Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Theories On The Reichenbach Fall - Sherlock BBC

Okay, I have to put these two disclaimers:IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE EPISODES OF THE SECOND SEASON AND DO NOT WANT SPOILERS, DO NOT PROCEED!!!!  If you are remaining in the dark for what happens until you can see the episodes in their entirety when the DVD comes to the US, then A. I salute you.  You have more restraint than me.  And B. Do NOT read the following, because I spoil things.

Secondly, I have not actually seen the episodes of the second season yet.  (Which, by the way, can someone answer this for me?  In the first episode of season two, does the tension and situation in the pool actually get sidetracked because Moriarty gets a phone call???  And what's his real ringtone?)  Anyway, these are thoughts based on what I've been able to glean out because of YouTube.  But, especially people in England who have seen the episodes, I'd love to know what you think.  And please tag others for this note, as there is a limit for how many people I can tag.

If I get any details wrong, it's because I've misinterpreted them from the YouTube videos.  It's hard to actually find longer clips of the actual show.  Most people have these montage things to whatever song they feel fits the Holmes and Watson 'bromance,' or is some kind of tribute to Holmes's life.

On to the theories.

First, Moriarty's suicide.  From what I can tell, Moriarty spends this episode ruining Sherlock's reputation, calling him a fake, insisting his deductive skills are no more than magic tricks, basically.  I don't know who, if anyone, begins to question Sherlock, but I saw some clip where he's actually arrested by Lestrade.  Then, when Sherlock and Moriarty are on the rooftop, it's revealed there are assassins waiting for a signal to take out Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and Lestrade.

Moriarty says, if I'm not mistaken, some kind of line that amounts to the assassins never being called off unless he does it?  Okay, just looked at the YouTube footage again.  He says as long as he's alive, Sherlock's friends have a chance to live, and that "your friends will die if you don't."

Now, watching how Sherlock reacts after Moriarty supposed kills himself gives some clues right there.  He acts completely distraught (well, 'completely' for Sherlock, anyway,) and shocked.  A. I don't think Moriarty's actually dead.  I do agree with the ones saying that if he'd shot himself in the mouth, his head would be blown off.  He wouldn't just have a trail of blood running from the back of his head.  But think about the camera angle when the gun goes off, and how Sherlock's left arm swung out just before/as the shot's going off.  I think he hit the gun out of the way so that yes, Moriarty was shot, hence the blood, but it wasn't enough to kill him.  Unfortunately, it was a good enough job to fool Sherlock, who had the completely distraught moment, because he saw this as a possibility.  He knew what he'd have to do--fake his own death.

Which brings me to Molly.  Everyone is hypothesizing, because of her perception of him, that she was in on him faking his death, and helped him do it.  I think that's wrong.  I think the "you remind me of my dad" soliloquy showed Sherlock that she would be too perceptive to believe that he'd actually killed himself.  I think he saw that she would begin her own investigation into his supposed 'death,' and get herself into worse trouble, because Moriarty's men have still gotta be out there.  I have no idea what he could have asked her help with, but I think it was something other than his faked death.  I think it was something to make it seem like he was fully letting her in, so that when the time came to fake his death, she'd be fully taken in and believe that Sherlock Holmes was no more, just like everyone else.

Which brings me to Sherlock himself.  I freakin' LOVE Benedict Cumberbatch.  His acting up on the rooftop was amazing.  Anyway, my analysis.  A lot of people have said that the crying was out of character for Sherlock.  To a degree, they're right, and when I saw the first few thirty second clips and tried to piece them together, I agreed.  Now, I've changed my mind.  I think it was very IN-character for him.  Think about the Blind Banker episode, when he faked such emotion when the husband died and he was talking to the wife.  And then the bubbly-ness in his voice when he buzzed the lady in the upstairs apartment who had just moved in.  He does whatever the situation calls for.  Except this situation was the last resort that he hadn't wanted to get to, and as he says in the Hounds of Baskerville, "I don't have friends.  I just have one."  He knows how much this is going to hurt John, but he'd rather have him emotionally hurt than shot by a sniper.  And I think, though he knew John wouldn't believe it, that he had to try and tell him that he was indeed a fake.  Or perhaps he just needed to have evidence one last time of John's unwavering confidence in him in order to go through with what he had planned.

Okay, these are my theories.  Let me know what you think.  :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Interview With David Ruffle

I was lucky enough to get an interview with David Ruffle, the MX author of Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror.  If I'm not mistaken, there's also a second edition of this book available now from Amazon.

Now, to get to the interview. 

1. How and why did your interest in Sherlock Holmes start? What is it about the character that fascinates you most?
My interest in Holmes started when I was quite young with the reading of the Canon and continued on from there. I loved the aloofness of the character and the arrogance borne out of genius.

2. What is your favorite story of the canon?
The Speckled Band for its understated horror. The Blue Carbuncle for its many delights and The Six Napoleons for its dash, verve and style.

3. What are your top three favorites pastiches? (No fair picking your own!) :)
Difficult.....such an ever changing field to select from. Contrary to many Holmesians I enjoy immensely Michael Dibdin's The Last Sherlock Holmes Story. Loren D Estleman's Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula. David Stuart Davies's The Tangled Skein. But, honestly ask me tomorrow and the list may be different.

4. In fellow Holmes pastiche authors, what do you most admire/most detest?
I first look for how the characters of Holmes and Watson are delineated and if the dialogue is authentic sounding. To some extents the plot to me is of secondary importance; a plot may be ingenius, but if Holmes and Watson are not 'right' then it will not work for me.

5. What was your inspiration for your own Holmes novels?
Lyme Regis pure and simple. I had never written a thing before moving here seven years ago and now am constantly inspired to write. The 'Lyme Regis Horror' started off as a one page exercise in capturing a moment in Baker Street, my inspiration for that was mostly in the shape of the Granada series.

6. Who is your favorite paring with Holmes, crossover-wise? (Ie--Holmes and the Phantom, Holmes and the Ripper, Holmes and Dracula, Holmes somehow in contemporary times with an original female character, etc.)
Holmes and Dracula pairing fascinates me and it's refreshing to see so many authors tackle this theme and still keep it fresh.

7. What, if any, is your favorite more obscure Holmes movie? (For instance, Young Sherlock Holmes, Without a Clue, They Might Be Giants.)
To be honest I rarely watch Holmes movies and of those I enjoy none come into the obscure category.

8. What is your favorite Holmes canon quote, and why?
It was worth a wound; it was worth many wounds; to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.
In a few simple words ACD opens up the heart of Holmes and the depth of the friendship between the two. Magic.
The most puzzling quote is; "Your neighbour is a doctor then?" Odd.

9. What, if any, is your favorite quote from the BBC's Sherlock?
Cannot think of one off-hand!!

10. How awesome is Benedict Cumberbatch?? (Lol, just kidding.) Seriously, however, if you've been lucky enough to view the second season of Sherlock, without giving too much away, what is your opinion of it?
The whole series (One and Two) is constructed and written so well in that it appeals to both Holmes purists and the modern Dr Who generation. The character of Holmes has grown during the course of the six episodes and is a more vulnerable Holmes now than when we first encountered him. A splendid piece of television which leaves one wanting more.