I’m not super invested in it anymore, which I thought several times watching this episode was a good thing. I’m mainly just here for the Mycroft show, and the Mycroft show was nice. Lots of cool moments (I liked the glimpse into his home life especially).
The Sherlock show was more in the… solidly okay territory? Sherlock had some good moments too. The plot was a bit hard to follow, but it was enjoyable enough and I did like the twist the episode pulled on the usual mystery-ties-into-this-other-unrelated-
I know she’s been a divisive character, but I’ve always liked this Mary and she was very well written in this episode. Despite that (or maybe because of it) the ending felt really off. You can say that Mary dying is an unavoidable part of Sherlock Holmes canon, but I'm sure I remember in the tumblr Q&A one of the creators (don’t remember which one) specifically said that she just disappeared and for all we know she and Watson just had an amicable divorce. Kind of a dick move to be all “Mary doesn’t have to die!!!” and then kill her anyway, but whatever. Also I’ve been wanting her to turn out to be Sebastian Moran ever since I saw someone suggest that she might be, but that looks less and less likely the more we learn about her. The bit where Sherlock saw a message from her thought it was from Moriarty could be suggestive, though, so I’m still holding out hope. Whether she ends up a villain or not, she deserves better than this.
Greg was great, and I liked that other detective quite a bit as well.
John was… ugh. He landed anywhere on the spectrum from boring to downright repulsive depending on the moment. John’s always been sort of fine to me- I don’t adore him but I don’t dislike him either- and I’m wondering how people who love him felt watching this episode. Was he still an enjoyable character, or did this come as an unpleasant surprise? Because it seemed to me like they weren’t even trying to make him compelling. And the random cheating plotline? I'm sure it will be given more significance later on, but it was so uncomfortable to watch.
I also wonder if this episode was disappointing to people on the Johnlock front. I always ship Holmes and Watson, whatever the version, so obviously I’d like for the people who genuinely 100% believe that they’re going to get together on the show to be right, but… wow, I just don’t believe that’s going to happen, and this episode only enhanced that impression.
I'm certainly curious to see where things go for Sherlock from here, though. It's always a fun ride, if nothing else.