Saturday, January 28, 2017
--"Hello Father." Ah, John Noble. So glad to see him again (and yes, I still call him Walter when I take notes).
--"The world needs me to have more time. This is for the world's benefit." The show isn't exactly subtle in their Dreyfuss-Trump comparison, are they?
--The spider demon was absolutely creepy.
--"These are the times that try men's souls." Well, this episodes is maybe the most literal reading of that line ever.
--Jake is growing on me a bit more as a character but Alex is still so terribly bland. I don't really believe we need either of them in the show except to fawn over Ichabod and give science exposition.
--"Maybe he went to the mall and got lost. Again."
--"I would die a thousand deaths if it meant she lived but one hour more."
Saturday, January 21, 2017
--"I could not in good conscience stand by while a nation was oppressed by tyranny." Ichabod had a lot of great patriotic quotes that I half expect to see on placards in future protests.
--Jake very clearly has a crush on Jenny. I hesitate to comment on this but Jenny did just lose Joe. To thrust her right into another pairing feels cheap.
--Ichabod has a "proclivity toward obscure donut toppings." That and his boots apparently make him a hipster.
--"Just admit it! You're a time traveler!" Well, at least that particular cat is out of that particular bag.
--One thing that was missing, however, from this episode was that Ichabod failed to explain that the Headless Horseman isn't just the Horseman of Death from the Apocalypse but is also his former best friend who fought for the hand of Ichabod's late wife. Abraham and Katrina were important facets of this show, just like Moloch and Abbie.
--"My strength is replenished and I am ready for battle once more." Ichabod tackling IKEA furniture after downing Chinese from carton boxes is exactly the sort of Ichabod I expect from this show. I've missed this version of Ichabod.
Monday, January 16, 2017
--Mycroft's umbrella doubles as a saber and a gun. I find this amusing but not at all surprising.
--"This is a family matter." "That's why John stays!"
--Even if her sociopathy could be tempered by family, Euros is without a doubt the scariest villain the show has done.
--So many good shocking moments in this episode that there were times I forgot to breath. Just to name a few: no glass on Euros's cell; Euros killing all three men--guilty and innocent--in the hangman's noose to see how it felt; Molly almost not saying "I love you" back; the plane and little girl not being "real," and Sherlock almost killing his brother.
--Moriarty goes by "Big G" now because he's "relatable that way."
--In a fabulous call back to the first episode of season one, Lestrade tells a fellow detective that Sherlock isn't a great man, "he's better than that; he's a good one."
--The final clip sees Sherlock and John running out of "Rathbone House" which is a loving tribute to Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes fourteen times over half a dozen years.
--"When all else fails there are two men sitting, arguing, in a scruffy flat like they've always been there and always will....Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."
Saturday, January 14, 2017
--Ichabod, while trying to find the new Witness in a prophetic dream, still calls out for Abbie.
--The three Witches were the very definition of cliche bad women--tight leather clothing and all.
--I can't get any sort of read on Alex and Jake except that one's a skeptic and one's a believer. Those characteristics don't make for very compelling characters.
--Speaking of unreadable, whatever Malcolm Dreyfus is up to is so undeveloped that I'm choosing to refrain from any real commentary. Also, I keep wanting to refer to him as Daniel Faraday.
--"How do you know so much about witches?" "I was married to one."
--Our Ichabod Crane, "the one and only!"
--I did have a moment of sheer joy at seeing the Headless Horseman. No idea how he's there in Washington, but whatever.
--"She's not Abbie." No. No, she's not.
Monday, January 9, 2017
--Our serial killer/villain of the week sums up Sherlock's state of mind and being pretty well, "once you open your heart, you can't close it again."
--Also, how about some major props to Toby Jones for his work as Culverton Smith! I talked very little about the case of the week, but it was strong and interesting and very tense.
--"You're suicidal. You're allowed chips."
--Mrs. Hudson jumping out of the Aston Martin was not a thing I expected but it was a thing I simply loved.
--I need to put on my feminist hat for a moment and state that the writing for Molly this year is pretty sad. Is her only role to be a nursemaid and babysitter?
--Euros means "east wind" which is also Doyle-canon compliant; in the final Sherlock Holmes novel, the detective speaks of an east wind coming to destroy England before it is rebuilt. Doyle was speaking of World War One but it takes on a different flavor now that it has been latched on to Sherlock's sister.
--Anyone wonder if we'll see Irene Adler in next week's episode?
--The JohnLock hug was completely different than the first one they shared on the day of John's wedding. This one felt...more raw and completely visceral. I can't deny that I was crying throughout that whole scene.
--Next week is the finale of season four. Several years ago, both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stated they were on for a fifth season but, since then, both actors have become mega stars in Hollywood and it's hard to know whether or not they can keep taking time off shooting big and expensive movies for a BBC drama. See you next week!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
--Things that are evil, according to Ichabod Crane: "demons, the apocalypse, the ongoing success of real housewives. You know...evil."
--This episode felt weighted by the past and the idea that while the past is beautiful the future is even better. Many conversations beat this idea into our heads; it's a bit heavy handed.
--President Abraham Lincoln was killed by a demon.
--"Everything is about Hamilton these days." I agree, random guy in Washington D.C. I agree.
--Presenting Jenny Mills: "soldier, scholar, gentlewoman, and all around bad ass."
--Ichabod on Abbie to Diana: "She helped me find my feet as I helped her find hers. She was the best." These two lines sum up what I took almost three paragraphs to make clear.
Monday, January 2, 2017
--This episode's "previously on" brought up the other Holmes brother. Anyone want to bet we'll meet him before the season is out?
--Toby the bloodhound is super cute.
--So am I the only one who wishes there was a bit more focus on the cases and the teamwork it takes to solve them?
--Mary's real name is Rosamund, the name she and John give to their new baby.
--Sherlock attempting to explain logic to a baby is precious: "if you want to keep the rattle, do not throw the rattle."
--You know what? I think Moriarty really is that boring--I think he left the "Miss Me" message just to mess with Sherlock.