STILL can’t watch the very end, though. I’m okay up until he’s looking for Janine and she’s otherwise occupied. But then… no. But the rest of it? OH yeah. I like S3 more and more with time. :)
I even like the painful end. I mean, I hate to see him suffer because I love him so, so much, but I think that as a character, he needs a crucible and I love to watch how he is transformed. I know he’ll be all right.
As an aside, I keep thinking of the bit in ASiP when Mycroft says of John, “He could be the making of my brother…” because, when my British husband and I got engaged, one of his family friends said to his mother “She’ll be the making of him.” And, now we’ve been married for several years, the same woman told me recently, at my husband’s brother’s wedding “Mr. UFG is doing so well. You’ve been the making of him.” Then, someone told me the same day that my husband’s brother’s wife would be the making of him. I’ve really heard that phrase so many times while amongst my British family and friends and ONLY in association with marriage or relationships.
I want Sherlock to get the love he so richly deserves, and I hate to see him sad and bereft, but I think his unselfish love has been and will be the making of him — will finally show him to be the good man he truly is, but he needs to suffer and be denied and walk through his own valley of shadow and love steadfastly through it all to get there. I am enjoying the journey, even when it’s painful.
I have always loved season three, and the more I think about it and revisit it, the more I love it. I read so much criticism of it, and so many posts where its inferiority is the a priori assumption that underlies everything else in the comment, and I just think… this is a person who has always seemed clever and insightful to me, and yet, I feel so differently! Is my love for season 3 of Sherlock a sign that I am dumb or perhaps just egregiously sentimental? Is it a sign of my appalling taste? Because, I really, really don’t get all the angst about it. It just seems so lovely, so rich, and so romantic to me. It hits me right in the proverbial feels in the most delicious way. I adore it.
Season 3 love, here. Seriously.