The Sign of Three is probably my favorite episode from season 3. John and Mary are getting married, and Sherlock is the best man, which means it's going to be crazy. It actually ends up being more than crazy, and everything is shown/told in a rather complex way. Sherlock likes to go back and forth in time when telling a story. It's both impressive and showy. Also, I want to say more about the plot, but when it comes to this show, I sometimes feel that saying much about it would be spoiling it. Better to simply watch!
My grade: A
His Last Vow actually got on my nerves at first. Like I said above, Sherlock likes to show off. A lot. It toys with the audience maybe a little too much, catapulting us back and forth (so much!) and hitting us with twists that don't entirely seem to fit, just to shock us. And my god, the way they conduct certain scenes is so fancy and convoluted! Just get on with it! It feels almost overly cocky. Everyone involved in this show knows it's a hit, they know it's smart, quality viewing and that people will love it. I can see why the writers might be a bit smug. But it shouldn't come across in the storytelling. Then again, perhaps I'm the only one who thinks this. I'm curious if anyone else agrees with me on this.
But enough of that! Despite my complaints and initially being a bit annoyed, this was a good finale. Sherlock comes up against a new foe (who we glimpsed in the season 3 opener), and he's supposed to be even worse than Moriarty. Maybe he is, but he isn't quite as interesting or fun, and the conclusion isn't all that satisfying. There are a couple of twists at the end. Everything is meant to shock us, remember? I'm never entirely sure if I like what they come up with it, but so far I enjoy it...mostly.
Now I must wait until season 4 presents itself. Also, watching this reminds me of how much I miss England. I really need to move there.
My grade: B+