrift stores.
I can't drink much alcohol except at home because I will literally doze off wherever I'm sitting.

Introductions Please... » Hello :) » June 24, 2013 5:58 am

I stumbled across this forum today and it looked too fun to not join Looking forward to meeting everyone and having a place to discuss Sherlock in.

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