the sherlock theory

In ASIB we learn to associate Mycroft with the Queen (“are we here to see the Queen?” “Oh, appearantly, yes”). In the “spoiler promo pic” for TFP, Sherlock is throwing away chess pieces, most prominently the white queen.

Season four has also drawn our attention to the Queen in other ways. For example, Culverton talks about what would happen if the Queen was a serial killer (“I’d be the first to know, we have that kind of friendship”). And then there’s Moriarty, arriving at Sherrinford to the sound of ‘I want to break free’… by Queen.

If there is a Lost Special, those elements definitely point to M theory. Perhaps this has been said before. Definitely some people smarter than me can write great meta about this.

Want to instill doubt in someone? “Change minor details in their surroundings.”

Yes, this post is about Sherlock. Specifically, about the reason for all of those pesky set design flaws that grew larger and larger as series 4 progressed.

For example, the skull picture we normally see…

…turns into this.

Or when Ella’s office looked like this…

…but turned into this.

There are hundreds of examples but how about simply one more.

John’s flat looked like this…

…but turned into this.

If you watch Many Happy Returns, which takes place before Series 3, you’ll see John’s front door doesn’t actually exist under the staircase – that was an unnecessary change in Series 4.

So what do all of these changes have to do with making an impression on the audience?  Well.  Everything.

When you want to get a group of people to doubt their own memory – or to plant new ones – you have to change things about what they already know, but don’t let on that you’ve changed anything.

And who does this for a living?

Derren Brown, the illusionist who had a cameo in The Empty Hearse. He’s also a very good friend of Mark Gatiss’. He has a fascinating video you can watch about this exact technique I’m explaining. By changing details visually, one can change how people doubt their own abilities to perceive reality, and also question their own memories.

Do you know all the outrageous things series 4 fed us?

– Mary is just an ordinary housewife with a good heart
– John would never save Sherlock from a serial killer
– John would beat Sherlock senseless
– Sherlock simply needs love from family to complete him
– John has a bunch of friends that love to look after his baby
– John would blame Sherlock for any harm befalling Mary
– John would easily forgive Mary for shooting his best friend in cold blood
– Mary knows Sherlock and John better than anyone ever could

These things blatantly contradict everything we’ve ever known about these characters. Still don’t believe Mary is a manipulative psychopath? Go read the HLV script; it just made its rounds on the internet today.

You’ve been wondering why series 4 is so screwed up, narratively and visually? It has a purpose. It is to make the audience doubt – to make the audience doubt their own ability to comprehend reality.

Is it working?

Can someone explain to me what the FUCK is going on in the background of these pictures, they’ve been driving me nuts for over a year.

What the FUCK

WHY does it look like Sherlock in his dressing gown solving crimes while in Jail? Who is this person? Why are they there? Has this been figured out yet because it’s driving me absolutely bonkers.

the gap

I’m sure other people have noticed this before me, but I was rewatching t6t and I couldn’t help but think about this.

“It’s the gap. Look at the gap. It’s wrong. Everything else is perfectly ordered, managed. This whole thing’s verging on OCD. … Something’s missing from here, but only recently.”

The gap. I can’t help but think this has to do with the show itself. Everything is this show is meticulous. All of the details are perfectly aligned, and yet, this ugly gap remains. It’s bordering on OCD. Something is missing from the show- but only recently, only season 4. Only now.

Around this same part, he starts talking about intuitions and how intuitions are simply data processed too fast to comprehend. How we should listen to our intuitions. Others have agreed that this episode went really fast and needed time to go back and rewatch to fully process it.

All these things that feel wrong with season 4 are the gap. The data processed too fast to comprehend it.

ContactSH and ContactJHW

I have no idea how it came to me so suddenly, and why it took me so long, but remember all that talk about how the show was merging with the real world? How the show was literally breaking the fourth wall? The newspaper announcement about baby Watson, Moriarty hacking Amazon, Sherlock on the BBC Twitter - and then us thinking that Moriarty would hack Trump’s inauguration and Piccadilly Circus?

Well, what about the Sherlock and John Twitter accounts? There’s literally so much there. Those two accounts are way too active for a few (maybe one) bored people passing the time and doing it for shits and giggles. Not to mention the meta people have already done suspecting that the accounts are being run by the BBC or someone affiliated with it. I mean, I know I’m delusional and probably grasping at straws here but literally though, why is it that next to nobody is talking about this? Humour me, please. @the-7-percent-solution @worriesconstantly @teaandqueerbaiting @jenna221b @tjlcisthenewsexy how to tag?????

Sherlock theory

The more I watch Sherlock, and the more I think about the characters and their interactions, the more I become CONVINCED that Sherlock and Molly slept together. Specifically between 3x02 and 3x03. 

I’m not saying that as a fanboy or a shipper or whatever. I legitimately think they’re interactions are written to give that impression. 

Why Molly and Tom suddenly split, why Molly and Sherlock’s attitudes towards each other change after 3x02, the comment about Sherlock liking her bed, why Molly suddenly features prominently in Sherlock’s mind palace, his sudden guilt over his treatment of her, the slap, the seemingly random sexual joke he makes towards her, and of course the I love you scene.

Seriously, re-watch 3x03 - 4x03 with this idea in mind. Everything just clicks.     

Sherlock filming in Canada

Keep clueing for looks to find out WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON!

So I just remembered that Sherlock team was filming in Canada for several weeks in April – May. Some of crew members, including the location manager (Tom Guy) and the director of TST (Rachel Talalay), were tweeting about it.

Maybe another tweets/posts/pictures on this theme exist but that’s what I’ve found so far:

They were in Toronto, huh?

Two days later Tom tweeted that he had a great trip to the Niagara Falls.

Were they filming over there? Who knows? The following tweet about any possible shooting for Sherlock didn’t get a reply.

And finally — Rachel’s tweet with picture of our familiar clapperboard. 7th May, Vancouver. Nice!

Now what we have. There was nothing connected to the filming in Canada, right? Then the game is not over.

One more missing scene? I wouldn’t be surprised.

Curtain rises. The last act. It’s not over. SH

TST is so goddamn blue: a meta

TST is just all kinds of weird. Everything feels off, and even the first third, which is supposed to be light-hearted and funny, is unsettling in many ways (for instance, why was John, a doctor, driving the car when his wife, Mary, was going into labor instead of having Sherlock drive? We know Sherlock can drive very well from THoBV, so wtf? And why would Sherlock ever say that Mary is better than John when it clearly hurt John that he’d say that? And what was the narrative point of the dog being there, apart from the fact that Sherlock likes dogs? Anyway, I digress.)

One theory that I’ve seen going around is that Sherlock is narrating this episode, and therefore, we’re dealing with an unreliable narrator. If Sherlock is in fact telling this story to his therapist, Ella, at the end of the episode, and is lying about some parts of his story, then what is he lying about? Well, one option is that he’s lying about how Mary died in order to protect someone. But he’s Sherlock… who would he bother protecting?

“It’s always you, John Watson.” Of course. It probably has to do with John. With saving and protecting John, as is Sherlock’s MO.

One theory by @the-7-percent-solution that I’m extremely fond of at the moment is that John killed Mary, and Sherlock is lying to his therapist in order to protect John (just like Watson may have lied in the original ACD story Charles Augustus Milverton to protect Holmes after Holmes presumably killed Milverton, which is what Mofftiss believe happened), and to give John an alias. Which would mean that quite a lot of the episode is either a fabrication, or changed slightly in order to make the story more convincing.

And, since I noticed that there is a LOT of blue in this episode, I decided to go through and examine the most blue-lit and blue-colored scenes, and see if I anything popped out at me. Something did. It might be nothing, but I’m gonna roll with it and see where it goes.

This is the scene where Sherlock discovers the A.G.R.A. memory stick in the Thatcher bust, and fights with Ajay. Everything in this scene is blue, or lit up with blue: the pool, the pool lights, the waves painted on the walls (real subtle with the Water Thing there, Mark), the police lights. It’s overwhelmingly blue. Which means that, if blue coloring or lighting means that Sherlock is lying (and I will explain why I think that might be the case in just a second) then Ajay’s story about why he’s actually hunting down Mary - or even the way/reason that Sherlock discovers the memory stick - might be either a lie, or a half-lie on Sherlock’s part (assuming he’s telling Ella all this after it’s happened.)

These screenshots are taken from the montage of Rosamund Mary’s escape trip. Again, there is quite a bit of blue, especially in the transitions and maps. And the dice. Again, just like the scene where Sherlock finds the A.G.R.A. memory stick, this part of the narrative has been twisted or is unreliable. We’re not seeing the full truth here. Maybe Rosamund Mary had a much more sinister reason to leave London than just escaping another assassin. (I’m not sure this part holds up as well as some of the other blue-colored scenes, but still. I thought it was very interesting how they stuck with this one-color scheme across so many scenes in this episode.)

This is the scene where Rosie begins crying, and John texts the girl from the bus stop. Again, everything in this scene is pretty damn blue; at least it stood out as being strangely blue to me. I mean, c’mon, even the bathroom tiling and towels are blue:

So maybe that means that this scene isn’t entirely true, either. The unreliable narrator - Sherlock, possibly - has embellished or left out something critical to understanding (in context) this scene. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one, but maybe someone can help me out with figuring out how/why this scene might possibly have been a lie or a half-lie.

So I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. This whole scene is so strange and off, as many people who are much better at this whole meta thing than I am have already pointed out (I.E., John, an army doctor, not doing anything other than talk to his dying wife when he could clearly do so much more to help save her… jfc?)

Maybe Rosamund Mary didn’t really die in this sccene. Maybe, after finding out something about Mary’s past or present while confronting her about the A.G.R.A. memory stick or Morocco (again, assuming that both those scenes weren’t shown to the audience exactly how they happened) John killed her, and Sherlock’s protecting John by not telling the story how it really happened. Or maybe it’s something else… but there is an incredible amount of blue in this scene, which very clearly connects it (for me) to the previous scenes I’ve mentioned.

After Rosamund Mary’s death scene, the camera pans up and we get this shot:

A blue shark. And since sharks have repeatedly been associated with villains already on this show, that’s pretty damn suggestive. The shark is still swimming - it hasn’t stopped, and therefore it hasn’t died.

After the blue shark, we immediately get this shot a box (coffin? Ashes?) burning with blue flames:

Again, this is sticking to a common color scheme present in many other scenes that could easily have been changed or fabricated to hide a much more sinister side of Rosamund Mary, and a very different version of that aquarium scene. So maybe Rosamund Mary isn’t actually dead, or the how/why of her death is a lie, or, or, or…

And that brings me to why I think that blue might be important.  In one of the last scenes in the episode, we see that Sherlock is in therapy, and trying to figure out what to “do about John.”

Strangely, the therapist, Ella, has an office that’s painted blue: walls, ceiling, everything. (It is also shaped similarly to the tube in the aquarium, and lit in a very similar way to the room where Rosamund Mary died, but I’m not entirely sure that has any significance?) Oftentimes, when pressured to make something up or lie about something, people will look to what’s around them to help them come up with material for their lies. So if Sherlock is recounting this story from his memory, isn’t it possible that his surrounding are leaking into how he sees those memories, especially the ones that aren’t coming from his memory because they’re partially or fully falsehoods?

And then the episode ends on this shot:

More blue, with Sherlock framed in front of water, on his way to “save John Watson.” Real subtle, Mark.

((If anyone recognizes a reference to one of their metas in this post, please, please, please tell me and I’ll tag you and give credit! I really don’t want to seem like I’m stealing anyone’s theories, I just got excited by all the metas I was seeing and decided to make one, too!))

The first tip off in The Abominable Bride that what we’re watching was mind palace and not just a Victorian one-off, was the moment Sherlock was in the morgue and muttered to himself “how could he survive”, instead of saying “she”. It gave me chills! I was genuinely shocked at that moment. The audience knew something was up, we just didn’t know what, because the music was intense and the parallel he drew between Ricoletti and Moriarty was obvious.

But what about the two other times Sherlock mistook “she” for “he” in The Six Thatchers? We’ve brushed those off as character quirks or continuity errors. Why?

Was the music not dramatic enough? Were the parallels not obvious enough?

Sherlock said “she” (Mary) destroyed her flash drive, but we know John did it. Sherlock said “she” when talking about the boy who died in the car.

There are other theories for why Sherlock said these things, but not many people question if these moments are meant to parallel The Abominable Bride. If they are, then series 4 can be read as a mirrored universe to The Abominable Bride.

And this works exquisitely well for all three episodes.