I gotta come up with better titles for these things . . .
I decided to dig out my copy of Sherlock Season 2, and watch The Reichenbach Fall again, and something struck me while I was watching the scene where Moriarty comes to Baker Street just after the announcement of his acquittal. He mentions a problem to Sherlock. Their problem. The 'final problem.' When I initially watched this, I took it as meaning that Moriarty's final problem was how to best ruin Sherlock's reputation. But what if that's not it at all? I'm wondering now if his final problem was how to ruin Sherlock's reputation before committing suicide and therefore dying as a martyr.
I never noticed before . . . The Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales book that Sherlock looks at in the school after the kids are kidnapped is in the same kind of packaging that the bread crumbs outside Baker Street that John picked up were in.
Once again, I apologize, I'm writing this as I watch.
"All fairy tales need a good old fashioned villain."
I keep coming back to that. There's got to be something in one of those fairy tales that parallels this story!
Oh, my God . . . I just realized . . . The assassins that moved in within spitting distance of 221B Baker Street . . . I thought they were more of Moriarty's men, stationed there to close the web around Sherlock. What if the opposite's the truth? What if they went there of their own volition in order to protect Sherlock? I just passed the part where the one guy saved Sherlock from being hit by the car and then is killed when Sherlock shakes his hand. Sherlock comments on it, on them being there to keep him alive because he has something they want. But what if that's not entirely true?
Just reached the part where Sherlock and John escape, and where Sherlock says, "I'm doing what Moriarty wants. Becoming a fugitive. Run."
He knew what the game was. He knew Moriarty was like a spider, controlling thousands of strings of a web, knowing exactly what buttons to push to make whatever happen. And he knew that Moriarty was trying to destroy him inch by inch. He said that, minutes before in the episode.
And yet, he plays into Moriarty's hand there, doing what Moriarty wanted him to do. Why? Why would he play into his hands like that? Why run from the police, making things worse for himself (and John) instead of just dealing with whatever questions, and probably being released the next day? Cuz if Sherlock is intelligent enough to solve the crimes, he's intelligent enough to figure out how to prove that no, he wasn't involved. Why didn't he do that, instead of playing into Moriarty's hands?
"There's only one thing he needs to do to complete his game and that's to--"
I think I'm right. Moriarty knew there would be a final confrontation between him and Sherlock and he knew he was going to die. And if he died when Sherlock's reputation was in tatters, he'd die a martyr. He'd die as someone revered, because he'd die as Richard Brook, the 'actor Holmes hired.'
I still don't buy everyone's explanation for why he needed Molly. I'm still not convinced that she was in on helping him fake his death. That kind of deception, especially that big of one for that long-term just doesn't fit her character. I don't think she'd be able to keep up the illusion. I still think she was asked to help restore his reputation, or something of that nature.
I think the gunmen could hear him. I think part of the last step of things was Sherlock's own voice telling someone he was a fraud, and that, along with seeing him go off the rooftop, was what stopped the snipers.
This episode confuses the Hell out of me, to be honest. I don't know what to make of it. I come up with a new thought, and it contradicts something else I thought I'd figured out.
God, I can't wait for Season 3!