Posts tagged with "Moriarty"

Mar 3

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Rather than splitting this up into awkward pieces, I’m gonna just smoosh a couple questions I’ve been asked into one that gets right to the heart of things:

In the post-credits scene from His Last Vow, that was definitely Jim. And he was definitely moving and talking for real, not like a gif. So how is he not definitely alive?


Yes, it was definitely Jim. (Unless we allow for a perfectly identical twin, but that’s veering into cheesy territory and—more important for the sake of this discussion—would actually make it less likely that Moriarty Prime is still alive. So we won’t worry about that option right now.)

Yes, it was definitely real moving and talking instead of an animation. (Unless we allow for extremely good computer animation where Benedict Cumberbatch did the motion capture, and—I’M KIDDING, OBVIOUSLY. Moving on.)

But no, it was not any kind of proof that Jim’s currently alive.

Let’s maybe take a step back and reframe this with a different example.

Don’t worry about Jim for a minute. Instead, take a look at this Sherlock character:


Now—what do you think? Is she currently alive or dead?

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Moriarty vs Magnussen

Why do they both sound menacing?

Better burn than live as a slave. (*BANG!*)

Please do notice the smug expression on Mycroft’s face while saying “I certainly hope you’ve learnt your lesson” to his little murderous brother… I take it as further confirmation of my theory that Mycroft was the one behind Moriarty’s mediatic resurrection (which he staged in order to pressure his superiors to call Sherlock back from his deadly undercover mission), and that the actual Moriarty is, in fact, as dead as ever - as dead as a stone.

(Whether or not we will be offered Moriarty’s brother (or sister…) as main villain in one of the next series, is, of course, a different matter… As it is the possible ‘resurrection’ of the third - and apparently evil - Holmes Sibling… The code name of the secret operation MI6 wanted to send Sherlock into - ‘Ugly Duckling’ - sounds ominous, to me… Well, we’ll see - in a year or four…)

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i literally sobbed at the idea of mycroft sending sherlock to his death, which makes me think that i may be too emotionally invested in this show.



I’m sure he would have found a way to bend the rules and get him back again. My headcanon and no one can convince me otherwise.

He DID find a way to get him back, even before he started… ;-)

Jan 1

So... Given that Sherlock's making a birthday video for John is a bit out of character, and given that his telling John "I'll be with you again very soon" is extraordinarily out of character (were he just skipping a birthday dinner)... Do you think that Sherlock intended for John to revisit this video after his "death?" Do you think the message is a hidden tell for John? Not to mention the wink and the smile, a reminder of their first meeting? And "only lies have detail?" Hmmm?

Hallo dear! And many wishes of a very happy new year!

So, about your theory: even if I admit I find it intriguing, I’d have a hard time believing it very likely, basically because of this scene in tRF:






As I’ve already observed SOMEWHERE in the unruly mess of my Ramblings, THIS is the exact moment when Sherlock realizes in full Moriarty’s plan and his final purpose: to make him die in disgrace, die twice - taking away both his life and his reputation - die taking his own life like a desperate suicidal liar. THIS is the moment when Sherlock realizes that Moriarty must have conceived a way to blackmail him into committing suicide, and that the only way could be to threaten his loved ones in a way that will leave him no choice but to kill himself. THIS is the moment when he, then, begins to elaborate his counter-plan to save both HIS life AND his friend’s ones, at the price of his reputation.

Sherlock simply had not enough data, before, to foresee the need to fake his death, one day, in his fight against Moriarty. He knew, of course, that sooner or later Moriarty whould have tried to kill him, someway - but he could NOT know in WHICH way, and could NOT foresee such a complex and twisted, diabolical plan. Only after his confrontation with Kitty and ‘Rich Brook’, does he have all the necessary data, and realizes what his own future course of action will have to be. And at this moment there is simply NO TIME for birthday celebrations and recording videos: in a few hours, Sherlock wll jump from St. Bart’s roof.


A final consideration: the minisode, with its very short lenght, albeit an excellent appetizer, leaves MUCH to desire with regard to plausibility - and proably this was unavoidable.
Just consider the impossible German jury, or the implausible not shaven fake Tibetan nun, etc. The excess of coincidences in this previously recorded birthday video must be read within this context - within this need to elicit the public’s curiosity and anticipation - and then it will not appear so much suspicious, will it? ;-)

Cheers! Happy 2014!


Jan 1

"Your street hawker’s job was to do away with you, under certain contingency."
"And you let Moriarty go because of me?"
"I had no choice. I can’t afford to lose you, old fellow."

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Steven Moffat: There’s one sequence in an old Basil Rathbone film, uh, The Woman in Green… a brilliant piece of film-making… when, um, we know Moriarty is coming and Sherlock Holmes is waiting for Moriarty so he plays his violin. And he plays his violin and we see the shadowy figure come through this hallway. And we see Moriarty ascend the stairs and suddenly the violin stops because Holmes has heard Moriarty approaching. So Moriarty stops, realising he’s rumbled. So the two men at their first stand-off and they haven’t even been in the same room yet. And then, just to show that he’s cool, Holmes starts playing the violin again. And then Moriarty, to show that he’s cool, carries on up the stairs.

Mark Gatiss: It deserves to be stolen.

I rewatched this movie tonight (haven’t seen itfor many years) and when this scene between Holmes and Moriarty came on, I thought, wow. Sherlock redid that scene almost beat for beat, shot for shot. So I figured there’d be a gif :)

Lots of the dialogue from this scene ends up in Sherlock in the pool scene—both films lifting a lot of it from ACD. This Woman in Green scene, though, also features Moriarty threatening to kidnap and hurt Watson, thereby getting Holmes to cry uncle. So substance of the dialogue and some of the lines are distributed throughout Sherlock, but the visual sequence  is almost intact in Reichenbach. This film also ends with Moriarty pressuring Holmes to jump off a roof, with shots of Holmes looking precariously over the edge.

The similarities are obvious, but I’d like a shot by shot comparison of the departures in the most similar shots.

Fic for fic for fic.

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