BEWARE OF SHERLOCK SERIES 2 SPOILERS!!!
So. The third and last episode of series 2 is called Reichenbach Fall. It doesn't take a genius to understand what's gonna happen in it, if you know even a little Holmesian stuff. Also, I was seriously spoiled by some very spoilery photos in The Daily Mail a couple of months back (let's vote them off the Internet - and not just for that offense) so needless to say I was dreading this episode.
Turns out it was quite enjoyable. I mean, it was a horrible episode. Not horrible as in bad, just horrible. Basically, the ending consists of this: Having publically stripped Sherlock of his fame and genius, Moriarty threatens to kill John, Mrs Hudson and Lestrade - the only friends Sherlock has - unless Sherlock commits suicide by jumping off a rooftop. Yeah. As if that isn't bad enough, Sherlock makes his "last phone call" to John, then makes him watch as he jumps.
Told ya. Horrible.
But surprisingly for such a dark episode, it's quite fun up until that...well, that. The episode is actually the best of all three in this series. Moriarty and Sherlock and their strange love-hate, I-AM-YOUR-ARCH-NEMESISES...SES unresolved-sexual-tension, which should come off as all Mighty Men Comparing Penises and over the top, but thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott comes out low-key, almost tender, moast creepy, and works very, very well. I don't know if the scene where Moriarty keeps staring at Sherlock in the court room or when he performs the role of an innocent Irish actor is my favourite. I suspect they both are.
There's also some highly enjoyable scenes such as when John and Sherlock spend a couple of scenes handcuffed to each other, John punching Lestrade's boss in the face for calling Sherlock a weirdo, and the one where the judge tells Sherlock to behave or he will hold him in contempt and Sherlock opens his mouth to reply at which point the scene cuts to Sherlock being locked into a jail cell.
My biggest fear for the episode was that the cliffhanger would be Sherlock plunging to his death in front of John and then The End, even though we all know he's faking his own death just like in the original books. So even though watching John's heartbreak at losing his friend is painful, at least it means we get that last scene where we see Sherlock alive and spying on John's sadness from a distance. The bastard.
Noteworthy about this episode was the relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty, how disappointed Moriarty is to find out Sherlock is not like him even though they share the same destructive boredom-depression with life. Molly was also pretty noteworthy. Because of course she's the one who helped Sherlock fake his death. She's the friend of Sherlock that Moriarty forgot about, the one that "doesn't count," oh and also, her job makes her pretty perfect for the gig.
But most noteworthy was of course John's and Sherlock's friendship. Not even once does John doubt Sherlock during the episode, not even when Sherlock tells him to. And in the final moment before he jumps, Sherlock puts out his hand to John and John lifts his hand to Sherlock and...yeah, I hate you so much right now, Moffat/Gatiss/Thompson
It's of course obvious now why they've been so cage-y about if there will be a series 3 or not. And why they stopped approximately 2 minutes after the last scene aired.