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The Umbrella Organisation

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Just watched this and all I can say is ...

Oh My F**king God! ... Mark Gatiss you are a GENIUS!

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One of my favourite scenes, directly relevant to Steven Moffat saying that you MUST have a great beginning to draw people in, was the opening sequence, with Sherlock arriving at 221B Baker Street, bloodied and carrying a spear.

The first positive sign which he gave me of the direction which his investigation was taking was an extraordinary one. He had gone out before breakfast, and I had sat down to mine, when he strode into the room, his hat upon his head and a huge barbed-headed spear tucked like an umbrella under his arm.

"Good gracious, Holmes!" I cried. "You don't mean to say that you have been walking about London with that thing?"

- The Adventure of Black Peter, The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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Ah ha! I knew that spear entry scene had to be about something specific but couldn't remember! Well found! So many wonderful touches in this episode again. I love how both canon and fandom are lovingly represented. Need to watch again before I can possibly comment any more... :-)

"Need to watch again before I can possibly comment any more... :-)". Exactly.

I just recognised so many references to Canon that I want to rewatch a few times! And then track back the references to the original Canon. BEFORE the DVD commentaries come out and Mark tells me. This one I just knew straight off!

And yes I am sad. But, as both Steven and Mark have said, the life of a Sherlock Holmes fan growing up in the 70s/80s (which is when I was doing so) was often sad and lonely! The books were a great refuge and a fantastic place to escape to (just like the mysterious Lost island in the 2000s) and Holmes, his genius mind and his astounding deductions were who I wanted to be hanging out with and learning from!

PS. There is a brilliant Paget illustration of the spear entry scene which I will post later!

Edited at 2012-01-09 10:24 am (UTC)

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