no but like can we take a second to appreciate what a wonderful role reversal this was?
in the original stories, Professor Moriarty (probably) walked knowingly to his grave because he knew Holmes would die with him, only for Holmes to beat him because of his superior physical strength/wrestling ability and eventually re-emerge into the world triumphant.
However, James Moriarty instead of embracing death, goes and outsmarts Sherlock, predicting his movements, and in the end, re-emerges smirking and smiling, knowing he beat Sherlock in the only way that really mattered to either of them, and eager to continue playing their game, now that his superiority is established and Sherlock has just shown (through what he did for Mary) that John Watson isn’t his one and only weakness anymore.
And let me just say that this is (to me, at least) such a more satisfactory reading of the character of Moriarty.
PS: To be fair to Arthur Conan Doyle, he wasn’t really concerned with character reading when he originally wrote The Final Problem, since his main motivation for that story was (ultimately unsuccessfully) ridding himself of having to write Sherlock Holmes stories.
holy shit the BBC can really keep a secret
When you think about it, it’s really sweet of Moriarty to do this”Miss me?” routine now.
I mean, he probably had a specific date planned to reappear but had to move it up to now because it just wouldn’t be fun without Sherlock.
Sherlock Conclusions: crazy!Anderson makes for fantastic reaction images
(original gif from here: [link])
why is no one else talking about the really weird, kinda creepy, and really sad thing with Molly being engaged to some dude who looks and dresses like sherlock?? I mean
can someone please make a gif of john burning and then radagast the brown going “noo, Sebastian!” ???
oh gosh did you guys know there was a Christmas mini-episode of Sherlock????
you can watch it here: [link]
when I started watching Elementary I was a bit anxious. I’ve always loved the deep friendship the two of them had in Canon, and I was terrified they’d ruin it with silly romance.
and then this scene came along and I was overjoyed to see the writers had been able to show how much Sherlock cares about Watson, and just how much of a positive effect she has on him, without making it at all romantic.
the Elementary writers get an A+ for getting Sherlock and Watson’s friendship, the most important part of the original stories, absolutely spot-on.
This is my favourite part from all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Watson has just been shot, and Holmes is unsure if he’s been fatally injured. He looks at him and suddenly Watson, and us as well, are granted a short but pregnant moment of insight into Holmes’ heart.
We are used to seeing an almost robotic Holmes, fascinated and invigorated by crime, yes, but who shows almost none of the typical human emotions. Watson knows Holmes cares about him, even though he doesn’t openly show it. But here we can see his love. We get to see how much he cares about Watson, what he means to him, how lost he’d be without him, and it’s just so touching and emotional. His concern is heart-breaking, because it’s just so obvious he’d be broken if something had happened to Watson.
Because ultimately, the stories aren’t about a detective who happens to have a side-kick, they’re about two men who, unlikely, grow to be the closest of friends.
Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett
Couldn’t have put it better myself, Master Nobby. Don’t think anyone could, really.
based very loosely on this brilliant post (x)
you know how Moffat always says there’s something we’re all missing from Sherlock’s “death”?
I was re-watching the episode today and I think I’ve figured it out.
Steven Moffat’s Writing Process