I have been thinking about this episode and its meaning for the show as a whole. They sold it as a stand-alone, then it was revealed (and deduced by people in here) as being closely connected with HLV. But after S4 I would say that TAB is a stand-alone after all.
And this is quite easy to prove because nothing, really nothing, we learn in TAB has any connection to the next episode, i.e. TST. Let’s have a closer look:
The drugs: Apart from one allusion during the Lady Smallwood scene at the beginning, there is no mention of Sherlock’s overdose. He seems frantic at the beginning, but it is never explained. Until TLD we get no evidence of him being in withdrawal or on drugs or even in danger of relapsing.
The list: never mentioned again.
Mycroft’s notebook: Vernet, the number, not mentioned again. And we knew about Redbeard before.
Mycroft’s words to John. “Look after him.” Remember all the speculation about Mycroft’s impending death? Not pursued in TST.
“I know exactly what he’s going to do next.” - In TST we see Sherlock waiting for Moriarty’s next move but he never seems to know what is going to happen.
One could switch just like that from the view of the returning plane and the video to the scene in the cabinet office at the opening of TST. Sherlock being pardoned because Moriarty seems to have returned.
TAB does not have any impact on the plot as such. The only reason that this episode exists at all is to allow us an insight into Sherlock’s mind and feelings, his sexuality, his regrets, his ambivalent relationship with Moriarty, his dream of there always being two of them.
Which to me also proves what I always assumed - that nothing we have seen in TAB was real, that all modern scenes were happening in Sherlock’s mind.
I am not sure what this means for S4 as a whole. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Black and white blotches coated your vision as you glanced up from your laptop to see Wonho standing at your bedroom door, waving a polaroid picture in his hand to help the picture develop. Standing there, he looked almost dreamlike in the dim lighting of your apartment that was strung with fairy lights on every surface. The area screamed cozy and warm with just the right amount of aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture: perfect for the two of you.
“You need to stop sneaking up on me like that, I’m gonna lose my sight soon.” You yawned, pushing your work off your lap and rubbing your eyes.
Your boyfriend chuckled, setting his polaroid camera on the desk and smiled down at the picture in his hand. He replied, “I told you, it’s for my college graduation project.”
I’m pro-gun control. I am pro-sensible-safety-measures. There should be a fingerprint lock on your gun that unlocks your gun. Maybe the same security measure we apply to our fucking cell phones we could apply to an instrument of death- how does that impinge on your second amendment rights? It doesn’t. Shut the fuck up. It does not.
David Cross - Making America Great Again! (Netflix Original)
George Sr. had used his considerable means to stage intricate scenarios to teach his children what he considered valuable life lessons. Typically, these scenarios would involve a man named J. Walter Weatherman, a one-time employee who lost his arm in a Bluth Company construction accident.
One step at a time by Gregg Obst Via Flickr: Allentown Rose Garden. Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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