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Picspam Reaction: SHERLOCK (BBC) Series 2 Episode 1 (1/2)
Well fine. If I'm doing this, I'm doing this.

WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGES AND DETAILS OF THE ENTIRE FIRST EPISODE OF SHERLOCK SERIES 2. If you are not watching Sherlock Series 2 at UK pace, this post is CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
(Also, and again fair warning, this post these two posts contain a total of over 330 not terribly great screencaps and may kill your bandwidth dead, dead, dead.)

Spoilers I knew for this episode before watching and theories I had, for the purposes of LOL-ing at how wrong I was after.

I know Irene Adler is in this one, and apparently she's going to be a lesbian dominatrix which I suppose could be the modern day equivalent of a Victorian opera singer... Maybe? I'd figured lead singer in an all-girl punk band, but sure, why not?

Theories, I have the one I posted before which I have far too much belief in. If something like this doesn't happen, well, you won't see the look of surprise on my face, but it'll be there. It will be a pleased-to-be-surprised face though. Not that I wouldn't be pleased to be right either. Actually more like insufferable. ;-)

And the title "A Scandal in Belgravia." I've very specifically avoided any versions of the ACD story "A Scandal in Bohemia" since finding out the title, because I don't recall the plot of it offhand and I'd like to keep it that way.

Oh, and there was some hooting and hollering around in a few places about Sherlock naked in a sheet being shouted at, which might mean a faked death in a morgue?




I usually do these in a live-blog-ish style so random speculation and theories will pop in here and there only to be completely wrong by the end.[Notes added afterward will be in square brackets and may contain spoilers for later developments in this episode.] Most of the questions I ask along the way in reaction posts are rhetorical, and and not intended to be answered. And PLEASE, no spoilers for future episodes in comments, which includes promo material, advertisements, interviews and rumours.

I am going to try to watch the episode through once then go back and do some caps, because it's twice as long as I usually do, and using my typical methods of pausing to make notes and makes caps cap would mean I'd still be watching this episode a week later. [Yeah no, that watch in one go thing totally didn't happen. I had a day off sooo... It took about 18 hours to get through this episode with all the pausing and making notes, and until about twenty minutes ago to edit and code in snatches of time between work and being ill. So, yeah, all week. Tah dah. I think it was worth it, though I have no idea if anyone will ever even read this.]

All of what follows is just my opinion, obviously.


Picspam Reaction for Sherlock Series 2 Episode 1 (Contains: episode details and spoilers, random babble, pointless comments, meta of sorts, speculation, profanity, capslock, and squee)
PART 1 of 2 - "A Scandal in Belgravia."

[PLEASE NOTE: IF A VERY POSITIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEW MIGHT UPSET OR ANNOY YOU, YOU MAY WISH TO LOOK ELSEWHERE. ;-D]

I do have to say this right now. When the episode *koff* arrived, it started to auto-play (which was weird because it never does that), and when this screen came up?

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SQUEEEEEE-FLAIL-EEEE-OMFG!!! (While also trying to hit the pause because I WAS NOT PREPARED. I am still NOT PREPARED. Over a year, you'd think prepared would happen, but HELL NO. Gaaaah.)

Here we go! (And I am not skipping these previouslies.)

-Flailing so hard right now all through the previously, just so you know. Like, I do not think I have ever flailed this hard over anything. You know those old newsreels of girls meeting the Beatles? The screaming and crying and fainting and things? That's what this feels like, only not so loud and wet. *is misty* EEEEEE! Almost a year and a half and IT'S FINALLY HERE! \o/

-Have to pause and flail again at the point where Great Game ended because this is the point where thousands of fics go AU, and it's like quantum physics in here. All probability coming down to a point where all the possible outcomes are still possible, and now one of those outcomes is about to be observed into reality. Or TV show reality. You know. So, yeah. I'm pausing to briefly go insane. Again. I do this frequently. Even when I'm trying not to.

-(Yeah, that "watch it in one go and react later" thing? So not happening.)

-Oh, Moriarty's hair is a bit different now. Sorry, I fixate on minor things sometimes frequently all the frigging time.
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-Stayin Alive. "D'you mind if I get that?" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!! XD
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-Do you have any idea what a squeaky-toy might sound like if it was in a washing machine with a load of large heavy objects? I do now, because that's the noise I'm making all through this scene.
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-"SAY THAT AGAIN!" EEK! O.O

-"Say that again, and know that if you are lying to me that I will find you and I will skin you." Ooo. Also, hello, Moriarty randomly flashing an 'OK' sign. Or is it random? Some signal to the snipers perhaps? *ponders*
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-"If you have what you say you have, I'll make you rich. If you don't, I'll make you into shoes." Heee!

-"The question is, who?" Ah, and hello Irene. Not the rescue party I was expecting, but any old port in a storm. Doubt anyone ficced this possibility.
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-Ooo! New title sequence images! *resists the urge to pause and read the newspaper article in case of spoilers for future episodes*

-EEE! *flail* New angle on 221B door! Sorry, sorry, I am such a geek.
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-*pause to make tea because coffee is just not cutting it, and also to do some jumping jacks to try to calm the nervous wiggles* Right! Onward!

-HA! There is no way John's two-fingered typing is getting words on the screen that fast. Maybe he has an extensive set of auto-fill macros?
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-"I think my husband might be having an affair."/"Yes." Aahahahhahaha. Sherlock Holmes. Master of tact. *headshake*

-"We have a site that interprets comic books." OMG FANBOYS! \o/
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-The Geek Interpreter. The Geek- *koff* *snort* BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAH! XD Oh god. There must be fic for that case. [There is. Written by John Watson, on his blog. June 16th entry. Go, read it. I'll wait. I love the BBC. :-D]
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-HI LESTRADE! HI! OMG HI! *waves at the screen like a freak*
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-"I have a website."/"In which you enumerate 240 different types of tobacco ash. Nobody's reading your website." *glare and flounce of wounded pride* Hee! Aw. Come on, John, no harshing Sherlock's squee. Even if it is about tobacco ash.
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-"The Speckled Blonde?" Heeeee, oh they've had some fun filling in off-screen cases haven't they? I doubt there were snakes involved in that one though. [Though you may want to check out John's blog entry for July 13 for full details.]
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-Oh, hey! The Union Flag pillow in the background there! It's a different pillow! The old one was more oblong, that one is square! I know because, I have a square one, and was wishing I could have figured out a way to get it oblong to match the one in the show, but the fabric wouldn't work because the central cross took up so much space it would have been a red pillow with bits around the edge. But now it turns out to match the Series Two Pillow! Whee, I'm psychic or something! \o/

-Also, there's a fic prompt in that. What happened to the other pillow? Pretty sure I've seen a few fics that might provide reason for its demise. ;-D

-"Did he go to Heaven?"/"People don't really go to Heaven when they die, they're taken to a special room and burned." Oh dear, whose idea was it to let him talk to children about death? *facepalm*
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-"Don't mention the unsolved ones!" Hee! Also, blow-torch, random beaker of chemicals, safety goggles and a tartan house-coat. Ah, life in 221B.
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-Hee! Is your hit counter big enough there, Dr. Watson? Also, 1895. Aw. ACD shout-out. Also also, John? Maybe Sherlock would be less put out if you didn't put the word 'baffled' in all-caps with an exclamation point in the body of the post? XD [Among other things. John's blog again, August 1. Ahahahahahahah! No wonder he's annoyed! XD]
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-"Not 240 different types of tobacco ash."/"243." *pouty blowtorch lighting* Aw, poor Sherlock.

-"Belly button Murders?"/"The Navel Treatment?" OH DEAR GOD. XD

-OMG DEERSTALKER! *SHRIEKS AND APPLAUDS*
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-*SNEEEERRRRRRRRRK* XD
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-Milk left out on the mantel. OH MY GOD, THAT JUST ESSENTIALLY CONFIRMED MY FREAKING MILK META!!! SORT OF! IN PART! I DON'T CARE I CLAIM A WIN! *FLAILS EVERYWHERE* WOO! *victory arms all over everything* Also, hey, is that a Cluedo board pinned to the wall with a dagger? XD
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-"Oh dear! Thumbs!" Mrs. Hudson is awesome.
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-"The door was-" *thud* Hello start of main plot! Also, Mrs. Hudson's outfit is amazing.
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-"Boys!" *squee!* :-D

-Client recapping his case! You know you are from the province of BC when you pause to see what the guy is staring at and wonder why he's so interested in the reforestation project on the hill and think maybe he's thinking it means there's a tree farm or logging camp nearby, and don't even notice the little person in the bright red coat standing on the green river delta until the guy is getting back into his car. *facepalm*
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-Oh dear. Is the person gone or dead? Or is that a rock? Ah! Shot when the car backfired, fell into the river. Which means someone knew the car would backfire. And be at that location at that time and that the little red person would be there. Awfully complex way to shoot a person. Hm. We'll see.
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-Ah, person in red is just dead and laying on the majority of his red bits, not in the river.
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-Have you heard of Sherlock Holmes?"/"Who?"/"Well you're about to meet him now." Oh dear, DI Carter's about to get a baptism in fire. Oh and SO MUCH LOVE for Lestrade running remote introductions for Sherlock. *glee*
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-"Give Sherlock five minutes on your crime scene and listen to everything that he has to say, and as far as possible, try not to punch him." Heee! *draws hearts around Lestrade*. :-D
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-Are you set up for wifi?" Heee! Sherlock's telecommuting now?
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-Sherlock in a sheet, not a morgue in sight, wonderful! PLUS! Confirmation of where Sherlock's bedroom is located, yes? And has stripey wallpaper. And that window in the kitchen wall might look into it... odd. Or maybe he's got a balcony of some kind?
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-"I wasn't even at home yesterday, I was in Dublin."/"It's hardly my fault you weren't listening." Ha!
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-Single blow, back of the head, blunt instrument, neither to be found... hm. Something like a beanbag gun? Only with a ball of ice or something that would melt? Or hey, maybe those swans did it! The back fire startled them and they took off and... Um. No. XD
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-"There's a mute button and I will use it." Something I'm sure many Watsons down through the ages wish they could have had for Sherlock on occasion. XD

-Sherlock: *runs down client's list of flaws* Client: *is sitting behind him* Me: *makes noises like a chronically asthmatic howler monkey* Tact. Zero. Oh god. Never change. XD
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-"Mr. Holmes, You're coming with us." I'm guessing they aren't Mycroft's? Or they're Mycroft's less subtle division, since they don't seem to have any doubt about where Sherlock's room is?
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-Now in the running for most adorable Police Constable ever, kid with red hair.
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-"No sir, the helicopter." Ah, yes. It's got to be Mycroft.

-Unarmed office workers with manicures and many pets. Less threatening than at first appearance.
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-"I know exactly where I'm going." Of course you do, silly. *pats*

-Random cap of John in helicopter, just 'cause.
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-Oh, sure, make me pause and look up buildings on Google maps. Buckingham Palace. Hm. Maybe not Mycroft, or at least not solely Mycroft, maybe the Queen? Might those small dogs be corgis? O.o
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-And that's the actual palace they're filming in, isn't it? COOL.
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-Still wearing the sheet. Somehow, not surprised. XD
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-A conversation in shrugs, hee.
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-"Are you wearing any pants?"/"No."/"Okay." *gigglefits* Hee!!!
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-"Here to see the Queen?"/*enter Mycroft*/"Apparently, yes." *more gigglefits* Silly boys. He does certainly have a regal attitude, and I bet he could do one hell of a royal wave. My face hurts from grinning and I'm only 15 minutes in.

-Sherlock's toes twitching, hee! Doesn't cap well, but it's cute.

-"And my client is?"/"Illustrious, in the extreme." *gasp* *flail* OMG REALLY??? Are we going to get the whumpage that goes with The Illustrious Client too? And the offers of thrashing? I've watched that Granada episode so many times in the last few months! *bounces* :-D
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-"And remaining entirely anonymous." Except for the whole 'meeting in Buckingham Palace with Harry the Equerry' schtick is a bit of a tip-off, no?

-"Formerly of the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers." Hello, character backstory factoid, based on ACD canon, I believe! And since the Northumberland Fusiliers were merged in the 1960's with a bunch of other regiments to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, he's part of that then. Nifty!

-"Particularly enjoyed the one about the aluminum crutch." ...Okay, drawing a blank on what that one might be in ACD canon. [John's blog write-up here, September 2nd. The BBC is awesome, and all the blogs are worth checking out, as long as it's not too close to airtime in the UK or the episode-related spoilery updates will have gone up. Not going to put in more links from it, though there is a post for all the high points of the episode, (including another off-screen case that ACD fans will recognize the origins of, and some very sweet posts in and around the episode events) Well worth exploring.]

-"A good coat and a short friend." Ooo! Aw. Well, John, you keep mocking his tobacco ash meta, so he's going to call you short in front of clients. Turnabout and all that. *nods*
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-Hahahah. Brothers. Doesn't matter if their combined IQ is well over 300, or they're in an audience in Buckingham Palace. Brothers are brothers. Also, when walking away in a sheet, be sure you have a very good grip. Also also, and I do apologize but it's been running through my head since the sheet started being mentioned, but we very nearly had "No sheet, Sherlock" there, didn't we? XD
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-"Boys, please, not here." And John gets to be the grown-up. Again. Poor John.
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-"I'll be mother."/"And there is a whole childhood in a nutshell." Heeee.
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-"People do come to you for help, Mr. Holmes."/"Not to date, anyone with a Navy." Probably true, though I don't know about the two little girls. They might have a fleet of battleships stashed somewhere.
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-"You don't trust your own Secret Service?"/"Naturally not. They all spy on people for money." True. Cynical, but true.
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-"Professionally known as 'The Woman.'" Ha ha ha. Ha ha. Ha ha. Well, that's one way to wedge canon in. :-)

-"Sex doesn't alarm me." Things you'd really rather not say in a conversation with a sibling. Especially while sounding slightly alarmed, because they will mock you on it for years.
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-"How would you know?" Ooof. Mycroft is more than a little put out about this situation if he's resorting to jibes like that.
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-"Recreational scolding." *snerk* That's one way of putting it.

-"John, you might want to put that cup back in your saucer now." Hee! Yes, John's mind has gone on a bit of a wander it seems. XD
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-"Ooo, this is getting rather fun, isn't it?" Sorry, had to cap that face.
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-"I don't smoke."/"You don't but your employer does." *grins* Yeah, if you really wanted to keep Sherlock in the dark, you wouldn't be there in person wearing fifty million clues. Unless you aren't who you're implying and Mycroft planted all the clues to lead to a false conclusion. But that would be paranoid, wouldn't it?
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-"I'm not the Commonwealth."/"And that's as modest as he gets." Heee! I know I say that a lot, but *shrug* Hee!
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-"The ashtray." ...*headdesk* I can't believe I missed that implication from John mentioning it. So Sherlock may still have no idea who the client is, just that they smoke. Could be for guests, though. And of course Sherlock stole one for him after he mentioned it. That's what friends do. Or at least friends who aren't terribly bothered by legality and petty theft from heads of state and suchlike.
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-This version of Irene is a bit of a stalker, isn't she? Rather obsessed... O.o
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-"Armor." Hee! We haven't seen enough of his disguises yet. That's a handy one to have though.
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-"Punch me in the face." HA! Well, yeah, that'd do for... some kind of a cover. Of sorts. And seriously, John's got to have sufficient frustration over the past several months to not mind having the opportunity. Still, this could get very silly.
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-"I always hear 'punch me in the face' when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext." HA! Yes, absolutely. XD
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-Ooo! Yeah, punching John first works too if you're in a hurry. And now it's a scrum! And so we do now have a bit of Sherlock whumpage and a bit of John thumping to go with the Illustrious Client case. Whee! \o/
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-"What are you going to wear?"/"My battle dress." Heh. Like Sherlock's armor. Parallels. Cool. *nods*

-"I've just been attacked!" Don't mind me, I'll just be over here laughing my face off.
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-Oh dear, and he's gone for the priest disguise, has he? XD
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-I have no words, besides BWAHAHAHA!
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-Ah yes, battle dress indeed. Aggressive and blatant sexuality as both attack and defense. My goodness there's going to be a lot of shouting around about Irene isn't there?
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-"We're both de-frocked." Aaaaarg. Bad. Bad pun. Arg.
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-"I've missed something, haven't I?" Yes, you might say that.
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-She does wear her skin well. And the furniture is nicely complimentary to a wide variety of skin tones, which would be handy in her business.
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-Oh come on, Sherlock, there has to be something. She's wearing make-up and earrings and has done her hair. And she has a small bruise on her shin right at the edge of the previous cap. Plus there's the whole room. It's not naked. Ah. But it is all planned to present a covering image very very loudly. Signal to noise ratio. Hm. Fair enough.
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-"I think you're damaged, delusional and believe in a higher power. In your case it's yourself." *snerk* Point for the naked lady.
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-"Somebody loves you."
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And who do we immediately cut to?
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Someone's teasing the shippers. XD

-"If I had to punch that face, I'd avoid your nose and teeth too." HAHAHAH. Okay, so, not so much 'teasing the shippers' as providing a naked dominatrix as an in-show avatar then? Why not. Whee! \o/

-Though really, anyone trying to avoid serious damage to their fist and the person's face would avoid nose and teeth. It's for an (incredibly ineffectual) cover story, not a serious brawl.

-"If I wanted to look at naked women, I'd borrow John's laptop."/"You do borrow my laptop." All I have is Hee!
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-"Brainy's the new sexy."/"Brzrshnagkah." Did Sherlock just short-circuit there? O.o
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-Position of the car relative to the hiker? But it was side on, wasn't it? If something shot out the tailpipe, it would've had to go sideways. Plus they'd have found it at the scene. Unless it was a rock amongst other rocks? Hmm.

-"So they are in this room. Thank you." Gotcha!
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-This has a nicely surreal element to it. I like!
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-"Stop boring me and think. 'It's the new sexy.'" *snerk* Touche.

-"Noises can tell you everything. For instance..." *smoke alarm* OH, THA- CRAP! I forgot all about that damned lighter! I even had a passing thought wondering why John was guarding the door from outside and why he was stealing her mail. Duh. *facepalm* I guess I get distracted by naked women too. :-P
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-And the safe is hidden behind her mirror.... Lot of mirrors around Irene. There's meta in that. *nods*

-Ooo. Yes. Um. Probably best to pick a time to visit when guys with silenced weapons aren't also there. Clients? Guards? Moriarty's men there to steal some blackmail material?
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-Guns being pointed in his face and he says "Thank you." John Watson is a class act. :-)

-Hm. Judging by the grubbiness of the keys, I'd say the combination is some arrangement of the numbers 1, 5, 8, 9, and 0. Or, if the use is clearing off grime instead of adding it, some combination of 2, 3, and 4, maybe 6 and 7. So... yeah, I got nothin'.
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-Oh well sure, if you get to look at it at an angle you can see oil deposits, fine then. *harumphs*
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-"I'd tell you the code right now, but you know what? I already have. Think." Do not make me rewind. Do not make me- Oh hell. *rewinds* Nope, nothing I can get from that.
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-"Hands behind your head, on the floor, keep it still." Americans? That's odd. Or BBC Americans by the accent anyway.

-Oh hi same kind of earpiece Moriarty likes! And that wasn't a simple shot on the smoke alarm. Small target, overhead, while moving downstairs, snap-shot... Is this Moran? *bounces*
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-"American." I literally said, out loud, 'no shit, Sherlock.' I felt like I should record that for posterity or something.
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-"Mr. Archer, at the count of three, shoot Dr. Watson."/"What?" Yeah, yeah, everyone knows where Sherlock's buttons are, John, and you're the big red shiny candy-like one. Sorry, honey, but get used to it. *pats*
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-"I DON'T KNOW IT!" Desperate!Shouty!Sherlock is my favourite flavor of Sherlock. Even when he's doing it off-screen so I can't cap him at it.

-"No! Stop!" Lethally-Threatened!Slightly-gaspy!John may be my favourite flavor of John too. Good thing he goes so well with Desperate!Shouty!Sherlock.
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-322434... I don't know. Maybe they're Irene's measurements, since she deliberately looked down towards her body just before Sherlock hollered stop?

-"Vatican cameos." THEY HAVE CODE PHRASES OMFG YES! AND THAT ONE MEANS 'DUCK' YES? SINCE IRENE LOOKED DOWN AND AWAY, IN A "I CAN'T TALK SINCE THERE ARE BAD GUYS HERE WHO WILL SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD IF I SPEAK BUT YOU'LL WANT TO AVOID STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SAFE BECAUSE IT MAY EXPLODE" SORT OF WAY? CODE PHRASES AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION FTW! \o/

-(Also "Vatican Cameos" is an ACD reference so something mentioned in passing in one of the cases, and possibly a shout-out to a Sherlock-based text adventure game for DOS from 1986)

-Whee! BBC got some pseudo-bullet time to play with!
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-Yep. Gotcha!
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-"We should call the police."/"Yes." *gunfire* Well, yeah, that works, and you don't have to stay on the line for the emergency operator, trying to explain things about Americans with silenced handguns invading the house of a renowned dominatrix. *nods*
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-"It's alright she's just out cold."/"Well, god knows she's used to that." Okay then! Play safe!

-Sherlock, Sherlock, Sherlock. Never let anyone who's just said they would kill to get the thing you just took from them back rummage around in their drawers unsupervised. It never ends well.
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-See? I told you!
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-"Give it to me."/"No." Well, I suppose just waiting until he's passed out might mean John would come back and stop her, but really, Sherlock's pretty gooned right now, it'd be relatively easy to pry it out of his hand. Though that would sound like a fight and John would come running, so. Hm. Somehow, Sherlock not shouting for John at this point suits, because he's an idiot about personal safety. Also, again, gooned. So in the meantime, we get a solid dose of Drugged!Sherlock that the original Pilot had and ASiP didn't. Yay! \o/
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-"I. Said. Drop it!" And some uncappable riding crop! Yipes. All geniuses are not mad and all mad people are not geniuses, but when the sets start to intersect, you can get some truly amazing batshittery. XD

-"The woman who beat you." HA! Yeah. Usually it's not quite so literal. (She'd better give him back his coat!)
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-And of course she's safe from John chasing her, since he's not about to leave anyone flopping around on the floor like a fish under the influence of an unknown drug, let alone Sherlock, and the police are due to arrive any second to find Sherlock drugged in a house full of dead and unconscious American hit-men. Well played, Ms. Adler. *golf clap* You'd still better return Sherlock's coat though.
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-"My measurements." Yep. Thought so. Another layer of her armor. *nods*

-That doesn't look like the sort of drug people usually take for fun, but hey, that doesn't mean they don't.
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-Dream sequence!
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-Boomerang, in the river. Fair enough. I figured something probably ended up in the river. And at least it wasn't an eagle dropping a turtle on the guy's head because his head looked like a rock. *glares at old CSI episode*
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-Ooo! Sherlock's bedroom! Seriously, when Mrs. Hudson decorated this place did she get some kind of deal from the Weird-Ass Wallpaper Emporium? Not that it isn't all nice, in some way, just all together in combination, it seems to me it would be like living inside a migraine. O.o
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-And since we are in new territory in Baker Street, AKA Sherlock's bedroom, let's record bits of it. Tidy and organized for the most part. Of course it's probably that tidy and organized because he doesn't spend much time in there, he's lounging on the sofa or doing chemically inadvisable things to cadavers in the kitchen. Stripey standing stick thingy. Shelves of things. Periodic table on wall by door on yet another wacky wallpaper. (Maybe she got a whole bunch of odd-lots of wallpaper, didn't have enough to do any one room and just went to town with it?) Blue stripey wallpaper in hall. Angle of room to hall implies window in kitchen doesn't go into Sherlock's room and Sherlock's room inhabits a Tardis-like space that should protrude over the stairs and doesn't, or the hall is longer than it seems, extending the length of the stairwell, and Sherlock's room is beyond that, extending out back... somehow. Or the whole place employs Tardis transcendental dimension technology, which I would be fine with as well. Wait, wait wait, there's a curtain on that one wall, maybe it's the kitchen window? No, the angle's wrong. Unless the hallway isn't straight. But then it'd need to... AUGH. Tardis technology, or tesser-space. *handwave* Regardless, as a whole, the room's quite calming. Even with the wallpaper.
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-"I should warn you, I think Lestrade filmed you on his phone." What is this face? No really, what is it? XD
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-Okay, stripey thing is a lamp, window is... inconclusive... is that a nook, a sticky-outy bit, or just an optical illusion perpetrated by the wallpaper?
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-Exterior window there, definitely, and... another door... which might be... the hall door? No. A bathroom. Sure. For the sake of my own sanity and the fact they must have at least one somewhere, I'll say bathroom. Do not ask me where it fits into the flat's floor plan; that way lies madness.
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-I'm just capping this and leaving it here, all right? (And the rest of Dr. Watson manhandling Sherlock off the floor and into bed was either blurry or out of frame. I can hear the gif-makers squeeing 'round the globe though.)
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-"Of course I'm fine, I'll be absolutely fine!" Sure Sherlock. *pats* Incidentally, framed Japanese writing on the wall over the bed. Not a clue what it might say or be a reference to, just cataloguing.
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-Yeah, I thought I saw that there. Ha. So she did figure out the boomerang thing and it wasn't just a dream. And she did return the coat, so we don't have to hunt her down and kill her. Um. I mean. Well yes. Hunt her down and kill her. No one messes with the coat. *nods*
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-Of course she left him a text. And a very high ceiling. No, she didn't leave the high ceiling, it was just there. You know what I mean.
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-"Our hands are tied."/"She'd applaud your choice of words." Heeeee! (What a conspicuous article headline that is, wonder if it's going to be relevant later?)
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-"Treat her like Royalty, Mycroft."/"Though not the way she treats Royalty." Hehehehe, John is so damn cute. And has a new stripey jumper!
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-Um, Sherlock, you might want to change that text notification sound there. It's too late to hide it from John and Mycroft (and Mrs. Hudson who is adorably puttering around in their kitchen this whole time), but if it went off at a crime scene you just know Sally and Anderson and possibly Lestrade would never let you hear the end of it. XD
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-"What was that noise?" John. Dude. Three continents. I know it's been a while, but really.
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-"Family is all we have in the end, Mycroft Holmes." Ooo, someone disapproves of Mycroft's activities. And is serving breakfast things. And is rivaling the wallpaper with that dress. Multi-talented woman is our Mrs. Hudson. Also family, and bustling around being surrogate-mom-like. All together now? Awwwwwwwwwww!
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-"Oh shut up, Mrs. Hudson."/"MYCROFT!"/"OI!" Well, that's you told, isn't it, Mycroft? You might not have the outcome you wanted from the mission, but seriously, you do not tell Mrs. Hudson to shut up. Only Sherlock does that, but she knows he's full of shit, and it's usually under extenuating circumstances, like when he's also told an entire Scotland Yard investigative team to shut up. So yeah. Deal with it. *finger-snaps*
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-"Though do in fact shut up." *facepalm* Or sometimes it's when he decides to be an ass. But whatever. Mycroft deserves a hell of a lot more yelling at than that for not warning them about the assassins. It's not like they didn't have 'need to know'. Mission-relevant information, seriously.
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-John's looking very perplexed by that ringtone. It really has been a while, hasn't it, John?
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-"Your texts don't usually make that noise." Yeah. All joking aside, John's on to you, Sherlock. Hee! Yay smart!John. \o/
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-Also, how many was that in the last few minutes? Irene's a bit spammy.

-John: *interrogates* Sherlock: *hides behind paper* Dude, you're busted. Give it up already. XD
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-Of course she has other things on her phone than naughty pictures. Didn't everyone know that?

-"From now on, you will stay out of this."/"Oh will I?" You know, it occurs to me that if Mycroft really wanted Sherlock to do something, the best way would be to forbid him to do it. Only to be used for special occasions, though, or it would stop working quite quickly.
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-And we are getting actual violin playing rather than the 'Annoy the brother out of the flat' fiddle jamboree of last time. Very nice. "God Save the Queen." Ha ha. If she's the Royal who smokes, would she smoke Parliaments? Because, you know, government thing? Parliament? Never mind.
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ravelqueen From: ravelqueen Date: January 8th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, I'm enjoying this so much^^

(btw, according to someone on tumblr, the japanese text thing over his bed is a certificate for ehm, I forgot which but some high dan in a martial art, maybe budo or something^^)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: January 8th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's an awesome detail, thanks for letting me know!

Part 2 is now up here, since you were super-speedy and got a comment in before the link was edited.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: January 8th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh I have is.....SQUEEEEE!!! I may have frightened mom with all the comments and flailing I did:P There is a blog from the fellow who taught BC violin if you are interested, I bookmarked it. Apparently he is a natural, and a perfectionist, which did not suprise me in the least.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: January 8th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure, that would be quite cool!
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: January 8th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Here you go. There is a spoiler for the name of a piece he plays in an upcoming episode, but the rest is all to do with ASIB. He has a great sense of humour, and was a bit starstruck himself.

http://earthobservingsystem.tumblr.com/post/15188532235/sherlock-on-the-fiddle

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: January 8th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I'll have to check that out after the episodes are all watched then. Thanks! :-)
bellatemple From: bellatemple Date: January 9th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
See, and here I (being American) immediately thought he was playing "America the Beautiful" in regards to the American assassiny guys -- and then remembered that it's not just America the Beautiful, but couldn't remember the other lyrics.

On the other hand, I totally knew they were headed for Buckingham Palace the moment it mentioned three small dogs.

*shrugs*
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: January 10th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally thought the same thing about the music. *facepalm*
veronamay From: veronamay Date: January 9th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The layout of the flat was bugging me, too, so I made a few diagrams and did some rambling about Sherlock's room here, if you're interested.

Highly enjoying this review, btw, especially the caps.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: January 10th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool, I'll have to check that out, glad you're enjoying it!
aelfgyfu_mead From: aelfgyfu_mead Date: February 3rd, 2012 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
If I stopped to note all the places where I agree with you, I would be here all night.

I love your recap. I love it more than I loved some parts of the episode (although, okay, there were parts of the ep I really loved). I'm laughing my head off.

You're totally right about the flat, though. I hadn't noticed that apparent bathroom door. That's an Escher flat—the bathroom should be extending into the kitchen, shouldn't it?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 3rd, 2012 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're enjoying them!

There's more musings on the flat layout in part 2 that answer your last question, I think. The bathroom is on the opposite side from the kitchen.
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 11th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahah, I wish I had the spare time to do that. If I ever win the lottery, it'll be on the list of things to do when I don't have to work.

As to the TV, it was on the bookshelf to the left of the mantle in season one, it can be seen there, off, a few times. Looks like it was moved elsewhere in season 2 since there are pictures and dust-catchers on that shelf in series 2, and when they watch Henry's Dartmoor documentary, the TV's on the side table next to John's armchair.

They probably keep it tucked away in a closet somewhere and only bring it out for specific things. Maybe Sherlock got addicted to yelling at trashy TV talk shows and they thought it was best kept out of sight to avoid temptation or property damage?
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From: ext_1743909 Date: April 8th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Ginger Police Officer

I'd never noticed this before, not until I looked at the photo properly, but when John is at the crime scene and there's a young police officer with red hair - that's Luke Newberry. I can't believe I didn't recognize him.

Newberry is the star of a new BBC series called In The Flesh (it's about zombies being reintroduced into society, a little weird)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: April 8th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ginger Police Officer

Cool, I'll probably check that out at some point.
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