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Husband, father, Masters in Occupational Therapy from EMU, sports nut, spiritual junky, and self professed tech nerd
Husband, father, Masters in Occupational Therapy from EMU, sports nut, spiritual junky, and self professed tech nerd

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It looks badass. An does all kinds of things. As listed
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Two Norwegian lawmakers say they have nominated former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. http://trib.al/j9FtFPW
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New Sherlock video! Series creators on fan theories:  #SherlockPBS Season 3 starts Sunday night on MASTERPIECE 
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Sherlock S03E03 - His Last Vow

And so just like that we reach the end of another short season. I’ll be curious to see if when I go back to rewatch all the episodes from the beginning the other season feel as uneven as this one has. But at least we’re going out in style.

Once again I’ll point out a couple of interesting twists on Conan Doyle’s original work. The title His Last Vow while obviously referencing Sherlock’s vow from the previous episode is also a play on His Last Bow which was actually the last Holmes story chronologically. While there are no real connections in the plot, it’s worth noting that Holmes tells Watson:

“There's an east wind coming, Watson”

Although in that case the wind in question was in fact the Nazi’s.

I really liked this episode. We got a complex problem (not a mystery as such perhaps) that Sherlock had to work on throughout the episode. It’s a story that built very effectively on the previous two episodes. So much so that I now see them as almost entirely a prelude to this.

Charles Augustus Magnussen (not Milverton as in the Conan Doyle stories) make a very good foil for Holmes in this story. Holmes consistently underestimates his opponent. And while it’s hardly rare for his ego to trip him up,it’s much less common for him to be actually outwitted. Magnussen makes for an excellent modernization of the Milverton character and making him a foreign newspaper magnate probably hits home particularly well in the UK.

He’s also just wonderfully creepy but in a much quieter way than the over the top Moriarty. The scene near the end with him flicking Watson’s face and the restrained frustration and anger from Watson was just pitch perfect. Freeman really excels in this role.

I really liked the resolution of the Mary Watson (nee Morstan) subplot too. The clues had been dropped and I was expecting something along those lines, but the end result was more satisfying than I had feared. This is a character that really has little in common with the original beyond her name and is all the better for it.

Sherlock’s version of John Watson is a much more rounded character than the narrator of the original stories, so it’s good that his wife would also be. Admittedly Watson was never intended to be the bumbling off that many adaptations have made him out to be, but  he was very much a secondary character, whereas here he is central.

Indeed he is the only person that Sherlock truly cares about. As clearly illustrated by how casually Sherlock misleads and uses Janine (in some very funny scenes admittedly). And that fact is central to this episode.

Because as we are once again reminded, Sherlock is a high functioning sociopath. He’s not someone who enjoys killing. But he will do what he needs to.

Once again we get great visual use from the mind palace. I loved the scenes where Sherlock figures out how to try and save himself from the bullet wound. And incidentally it’s great to see the character of Molly allowed to be a little more forceful these season where before she tended to get trodden on.

My favorite bit of the mind palace though had to be the fact that Sherlock has Moriarty in a strait jacked and a padded room in there. Moriarty is what Sherlock could so easily become. Is this his mind locking away the part of himself that wants to be that?

Which leads me to the shocking conclusion. It’s the logical way to get Sherlock out of the jam they just wrote him into certainly and who doesn’t love the character.

But I’m really hoping this isn’t what it looks like. Give me a twist please. I can think of a couple just off the top of my head, so I’m not too worried.

Tags: #Sherlock   #HisLastVow   #Moriarty  
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An ageing master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter,” said the apprentice....
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”
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What's your favorite #Linux distro? I'm using Elementary right now. Also used Bodhi, Ubuntu, Mint. Thinking of putting something new on the laptop. Any thoughts?
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