Sherlock series 3 continued last night, and to celebrate, the Hypable staff have picked their favorite moments from “The Sign of Three.”

Sherlock is only on air for about two weeks every two years, so when we do get these concentrated bursts of brilliance, it’s important to enjoy every second of it that we can! To help you relish this short but sweet broadcast window, Hypable writers Harri Sargeant and Marama Whyte have selected their 10 favorite moments from “The Sign of Three” in the second of a series of Sherlock articles, accompanied by GIFs made by writer Tariq Kyle. Check them out below, and make sure you share your faves in the comments below!

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Poor Greg Lestrade has always been one of the unsung heroes of Sherlock. He is constantly the third wheel to the Sherlock and John bromance, he manages to put up with Sherlock’s strangeness, and he is generally the last to know absolutely anything.

The opening sequence of “The Sign of Three” was pure Lestrade gold. The growing frustration, the yelling, the kicking, oh Lestrade. But it also set up the rest of the episode, which was decidedly focused on Sherlock’s character, rather than a case of the week. This scene perfectly demonstrated this change – the audience is taken from what could be the new case to Sherlock, as he copes with the best man duties that will occupy him for the remainder of the episode.

Of course the reveal that Sherlock was not really in danger was fairly predictable for the audience, but once again poor Lestrade didn’t see it coming. While Lestrade really should know better by now, the way he dropped absolutely everything to go to Sherlock’s aid showed just how much he valued his friend. – Marama Whyte

 

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It’s sometimes easy to forget that John was a soldier when he’s dealing with awkward ailments and chasing around after the great detective. “The Sign of Three” was a nice throwback to Martin Freeman’s character’s long and illustrious career in the forces.

It was nice too, to see the effect he had on James Sholto, showing the difference John has made for people in all kinds of different situations. And Sherlock’s discussion with Sholto, where he convinced John’s former superior to stay alive for his wedding day was touching proof of this.

Of course, we also had the obligatory “pulling rank” while investigating the mysterious murder of the Queen’s Guard – a fun throwback to “The Hounds of Baskerville” – proof that though he may have retired, John will always be a noted and respected man of honour. – Harri Sargeant

 

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She’s become a regular mainstay in our favourite moments of every episode, but the subtlety and realism that Louise Brealey’s brilliant portrayal brings makes Molly an unforgettable character in a sea of memorable ones. The small glimpses into her speculation with Mrs. Hudson and Greg Lestrade were a nice touch, as we so rarely see her interact with anyone other than Sherlock.

It was great to see a bit more of Tom too, and Molly’s embarrassed hushing of him while he tried to turn his hand to solving the case is evidence that high functioning socio-paths have sort of become her type. Though they looked genuinely happy together while dancing at the episode’s close, we can’t help but feel the relationship is only temporary.

It’s anyone’s guess what’s next for the only regular character not created by Arthur Conan Doyle, but with the constant references to her love life we can’t help but feel their could be another spark on the horizon for the Sherlolly shippers out there. – Harri Sargeant

 

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The end of “The Sign of Three” might not be to everyone’s taste, but it made sense for this slightly bizarre episode. Not only does this send a twist into our story, but the idea that Sherlock makes deductions everywhere he looks without intending to is endlessly fascinating.

The reveal was set up from the beginning, when Sherlock made one too many deductions about a possible date for Mary’s bridesmaid. And like all good mysteries, the signs were there throughout the episode, but as always, Sherlock was the only one who noticed them.

The fact that Sherlock was the one to recognize this pregnancy seems somehow fitting for this odd trio. Neither Sherlock nor John may have believed that a wedding would change their friendship, but there is no question that a baby will. And so our detective boys face another challenge going into the season 3 finale, “His Last Vow.” Marama Whyte

 

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It is no secret that Sherlock is one of the most visually stunning television shows, but season 3 has really stepped it up a notch. The structure of this episode meant that there was a heavy reliance on flashbacks, and one of the flashbacks we enjoyed most was Sherlock interviewing the women who had been involved with the “Mayfly Man.” And that’s not to mention the beautiful interpretation of the wedding photos.

A show like Sherlock that is so closely tied to a single man’s thought process does face the obstacle of becoming repetitive. The constantly changing visuals are one way that the writers and directors keep us involved and interested, and in such a character-focused episode as this one, they were critical.

Plus, being inside Sherlock’s head has other benefits – like another appearance by Mycroft (this time sans workout clothes), and a surprising cameo from The Woman – Irene Adler. We wonder just how much time Irene usually occupies in Sherlock’s mind. – Marama Whyte

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Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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