There are two types of concept photos: Papillion and Je ne regrette rien.
Je ne regrette rien is a song by Edith Piaf, which was playing in the end of the Prologue during the credits.
The same song was used as a soundtrack in Inception. The movie is about dreams vs reality. The concept photos
like that too. Papillion with the dreamy background and the neverland hashtags
and the je ne regrette rien photos with vibrant strong colors.
Look at Namjoon’s photo:
It’s the tiny totem from Inception, Cobb (Dicaprio) used it to find out: is he dreaming or awake? If the toy stopped spinning it was reality but if it didn’t stop (because the law of physic is not working in dreams) that meant he was dreaming.
And look at the lyrics of Butterfly: “All of this seems like a dream”
“I don’t know if this is reality or a dream“
In Run we saw many scenes about this reality-dream parallel:
Namjoon opened the door, there was a party, but in reality he was alone.
The party at kookie’s, but then he was sitting alone on the floor.
Jhope and the pillow fight, but he was alone
Jimin went to the bathroom where the others had a party but in the end he was sitting in
the tub alone burning the picture.
In the movie Cobb and his wife in order to wake up killed themselves by lying on train tracks and waiting for the train.
And who is lying on the train tracks with the hashtag #saveme?
Jhope who has narcolepsy.
There is a soundtrack in the movie, titled “Waiting for a train”. If you listen to the song on youtube, you can hear at 7:03-7:14 the song Je ne regrette rien.
(It can be a coincidance, but the machine they used to get into people’s dreams looks like a flower.)
Je ne regrette rien (the song) was really important in the film because the characters used the music to synchronize the kick,
which woke them up in the reality. The kick was basically differend methots to die, for example jumping down
from high places, shooting themselves, or drowning.
We can’t be sure that Jimin and Jin drowned themself (so they died) but Tae definitely jumped down from a high place.
Why everything in TST seemed weird – INCEPTION Theory
*** very long post ahead, sorry for flooding your dash ***
There is an
almost endless list of things that seemed wrong or off in The Six Thatchers. By
now I don’t think I have to sell that idea to anyone in the fandom. I’m
convinced the people involved in the show put in a great deal of effort to make
everything so different from what we know from previous Sherlock episodes. The
question is: WHY? Why change well known aspects from the 221b set? Why go
through all the trouble to create special overlay effects when transitioning
between scenes? I’ll tell you why: If you look closely you’ll see that not
everything is off. Many things, yes. But not everything. Someone went through a
lot of trouble to make a distinction between reality and altered
reality/whatever you want to call it, possible. If they were going to use parts
of TST in TLD – which I believe they are because OH BOY OUR DETECTIVE IS LYING
HERE – they would make sure the truth would come through if you know what to
look for. And we do.
What I want
to do here is tell you about a theory I came up with two days ago – it took
some time to wrap my head around it, find support and write it all down.
TST with the belief that there must be a way to determine which parts are fake
and which are not gave me an interesting sense of déjà-vu. The whole episode
reminded me of the 2010 movie Inception (hence the title of my theory).
I think the
writers are trying to perform an inception on us. In the movie Inception, Cobb
and his team invade people’s dreams in order to steal information. However,
their most difficult assignment is not a theft – it’s planting an idea in
someone’s head which will subconsciously influence their perception of reality
and their behavior (or here: which will make us believe completely idiotic
things like Mary suddenly dying a hero) just to create an even more powerful
rug-pulling moment. A shattering climax. And we know for sure they are going
ideas - We’ve heard that before. What if everything in TST that seems off is
just part of a scheme to set the audience up for Johnlock? To show us things
even the casual viewers find wrong, set it all right in the next episode, pull the rug and confront
us with what they have been going for all along – which is John and Sherlock in
a relationship. It’s difficult to do, it’s even more difficult to pull it off
in a way which would make even casual viewers believe this is the right thing
to do. What if this is why they created an episode which seemed so wrong in the
first place? What if we are being manipulated without knowing it? A planted
idea which sticks – the idea that John and Sherlock together is how it should
be – anything is better than the complete chaos we saw in TST. WHAT IF we are
part of an Inception? What if this inception is part of setting the audience up
for the big moment of revelation? Telling us a bunch of lies to make the final
truth more palatable. What if we are the ‘victims’ and the Inception is being
performed on us?
struck me is this: The dreams Cobb creates in Inception feel totally real. They
are such perfect copies of reality, that to be able to tell if they in a dream
or not, Cobb and his colleagues carry special items which enable them to
differentiate between reality and dreams. They call it a totem. It’s a
well-known object which has very distinct qualities in reality which radically
change and seem off in dream/ in a place which isn’t reality. By looking at
their totems they can determine whether what they experience is real or a
In order to
pull of the kind of revelation they are going for the audience needs to be able to
rewatch TST and see exactly which parts we have been lied about, right?
The lie is
literally projected on us. Why? Because we get hints throughout the episode
that even if we are presented with fake/surreal versions of reality IT’S NEVER
COMPLETELY MADE UP. WE ARE BEING TOLD
THAT SMALL CHANGES ARE MADE IN ODER TO MAKE IT PLAUSIBLE BECAUSE YOU CAN’T
EXPLAIN EVERYTHING AWAY. You were told – but did you listen (pun to my username
In one of
the first scenes, Sherlock watches the altered account of Magnussen’s death
which clears his name. They didn’t change everything, just one tiny detail (who
shot him). They changed literally 4 seconds of footage in that clip. The rest
is real. However, we also get this shot. The viewer takes the place of the
screen on which we saw the altered version of events. We are there. The beamer is literally projecting an
altered version of reality on us! An altered version, not a completely fake
one. The outcome stays the same (Magnussen dies) but the events which led there
We hear the
merchant story three times. It always ends with the merchant being unable to
outrun death. But what are Sherlock and Mycroft telling us here? Sherlock
himself says that he never liked that story. And Mycroft? He says Sherlock
wrote his own version. An altered version,
where the merchant did succeed, Sherlock wrote an optimistic ending but all in all not a completely fake account of
the events. Sherlock altered the version of the story and gave it a happy
ending – the merchant runs off and becomes a pirate. What happened before the
key moment – meeting death in Samarra – stays the same. Different outcome, same
story. The writers are telling us that Sherlock wants happy endings, more
specifically: he wants his personal happy ending.
So we know
now that what people are going to see is an altered version of reality and also
if Sherlock doesn’t like a story he will rewrite it. And the writers told us
that creating BBC Sherlock is their attempt to set things right. They are
literally doing the same thing Sherlock does here – telling a seemingly dark
and hopeless story but rewriting the ending.
some more things that support the idea that the whole episode is actually an
inception being performed on us (the viewers). Let’s focus on the part where Cobb in
Inception talks about totems.
that the writers have given us totems in TST so we can find out what’s real and
what’s not. Because we are supposed to figure it out – if not, how would they
be able to create an I-told-you-so moment, which is again something Steven said
in an interview, so we know they are going for that, too. They are actually being
nice – they are using things we’ve seen before, similar tells/totems to the
‘dream’ in TAB.
A totem is a
well known object with distinct qualities. Well known objects in Sherlock are
the signature skull painting and the actual human skull on the mantelpiece. And
those have been changed! And the writers and set designers made those
deliberate changes public. They talked about it, tweeted about it. If these
changes were unimportant they would simply not talk about them. They are
telling us to pay attention because – and here comes a crack theory – the skulls
and also very over-the-top scene transitions can be used to determine which
parts are real and which are fake. Again, I don’t believe that it’s all a lie.
Like the events revolving Magnussen’s death and Sherlock changing the merchant
story so it would have a happy ending, I actually believe the frame of TST is
real. They only lie about details.
In TAB there is a ‘Victorian version’ of the skull
painting showing both a skull and a young woman looking in a mirror. In TST we
get the creepy glowing skull painting which is seen in countless shots. And if
we can’t see the painting there is the human skull which has now added
spectacles, another hint that reality is being obscured.
can we as a viewer (and also Sherlock himself) take as an indication that
something is imagined? Which totems/tells are being used to enable us to see
what’s real and what’s not? Let’s take a look at things the writers and Arwel
have kindly been pointing out and let’s also look at everything that’s different
from how the show normally is. Keep in mind, totems are well known items which
are altered if you’re in a dream. Which are the totems and tells we are given?
1. The new, glowing skull painting. If
it’s visible (and sometimes it takes up about half of the screen) something is
fake/a dream. The more clearly it is visible, the more Sherlock is altering
2. If other objects which create a
changed version of reality (such as mirrors, cameras, magnifying glasses,
spectacles, and also events seen in the windows of a bus or a plane) are
visible, it’s a fake version of reality, too. There’s also a great post by @sherchemistlock about the use of mirrors in TST. This basically means: every
time we see an objects which is known to reflect/alter vision/reality, we are
not being told the whole truth. A part of is is withheld (but not all of it is
fake – more on that later).
These objects are being used as totems/tells:
SPECTACLES: Most important here: The skull on the mantelpiece. If it’s
missing like in TAB (where it is replaced by a tiny hound statue btw), and if
it’s wearing spectacles like in many shots in TST, it’s all imagined. Mark even
tweeted a picture of the skull wearing spectacles, which means it must be
MIRRORS (which show you a flipped version of reality): John and Mary
only lie on their correct sides in bed IF YOU SEE THEM THROUGH A MIRROR.
BINOCULARS: Sherlock’s looking though something else, changing his
natural vision and therefor reality. Altered account of events, too.
(or: creating a picture of reality) Mrs Hudson can’t get a clear picture in
this scene. Mrs. Hudson, who, moments before Sherlock jumped off St. Barts said
“Oh god John, you made me jump”. Mrs. Hudson who’s been foreshadowing events
from the start, creating parallels to John and Mary’s marriage by using her own
husband’s life, who predicted that Sherlock would leave the wedding early, who
is basically an oracle – MRS. H. CAN’T GET A CLEAR PICTURE HERE BECAUSE IT’S
NOT REAL. There is no happy-family-baby shower party. Because there isn’t
actually a happy family.
Going by this theory, which scenes are definitely altered? Some of the
cases, especially the actual six Thatcher case (since we see Lestrade in front
of the fake painting). The baby shower scene. Sherlock babysitting Rosie at
221b while John and Mary take a nap (skull with spectacles can be seen there). John ever meeting the woman on the bus
since he later plucks the flower from behind his ear while looking at his
reflection in the bus’ window. He never met her, therefore he never cheated with her. We are being led to believe he did. This
makes the viewer dislike John and like Mary better. A part of the inception perforemd on us is making us believe he’s a cheater and she
saved Sherlock’s life.
And also, if the transitions between
scenes create an overlay that seems weird, it’s also fake. I specifically mean
every scenario that doesn’t make sense in the ‘real world’ and instances when
it seems like characters are in two places at once. This includes pieces of the
bust projected on Sherlock’s face, walls exploding behind Mycroft, the Thatcher
shrine looking like it’s submerged in water, Vivian Norbury being led through a
hallway while a shark swims through the picture and Sherlock’s face being on
fire. Probably many more scenes which I can’t all remember. Those are all fake.
Note that only half of Sherlock’s face is
covered. Maybe only half of this is fake. After all, there was a six thatchers
case which we can read on John’s blog. Maybe this TST case is made up, Sherlock
based it on the version that has already happened. Also, this looks like he is
wearing a mask which only coveres half of his face. Again – we can still
suspect that some parts of reality are altered but some are probably true.
Sherlock has his eyes closed, imagining things
while we see events projected on glass (also, remember the mirror-illusion in
TAB?) Notice how the picture is split in half – we see almost equal parts of
Sherlock and the case. Could this mean it’s a half-truth?
The altered reality Sherlock has constructed
literally breaks apart at this point
And his eyes are closed again while there is
the allusion of half of his face being on fire, indicating again that half of
what we see isn’t real. He always has his eyes closed, it really looks like he
is making it up.
In the picture with the Thatcher shrine, reality
is overlapping with the aquarium-scene or the pool-fight with Ajay. Not sure
which, but this kind of overlay also indicates that what we see is not real.
Everything involving the aquarium also doesn’t
seem right. It’s too bizarre to be real. The bullet flying in slow motion. Mary
being able to jump in front of Sherlock in time even though we don’t see her
near him in this picture. Vivien Norbury using lines from other episodes.
Vivien being led through a hallway while a shark crosses the picture. It sounds
like a story Sherlock is making up.
we can use the totems and editorial tells to say which parts are fake, we can
also use the lack of totems and tells to determine what is real.
AND SOME PARTS ARE! This scene with John where
they are in 221b discussing cases would be real. The skull is clearly visible.
Even though it’s been seen wearing spectacles only minutes before, here they
are missing. No totem = no alteration. Reality. It makes sense that John and
Sherlock would work cases together after Sherlock came back from the tarmac.
They seemed on friendly terms at the end of HLV. Hell, in TAB John basically
promised Mycroft to look out for Sherlock, they get in the same car. Solving
cases together makes sense.
Many things outside 221b could actually be real
– they are missing the totems, the clear signs that they are fake. When
Sherlock talks with Craig, the IT guy, all totems and overlay effects are
missing. This could be real. Everything with Ajay is missing the totems and
tells, too. In fact, I’m talking about the whole AGRA, Mary and Ajay scenes. In
the pool fight scene for example, we get the cool fight effects and only a
touch of drama – nothing out of the ordinary. We also get Sherlock’s flashback
to John destroying the memory stick at his parents’ house. And when the scene
is finished? There is no weird or special overlay to the next scene (Tblisi).
Ajay shoots the light, leaving Sherlock literally in the dark about Mary and
her past, and the screen goes dark and lights up again Tblisi. I repeat: there
was no special overlay, no totem no nothing. In fact, if you watch this on your
own you might realize that the whole “something is off” feeling that
accompanies us during this episode is absent in this scene. It makes sense
because it’s real (except for the fact that Sherlock is lying to Ajay about who
destroyed the memory stick).
I also think the last scene with Mrs. Hudson in
221b is real. Can’t see any weird objects which obscure reality lying around,
the fake portrait on the opposite wall isn’t visible at all and even thouugh it’s a bit blurry here it seems like the skull is sans spectacles.
By applying the theory that every time we see
some sort of totem the scene is part of the inception – either a wrong skull,
an object which blurrs or changes reality if you look through it or also if
pieces of one scene are plastered or transformed into another. And if the tells
are missing, we are confronted with reality.
So the last part of the episode which involves
Mrs. Hudson and Mary’s ‘Miss Me’ message could be true – no inception here. And
what do we get? We get Mary shaking her head when she says “Save John Watson”.
We get Mary telling Sherlock to go to hell. If we believe she did in fact not
die a hero but died the way Mycroft predicted (‘Agents like Mary don’t reach
retirement age. They get retired in a pretty permanent way)… If we take
that and watch the ending, we don’t see a Mary who sacrificed herself. We
definitely don’t see a heroic act and a herartbreaking ‘being Mary Watson was
the only life worth living’. We see a villain. What if that is the Inception? Make
the viewer believe the worst of John and the best of Mary? The rug that will be
pulled before the final revelation?