skull narrator

Undertale-style Guzma Narrations! (Courtesy of me, you're welcome)
  • *Guzma attacks!
  • *Guzma is squatting
  • *Guzma crosses his arms then laughs maniacally
  • *Smells like bugs
  • *Guzma flashes an evil toothy grin
  • *Guzma is slouching
  • *Guzma's white locks flow in the wind
  • Check: *GUZMA 70 ATK 90 DEF
  • *The hated boss who beats you and beats you down down and never lets up, it's Guzma, the big bad boss of Team Skull!
  • *Guzma impatiently kicks the air
  • *Smells like an angry bug
  • *Guzma makes an angry grimace
  • *Guzma bounces on his knees
  • *Guzma angrily stomps his foot on the floor
  • *Guzma's face is starting to get a little bit red
  • *Guzma huffs angrily as he hyperventilates
  • *Guzma is shaking with rage
  • *Guzma's clenches and unclenches his fists
  • *Guzma's face is as red as a tomato
  • *You see Guzma's veins popping
  • *Guzma's eyes twitch involuntarily
  • *Guzma ruffles and pulls on his hair
  • *Guzma loudly yells at himself

Building on @loudest-subtext-in-tv​‘s point about explanations for the glowing skull that are alternatives to EMP, I started thinking about how the alibi theory would fit.

The skull is placed over the left shoulder of whoever is sitting in the client chair.

The skull is not illuminated until Greg arrives with the first Thatcher bust case, with the ridiculous fake car seat solution.

Between these events, we are shown John and Mary sleeping on the sofa, but the skull is out of frame. It would be a little behind and to the right of Rosie’s head.

We see a lot of people from this perspective, but as far as I can see, never Sherlock. We do, however, see this perspective of Sherlock somewhere else:

In this opening scene, this projector shows us Sherlock’s alibi for the Magnussen shooting. What if the skull is the projector of John’s alibi for Mary’s shooting, the “official version” Sherlock is telling in this episode? Come to think of it, would they even use a projector for this? Why not simply upload a video file? It has to be here for plot reasons.

This would mean that we can trust the events before the Cardiac Arrest client, but that we start hearing Sherlock’s fictional tale somewhere between that client’s visit to 221B and Greg’s. What happens between those events? John’s bus ride.

I noticed something odd while grabbing screenshots for this. We first see the Lady in Red as an ordinary, bored passenger. This is the last frame before we cut to a close up. I think she’s looking at John here, but her face hasn’t changed from when she was looking around at other things.

And this is the first close up frame, without cutting away to John in between:

Her attitude has completely changed. Now she’s flirty, already fully engaged in a nonverbal conversation with John.

I think maybe this is the moment when Sherlock took over the narrative. I think all of the rest is Sherlock’s version of Mary’s death, the one that places John away from the aquarium when she is shot. While he’s telling the story, he draws from past cases: Vivian Norbury’s line taken from The Great Game, A.G.R.A. from H.O.U.N.D., the Thatcher busts from The Six Thatchers. Storytelling is not Sherlock’s milieu, so it’s not all original.

I think the narrative ends before Sherlock’s visit to Ella. He really does need help to figure out what to do to help John. Because he has suffered a loss, at his own hands, and he’s not okay.

I’m still not comfortable with whole episodes beyond TAB being “imaginary”, because I think that’s the literary equivalent of a murder–suicide, but at least this theory contains the problem to less than a single episode.

Or maybe I just like the idea of Sherlock projecting in therapy.

Tagging people I think might be interested, apologies if I’ve missed anyone, or if you hate being tagged!

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