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06 February 2012 @ 09:15 pm
Sherlock 2x03 - Initial Thoughts  

First of all, I enjoyed that episode. Really. Ok, unlike what seems like most of tumblr, I knew that Sherlock wasn't going to die... A) there's a season 3, and B) it's Moffat, for crying out loud. So maybe the emotional impact wasn't quite there. Still, though, I thought it was very well done-- I like the cooky cinematography, Moriarty was delightfully psychotically creepy, and the twist where Sherlock's own team (although not John, never John) turned against him was unexpected but compelling, and very realistic.

The thing is, though...

I've got no idea how Moffat's planning to fix this one. This isn't Doctor Who, we don't do body duplicates-- there's no way it was anyone but Sherlock who stood on that roof, and therefore there's no way it was anyone but Sherlock who jumped... we even saw the apparent corpse's face. Right?

So what am I missing?

One thing I'm very certain of: Molly is the key. Sherlock asked her to do something; we don't know what. Furthermore, when Moriarty prompted Sherlock to name his only three friends, he named Lestrade over Molly. My assumption there was that Moriarty was waiting to assign the assassins their targets based on what Sherlock said-- obviously, he wouldn't have fallen for John and Mrs. Hudson being left off the list, but the third entity was a wild card. So, Sherlock pins Lestrade and, in doing so, keeps Moriarty's focus off of Molly.

But to what end? What was she doing? What could she have done?

The only other clue I came up with was those funny puncture marks on Sherlock's neck in the final scene, when he watches John at the grave. Some kind of injection?

It's very much Moffat's style to skip the crucial explanatory scene-- he did the same thing in The Wedding of River Song. The problem here is that I have literally no ideas. (I'm sure a lot of people on the Internet have come up with loopholes, but I wanted to get my thoughts down before stuffing my brain with other people's ideas.)

EDIT 2/7: Something to do with that bouncy ball? Whatever happened to it?


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WishingStar (a.k.a. magic_7_words): firemagic_7_words on February 7th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Yes, I spoiled myself.

I believe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once attempted to kill of Sherlock Holmes by having him and Moriarty both go over a waterfall... and there was such a fan outcry that he went back and wrangled out a way to let Sherlock survive. I vaguely recall hearing something like this at some point.
sweet_anise: ASoIaF Winter is Comingsweet_anise on February 7th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, I this was supposed to be a modern adaptation of that story. According to the summary I read, though, Sherlock's "death" in that one was left vague (Watson just finds footprints leading to a waterfall, and none back, or something like that.) This adaptation's "death" scene was waaaay clearer and more detailed.
giallarhorn: David Tennant FIREgiallarhorn on February 7th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Spoiled yourself, FOR SHAME.

It is a really, really vague outcome. Really open to interpretation.
giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on February 7th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Wait, you just saw it? I thought you saw it weeks ago!

It was really amusing when I saw people being terribly emotional about the ending on tumblr, cause knowing that Moffat was behind it, I really couldn't see any 'death' being permanent. Even without that intended impact, it was really well done.

I'm going to miss Moriarty, because he was a terribly good and believable villain.

There's been a lot of theories running around tumblr, but none of them really hold up to close scrutiny. It seems like Molly would have had to have some involvement, since she'd probably be the one performing the autopsy (speaking of, how would he finagle his way out of that?). My best bet is that the height wasn't enough to entirely enough to actually kill him- despite the blood, it'd be possible that he had taken something prior that would make it seem like he would be dead? And then when John or anyone else went to take his pulse, they wouldn't feel anything because (here you can thank my lab partner for instructing me about this) if you place a tennis ball in your armpit and apply pressure, it can stop the flow of blood to your wrist. And seeing how Sherlock was bouncing a ball around right when he asked Molly for help...

Or maybe the TARDIS showed up right when the bus passed by in front of John, and he fell in, got some makeup on and went back out to pretend like he had died.
sweet_anise: ASoIaF Winter is Comingsweet_anise on February 7th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
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giallarhorn: Alice Morgan thinkinggiallarhorn on February 7th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)


(Though, I find the bird idea much more amusing)