So, a cottage on Sussex Downs, bees! Well, no.
Last week, a friend on LJ mentioned the change in tenor the series had taken from the darkness of previous seasons to the buddy comedy of the first two episodes. It was something I had noticed as well. During Sherlock's antics at the wedding I had briefly flashed on John, Mary, and Sherlock being replaced by Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, and that it wasn't all that different.
We agreed that neither of us objected to the change. It's more about waiting for the other shoe to drop, because there's always another shoe. I spent most of the wedding episode thinking that if they kill off Mary I shall be very cross, although I figured after the final reveal she was probably safe... for now...
This week the shoe dropped, a freaking combat boot, but Mary yet lives. Which is good, because Amanda Abbington has been wonderful*. Except it turns out that she's not so much Penny from BBT, but rather a better socialized version of Shaw from PoI. Huh. Actually, I'm kicking myself for noticing but not picking up the implication of the cipher thing in "The Empty Hearse."
* And not just her, either. The new secondary characters, like Janine, have also been great. And look at Molly with the gumption in this episode. Go, Molly!
Anyway, it was a pretty good series, and is over way too quickly. Now then, how the hell did Jimmy fake his death?