In the beginning:
That was very not how I expected that to play out. I think my favorite thing about Moriarty is the ridiculousness adds to instead of detracts from the creepiness and ruthlessness. The first time, the phone ring irritated me right up until what came after; it's an interesting contrast that illustrates Moriarty's instability.
I worried how they'd handle Adler without disrespecting either character's brilliance: abruptly requiring Sherlock to be led by his cock or downplaying Adler's effect on him. I liked this balance very much. She had an obvious effect on him and, very interestingly like Moriarty, the intellectual seduction is paramount as she adapts to what makes him hot. Which makes a very interesting argument about Sherlock's attraction to intelligent criminals (his reaction to the pilot ep serial killer in this context is interesting as hell).
I liked Irene. The adaptation of her character was fascinating, and I like her cold ruthlessness and her intensely practical self-interest and her obvious enjoyment of her work, both in the bedroom and in manipulation games. I feel sympathy for those with pictures in her possession, but I'm a lot less sympathetic to idiots who brag about their top secret work, because come the fuck on, she has a reputation for doing this shit. Not like she tied them down--no, wait--not like they didn't go in asking to be tied down, so.
You know, what's really killing me is how this hooks back to The Great Game.
Mycroft's surprising volatility during this ep was utterly bewildering up until it was completely understandable. Mycroft handled Sherlock badly; he's made a profession of holding the higher, condescending ground, so letting Sherlock get to him, and so fast, and with such hilarious and painful results, and for really shitty reasons, was weird.
Am I right in suspecting Mycroft and Moriarty worked together and/or were friends at some point? This is circumstantial, but the sex remark from Mycroft early on--again, that was a shock, Mycroft doesn't taunt personally, but in that meeting, that was brutal--combined with Moriarty's Iceman and Virgin characterization, which again, that's personal--Moriarty gave her advice, Moriarty is familiar with them, and not just with Sherlock, it's personal.
Now I wonder what the hell was actually happening with Moriarty and Sherlock in The Great Game.
More later; I need to watch again. This was fantastic.
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