Sherlock 3×02: The Sign of Three

“The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be best man it is because I never expected to be anybody’s best friend. And certainly not the best friend of the bravest, and kindest, and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing.”

Written collaboratively by Stephen Thompson, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat the episode was more fluff than you could handle, but never did it lack in wit and charm and if anything it’s perhaps the funniest episode to date, despite ending on a rather sombre note. However the the buoyancy of this episode, with its melancholic hints, does make you wonder just how much of a blow ‘His Last Vow’ will be to fans come next week.

I did feel that ‘The Sign of Three’ was a bit all over the shop, but I don’t mind it in the slightest. The speech anchored the episode, mostly, allowing us to explore some previously off-air crime solving, while playing to the strengths of our characters and their developments. Can I just say Lestrade’s a bloody delight? I’m not the only one who thinks he deserves some happiness, poor guy all alone at the wedding. If Sherlock was making deductions at the wedding for the Maid of Honour of different men, I wonder what he said about ‘Gavin’ Lestrade. Molly’s showing some gradual character development, granted she’s dating Tom whom she’s modelled in Sherlock’s likeness slightly, she’s a lot more assertive than she was in series 1 or 2.

I do believe Sherlock’s developed quite a bit too, although I don’t know when he’ll stop sending urgent texts for trivial reasons throwing his friends into a tizzy. Lestrade literally called in for maximum back up when Sherlock texted him, forgoing the arrest of a case he’d been working for 18 months to have Sherlock’s back just for it to be Sherlock needing help with his best man speech.

 

This episode is about more than John and Sherlock’s close friendship and the fear that everything could change once John was married (outwardly manifested in Sherlock’s becoming essential to the wedding planning and voiced out loud to Sherlock, and the audience, by Mrs Hudson – bless her soul) obviously it’s about crime-solving the back and forth between Sherlock’s speech and cases while dizzying was heady all the same. This episode really illustrates just how little Sherlock actually does think of himself, sure he knows his intelligence and brilliant skills but in terms of human nature he doesn’t rank himself as highly as he does John. It’s why, as he points out, he’s so taken aback when John asks him to be his best man.

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What he doesn’t realise is John isn’t the only person who regards Sherlock as good a friend- which is why when he leaves early it’s rather heartbreaking. Sure he told Molly that she was important to him, and he’s deduced that before how obsessed with him she is, but everyone seems to be moving on? I don’t know, there’s also the issue of Mycroft’s advice to Sherlock- having warned him to not get involved. Thoughts on the issue?

Some stray observations that caught my attention, the person whose telegram spoke of Mary’s family was called Cam. While at the time I didn’t think anything of it, I couldn’t help but notice what the new big bad’s initials were, Charles Augustus Magnussen. 

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Also, did I miss exactly how Watson’s old Commander had received his invitation if no one knew where he lived? Unless he has a PO Box, but then wouldn’t that involve having to go check it? Or perhaps he has someone check it for him- but then if those ladies were planning on killing him wouldn’t they have somehow used this method of killing him rather than gate crash the wedding of the greatest detective’s best friend knowing that he would be there? And why did that lady get in contact with Sherlock, if she was part of it? Oh and hey Dean Thomas, you lookin’ fine as hell.

Ahem. Sorry.

There’s definitely more, there’s always more, but I’m curious to know what I’ve left out that you think is essential. Don’t be shy, let me have it.  
 
Grab a sitty thing and have at it.
 

Honourable Mentions:

 – I do believe that drunk Sherlock is now my favourite Sherlock.

 
– Mary Morstan, or rather should I say Watson, is who we all want to be one day. Sherlock deducing the fact that she’s pregnant, using ‘the sign of three’ was adorable and her reaction- John’s reaction!
 
– Sherlock is the dancing queen, John, not the drama queen. Well he’s both it seems.
 
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