For posterity and to place my convictions on the record, I've copied over (part of) a FB conversation about His Last Vow. By the simple powers of Find/Replace, both parties' identities have been scrubbed. [spoilers, duh]

Copied with permission from Captain Magick, my dear friend who introduced me to BBC's Sherlock over three years ago. Together we rant, reminisce, and ruminate.

Captain Magick

well it's safe to say my least fav episode was the Moffat one at the end...simply and only because it took the most liberties with the character. glad it was more of a mystery..but for being a mystery it was the usual Moffat thing of being a red herring rather than a mystery....see the Robert Downey junior first movie for more of the same

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Erudita Vanitas

I've decided

There's only six episodes of BBC's Sherlock.

Captain Magick

hahaha

really you didn't like this season THAT much?!

Erudita Vanitas

There's no way they can go back to making classic badass mystery-chase episodes with the shit they pulled in series 3

Captain Magick

they better

Erudita Vanitas

they can't.

Captain Magick

I think they will

Erudita Vanitas

and I HATED John in ep9

he was such a DICK.

SO OOC.

Captain Magick

yeah...that last ep was bullshit

the other two were quite good I thought

Erudita Vanitas

How can John and Sherlock go running around London solving mysteries and pissing off Lestrade and Mycroft when John has to be home to change the goddamn diapers and kiss the missus hello.

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Captain Magick

yeah...the baby thing was wrong

Erudita Vanitas

I'm so done.

Captain Magick

hahaha

Erudita Vanitas

It's like bad fanfiction.

Captain Magick

well...it looks like Moffat succeeded in doing to you what he did to a bunch of Dr Who fans

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Erudita Vanitas

In fact, it IS bad fanfiction.

Captain Magick

exactly

that's Moffat

Gatiss isn't to blame for that...notice Gatiss took NO credit for last ep

he writes bad fanfic...it's what Moffat does

Erudita Vanitas

He's so obviously the biggest homophobe on the planet. Whoah, can't have them hug when they probably won't ever see each other again.

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Captain Magick

its bad fan service

yeah...that's because Moffat is afraid even with his wife that everyone thinks he's gay

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Erudita Vanitas

He destroyed canon characters. Characters as in what comprises the character.

Captain Magick

agreed

but they weren't destroyed til the very end of ep 8

and no doubt that was Moffat...it's got his grimy chocolate covered finger prints all over it

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Erudita Vanitas

Sign of three- three should have been Mary, John, and Sherlock. Like in the goddamn books.

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Captain Magick

I'm beginning to hate him

yup

like in the godamn books

goddamn

Erudita Vanitas

Contract Killer!Mary???

Captain Magick

well...now you're ready for Jeremy Brett

thank goodness

Erudita Vanitas

It was AWFUL.

Captain Magick

yeah....Moffat likes to see things that aren't there...like that kid who makes up bullshit symbolism...that obviously wasn't there....just to impress HS English teacher...that's Moffat

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you KNOW that kid

Erudita Vanitas

there's "taking liberties" and there's "on another planet"

Captain Magick

yup

Erudita Vanitas

that man should not have that much power.

Captain Magick

Gatiss is a traditionalist...thats why his Dr Who eps are almost always historicals....which are the best kind

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Erudita Vanitas

I watched ep7 a few times. I watched ep8 twice.

I watched ep9 once and that's it.

Captain Magick

yeah....Moffat needs to be checked

way outta control

why would you watch it again...it was drivel...there was NOOOO bloody mystery

Erudita Vanitas

I'll rewatch eps 1-6 the way I watch Firefly. With completely devoted and wistful affection.

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It was a shoddy as fuck "mystery."

Captain Magick

well glad were on the same page

Erudita Vanitas

oohh scary genius...bullet in the brain pan, squish.

Captain Magick

I was wondering how I would say I didn't like it....hahaa

Erudita Vanitas

You should have more faith in me, King of Kings.

Captain Magick

yeah....it was like Sherlock admitting defeat....which is what Moffat has obviously...or at least should have...done

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oh I had faith...I just didn't wanna sound like a pretentious ass

Erudita Vanitas

And Mycroft was also SOO OOC when it came to Magnussen.

Captain Magick

yup...not Mycroft at all

Erudita Vanitas

All of a sudden the British Government was tiptoeing around someone who could easily be snuffed out? Blindly loyal? And the guy came out of nowhere. Moriarty had good buildup over six eps.

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Captain Magick

Mycroft loves England...and England hates Magnusson

Erudita Vanitas

But most of all, there's scores of mysteries and adventures now that CAN NEVER BE TOLD because DIAPERS.

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Captain Magick

Mycroft is England, when its smart

Erudita Vanitas

Excellent use of logic. Moff never got the message about transitive property laws.

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Irulan needs more grape juice. BRB.

Captain Magick

you've got a lot of reading to do so you can teach that badass English class

hahaha

'k

Erudita Vanitas

English class?

puzzled

Captain Magick

you should teach

pass on your learnings to the younins

Erudita Vanitas

hmm

well I hate children categorically

Captain Magick

after you watch Jeremy Brett.....seriously

Erudita Vanitas

but I do selectively mentor the bright diamonds among the rust and drivel.

Captain Magick

not those children...the clever ones that are a bit older

aka....anyone who'll listen

lol

Erudita Vanitas

I'm heartbroken, Oz.

Captain Magick

how so?

over the show?

Erudita Vanitas

I can't un-see it.

yes

Captain Magick

thats how I've felt about a lot of Moffat's doctor who run

Erudita Vanitas

I can't believe two weeks ago I was bitching about excessive lens flares. #don'tknowwhatyouvegottilitsgone

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Captain Magick

can't wait till we see his backside

Erudita Vanitas

Maybe the can retcon it? Is that the right word?

Captain Magick

yeah...seriously...it's all the fault of one man with an ego thats gotten toooo big

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it is

or maybe just ignore it

Gatiss will prob just ignore it mostly with any luck

Erudita Vanitas

Fuck, I'd take a serialized graphic novel at this point.

Captain Magick

I'm serious Jeremy uckin Brett

Erudita Vanitas

but who has the power and the purse strings? Mof or Gat?

Captain Magick

Moff has the power

he does a lot of drugs

unfortunately

Erudita Vanitas

Gat has the talent

Captain Magick

at the moment...but the wind has been shifting....to a WEST FUCKIN WIND...HA!

Erudita Vanitas

He needs to GO. I hate him like I hate Netanyahu. Both need to GO.

Captain Magick

it won't happen...it's their ab

Erudita Vanitas

Both are destroyers of worlds.

Captain Magick

exactly!!!!!!

Erudita Vanitas

Well I'm in a better place than you, mentally, vis à vis this S3 heartbreak

Know why?

Cause I've still got Jeremy Brett to discover.

I say that with sincere sorrow for your plight.

What will you be consoling yourself with? How will you be filling the deadened void in your heart?

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(My dramatic hyperbole is turned up to 11 until the wound scabs and scars)

Captain Magick

I will be consoling myself with audio drama , mainly doctor who, but also some others like a bunch of Willkie Collins adaptations, I just listened to a bunch of Cornell wpoorlrich plays last week

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Cornell Woolrich*

Erudita Vanitas

Maybe I will turn to the Dark Side. Write a fanfic.

Captain Magick

I'd like to see your SH

Gaiman has a Lovecraft/Holmes short story

called "a study in emerald"

Erudita Vanitas

Never ventured there before, but "desperate times..." and "if you want something done right" and all..

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If I do it, I'll need someone to bounce ideas off of, and to inspire my genius.

You up to the task?

Captain Magick

I would love to see your SH random ep

I'm down

wow..that's daunting

but yes...deliciously