Check out this gorgeous mirroring in TBB, the episode that never fails to show you something you hadn’t seen before… note the mannequin behind Andy in the background, looking like Soo Lin (Sherlock’s mirror), reaching out to Andy (John’s mirror), through glass <3 <3 <3 (Read this mind-blowing piece of meta about the character mirrors in TBB if you haven’t already)
Another clue that Molly is John in the “I love you” scene: she wears the stripped jumper she was wearing in TEH as she played John during Sherlock’s case. “You’re not John, you’re you” was followed by Sherlock calling Molly John throughout the entire deduction scene.
The coffin was for John, the deductions apply to him -> short size, no close family, “I love you”.
The I love you scene is about John & Sherlock: it shows John’s worries about Sherlock’s potential love: “I am not an experiment”, “You’re my friend”.
It also prepares the actual scene of the confession/declaration of love : Sherlock will have to say it first, it will be in a seemingly life-threatening situation (actual Three-Garridebs?), John will answer right away and will pour his heart out, literally wearing his heart (=phone) on his sleeve.
Except that the actual I love you scene will feel right, not like this very awkward and forced scene. John & Sherlock’s declaration of love will not be destructive, it will save the life (and their hearts).
It will repair the wrongs and heal the wounds. For the characters, but also for the audience, particularly LGBTQ+ viewers. (Hopefully, Molly will have the I love you she deserves too, from a character who actually loves her -> Greg?)
If Culverton Smith is a dark mirror for John, and Faith/Eurus is a mirror for John during A Study in Pink, and taking into consideration when they said “Murder = Marriage” in The Sign of Three, along with Smith’s overjoyed demeanor realizing he could kill anyone, and his love for confessing his sins – which parallels Moriarty/Sherlock in The Abominable Bride – THEN:
Culverton telling Faith years ago of his darkest secret to kill anyone, Culverton repressing Faith’s mind, and Faith, in an act of desperation, reaching out to Sherlock for guidance
John told himself years ago he was bisexual (could marry “Anyone”) but repressed the idea because it frightened and repulsed him, and in an act of desperation reached out to Sherlock for guidance
At the end of tfp, Sherlock says, “You killed my best friend”, while crying. This could be referencing the fact that John really is dying because he got shot in tld. Victor Trevor is a mirror for John, and John is Sherlock’s best friend. They made a huge deal out of establishing them as best friends in tsot. I don’t think they would use the term again if they weren’t making a connetion between them. So if tfp really is happening in John’s mind bungalow, he’s imagining Sherlock getting upset over his possible death. end meee nowww
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
That’s not what happened at all:
False alibis in The Lion’s Mane and The Six Thatchers
The Lion’s Mane is the second of only two stories narrated by Sherlock Holmes; the first of these was The Blanched Soldier. Both of these stories were published in 1926 and collected in The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, which seems to have become a major source for Sherlock S4 (see my related meta here, partially about the erasure of John Watson’s character).
In The Lion’s Mane, Holmes opens by talking about his lonely life in his house on a hill in the Sussex Downs, with his housekeeper and his bees, and relates the story of a case that nearly stumped him.
“At this period of my life the good Watson had passed almost beyond my ken. An occasional week-end visit was the most I ever saw of him. Ah! had he but been with me, how much he might have made of so wonderful a happening and of my eventual triumph against every difficulty!”
Yes, it’s certainly a pity that John is being kept from writing these stories.
As I mentioned in my recent meta on The Blanched Soldier, Mofftiss appear to believe that Doyle removed Watson from that tale in order to tell a story about him in him allegory (this is the only explanation for James Sholto’s character in The Sign of Three). I think he did the same thing in The Lion’s Mane as well, but it’s difficult to tell, because the story is a bit like a game of musical chairs. In fact, past Sherlockians have observed that lines in The Lion’s Mane appear to have been handed out to the wrong characters.
“Why did you betray us?” (The Six Thatchers)
The only character in The Lion’s Mane that we recognize by name, Sherlock Holmes, isn’t acting like himself at all. John Watson is outright missing. The first manuscript of this story, most of which has survived, included a new and important character who was then cut out of the published version. Can we trust what we see on the page?
“That’s not what happened at all.” (The Six Thatchers)
… Victorian skinny-dipping, secret love notes, and lots of other spoilers for The Lion’s Mane under the cut.
ghost story au where john and sherlock are old ghost men haunting the shit out of the people that moved into their cottage until finally a nice lovely gay couple moves in and sherlock is like ah, yes, these. these can stay. and then they still haunt it but like, in a nice way.
Hey I've just thought about something. On ASiB Mycroft says to S that caring is not an advantage, it is his way of advicing S that he shoudn't care as much as he was, right? Well then why in TLD he didn't know that Sherlock was more emotional? Does that make sense? Also I thought Mycroft was very ooc, getting it on with Lady Smallwood and his whole persona in TFP, wasn't he supposed to be cold? If he was that vulnerable, that could have been shown more times ??? Idk I find it strange
ASDFASD LISTEN NONNY. NOTHING IN S4 EVEN REMOTELY MAKES SENSE TO THE PREVIOUS NARRATIVE WE WERE PRESENTED WITH FOR 6 YEARS. I mean, Mycroft love his brother so much. John loves Sherlock and hates Mary. It’s almost like…. S4 is a mirror series or something… Seriously though, the whole season, now that I’m really REALLY thinking about it? it’s OPPOSITE from everything we thought and believed. I mean, I’m totally willing to accept that Mofftiss are probably just two writers who got ahead of themselves and pat themselves on the back for what they put out, but at the same time, the three eps we got make NO SENSE to the narrative they built up for 6 years right up until TAB, and then in the span of a year it goes off the rails? Makes no sense and confuses me. So yeah, Tinfoil hat me suspects there’s something Fucky going on.
Sherlock's a mirror for us. In HLV he had a gun drawn on him by a woman he trusted because he was too focused on what he thought John wanted. In TLD he had a gun drawn on him by a woman he trusted because he was too focused on catching a cup of tea. Tea is gay romance. Thanks to Billy's line tea is also codes and subtext. At the end of TLD a gun was drawn on the audience. We didn't expect this, we were focused on the subtext which pointed to the romance. We've been shot TFP is our dying nightmar
After my post about the last page of the S4 CD booklet X, I had a closer look and found some interesting things. This is the full booklet:
The tracks for the individual episodes are listed in form of structural formulas, i.e. they feature very prominently in the artwork of the booklet. However, chemistry as such does not play a decisive part in this series. Sherlock never works in Barts lab here, the formula of TS12 is never explained, the drugs he takes are not specified. The only time we see chemical formulas is in TST - with Toby.
What is interesting, though, is the fact that some lines in the formulas are open-ended, leading into nothing. Red herrings? Loose ends? Plot holes?
Now this is a good one as well. On the pages listing the tracks, the series is called Act IV.I, Act IV.II, and Act IV.III, clearly pointing to the concept of dramatic structure. Of course there are shows and films using a four-act structure, but the classic structure which has been extensively analysed in here, is the five-act structure. If applied to Sherlock, this would mean there should be a series 5.
Mirrors are one of the most defining visual and narrative features of the show. And they are used again in the booklet - not once, but even twice.
Sherlock mirroring himself - Eurus mirroring Jim and herself at the same time. This could be a hint that she show is about Sherlock using avatars like Eurus (and Jim?) in order to cope with his past issues and emotions.