Sherlock narrating in the Blanched Solider and talking about John is the equivalent of a teenage girl writing in her diary about how wonderful and how smart and helpful her crush is I can almost imagine him spinning the pen around in his fingers and blushing as he wrote that
I admit it, I haven’t been doing my homework on ACD Holmes. 🙄
Since the online environment has become increasingly threatening and chaotic, I settled down with my antique Kindle and searched for “Musgrave” in the original stories.
I was surprised to find it first mentioned in The Yellow Face. Yellow Face and Musgrave have something in common. Sherlock Holmes got it wrong; and the truth was finally revealed.
(Sorry if this is old news, I’m always way behind the times).
Watson is doing his intro to the Yellow Face case.
“Now and again, however, it chanced that even when he erred the truth was still discovered…. the Musgrave Ritual and that which I am about to recount are the two which present the strongest features of interest”.
We saw the yellow face in Sherlock’s box of memories from NSY, in MHR. Perhaps it was foreshadowing our adventure with Eurus.
Here is our first description of the little girl’s face (mask):
“A face was watching me… It seemed to send a chill right down my back. There was something unnatural and inhuman about the face. … its color was what had impressed me most. It was of a livid chalky white, and with something set and rigid about it which was shockingly unnatural.”
Sounds like Eurus to me.
But Holmes came to the wrong conclusion in the Yellow Face case, and (according to Watson) he also deduced wrongly at Musgrave.
WRONG WRONG WRONG. (Callback to ASiP, Sherlock’s first non-visual, non-verbal appearance in the entire show).
I think this is just more support for the ideas we have already come to. Eurus and Musgrave are not what they seem to be. And the solutions that Sherlock arrives at, what we have been shown, are wrong.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930)
“I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one’s weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can’t all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.”
If they are purposefully recreating the social phenomenon surrounding The Final Problem of 1893, that means very soon, I would guess within a couple weeks, the BBC is going to announce Sherlock will not be renewed for a fifth series. The only thing Holmes fans are holding on to is the idea that there might be a fifth series to clear all the loose ends. Everyone has given up on the idea of The Lost Special. The BBC is going to take away hope of a fifth series, too, and they’re going to do it soon.
Right now the dedicated Holmes fan base is complaining about many things, but it’s not mourning.
We know “The Empty House” was the story written after Sherlock’s death in The Final Problem and the hiatus, but keep in mind “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – the story Holmes is arguably most recognized for – came out between “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”. It could do this because Doyle claimed “Baskerville” to be set years in the past, so it didn’t matter that he’d killed Holmes in The Final Problem. The people rejoiced, and overnight thousands of fans subscribed to the paper, back on the Sherlock Holmes bandwagon.
Out of nowhere Doyle gave Sherlock fans the story of a lifetime. When all hope was lost, Holmes revived. The crowd went wild. A legend was resurrected.
So if the BBC announces very soon it will not renew Sherlock for series 5 and Gatiss comes out to say, “Yeah, we had a good run, but we left it in a great spot. This is for the best. We will not continue writing.” – keep everything you know about Doyle’s history in mind and remember The Final Problem.
“Human experimentation from the perspective of lab rats”
Ever wonder why episode 3 of BBC Sherlock is called “The Great Game”, considering that’s not a name found in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original canon?
***Because it’s a nod to the audience to start playing.***
Do you see it yet? BBC Sherlock is absolutely meant to be analyzed, dissected, and argued. We’re playing The Great Game right now. It’s been around for decades, and Moffat and Gatiss threw their hats into the ring upon getting their chance to make the Sherlock Holmes adaptation they’ve always wanted. They purposefully lie, mislead, code, and hint because this is a game that’s meant to be played. This is a game.
“…to resolve anomalies and clarify implied details….”
This is exactly what we’re doing right now. And we’re supposed to be doing it.
I’m not going to lie…. playing BBC Sherlock’s game is very, very hard. I researched Doyle, read the canon, watched interviews, documentaries, and behind the scenes footage for six months before attempting to jump into The Great Game with all the lovely folks already on this site, who had years of experience on me. It was daunting. Being the new person is always hard. But to all of you wondering if you should play now, my opinion is a resounding yes.
We’re in the middle of something groundbreaking. The people who say, “No, we’re not, you’re delusional” have no understanding of the history of Sherlock Holmes.
Look at it this way –
If there isn’t a game, then a few months of our time is enjoyably wasted by incorrectly decoding a television show through literary analysis and historical comparison
If there is a game, then we are the group of individuals clever enough to keep up with it, becoming a part of history alongside this monumental piece of media.
To me the choice is clear – I welcome anyone to join us in playing The Great Game. Hope to see you around.