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- Trimmed some shots of John and the tube to hide the title card and opening credits
- Cut Mycroft and Sherlock torture/meeting
- Cut Mrs. Hudson being mad at John for not calling her
- Removed Jack the Ripper subplot/investigation
- Cut light flash when John closes his eyes and prepares for the end
- Removed friends reunion and meeting Molly's boyfriend
- Sherlock explaining to Anderson how he survived bridges the two episodes (removed Jack the Ripper reference and Anderson's breakdown)
- Cut clown robbers montage and Lestrade coming to Baker Street
- Cut opening credits from Sign of Three
- Cut Sherlock and Janine exchange
- Rearranged and cut some scenes throughout wedding before Sherlock's speech
- Trimmed ending dance
- Moved C. A. M. to after credits
Speaking as someone who dislikes "filler" episodes in television, and has not watched the original series, this edit was a lot of fun. Theryaney's decision to make an edit focusing on the relationship between Sherlock and Watson led to a highly entertaining and emotionally satisfying watch, which was free of the sense that anything was missing as with its equally clever "prequel" "The Fall of Sherlock" by ranger613.
Given the intention to present a fan edit focusing on John and Sherlock's relationship, I'd say this is superbly done. Splendid editing with no giveaway at all that this is a fan edit. A slight compression of the video is noticeable, but it does not detract from the viewing. Being a fan of the wedding episode, I liked how it was used to underline the edit's intention, while still being nicely trimmed. Putting the Anderson scene as a bridge works very well, and gives the edit a breather.
This is indeed a great way to re-visit the series. I watched all three (at the time of writing) fan edits of the series over the weekend and had a great time. As I suggest in my review of Zarius' The Little That Remains/Adventure of CAM, this edit is a perfect prelude to his edit, and watching them back-to-back is a rewarding way to re-watch the third series.
A very solid merging of two Sherlock episodes. First there is the riveting ''Empty Hearse'', which is smartly edited to shorte it's length without missing any essential beats, keeping what is neccersary, and removing filler scenes, the explanation for Sherlock's survival is then used to bridge us into the ''Sign of Three'', a much quieter entry in the series which does'nt quite pack the same punch as the previous episode, but still works out fine as a way of furthering the reconnecting of Sherlock and John. Overall, it's a neat and tidy bit of escapism and if you enjoy the company of Cumberbatch and friends, you'll have a good time here