You know what pisses me so immensely off about this whole Eurus stuff? It has nothing to do with how a Sherlock Holmes story works and it’s an affront to say TFP was adapted from the works of ACD. because it wasn’t.
No, this is not about canonical purity (like “She wasn’t in the books!” whining). It’s about the structure of the narrative that makes a Holmes story.
Sherlock Holmes is not a magic wizard - he operates by logic. Therefore, his deductions are comprehensible and reasonable. When he explains them, people can follow through (even saying that it sounds easy when explained), they follow logical rules to determine the truth.
Now, by introducing an omnipotent, superintelligent, crazy and therefore unpredictable previously unknown factor like Eurus
into the above equation, who, because she’s mentally ill and a genius, is motivated by inexplicable and irrational impulses, Mofftiss literally threw over the board. It’s not a game anymore, indeed, because this is not the Holmesian game as it has been played for decades. And perhaps therefore the chess picture was very revealing and had to be removed? Because it showed exactly this: They broke the rules (that weren’t wrong in this case because they were shown as being right and the basis of everything previously to TFP), they revoked the contract they had with the audience, that when a Holmes story is adapted, the viewer/reader has a chance to solve the puzzle.
We hadn’t a chance. And this means there’s no reason at all to write meta anymore. What is there to analyse if they can randomly introduce factors that turn everything we thought we knew upside down? Omnipotent factors, illogical factors… Unreliable narrator indeed!
They not only didn’t give us Johnlock, they also took the game away from us. They reduced that beautifully crafted, exciting show to a pile of senseless rug pulls just for the sake of it. There is nothing to analyse, no motivation to look into, no making sense of it. And that is not only true for TFP, because by carelessly interlocking the Eurus factor with previous episodes, they even destroyed the frame of reference we thought we knew and had established. Even the puzzlesolving we so loved, the cueing for looks, was reduced to an insulting rick roll with a badly done dancing men cipher! They told us to look deeper, for subtext, only to fuck us over twice.
They took everything we loved about the show and destroyed it. Why? Because a bunch of mostly female queer teens and neurodivergent adults came up with better ideas, more progressive readings and intelligent explanations. It seems Mofftiss couldn’t deal with that.
At least now no-one will accuse them of fan service. They killed their amazing show out of vain pettiness. Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, how dare you call this last episode a Sherlock Holmes adaption? Just never touch Sherlock Holmes and John Watson again!