“Not so long ago I was on a mission that meant certain death–my death”
Sherlock was prepared to die. He probably planned to overdose on the plane. So when he received an unexpected reprieve from death, he dove straight into cases–working on so many at a time that John tries to rein him in (“you can’t go on spinning plates like this”). Understandable, really, because Sherlock sacrificed his life for John by murdering Magnussen, entered solitary confinement and accepted a suicide mission. Sherlock thought he would never have this again.
He worked as if on borrowed time, throwing himself eagerly into situations where he faces death.
He tells John he’s “having fun, while I can."
When he encounters what he thought was Moriarty’s puzzle, he not only says it’s designed to "tease” and “beguile” him, it’s a “noose” for him to willingly put his neck in.
He faces Ajay without back-up, knowing this man has already killed in his pursuit of the Thatcher statues.
When snipers attack the house in Morocco, Sherlock leaps into the center of the room to cover John while Mary dove for cover.
Perhaps most telling of all, when Mrs. Norbury shoots, he appears to be accepting his fate.
Sherlock thought he was the Merchant of Samarra; he didn’t expect to survive, and anticipated dying throughout The Six Thatchers. He thought these cases were his last.
•Moriarty’s role and death has been made explicit
•The Redbeard incident has been completely uncovered.
•Sherlock is now considered “a good man”
•He remembered Lestrade’s name
•Mary had her last words
•Baker’s Street has been restored
•John and Sherlock have been living together happily and raising Rosie, while solving cases, for some time.
•There was no cliffhanger ending
i never thought i’d say this but even moriarty deserved a better ending??? like people in the cinema literally cheered when he came on screen, people enjoy watching him and he’s so Extra and weird and they had so much potential for him but in the end the one who defeated the main villain was himself?? like what villain just gives up at a minor inconvenience and kills himself?? it’s so anti-climatic. and he was literally their main marketing point for s4. “i know exactly what he’s going to do next” at the end of tab and all the “miss me?” hype got people so excited for more of this psychotic manic and then he did.. absolutely nothing?? anyway pour one out for jimothy, another victim of s4
I find it interesting that Eurus said “Jim Moriarty thought you’d make this choice. He was so excited. Holmes killing Holmes.” I think for once Eurus got it wrong. Though she and Moriarty are alike, just as Sherlock and Eurus are alike, Jim is closer on the spectrum to Sherlock. He shares the emotional context.
Remember when Sherlock backed him into a corner: rather than lose, Moriarty shot himself.
So when we cut to that clip of Jim saying “Holmes killing Holmes,” I 100% believe he knew Sherlock, if put under the same circumstance, would do the same. And by choosing those words “Holmes killing Holmes,” I think it also put the idea in Sherlock’s head in that moment.
Talk about prophetic self-fulfillment; talk about good writing because if you still think the episode is poorly written and has no metaI don’t know what to tell you; and talk about theme fulfillment of good and bad being social constructs, Jim Moriarty just had Sherlock Holmes’ back.
I could write a thesis if I had the pages. (PS I didn’t use the exact images that I referenced because they are graphic, but if you screen shot 2x3 and 4x3 you will understand)
Where were they going with this? To me it felt like they were gonna use this, since they mentioned the credit twice…
But like the TD12 and loads of other things it’s just never mentioned again.
During The Six Thatchers I thought it was build up for Moriarty’s return. Like in The Reichenbach Fall episode when Sherlock got all the attention and became a celebrity, and THEN Moriarty made his move.
But yeah, unless we get The Lost Special to fix all the loose ends I’ll just have to accept that season 4 is a mess -_-*
- Moriarty explicitly said things that were queer. Eurus explicitly said things that were queer. No one else did so. This is called queercoding. It is insidious. It should not have happened.
- The plot holes were gaping all over the place. John climbs out of a well, somehow managing to escape his chains with a rope. Sherlock has water-related trauma, but he didn’t even know about the well until John told him he was trapped in one, so he couldn’t have even had repressed traumatic memories about it. John is a doctor but can’t identify a bone beyond “small”, even though it’s human.
- Characterisation was all over the place throughout the episode, most notably and frustratingly with Eurus. Her ‘fear factor’ was amped up by her inability to feel - or rather, demonstrate the emotions she was feeling - and she’s played as a quasi-deity throughout, omnipotent and emotionless. But at the end of the episode she snaps into being an emotional wreck. There was no lead-up or foreshadowing of this moment. It could have worked, but written as it was, it felt jarring and stupid. She felt suddenly stupid. The idea that Sherlock would hug her as anything more than a ploy to get John back is OOC. The idea that she wouldn’t see through any such ploy and despise it is OOC. It was lame and rushed and badly done.
- References were made to Freddie Mercury, to Oscar Wilde - queer icons, both. Given the aforementioned queercoding, this just felt like being laughed at, like a bully taking a favourite book and reading out your favourite lines in a silly mocking voice. Hands off.
- The Three Garridebs, the men dangling outside the window. This is the Holmes story which, in the Doylian canon, contains these lines from Watson, after he’s been shot and Holmes rushes to his side: “It was worth a wound — it was worth many wounds — to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.” This is well-known as one of the most explicitly queer moments in the original literary canon. The show literally dangled the possibility of this story in front of the viewers - dangled it, visible through glass but untouchable, there but not there - and then dropped it into the sea. For queercoded villains, glass disappears. For potential queer stories, the glass stays firmly in place. Three hooks were baited with the potential for queerness, and then the bait fell to a pointless death, not coming to mean anything more than just a little experimentation, a little shock value. Symbolically, for those who would understand the significance, it was just cruel.
- What infuriates me is that all of these slights and digs are in the tiny details; in the subtext. In short, in the places where queer people are used to looking: where the queer viewership finds its hope. The writers knew queer watchers would have their eyes on the references and on the details, and they twisted so many of those details into a decidedly upraised middle finger.
- “P.S. I know you two, and if I’m gone, I know what you could become.” This - this was the moment that could have changed everything. I admit I felt a little shocked leap of hope. I could even possibly have forgotten it all - the queercoding, the mocking references - if this final message from Mary had gone the way that I initially thought it would. But no. The message devolved into some overstated silliness about Holmes and Watson, the bros who solve crimes. I can’t remember a word of it. It was, frankly, some typically Moffat-esque self-insert self-love, and it only seems darkly appropriate that he was using a dead female character as his rhapsodising mouthpiece. “What a good job we’ve done with this story. How excellent these characters are. Look at this set. Look at them running. My god. We are good.” Enough. Give me something real and unpretentious or else leave Mary the hell alone.
so I’m rewatching TGG right now and I’m at the pool scene where Moriarty says “I gave you my number… i thought you might call” and I’m just imagining how funny it would have been if Sherlock had actually called him and said something along the lines of “hey jim just checking in if u still fake-dating Molly? cause i’d love to hit that. and by that i mean you. you free tonight?”
i mean just imagine Jim’s reaction i’m sobbing