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- Moved Samarra monologue to the beginning
- Added production credits + a theryaney presentation
- Added a title card
- Cropped the credits from the opening of His Last Vow and trimmed it a bit
- Cut down Molly's slap into just once
- Cut Bill Wiggins' deduction and introduction
- John and Janine exchange trimmed
- Sherlock and Janine in the hospital cut
- Moved Mary, John, and Sherlock in Baker Street before Holmes Christmas house
- Billy in the Holmes house mostly cut, he’s just in the background and only talks when he tells John about the sleeping potion in the drinks
- Cut “Hardly merciful, Mr. Holmes” and “My brother is a murderer”
- Airport exile scene cut
- All of Moriarty’s Miss Me montage cut
- All traces of Moriarty back in the Six Thatchers cut
- Trimmed briefing, all of “Are you tweeting?!” cut
- Cut Six thatchers intro
- Cut knife slashing, John and his “JOHN BLOG PAGE.jpg” just google it if you don’t know what I mean
- Cut “Sandy Death” case
- Cut John with his flower
- Cut Sherlock’s Miss Me flashback
- Cut Sherlock meeting Mycroft about “Something’s coming”
- Cut Sherlock’s ridiculous joke about the client’s wife being a spy and Lestrade & Interpol agent exchange
- Cut the dog stopping for obvious reasons
- Cut Sherlock thinking it was Lady Smallwood because of “Amo is love in Latin” and the interrogation and phone call
- Replace the Credits for a more cinematic feel and score it with Waltz for John and Mary
- Added Eurus song and Redbeard from when Mary drugs Sherlock as after credits scene
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this edit.
Overall feel of the film was definitely different than the rest of the show, even comparing to "The Fall" and "The Return" fan edits (still haven't watched "The Lies" by Zarius). And I kinda dig it, in a way. The gloom, the intensity, the urgency, the chaotic-ness of the plots and subplots, everything is in parallel to what the story of Mary is all about, and that of her end, which is, I believe is the central character in this story arc.
Visual editing is also topnotch, and so does the overall editing.
However, there is just one tiny thing that bugs me in the audio editing. This may be nitpicking, I'm sorry for that, but there is a huge change in the overall volume between "His Last Vow" and "The Six Thacther" segments, the latter was way louder than the prior. I suddenly had to adjust my volume for about 20 bars.
Also, this may be my biggest dislike in this edit, although the whole feel of the movie seems logical (like what I stated firstly in my review), I think the story is kinda dragging to watch as a whole. I think, personally, it is better to have 2 separate episodes/ short films rather than combined for the ff reasons:
1. The impact of Magnusen's character was lessen to minimum. I did not feel his threatening vibe as when I watched the original episode.
2. Also connected, the impact of sherlock killing a man was also lessen to minimum. It just went by without having a sense of wonder as to what would be the consequences of that.
3. I think that having a breather between the two episodes, is more preferable than watching them continuously without break.
Final note: I am a huge fan of how the edit ended sentimentally. The added music was perfect to end the film, though.
Ryaney stitches together the remainder of the Mary Watson arc here, and the result is an even stronger offering than his equally fun "Return of Sherlock", mainly because there's more stakes and urgency in both installments this time. He manages to find ways of working around some of the sillier aspects and successfully leap frogs over some time wasting plotline bait-and-switches to get to the meat of the matter. Highly recommended, and I look forward to how he may plan to complete his trilogy.