Sherlock Subtext 101

In case you missed it – The shrine to Thatcher was given prominence in the middle of the room while the shrine to their son Charlie was over in the corner of the room, telling everyone these parents care more about their conservative values than their only son, making that son hide himself and die before he is ever able to come out, his parents none the wiser, never giving him the happy moment where he can come out to the father he loves and can have his love radiated back to him, that’s why there’s a rainbow prism in this shot as we play the loving scenario the boy hoped he could have but never got with his conservative father.

i keep seeing sherl0llies saying that irene isnt a good match for sherlock because theyre too similar and i just…..yeah…….almost eerily similar…………almost like……………she’s meant to be a mirror that shows us something about sherlock or something like that………………maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s gay? idk, just chewing the fat over here

The Fate of the Watson Baby has been Staring us in the Face this Whole Time

We’ve been discussing this for ages: How can the baby be John’s with everything we know about Doyle’s canon? How can the baby be both real and not real? Why is she dressed like a rabbit? Why does she have the name of a stillborn from episode 9 and the initials of a stillborn from episode 1 if she’s alive? That’s because she is stillborn. The baby doesn’t survive the birth. That doesn’t mean the family doesn’t take a baby home with them. 

Just like Dr Stapleton, Nurse Mary Watson is going to bring home a “rabbit” that isn’t the one she was supposed to have. Kirstie got ahold of the wrong rabbit after her mother accidentally brought home one of the lab specimens that glowed in the dark. Dr Stapleton exterminated it after her daughter found out something was not right about the rabbit. “Hutch still locked, no sign of a forced entry.” Obviously an inside job. This would be an excellent parallel to “the dog did nothing in the night time” – which we saw referenced at Setlock this summer, the original story being “The Silver Blaze”. So the baby coming home with Mary isn’t going to be hers, John is going to doubt its legitimacy and consult Sherlock – just like Kirstie Stapleton – but Mary isn’t going to know that’s being investigated behind her back. She will abduct the child – hopefully she’ll just give her away to some loving family, but we all know how mirrors work (she will exterminate her off screen) – and John will think someone broke in and took her. Sherlock will realize it was an inside job. Mary will make her escape after she (AGRA) falls overboard. She’ll swim like a shark (who eats her young). 

Wonder why Mary has been wearing turned-up jeans this whole time? Because she’s not the mother. We were right, there was a reason they gave Sherlock that line in episode 3 about deducing paternity – except it will work both ways because Mary isn’t the mother, just like John isn’t the father. 

Is it time to freak out yet?

@deducingbbcsherlock @tjlcisthenewsexy @monikakrasnorada @inevitably-johnlocked @ebaeschnbliah @gosherlocked @a-candle-for-sherlock @just-sort-of-happened @skulls-and-tea

The one thing that really solidifies for me that this episode is being told through Sherlock’s lens - that we are getting his recollection/retelling of events (if we needed any further convincing)

This shot of Billy the Skull with lenses on.

It’s at the very beginning of the episode, after the Samarra Shark scene, post-opening-credits

In this show Billy = William = Sherlock (Billy the skull, Billy the waiter at Angelo’s, Billy the innkeeper in THoB)

We were told from the start, as usual.

The Blind Banker: The episode nobody loves is the most important for understanding Series 4

With only a few weeks before series 4 of Sherlock airs, all of us are scrambling to tweak our metas into arguments that don’t completely suck. I like posting mine regardless of how terrible they are because I feel like a badass queer codebreaker. I publish a meta, look at my reflection in the computer screen, and go, “nice!” to myself regardless of the quality of the meta in front of me. This is one of those times. 

I don’t love The Blind Banker. It’s an acquired taste, that’s for sure. It’s the episode I tell all my friends who don’t care about TJLC or meta-writing to skip if they’re not hooked on Sherlock after A Study in Pink. However, it’s the most important episode if you care at all about analyzing character and story mirrors throughout BBC Sherlock. 

Every episode of Sherlock has “Short-term” mirrors – meaning stories between characters overlap/stand for the stories of others within the same episode (or series). For example, Molly and John both saying they’re “moving on” from their life with Sherlock in The Empty Hearse is an example of a short-term mirror. Another is Sherlock and Irene dressing with the help of their “live-in P.A.s” before meeting each other. The Blind Banker is no exception to this. We see a former drug smuggler get roped into helping her older brother after something was stolen – the same episode we see Mycroft approach Sherlock after the flashdrive was stolen in order to get his younger brother’s help. There are plenty of short-term mirrors there, but they do little to help us understand BBC Sherlock as a whole. Want to know what’s going to happen in Series 4? You’ve got to look Long-term. 

So let’s complete the long-term mirrors then, shall we? 

“The Spider”, Soo Lin’s brother, hunts down his younger sister to help him do some shady things like they used to. She resists him as much as she can but once he finds her hiding, she doesn’t resist him any longer. 

Spider is also a descriptor given to another man in BBC Sherlock:

In The Blind Banker, The Spider has become a puppet for the one they call “Shan”.

Does that look familiar?

Remember Sherlock “Mary has a Secret Tattoo” deduction? That doesn’t mean she’s in The Black Lotus, but she should be seen as a mirror for those who are.

So the Spider is under the influence of the General. The General is given access into London by a mysterious person called “M”.

And we all know who “M” is:

Yikes. “M” has gotten way over his head on this one. But what do you expect from a man who can’t be out of the office when the Korean elections are imminent? It takes both good and evil to run the British Government. 

Soo Lin was a very well-natured young woman who, despite her past and brother, didn’t mean to harm anyone. She just wanted to be left alone, to live her life, to continue her work.

But even she gave up resisting her older brother and the General. 

Remember how Janine’s last name changed to “Donlevy” in The Abominable Bride? That is a direct reference to Laurie King’s “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” where Sherlock Holmes retires to a cottage in Sussex Downs (mentioned by Janine in His Last Vow) only to take on Patricia Donleavy, Moriarty’s daughter. Sherlock mentioning “The Monstrous Regiment” at the end of TAB is another reference to King and her Holmes story “A Monstrous Regiment of Women”. 

So. You with me? Good. Because if you remember The Blind Banker, you know who killed Shan – and you know why – because of Sherlock and John’s interference in their master plan. And you can imagine how Mycroft exterminating Agra would go down once everyone at Baker Street finds out. 

But no one on this show can stay dead, can they? We’ll see if it sticks.  

So we’re in for a moment like this:

You know what that moment is? John Watson has so many things on him that make a person believe he is Sherlock Holmes. It’s the foreshadowed moment of series 4 where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson become one

All I can say is we’re in for one hell of a ride.