Elementary, my dear Santa
December 24, 2013 6:51 AM   Subscribe

 
Really enjoyed that, except for the German jury thing, Germany doesn't use a jury system.
posted by Pendragon at 7:06 AM on December 24, 2013


Really enjoyed that, except for the German jury thing, Germany doesn't use a jury system.

Well, to be fair, it was assembled in highly unusual circumstances. Said so right in the subtitles of what I really hope was accurate German but I can barely order a Dönerkebap myself so I'm not qualified to judge.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:08 AM on December 24, 2013


Whole family is so excited for this on January 1.

Of course, it airs on January 19 here in the States, but I will make a uTorrent exception for this.
posted by kuanes at 7:11 AM on December 24, 2013


Oh man, I had forgotten Sherlock was coming back. This is the best Christmas present ever.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:13 AM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I think I may have to binge through Sherlock again once more before the new season.
posted by entropicamericana at 7:36 AM on December 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


So, theories as to what "highly unusual circumstances" would lead a jury to be convened in a country with no juries?

Mine is that the accused had close enough connections to judges to make finding an impartial one nearly impossible. Maybe a judge himself? Though then he might not be referred to as "Herr" (or maybe he would, I don't speak any german at all). Or, on a more exciting note, maybe he murdered a bunch of judges, including his wife?
posted by Itaxpica at 7:44 AM on December 24, 2013


Or maybe the writers made a mistake?
posted by jcreigh at 7:47 AM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


Khaaaaannnnnnn!!!!!!!!
posted by humanfont at 7:48 AM on December 24, 2013


I mean, obviously the writers made a mistake. I just figured we might as well have some fun with it.
posted by Itaxpica at 8:00 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Of course, it airs on January 19 here in the States...
I hope one of the two PBS stations on my cable carries it. Or, at the very least, doesn't plop it into the schedule willy-nilly, making it impossible to find. I missed almost the entire second series thanks to my locals' scheduling.
Sorry. Not a torrent guy.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:02 AM on December 24, 2013


I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
posted by entropicamericana at 8:02 AM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I haven't seen the episode yet, but German trials can incorporate lay judges.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:14 AM on December 24, 2013


I like how Anderson is the crackpot who figured it out. He's going to flip when he finds out he was right.
posted by Aznable at 8:29 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


So, theories as to what "highly unusual circumstances" would lead a jury to be convened in a country with no juries?

It's happened before, but the circumstances were beyond unusual, closer to "unique in history."
posted by jedicus at 8:30 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Does anyone know if that's an excerpt from one of the episodes of the new season, or a little bonus episode? (No, I haven't watched it; only want to if it's not what will be shown on TV.)
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 8:31 AM on December 24, 2013


Wait, that was ANDERSON? That's hilarious, what a great touch.
posted by troika at 8:33 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's a bonus prequel episode.
posted by Aznable at 8:33 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's an extended trailer, if that.
posted by shelleycat at 8:36 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


still_wears_a_hat: Does anyone know if that's an excerpt from one of the episodes of the new season, or a little bonus episode?

This is its own thing. It just aired on the BBC as a little Christmas gift to the audience. It's a seven-minute minisode that has no footage from the new series (except it kind of is, in itself, footage from the new series). In other words, if you don't want to watch something that's going to be in the three upcoming episodes, you're safe.
posted by tzikeh at 8:42 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


It seems to me the writers knew perfectly well German trials don't actually have juries, and slipped in that "unusual circumstances" line to signal they were aware of the discrepancy. Quite why it had to be a German jury for the scene, I don't know.

Trepoff, incidentally (the name of the man who Sherlock has presumably just changed the jury's opinion about), appears in A Scandal in Bohemia. It's one of the Holmes cases Watson mentions in passing but never actually relates in his memoirs.
posted by Paul Slade at 8:57 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Threats and promises. All I ever hear, it seems.
posted by Twang at 9:05 AM on December 24, 2013


Khaaaaannnnnnn!!!!!!!!

Smaaaaaauuuuugggg!!!!!!


Also: Saaaaaauuuuuuronnnnnn!!!!!
posted by grubi at 9:18 AM on December 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


grubi: Also: Saaaaaauuuuuuronnnnnn!!!!!

Necromaaaaanceerrrrrrr!!! doesn't really have the right feel to it, does it....
posted by tzikeh at 9:22 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


The German words are fine but it sounds to me like the only actual German speaker in the room is the woman in the white shirt. The plot thickens...
posted by runincircles at 9:36 AM on December 24, 2013


The German words are fine but it sounds to me like the only actual German speaker in the room is the woman in the white shirt. The plot thickens...
I'd imagine they just didn't have the budget or time to find a room full of German actors...
posted by leo_r at 9:39 AM on December 24, 2013


Anderson as a conspiracy crank! I love it.
posted by cmyk at 9:42 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


This filled me with joy and joyness! I'm also thrilled that those of us in the U.S. don't have to wait MONTHS* for the new series of Sherlock. It's not as good as being simulcast (they did it with the Doctor Who 50th and it was a smashing success and so much fun. GET WITH IT, BBC AND PBS), but it will be much better than it's been in the past.

*To watch it through mainstream methods, I mean. It's MUCH more fun, I think, to watch something when it actually airs when everyone else is watching it.
posted by Aquifer at 9:43 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


The fanboy in me demands that Brent Spinner be given a cameo preferably as a commander of some sort.
posted by humanfont at 9:47 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


When Season 2 rolled around, I was able to watch Sherlock on BBC's website day after it aired using TunnelBear. So, if you wanna get your Sherlock on earlier, try giving that a shot.
posted by Seboshin at 9:52 AM on December 24, 2013 [10 favorites]


Anyone have a link to some thorough recaps of the first two seasons? We've watched all six episodes, but so much time passes between the seasons that we could use a refresher.
posted by tonycpsu at 10:04 AM on December 24, 2013


The head-desk is what makes it for me.
"You're NAMING them?"
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:24 AM on December 24, 2013


The trial was in Austria?
posted by miyabo at 10:40 AM on December 24, 2013


In the background behind Holmes during the "birthday video" there is a skull in the upper right and a part of the wall paper pattern on the right side has been highlighted in yellow. Is there some puzzle to solve in this video?
posted by humanfont at 11:14 AM on December 24, 2013


Thorzad: video.pbs.org
posted by professor plum with a rope at 11:25 AM on December 24, 2013


miyabo: I think he pointed to Hamburg on the map.
posted by McSly at 11:38 AM on December 24, 2013


I'm having a perfectly wretched holiday and THIS MADE MY FUCKING DAY! Thank you fearfulsymmetry, it's just beautiful.
posted by Ber at 12:18 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


humanfont: In the background behind Holmes during the "birthday video" there is a skull in the upper right and a part of the wall paper pattern on the right side has been highlighted in yellow. Is there some puzzle to solve in this video?

humanfont, have you watched the series? That's the main room at 221B Baker Street. That's where Sherlock and John lived. Sherlock drew the yellow smiley-face on the wallpaper with spraypaint in season one. The skull poster has been there since the pilot. No puzzle.
posted by tzikeh at 12:22 PM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

You know that in situations like that its not the person who's responsible for the blunder that gets fired...its the worker who works for the person that made the blunder that gets fired.

Thats how it works.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:29 PM on December 24, 2013


I enjoyed the glimpses of the disguised, Santa-bearded Sherlock drinking beer in the pub and eavesdropping on Anderson and Lestrade's conversation.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 3:19 PM on December 24, 2013


As my husband said, not the best prequel minisode in a Moffat-showrun show this year, but still very good.
posted by immlass at 3:53 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Jacqueline at 4:57 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


"I enjoyed the glimpses of the disguised, Santa-bearded Sherlock drinking beer in the pub and eavesdropping on Anderson and Lestrade's conversation."

Are you just fucking with us on that because I just rewatched the whole thing because of your comment and all I saw was an out-of-focus white-bearded guy in the mirror?
posted by Jacqueline at 5:09 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


If I were making Sherlock, it would be exactly like this mini-episode: 90% Lestrade, 10% Sherlock and John.
posted by betweenthebars at 9:08 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was amused, as a Whovian, that there was an in-joke for Moffatt fans alluding back to Blink, with Sherlock seeming to answer John as he muttered, although it didn't fully "go there" in terms of a recapitulation, probably for the best. Although, my, Benny Crumbles must be one of those people who even look good in a freeze-frame.
posted by dhartung at 12:26 AM on December 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


For the spoiler-inclined:

Amazon.co.uk's video trailer for the Season 3 DVDs.
posted by tzikeh at 6:15 AM on December 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I installed Media Hint on my sister's computer yesterday and we watched about half of this at the BBC iPlayer site before turning it off so you really don't have to wait until it airs in the States.
posted by juiceCake at 10:30 AM on December 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, that was Anderson? What magnificent facial hair! And Lestrade so defines the phrase "easy on the eyes" that honestly, I would've been pretty okay even if Sherlock didn't return after all.

I kid, I kid. (But only in part.) Hurrah, New Year's Day! (Psst, I use TunnelBear.)
posted by undue influence at 5:35 AM on December 27, 2013




Spoilers if you've not seen the ep. Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman & more.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:07 PM on January 1, 2014


Download finished about 15 minutes ago. I'm almost too excited to hit play.
posted by yellowbinder at 3:47 PM on January 1, 2014


Not available legally in the US for streaming. Goddamnit just take my money.
posted by humanfont at 4:11 PM on January 1, 2014


That was delightful! And written by Mark Gatiss so, y'know, about 95% less of Moffat's Problems With Women, so win-win all around, I'd say.
posted by Kitteh at 7:14 PM on January 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


Inside The Empty House: Sherlock Holmes For King And Country
As a new series of BBC’s Sherlock revives the great detective after his apparent death, Andrew Glazzard investigates the domestic and imperial subterfuge beneath the surface of Sherlock Holmes’s 1903 return to Baker Street in Conan Doyle’s ‘The Empty House’.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:15 PM on January 13, 2014


Empire Mag Sherlock Podcast
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:31 AM on January 15, 2014


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