Review: Sherlock Season 3 Finale- His Last Vow

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I won’t be exaggerating when I say that His Last Vow has shaved off at least half a decade, if not more, from my lifespan. Not even Sherlock jumping off of the hospital’s rooftop affected my brain and heart activity as some of the things in this episode did. It all begins as always with fun and games, this time with a little extra on the fun with Sherlock hooking up on ‘life enhancing’ drugs. He says he is on a case, but I am sure Molly Hooper’s resounding slap(s) has surely cured him of that delusion. Yes, you read right, Molly slaps Sherlock, and not just once. I must say, time and time again Molly surprises me, but I shall leave the intricacies of Molly Hooper’s mind palace to another blog post and get on with the review.

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A client comes along, bearing gifts for Sherlock in the form of Charles Augustus Magnussen, so how can he resist? Instantly, Sherlock is thrown into Magnussen’s world, but he is not alone. Remember the time you fell in love with Mrs. Watson; yes, Mary, charming, adorable, utterly understanding, and for once someone who loves Sherlock? Turns out she isn’t the miss-goody-two-shoes that we thought her to be. In Magnussen’s own words, she is a ‘bad, bad girl’, and he seems to have irrevocable proof. Mary is all set to handle the blackmailer on her own, but in comes Sherlock, and bang, bang! Down goes Sherlock.

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I won’t go into the details of how excruciatingly painful it was to watch Sherlock plunge down the path of death once again, but it was nothing compared to watching him claw (dead literally) his way back from death to life just because John is in trouble. To have someone care for you so much that he would come back from the very dregs of death to protect you, you are a lucky man, John Watson.

 

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Once john learns of his wife’s possible ‘escapades’, there comes a moment when you think that the Watsons are doomed now, as their marriage lies in shambles. But John is a stronger man than that, and together he and Sherlock take on Magnussen in order to protect Mary. Sherlock promises him Mycroft’s laptop brimming with state secrets in exchange for a visit to Appledore, Magnussen’s mansion which has an underground ‘basement’ that contains all the ‘dirt’ he has on various high profile people. However, turns out, Magnussen has a mind palace of his own, which is actually his ‘vault’ in which he preserves all the blackmail-worthy sensitive information. When push comes to shove, Sherlock shoots Magnussen in the head, this irradiating the very vault that could have put Mary in danger.

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Sherlock is immediately rounded up and arrested for committing treason and is about to be sent off on an MI6 mission into Eastern Europe, when there is a national broadcast of Jim Moriarty making a comeback with a funny yet chilling ‘Did you miss me?’ chant which ensures the return of Sherlock Holmes to Britain in order to face the man that made him take the leap.

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My only complaint is that when Magnussen first visits Sherlock at Bake Street, both Sherlock and John are searched for weapons, but when they visit Appledore they are not searched, and John manages to smuggle in a gun without breaking a sweat. That security breach seems a little silly to swallow, and something that someone of Magnussen’s intelligence would never overlook. Lars Mikkelsen is simply magnificent and bone-chilling as Charles Augustus Magnussen, and is a contrast from Moriarty’s playful psychopathic tendencies.

The fact that Mycroft still thinks of Sherlock as a little boy who needs to be look after and rescued is simply adorable, and a testimony to the fact that Mycroft is not without a heart after all. Moriarty’s return made me jump up and down like a little girl who was promised a real pony for her birthday. Come on, admit it, despite being deadly and vicious he is adorable. A lot of people are questioning his survival, and deem it to be a plot hole. Seriously? If Sherlock could come up with 13 alternative routes of preventing his death, do you really think it is too far-fetched to think that Moriarty, who is Sherlock’s intellectual equal, wouldn’t have thought of a couple of them himself?

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Brainy is the New Sexy

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These men that you see in the picture above- Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, and Matt Smith, none of them conform to the supposedly ‘ideal’ hunk-like male prototypes that we are so used to seeing on screen; more often than not they look like a part of their physical growth was stunted after the age of 18, or like puberty washed its hands off of them. And yet these are a few examples of men with an average physique who are so very popular that make women’s panties drop so hard they make a hole that leads all the way to China. It is not their bodies that we fell in love, but their immense talent and personality. Irene Adler, you smart and saucy woman! You got it so right, brainy is indeed the new sexy, no doubts about that. The million dollar question is: What is it that makes these men who are so different from the regular superhero-type men that people are bound to approve of?

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch is rather more famously known as the modern-day Sherlock Holmes from the TV show Sherlock. Tall and lanky with high cheekbones, alabaster skin, and ocean blue eyes, Sherlock is what makes Irene Adler want to improvise on her ‘recreational scolding’. He is a high-performing sociopath with an IQ that’s off the charts, rude, self-obsessed, a compulsive loner and every time he talks in his obnoxious manner, people around him are itching to act on the urge to punch him hard. Although that is not true if you are a woman, in that case you are only itching to grab hold of him and… well, I will leave that to your imagination. There is nothing hunk-like to his physique, and yet I bet there isn’t a single straight woman in the entire solar system who would be able to resist him.

  • Martin Freeman

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Martin Freeman plays the role of Sherlock’s ever faithful companion, Dr. John Watson. If you passed by him on the street there isn’t a fraction of a chance that you would look back to glance at him again, or even notice him in the first place. A very plain looking bloke and it is what he represents in terms of his character and his stability that makes him such a darling. He puts up with all the loony bin traits that his friend Sherlock is so famous for. Never does he waiver in his role as a true companion. His bravery and loyalty is surreal in today’s ‘to each his own’ kinda world. Even though Sherlock hogs all the attention with his high cheekbones and upturned collar, Watson holds his own and we love him for that!

  • David Tennant

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David Tennant is the eleventh Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who. By God, I have hated this man since David Tennant had also played the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and since then I have despised him for everything that he put my darling Harry through. However, all it took was ONE of the Doctor Who Christmas Special Episode, and the effect was mind=blown! That man has talent and then some. I watched that episode four times just to experience over and over again the extent of his talent, and also his magnificent looks. The goofy grin and the adorable quirks just make it impossible to resist this man

  • Daniel Radcliff

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Well, my obsession with Daniel Radcliff started when I watched the first Harry Potter movie at the age of 13, and it hasn’t abated the slightest bit. Instead, it has only grown as the years have passed. A number of psychoanalysts will have a field day analysing my obsession over Daniel, and even they wouldn’t get it. For almost 8 years I have lived and breathed Harry Potter (I still do; only now there are a number of other fandoms added to the list). Again, Radcliff has the boyish good looks and the slight physique that has no Thor-like quality to it, yet, it is the talent, always the talent that gets my motor running!

Clean shaven men with boyish good looks were never my thing, but all of that has changed since my encounter with the men mentioned above. These men are the television equivalent of Nutella, and that about explains it all.