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** [[FauxAffablyEvil Culverton Smith]], from season 4's "[[Recap/SherlockS04E02TheLyingDetective The Lying Detective]]", is a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity seemingly charitable philanthropist]] who uses his public persona to hide the truth that he is a sadistic SerialKiller whose greatest desire is to kill anyone he can. Having taken part in the construction of a hospital, Culverton secretly outfitted it with a variety of secret passageways and doors, which he uses to enter the rooms of patients and murder them, framing their deaths as accidents or natural causes so as to enable his murder spree to go on for years and claim countless lives. Spending his free time playing with corpses in the hospital's mortuary and drugging people so as to confess his crimes and enjoy their horrified reactions before the drugs wipe their memory of the confession, Culverton taunts Sherlock and Watson with his crimes when they begin investigating him, before ultimately trying to kill Sherlock with obvious sexual glee. Boasting the [[ForTheEvulz simple motivation]] that he just loves to watch people die and make them into "things" for him to toy with, Culverton cheerfully confesses to his immense amount of murders when caught, musing about how famous he's going to be for the killings.

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** [[FauxAffablyEvil Culverton Smith]], from season 4's "[[Recap/SherlockS04E02TheLyingDetective The Lying Detective]]", Detective]]": [[FauxAffablyEvil Culverton Smith]] is a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity seemingly charitable philanthropist]] who uses his public persona to hide the truth that he is a sadistic SerialKiller whose greatest desire is to kill anyone he can. Having taken part in the construction of a hospital, Culverton secretly outfitted it with a variety of secret passageways and doors, which he uses to enter the rooms of patients and murder them, framing their deaths as accidents or natural causes so as to enable his murder spree to go on for years and claim countless lives. Spending his free time playing with corpses in the hospital's mortuary and drugging people so as to confess his crimes and enjoy their horrified reactions before the drugs wipe their memory of the confession, Culverton taunts Sherlock and Watson with his crimes when they begin investigating him, before ultimately trying to kill Sherlock with obvious sexual glee. Boasting the [[ForTheEvulz simple motivation]] that he just loves to watch people die and make them into "things" for him to toy with, Culverton cheerfully confesses to his immense amount of murders when caught, musing about how famous he's going to be for the killings.


* CompleteMonster: "Consulting criminal" [[Characters/SherlockJimMoriarty Jim Moriarty]] lends his [[DiabolicalMastermind genius]] to [[PsychoForHire help other crooks commit crimes]], in the name of alleviating his own boredom and obsessively trying to capture the attention of Sherlock Holmes, not caring who he hurts while doing so. [[TheManBehindTheMan Behind the villains]] of the first two episodes, Moriarty takes center stage in "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]", selling out his own clients and challenging Sherlock to solve his puzzles lest bombs he has strapped to innocents--one of whom is a child--detonate, considering the whole spectacle a demented game for himself. When an old woman begins describing the sound of his voice to Sherlock, Moriarty immediately detonates her bomb, killing her and eleven others. [[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall Later]], threatening the family members of a jury to force them to declare him innocent when arrested, Moriarty goes on to poison two children; murders his own accomplice; frames Sherlock for his own crimes; and tries to force Sherlock to commit suicide, threatening to have his loved ones killed if he does not. When Sherlock attempts to force Moriarty into calling off his killers, Moriarty happily [[ThanatosGambit shoots himself dead to "win" his game with Sherlock]]. Even after his death, Moriarty arranges a plan with [[spoiler:Sherlock's sister]] to continue forcing him through {{Sadistic Choice}}s, resulting in the death of more innocents, unwilling to let go of his obsessive chase with Sherlock even with his own passing.

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criminal" [[Characters/SherlockJimMoriarty Jim Moriarty]] lends his [[DiabolicalMastermind genius]] to [[PsychoForHire help other crooks commit crimes]], in the name of alleviating his own boredom and obsessively trying to capture the attention of Sherlock Holmes, not caring who he hurts while doing so. [[TheManBehindTheMan Behind the villains]] of the first two episodes, Moriarty takes center stage in "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]", selling out his own clients and challenging Sherlock to solve his puzzles lest bombs he has strapped to innocents--one of whom is a child--detonate, considering the whole spectacle a demented game for himself. When an old woman begins describing the sound of his voice to Sherlock, Moriarty immediately detonates her bomb, killing her and eleven others. [[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall Later]], threatening the family members of a jury to force them to declare him innocent when arrested, Moriarty goes on to poison two children; murders his own accomplice; frames Sherlock for his own crimes; and tries to force Sherlock to commit suicide, threatening to have his loved ones killed if he does not. When Sherlock attempts to force Moriarty into calling off his killers, Moriarty happily [[ThanatosGambit shoots himself dead to "win" his game with Sherlock]]. Even after his death, Moriarty arranges a plan with [[spoiler:Sherlock's sister]] to continue forcing him through {{Sadistic Choice}}s, resulting in the death of more innocents, unwilling to let go of his obsessive chase with Sherlock even with his own passing.passing.
**[[FauxAffablyEvil Culverton Smith]], from season 4's "[[Recap/SherlockS04E02TheLyingDetective The Lying Detective]]", is a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity seemingly charitable philanthropist]] who uses his public persona to hide the truth that he is a sadistic SerialKiller whose greatest desire is to kill anyone he can. Having taken part in the construction of a hospital, Culverton secretly outfitted it with a variety of secret passageways and doors, which he uses to enter the rooms of patients and murder them, framing their deaths as accidents or natural causes so as to enable his murder spree to go on for years and claim countless lives. Spending his free time playing with corpses in the hospital's mortuary and drugging people so as to confess his crimes and enjoy their horrified reactions before the drugs wipe their memory of the confession, Culverton taunts Sherlock and Watson with his crimes when they begin investigating him, before ultimately trying to kill Sherlock with obvious sexual glee. Boasting the [[ForTheEvulz simple motivation]] that he just loves to watch people die and make them into "things" for him to toy with, Culverton cheerfully confesses to his immense amount of murders when caught, musing about how famous he's going to be for the killings.


** Season 3 had received some complaints from fans who felt it leaned too heavily on meta humor and interpersonal drama (to the point where the mysteries almost seemed like afterthoughts). Overall, though, the third season remained popular with fans and critics, and suffered mostly from coming after the [[ToughActToFollow extremely well-received season 2.]]

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** Season 3 had received some complaints from fans who felt it leaned too heavily on meta humor humour and interpersonal drama (to the point where the mysteries almost seemed like afterthoughts). Overall, though, the third season remained popular with fans and critics, and suffered mostly from coming after the [[ToughActToFollow extremely well-received season 2.]]



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: More than a few viewers would have liked to see more of Sarah Sawyer, John's good-humored and smart girlfriend from the first series. Sadly, she and John break up offscreen by the time of the second series.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: More than a few viewers would have liked to see more of Sarah Sawyer, John's good-humored good-humoured and smart girlfriend from the first series. Sadly, she and John break up offscreen by the time of the second series.

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* EvilIsCool: Jim Moriarty easily falls into this being TheChessmaster and having a charming portrayal by Creator/AndrewScott.

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* DelusionConclusion: In the wake of the highly-contentious fourth season, some fans became convinced that the events of of "The Final Problem" were simply too ridiculous to have actually happened, and theorized that everything after Watson [[spoiler: got shot in the head]] was just a massive dream sequence experienced over the course of his coma. Where this theory went a little bit weird was the point when these fans began insisting there ''had'' to be a hidden fourth episode in which Watson would wake up and get a happy ending with Sherlock, and for some reason came to believe that it was actually disguised as the first episode of the BBC thriller ''Series/AppleTreeYard.''


** John [[spoiler:eventually deciding to stay with Mary after learning her secret. Does it show his dedication and love, or is he only staying with her because of the baby?]] Season 4's episode, "The Six Thatchers" has believers of the latter feeling this is supported by John [[spoiler:starting to show interest in another woman, taking this to indeed imply he no longer were in love with Mary after she shot Sherlock.]]
** Sherlock seems never to remember Lestrade's first name. Does he really 'delete' it every time-or is he just screwing with Lestrade by pretending to forget? "The Final Problem" seems to imply the latter.

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** John [[spoiler:eventually deciding to stay with Mary after learning her secret. Does it show his dedication and love, or is he only staying with her because of the baby?]] Season 4's episode, "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers" Thatchers]]" has believers of the latter feeling this is supported by John [[spoiler:starting to show interest in another woman, taking this to indeed imply he no longer were in love with Mary after she shot Sherlock.]]
** Sherlock seems never to remember Lestrade's first name. Does he really 'delete' it every time-or is he just screwing with Lestrade by pretending to forget? "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E03TheFinalProblem The Final Problem" Problem]]" seems to imply the latter.



** John Watson seems to have PTSD in the first episode, to the extent he'd developed psychosomatic ''pain''... but gets over it pretty quickly. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} as being away from the war is what's causing his issues. Getting back to adventure solves that nicely.

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** John Watson seems to have PTSD in the first episode, "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]", to the extent he'd developed psychosomatic ''pain''... but gets over it pretty quickly. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} as being away from the war is what's causing his issues. Getting back to adventure solves that nicely.



*** [[spoiler:And the subtlety goes out the window as of ''His Last Vow'', where it's revealed that John's [=PTSD=] has evolved into a danger addiction that has completely wrecked his ability to live a normal life.]]

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*** [[spoiler:And the subtlety goes out the window as of ''His "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow'', Vow]]", where it's revealed that John's [=PTSD=] has evolved into a danger addiction that has completely wrecked his ability to live a normal life.]]



* AssPull: One of the most consistent criticisms of the Season 4 finale is that [[spoiler: the very existence of Eurus, Sherlock's secret sister, not to mention her being [[UpToEleven even smarter than Mycroft]] ]], strains credibility to a truly ridiculous degree.

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* AssPull: One of the most consistent criticisms of the Season 4 finale "[[Recap/SherlockS04E03TheFinalProblem The Final Problem]]" is that [[spoiler: the very existence of Eurus, Sherlock's secret sister, not to mention her being [[UpToEleven even smarter than Mycroft]] ]], strains credibility to a truly ridiculous degree.



** "The Blind Banker", a horribly awkward attempt to translate 19th-century YellowPeril villains to the present day (from a story (''The Dancing Men'') with no such villains in the first place), with zero connections to the far better-received first and third episodes of Series 1. It stands out so much, in fact, that some fans suspect that Stephen Thompson was left completely in the dark by Moffat and Gatiss except for the basic concept of a modern-day Holmes and Watson.
** "The Abominable Bride". Otherwise know as "the back in time ChristmasSpecial that turned out to be AllADream."

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** "The "[[Recap/SherlockS01E02TheBlindBanker The Blind Banker", Banker]]", a horribly awkward attempt to translate 19th-century YellowPeril villains to the present day (from a story (''The Dancing Men'') with no such villains in the first place), with zero connections to the far better-received first and third episodes of Series 1. It stands out so much, in fact, that some fans suspect that Stephen Thompson was left completely in the dark by Moffat and Gatiss except for the basic concept of a modern-day Holmes and Watson.
** "The "[[Recap/SherlockSpecialTheAbominableBride The Abominable Bride".Bride]]". Otherwise know as "the back in time ChristmasSpecial that turned out to be AllADream."



** Although fans of the show had their minor disagreements over various aspects of the show during its course, nothing caused more controversy than Season 4. Aside from (possibly) "The Lying Detective", the first and final episodes of the season were ''polarizing'' at best, with critics and fans crying out how the series became less about of a detective series and more action packed and obsessed with the mentality of DarkerAndEdgier. "The Final Problem" became the biggest polarizing episode however, with '''more''' fans and critics debating on whether the series ended on a good note or if it ended in a cop out, especially with the revelations involving [[spoiler: Eurus]]. And of course it lead to ''some'' fans attacking [[ScapegoatCreator Steven Moffat]] [[RunningGag for "ruining the show"]], like some do to the [[Series/DoctorWho other show]] he runs for.
** Some fans outright detested "The Six Thatchers" for [[spoiler: focusing on drama rather than an actual case and for focusing too heavily on Mary. It goes without saying that a lot of fans disliked the fact that John, of all people, was unfaithful, and that he was ultimately pushed to the background by both Sherlock ''and'' Mary; the former stating that Mary was far better at helping him. Some viewers also did not like changes to Sherlock’s characterization.]] On the other hand, some fans thought it was a refreshing episode with a much-needed change of pace. [[spoiler: They liked that Mary got some more backstory, and enjoyed that she was made into a badass super spy, rather than just sitting in the background with the baby. They liked that there was more action, as opposed to detective work, and liked seeing the dynamic of Sherlock and Mary working together. Fans also liked the implication that John isn't perfect, and did cheat on his wife, and they also liked seeing the more human side of Sherlock saying it is a good case of CharacterDevelopment.]]

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** Although fans of the show had their minor disagreements over various aspects of the show during its course, nothing caused more controversy than Season 4. Aside from (possibly) "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E02TheLyingDetective The Lying Detective", Detective]]", the first and final episodes of the season were ''polarizing'' at best, with critics and fans crying out how the series became less about of a detective series and more action packed and obsessed with the mentality of DarkerAndEdgier. "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E03TheFinalProblem The Final Problem" Problem]]" became the biggest polarizing episode however, with '''more''' fans and critics debating on whether the series ended on a good note or if it ended in a cop out, especially with the revelations involving [[spoiler: Eurus]]. And of course it lead to ''some'' fans attacking [[ScapegoatCreator Steven Moffat]] [[RunningGag for "ruining the show"]], like some do to the [[Series/DoctorWho other show]] he runs for.
** Some fans outright detested "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers" Thatchers]]" for [[spoiler: focusing on drama rather than an actual case and for focusing too heavily on Mary. It goes without saying that a lot of fans disliked the fact that John, of all people, was unfaithful, and that he was ultimately pushed to the background by both Sherlock ''and'' Mary; the former stating that Mary was far better at helping him. Some viewers also did not like changes to Sherlock’s characterization.]] On the other hand, some fans thought it was a refreshing episode with a much-needed change of pace. [[spoiler: They liked that Mary got some more backstory, and enjoyed that she was made into a badass super spy, rather than just sitting in the background with the baby. They liked that there was more action, as opposed to detective work, and liked seeing the dynamic of Sherlock and Mary working together. Fans also liked the implication that John isn't perfect, and did cheat on his wife, and they also liked seeing the more human side of Sherlock saying it is a good case of CharacterDevelopment.]]



** Anderson, after being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the mini-episode "Many Happy Returns", became even more popular in Season 3, where he's a stand-in for the show's fandom.
** Archie from "The Sign of Three".

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** Anderson, after being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the mini-episode "Many "[[Recap/SherlockS03E00ManyHappyReturns Many Happy Returns", Returns]]", became even more popular in Season 3, where he's a stand-in for the show's fandom.
** Archie from "The "[[Recap/SherlockS03E02TheSignOfThree The Sign of Three".Three]]".



** DI Stella Hopkins from "The Six Thatchers" mainly for being the first Conan Doyle inspector besides Lestrade to show up, plus being a GenderFlip of her book counterpart.

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** DI Stella Hopkins from "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers" Thatchers]]" mainly for being the first Conan Doyle inspector besides Lestrade to show up, plus being a GenderFlip of her book counterpart.



*** A Lord Moran appears in the first episode of Season 3, though that seems to be where the similarities end. [[spoiler: The true Sebastian Moran is seemingly ''Mary Morstan'' of all people, who is something of a CompositeCharacter.]]

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*** A Lord Moran appears in the first episode of Season 3, "[[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse The Empty Hearse]]", though that seems to be where the similarities end. [[spoiler: The true Sebastian Moran is seemingly ''Mary Morstan'' of all people, who is something of a CompositeCharacter.]]



** From the first episode:

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** From the first episode:"[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]":



** This line from John's blog, regarding an incident between Sherlock and himself in ''Baskerville'' -- [[spoiler: He'd used me as an experiment. One day I will kill him.]]

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** This line from John's blog, regarding an incident between Sherlock and himself in ''Baskerville'' "[[Recap/SherlockS02E02TheHoundsOfBaskerville The Hounds of Baskerville]]" -- [[spoiler: He'd used me as an experiment. One day I will kill him.]]



** Again with RealitySubtext: During "The Six Thatchers", [[spoiler: John jokingly tells Mary "Can I divorce you?" after she jokingly compares him to a dog that Sherlock got to help with a case. This becomes painful when before said episode airing, Martin Freeman and his partner (who ''plays'' Mary) separated, although in amicable terms]].
** In "The Lying Detective", Mrs. Hudson abducting Sherlock and stuffing him in the trunk of her car is hilarious. However, the scene ''can'' be harder to watch when in 2005, Benedict Cumberbatch along with friends got abducted in real life and put in the cars of criminals in South Africa, to which Cumberbatch at one point got put in the trunk. One can only wonder if filming that part of "The Lying Detective" gave him flashbacks.
* GeniusBonus: The StandardSnippet to which [[spoiler:Moriarty]] commits the heist of the century in ''[[{{Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall}} The Reichenbach Fall]]''? The Overture to Rossini's ''La Gazza Ladra'', or '' The Thieving Magpie''. Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.

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** Again with RealitySubtext: During "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers", Thatchers]]", [[spoiler: John jokingly tells Mary "Can I divorce you?" after she jokingly compares him to a dog that Sherlock got to help with a case. This becomes painful when before said episode airing, Martin Freeman and his partner (who ''plays'' Mary) separated, although in amicable terms]].
** In "The "[[Recap/SherlockS04E02TheLyingDetective The Lying Detective", Detective]]", Mrs. Hudson abducting Sherlock and stuffing him in the trunk of her car is hilarious. However, the scene ''can'' be harder to watch when in 2005, Benedict Cumberbatch along with friends got abducted in real life and put in the cars of criminals in South Africa, to which Cumberbatch at one point got put in the trunk. One can only wonder if filming that part of "The Lying Detective" gave him flashbacks.
* GeniusBonus: The StandardSnippet to which [[spoiler:Moriarty]] commits the heist of the century in ''[[{{Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall}} "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall" The Reichenbach Fall]]''? Fall]]"? The Overture to Rossini's ''La Gazza Ladra'', or '' The Thieving Magpie''. Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.



** The first episode. Sgt. Sally Donovan says: [[spoiler:"One day we'll be standing around a body and Sherlock Holmes will be the one who put it there."]] Fast forward to "The Reichenbach Fall" and ''ouch''.[[note]]Sherlock "committed suicide" as part of a ThanatosGambit by Moriarty, so technically there is a body the police will be standing around, and Sherlock will have put it there… because it's his body. Although he may not be quite dead.[[/note]]
*** [[spoiler: And then there's the climax of "His Last Vow", where Sherlock shoots Magnussen in front of three police helicopters and Mycroft.]]
** In ''The Great Game'', Sherlock sarcastically compares Jim Moriarty's gig as a consulting criminal to the famous British TV show "Jim'll Fix It", where children around the UK wrote to the host Jimmy Saville with a wish they had and Saville arranging it to be fulfilled. Just over a year later, Jimmy Saville would die...and then be posthumously ousted as perhaps the most prolific pedophile and sexual predator in British history.
** [[spoiler: One of John's last lines to Sherlock in "The Reichenbach Fall" becomes this when you puzzle out who, exactly, is protecting whom.]]

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** The first episode."[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]". Sgt. Sally Donovan says: [[spoiler:"One day we'll be standing around a body and Sherlock Holmes will be the one who put it there."]] Fast forward to "The Reichenbach Fall" and ''ouch''.[[note]]Sherlock "committed suicide" as part of a ThanatosGambit by Moriarty, so technically there is a body the police will be standing around, and Sherlock will have put it there… because it's his body. Although he may not be quite dead.[[/note]]
*** [[spoiler: And then there's the climax of "His "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow", Vow]]", where Sherlock shoots Magnussen in front of three police helicopters and Mycroft.]]
** In ''The "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game'', Game]]" Sherlock sarcastically compares Jim Moriarty's gig as a consulting criminal to the famous British TV show "Jim'll Fix It", where children around the UK wrote to the host Jimmy Saville with a wish they had and Saville arranging it to be fulfilled. Just over a year later, Jimmy Saville would die...and then be posthumously ousted as perhaps the most prolific pedophile and sexual predator in British history.
** [[spoiler: One of John's last lines to Sherlock in "The "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall" Fall]]" becomes this when you puzzle out who, exactly, is protecting whom.]]



** Also, Mrs. Hudson's comment in "A Scandal in Belgravia", considering how [[spoiler:Moriarty finds out Sherlock's life story]]:

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** Also, Mrs. Hudson's comment in "A "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia", Belgravia]]", considering how [[spoiler:Moriarty finds out Sherlock's life story]]:



** John's quote "The press will turn, Sherlock. They always turn, and they'll turn on you." from ''The Reichenbach Fall'' echoed eerily in the minds of some fans when they read [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4486222/Ben-Ill-posh-off.html some]] [[http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s183/downton-abbey/news/a399632/benedict-cumberbatch-series-two-of-downton-was-fking-atrocious.html articles]] written about Benedict Cumberbatch, which used quotes that were no doubt taken completely out of context and twisted around. They media is definitely taking advantage of this self-proclaimed [[http://tvline.com/2012/06/14/sherlock-season-3-benedict-cumberbatch/ "PR disaster"]].

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** John's quote "The press will turn, Sherlock. They always turn, and they'll turn on you." you" from ''The "The Reichenbach Fall'' Fall" echoed eerily in the minds of some fans when they read [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4486222/Ben-Ill-posh-off.html some]] [[http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s183/downton-abbey/news/a399632/benedict-cumberbatch-series-two-of-downton-was-fking-atrocious.html articles]] written about Benedict Cumberbatch, which used quotes that were no doubt taken completely out of context and twisted around. They media is definitely taking advantage of this self-proclaimed [[http://tvline.com/2012/06/14/sherlock-season-3-benedict-cumberbatch/ "PR disaster"]].



** The allusion to Creator/JimmySavile when discussing Moriarty's ''modus operandi'' as a criminal "Jim'll Fix It", in light of the 2012 [[PaedoHunt allegations]] about the late entertainer. [[spoiler: It doesn't help when we learn in "The Reichenbach Fall" that Moriarty moonlights as an award-winning children's storyteller]].

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** The allusion to Creator/JimmySavile when discussing Moriarty's ''modus operandi'' as a criminal "Jim'll ''Jim'll Fix It", It'', in light of the 2012 [[PaedoHunt allegations]] about the late entertainer. [[spoiler: It doesn't help when we learn in "The Reichenbach Fall" that Moriarty moonlights as an award-winning children's storyteller]].



** Doubling as RealitySubtext, in "The Sign of Three", Major Reed's suspicion of John's motives for investigating the case, coupled with Sherlock breaking into the barracks and the (attempted) murder of Pvt. Bainbridge shorty after, leads him to immediately assume that they were responsible. After the 2013 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Lee_Rigby murder of Pvt. Lee Rigby]], his paranoia about security come across as ''very'' justified.

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** Doubling as RealitySubtext, in "The "[[Recap/SherlockS03E02TheSignOfThree The Sign of Three", Three]]", Major Reed's suspicion of John's motives for investigating the case, coupled with Sherlock breaking into the barracks and the (attempted) murder of Pvt. Bainbridge shorty after, leads him to immediately assume that they were responsible. After the 2013 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Lee_Rigby murder of Pvt. Lee Rigby]], his paranoia about security come across as ''very'' justified.



** [[spoiler:The whole reveal in "The Hounds Of Baskerville" that the hound was not a dog but a man is incredibly similar to the situation regarding Victor and Redbeard in "The Final Problem". Henry couldn't cope with the trauma, so he rationalised it into a dog killing his father, in the same way as Sherlock imagining it was his beloved dog that had died, not his best friend, as he had always wanted a dog but due to his father being allergic to them, was never allowed one.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: A lot of Sherlock's behavior towards John in "A Study in Pink" seems like just common courtesy (thanking him for the phone, trying to turn him down gently when he thinks John is into him, waiting for him at the top of the stairs) until we reach later episodes, and we realize that Sherlock normally couldn't care less about common courtesy. The whole of Season 3 also doubles as Tear Jerker in Hindsight.

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** [[spoiler:The whole reveal in "The "[[Recap/SherlockS02E02TheHoundsOfBaskerville The Hounds Of Baskerville" of Baskerville]]" that the hound was not a dog but a man is incredibly similar to the situation regarding Victor and Redbeard in "The Final Problem". Henry couldn't cope with the trauma, so he rationalised it into a dog killing his father, in the same way as Sherlock imagining it was his beloved dog that had died, not his best friend, as he had always wanted a dog but due to his father being allergic to them, was never allowed one.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: A lot of Sherlock's behavior towards John in "A "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink" Pink]]" seems like just common courtesy (thanking him for the phone, trying to turn him down gently when he thinks John is into him, waiting for him at the top of the stairs) until we reach later episodes, and we realize that Sherlock normally couldn't care less about common courtesy. The whole of Season 3 also doubles as Tear Jerker TearJerker in Hindsight.


* RecurringFanonCharacter: After the first season aired, the fandom speculated about who Jim Moriarty's associates might be, and came up with a modernized version of Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's second-in-command in the original Sherlock Holmes stories who appeared in numerous ''Sherlock'' fanfics. (A minor villain named "Moran" eventually appeared in "The Empty Hearse", but has nothing in common with the Conan Doyle character, and [[spoiler:the show's version of Mary Morstan]] ends up being a CompositeCharacter of Moran, [[spoiler:her Conan Doyle original, and the unnamed woman who killed Charles Augustus Milverton]]).

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* RecurringFanonCharacter: After the first season aired, the fandom speculated about who Jim Moriarty's associates might be, and came up with a modernized version of Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's second-in-command in the original Sherlock Holmes stories who appeared in numerous ''Sherlock'' fanfics. (A A minor villain named "Moran" eventually appeared in "The Empty Hearse", but has nothing in common with the Conan Doyle character, and [[spoiler:the show's version of Mary Morstan]] ends up being a CompositeCharacter of Moran, [[spoiler:her Conan Doyle original, and the unnamed woman who killed Charles Augustus Milverton]]). Milverton]].

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* RecurringFanonCharacter: After the first season aired, the fandom speculated about who Jim Moriarty's associates might be, and came up with a modernized version of Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's second-in-command in the original Sherlock Holmes stories who appeared in numerous ''Sherlock'' fanfics. (A minor villain named "Moran" eventually appeared in "The Empty Hearse", but has nothing in common with the Conan Doyle character, and [[spoiler:the show's version of Mary Morstan]] ends up being a CompositeCharacter of Moran, [[spoiler:her Conan Doyle original, and the unnamed woman who killed Charles Augustus Milverton]]).


* HypocriticalFandom: Creator/{{CBS}}' ''Elementary'', as announced in January 2012, is a modern day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, except in New York. While there is concern the basic idea is a ripoff of ''Sherlock'', the fanbase has been livid, asking why Americans can't make anything original. Which is ironic, because the very premise of ''Sherlock'' is derivative. The books are probably some of the most influential fictional works of the nineteenth century, which have been adapted into or inspired [[RecycledInSpace in whole or in part countless other works]], including several successful TV series. ''Sherlock'''s main virtue in that regard is that it stayed in England when it modernized, and is based directly on the Doyle canon, instead of just the basic premise with serial numbers filed off.
** The main issue seems to be that ''Elementary'' [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/legal-thriller-looms-as-sherlock-takes-his-caseload-to-new-york-6292682.html apparently]] is based off of an American remake of ''Sherlock'' that the BBC rejected permission for, hence some of the cause for concern that it will be a knockoff of ''Sherlock'' and not a new adaptation of the books. Fans may have jumped the gun, though, as the similarities have become less and less as the show has gone on.

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** In ''The Great Game'', Sherlock sarcastically compares Jim Moriarty's gig as a consulting criminal to the famous British TV show "Jim'll Fix It", where children around the UK wrote to the host Jimmy Saville with a wish they had and Saville arranging it to be fulfilled. Just over a year later, Jimmy Saville would die...and then be posthumously ousted as perhaps the most prolific pedophile and sexual predator in British history.


** Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch both appear in ''Film/NineteenSeventeen'', on the same side (they both play a British officer). Sadly, they have no scene together.

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** Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch both appear in ''Film/NineteenSeventeen'', on the same side (they both play a British officer). Sadly, they have no scene together. The same movie also includes Creator/MarkStrong as another British officer (Strong played the BigBad of ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'').

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** Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch both appear in ''Film/NineteenSeventeen'', on the same side (they both play a British officer). Sadly, they have no scene together.

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** Sherlock having a [[spoiler: sister]] actually first occurred in the Literature/EnolaHolmes books.


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The reveal that [[spoiler:Eurus Holmes just wanted to be loved by Sherlock]] falls a bit flat considering that [[spoiler: she killed his best friend when they were all children because she wanted Sherlock to play with her, has been acting like a psychopath for most of the episode, played DeadlyGames with her brothers, forced a guy to kill his family and executed numerous hostages. Her redemption basically amounts to saving Watson from a trap that she herself put him into.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The reveal that [[spoiler:Eurus Holmes just wanted to be loved by Sherlock]] falls a bit flat considering that [[spoiler: she killed his best friend when they were all children because she wanted Sherlock to play with her, has been acting like a psychopath for most of the episode, played DeadlyGames with her brothers, forced a guy to kill his family and executed numerous hostages. Her redemption basically amounts to saving Watson from a trap that she herself put him into. Not to mention the fact that one of the first things we learn about her is how she [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] and murdered a nurse - leaving the corpse utterly unrecognisable - simply ForTheEvulz.]]


** "A Scandal in Belgravia" thanks to Mycroft picking up the IdiotBall. The instigating incident is Mycroft sending Sherlock to apprehend Irene Adler without telling him [[spoiler:the CIA are also looking to apprehend Adler because she's working with Moriarty to bring down an anti-terrorism venture that the CIA and [=MI6=] are working together on]]. To say nothing of [[spoiler:the CIA breaking into Sherlock's apartment and brutalizing Mrs. Hudson instead of going through Mycroft]]. Also, Sherlock has been nosing against the edges of this plot in peripheral cases for months, and Mycroft recognizes this but tells him nothing. The episode can be summarized as "Mycroft and [[spoiler:the CIA]] keep Sherlock out of the loop on their plan while simultaneously putting him in the middle of it, allowing Adler to manipulate Sherlock against them." Sherlock and John even lampshade to Mycroft how foolish it was to send them after Adler without telling them what was going on, and Mycroft has no response.

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** "A Scandal in Belgravia" thanks to Mycroft picking up the IdiotBall. The instigating incident is Mycroft sending Sherlock to apprehend Irene Adler without telling him [[spoiler:the CIA are also looking to apprehend Adler because she's working with Moriarty to bring down an anti-terrorism venture that the CIA and [=MI6=] are working together on]]. To say nothing of make matters worse, [[spoiler:the CIA CIA]] grabs the ConflictBall and spends the episode acting like hired thugs, including threatening to shoot Sherlock and John, breaking into Sherlock's apartment to get Irene's phone, and brutalizing in the process brutally beating Mrs. Hudson instead of going through Mycroft]]. Also, and then holding her hostage. Finally, Sherlock has been nosing against the edges of this their plot in peripheral cases for months, and Mycroft recognizes is aware of this but tells him nothing. The episode can be summarized as "Mycroft and [[spoiler:the CIA]] keep Sherlock out of the loop on their plan while simultaneously putting him in the middle of it, it and needlessly antagonizing him, allowing Adler to manipulate Sherlock against them." Sherlock and John even lampshade to Mycroft how foolish it was to send them after Adler without telling them what was going on, and Mycroft has no response.

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