The skeleton of a Japanese atomic bomb victim whose flesh was cooked off their bones in the heat of the blast. It lies in the rubble of a house next to an unbroken ceramic pot. September 1, 1945 Nagasaki
You know how Moriarty wasn’t actually behind this case? That means his post-humous attack hasn’t begun. And, he’s dead, so why? Because Jim isn’t the real Moriarty. Mary dies, and the post-humous attacks begin, like we see in the teaser for the next episode. Jim was Moriarty, but Jim was only a part of a very well oiled machine. Jim had to die, so Sherlock thought it was him, and only him who is Moriarty. He thinks it’s Jim’s after-death attack, when who’s just died? Oh it’s Mary.
We were told that Moriarty doesn’t get his hands dirty, he doesn’t get directly involved. But we see Jim with the bomb victims etc. Jim’s in the fray all the time.
And of course, Mary’s DVD is titled with his phrase. It could be words put in his mouth, that’s what lackeys are for. They’re dispensable, for the footwork, for saying things they’ve been told to say. Sherlock is conditioned to think those words are Jim’s words. One look at that disc and he screams his name.
Her letter to John, it says “my darling” far too much in it. It doesn’t say John once. That has to mean something. He was meant to read it, but it wasn’t for him.
And by sacrificing herself for Sherly, he has her trust, she can’t possibly be Moriarty because how would she be? She saved him? She couldn’t possibly have known she was going to die on that day? And if she was Moriarty, she would have to die for an after-death revenge. Vivian could have shot anyone in the room. We thought she was going to shoot the water tank and flood it. Shooting mycroft would have been much smarter, because he’s the only one with any real power. But she shot Sherlock, because she was told to. So Mary could “heroically sacrifice herself” and gain Sherlock’s trust even more. And if Vivian was really trying to escape her past and tie up the loose ends, wouldn’t it be easier to shoot Mary? Get the whole of AGRA killed? But she didn’t.
From the very beginning of the show we were told that Moriarty stays above the crimes he helps with. He never gets directly involved, he never gets his hands dirty. Yet, all we’ve seen Jim do is get involved and get his hands dirty (he goes undercover twice, talks to the bomb victims directly).
Then when fake Jim ‘kills himself’ and the real Moriarty (i.e mary) realizes Sherlock is dismantling her network, she decides Sherlock is finally worth her direct attention. Thus, she constructs a fake past (c.i.a agent gone good) and sets her eyes on Sherlock’s pressure point: John.
Now there’s the issue with Carl Powers. Jim killed him when he was boy, and Sherlock sloved it but no one would listen. If Mary is Moriarty how does this tie in? Well, I’m thinking Jim did kill Carl Powers and that’s how his obsession with Sherlock starts. When Sherlock pops up on Mary’s radar (before s1, I think he was on her radar waayy before) she begins researching his past and she discoveres the whole Carl Powers episode and uses Jim’s obession her advantage (i.e tracks down Jim and gives him a chance to play with the object of his obsession).
On this day, seventy years ago, the U.S. dropped an A-bomb on my adopted hometown, Hiroshima. In honor of the victims, here are some misconceptions about the A-bomb and its after-effects. All of these are real things people have said to me upon learning that I lived in Hiroshima.
MISCONCEPTION: The U.S. bombed Hiroshima in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. TRUTH: The two events occurred almost four years apart. It’s reasonably accurate to say that the U.S. entered the war because of Pearl Harbor, but the bombing of Hiroshima was not a direct retaliatory response. Also, when people say this to dismiss the tragedy of the A-bomb, it’s important that they remember the imbalance in civilian casualties (68 vs over 100,000). The bombing of Pearl Harbor was an awful thing, but I’m not sure that kind of disproportionate retaliation would be something I’d celebrate.
MISCONCEPTION: The A-bomb victims died instantly. TRUTH: The lucky ones died instantly. The rest were left to stumble through the rubble, horrifically burned both inside and out. Because of their radiation burns, the victims were extremely dehydrated and often died begging for water. When irradiated black rain fell on Hiroshima shortly after the bombing, people were so desperate for water that they drank it and died. Even many of the most “fortunate” residents of Hiroshima–the ones who survived the bombing without serious injury or illness–had to watch their loved ones perish in agony.
MISCONCEPTION: Hiroshima is still a pile of irradiated rubble and no one can live there. TRUTH: I wish this wasn’t such a common belief, but I hear it all the time. Modern Hiroshima is a thriving, radiation-free metropolis of some 800,000 people. Parks, museums, stores, schools, and a fantastic public transportation system–all of these can be found there, and many of them were up and running not long after the bomb hit. In the case of Hiroshima’s historic street cars, workers had some of them operational a mere three days after the bombing. Hiroshima is not Chernobyl. The latter occurred on the ground, the former 2000 feet in the air. The latter was a chain reaction that unfolded over time (in fact, it seems Chernobyl’s core is STILL melting into the Earth), the former happened all at once, which means that the radiation began to decay immediately afterward.
MISCONCEPTION: Nothing could grow in Hiroshima for years after the bombing. TRUTH: The first new plants began to sprout a few months later.
BELIEF: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima was necessary to end the war. TRUTH: Some people believe it was necessary. Obviously, the people of Hiroshima have a different view. I urge you to look at each side before deciding for yourself.
Is it wrong and stupid if I feel frustrated seeing what’s been going on out there? Children are abused, bombed, murdered, victims of such a thing called they can’t even comprehend. It saddens me to witness these hardships many are facing yet am unable to reach out and help.
LIZ! it still pisses me off how much molly emphasized that john would rather have anyone but sherlock, that just seemed cruel and so not molly-like. I've seen the theories about her being held hostage, what do you think?
I find that theory very plausible. I agree that Molly would have found a better way to say it (‘he doesn’t want to see you’ or something). It kind of reminds me of when Moriarty’s bomb victims in TGG have to say EXACTLY what is shown to them on the pacer. I also find that picture of Mary behind the blinds telling and there is definitely more to that letter.
At 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945, a person sat on a flight
of stone stairs leading up to the entrance of the Sumitomo Bank in
Hiroshima, Japan. Seconds later, an atomic bomb detonated just 800 feet
away, and the person sitting on the stairs was instantly incinerated…As
the Google Cultural Institute explains it, “The surface of the
surrounding stone steps was turned whitish by the intense heat rays. The
place where the person was sitting became dark like a shadow.” Etched
into stone steps, is all that remains after the 1945 atomic blast.
The bombings at night are the worst. There is no electricity in the rebel-held portion of eastern Aleppo, and the warplanes flying overhead target any light piercing the blackness beneath.
So families huddle together in the dark, gathered in one room so that they don’t die alone, listening to the roar of the jets and waiting for the bombs to fall.
After they do, rescue workers venture out, navigating the rubble and craters left by earlier bombings, to dig out victims without headlights or lamps. They haul them to hospitals swamped with patients being treated on the floor by doctors who barely sleep and must choose which lives to save and which to let go.
Ahsoka being headstrong is not exactly a bad thing.
It means she doesn’t take things lying down and go with whatever bullshit people tell her. And she makes it known.
She’s opinionated, and questions just about everything that doesnt seem right to her. Or, around people she respects, her expressions tell the people around her what she thinks.
For example, when Tarkin, Anakin, Ahsoka and Barriss were walking through the Temple after the bombing victims’ funeral, she asks what will happen to Letta. This was during the ‘Wrong Jedi’ arc.
Tarkin tells her she will be moved, as it is a military matter. And what does Ahsoka do?
She questions it. It doesn’t seem right to her, and shes talking to an Admiral the way no one would. With a sense of justice that holds her anger by reigns.
She thinks its absolute bull and she demands to know why. The Jedi were the victims here, according to everyone, it was a direct attack upon the Jedi and yet the military are calling the shots.
Even Anakin and Barriss jump in, siding with Tarkin. Yet Ahsoka still questions it, too obstinate to back down.
Even to the point where she openly and darkly states “I hope Chancellor Palpatine knows what hes doing.” All while glowering at Tarkin.
Fast forward to the last episode in the arc. Ahsoka is cleaned up and the Council is giving their most humble apologize. Either Yoda or Mace (?) tell her its the “will of the Force” that she went through the trauma she did and made it out alive and all that.
Ahoska doesn’t buy it, crossing her arms and raising an eye-mark. Her signature pose.
It’s literally the “what the fuck, do you think Im stupid?” pose. She was trained to believe in the Force, but she left that Temple questioning herself and her life. How and why the people who raised her threw her out like she was nothing and assumed the worse. And yet, her gaze softens when Anakin tries to bring her back.
There are plenty of other examples throughout the series. Its a flaw of hers, as sometimes shes too stubborn. But other times, its pretty damn admirable. She has strength, and Im not talking about physicality.
“Thank you your honor for giving me the opportunity to speak. I’d like to begin in the name of Allah, the exalted, the most gracious … This is the blessed month of Ramadan and is the month of mercy from Allah to his creation. I want to ask forgiveness from Allah and his creation. I want to express gratitude to Allah and his creation.” It is a month during which hearts change. Indeed a month of many lessons … If you have not thanked the people, you have not thanked god. So I’d first like to thank my attorneys, those who sit at this table, the table behind me and many more behind the scenes. They’ve done much good for me and my family. Made my life in the last two years very easy. I cherish their company, their love … I’d like to thank those who took the time out of their daily life to come and testify on my behalf despite the pressure. I’d like to thank the jury for their service and the court. If you are not merciful to Allah’s creation, Allah will not be merciful to you. I’d like to now apologize to the victims and the survivors. (He paused and coughed.) Immediately after the bombing, in which I am guilty of, if there’s any lingering doubt about that. I did do that along with my brother. I learned of some of the victims. I learned their names, their faces, their age, and throughout this trial, more of those victims were given names. More of those victims were given faces. And they had hearts and souls. …. Allah says in the Koran that no soul is given more than they can bear. You told us how horrible it was. How horrendous it was the thing I put you through. I know that there isn’t enough time in the day to (apologize). I wish that four more people had the chance to get up there, but I took that from them. I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken. For the suffering I caused you, for the damage I’ve done, irreparable damage. My religion is Islam. The god I worship beside no other god is Allah. And I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on those affected by the bombing and their families. With every hardship .. I pray for your relief, for your healing for your well-being, for your strength. I ask Allah to have mercy upon me and my brother and my family … Praise be to Allah.”
Does Sherlock really, "delete", things from his mind?
I don’t know if I believe Sherlock when he says he deletes things from his mind.
In the beginning of TGG we see John and Sherlock discuss his lack of basic astronomy knowledge. During the deduction at the art gallery, Sherlock saves the would-be bomb victim with some obscure astronomical knowledge that he seemed to dredge from pretty deep in his mind: if he’d just learnt that it might’ve come to mind more quickly.
We are not shown whether Sherlock spent all day boning up on his knowledge of astronomy or whether he already knew these things and was lying to John about it. We know that Sherlock lies; it’s one of the reasons why the original deduction of Mary as a liar did not alarm him in TEH. In TSOT Mary confirms that Sherlock not only lies but that she notices when he does so.
So, there’s a possibility that Sherlock attempts to delete things (like he attempts to delete feelings) but we don’t know that he necessarily succeeds nor do we know if he was telling the truth to John about the solar system. Maybe he was just trying to seem likeable like he discusses in MHR with regards to winking.
We see in ASIB that, “people want to know you’re human”, is John’s rationale for putting an unsolved case on his blog. Sherlock has been constantly trying to impress John (and succeeding) since the moment he first met him. In fact, if the things he says he deletes are like his feelings then we know that he fails entirely. I see the solar system as symbolic of his emotions, something he claims he eschews as it has no purpose in his life. If it does help with the work (astronomy) or if it hinders the work (sentiment), he claims to delete it. But astronomy saves the child in TGG and sentiment turns out to be the real motivator behind him solving cases, anyway, like when he solves the Sholto case.
Further, the idea of the unreliable narrator is very strong in Acd stories. Moffat and Gatiss have gone as far as to say that when Watson claims that a mystery woman killed Milverton that they did not believe him. Being entirely too convenient an event considering the circumstances they interpret this version of events as a coverup of the likely truth: that Holmes or Watson killed him. Unreliable narration due to Watson idealizing Holmes is part of the relentless romantic subtext, as well: Watson would purposely obscure the unflattering or damning while also unknowingly over emphasizing the good due to his love and infatuation.
The idea that anything that the characters say could be false is heavily shown via various denials and admissions. Mrs Hudson’s, “I’m not your housekeeper”, (while constantly cleaning their flat and bringing food and tea) being one of the more didactic ones. We’ve seen that, despite his claims, Sherlock is not a sociopath. And we’ve seen that his Mind Palace contains pop culture information he claims to eschew in TGG. In THoB we see his MP contains such randomness as knowing Hounddog by Elvis, which seems like a likely candidate for his so-called deletion.
In HLV we see Sherlock’s mind palace to contains forces he has attempted to put away such as Moriarty, representing his id. If he really were capable of deleting would he not have succeeded at discarding this feared part of himself? I think the whole point is that try as he might he can’t. He can’t delete anything. Not his emotions, or his sex drive or his ramdom bits of knowledge. In TEH, John suggests that maybe he, somewhere in his mind, knows how to diffuse a bomb. And though his first reaction is to mock the idea, he quickly concedes that, in fact, you never know what could be in there.
The idea that Sherlock can delete things from his Mind Palace I think then can be seen as possibly outright false: a way to appear more human to John by feigning ignorance. We see in TSoT that Sherlock begins the Rizla game with a joke and receives positive feedback (‘am I a vegetable?’). He, soon after, mentions the current king of England. If we do not take this at face value we could see it as an continuation of Sherlock wanting to make john laugh; he succeeds. Or a continuation of him wanting to seem human to John. A kind of taylor-made modesty just for John. (We can see his, “I’m no hero”, speech in TGG as possibly impressing John via genuine modesty).
We can also see his claim to delete things as aspirational: he attempts to keep his mind tidy of clutter, such as random facts and feelings, anything that doesn’t help the work, but we see that he fails, at least with regard to the latter and that eventually both prove to be pivotal to the work, anyway.