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Belated thoughts on "The Empty Hearse"

That was quite interesting, because Sherlock was much more thoughtful, subtle, sensitive, and considerate than he's ever been before. He sees the value of friendship. He's practically cuddly. And one of the most interesting things about him in S1 and S2 was how hard he was to like, or love.

I said somewhere or other that something in John Watson prefers people who are hard to love, people like his alcoholic sister Harry, who continually push him to new extremes of patience and loyalty.

I adored the redemption of Anderson. I've done a little fanficcy sketch of his personality.

I think that he fancies himself more clever and insightful than average, nurses grievances for long periods, has often been called "over-sensitive", consoles himself with science fiction, and loves the idea of a mysterious sub-surface to the world. (He probably adored "The X-Files" and identified heavily with Mulder.)

His virtues are his imagination (which is considerable, though undisciplined), his doggedness, and that he really wants to do his job well and contribute to bringing about justice. That desire (plus Mulder) is why he became a forensic technician.

His tragedy is that he keeps hoping to find himself in a Sherlock Holmes story, and he actually is.



Jan. 18th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
Yup, you're right. And I realised that the instant I saw this. Stupid Moffat recycling episode titles, even if it was originally an ACD thing.

So-----what did you think?
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Not sure yet. Mary was plucky and endearing and amazingly insightful - almost too good to be true. She came to conclusions before John or Sherlock. It's not impossible - I've known people who could do that, think three seconds ahead of you - but I'm surprised nobody on the show has remarked on that, how she can out-think John.

And no one has asked John the obvious question about where Sherlock fits into his new life with Mary. Of course nobody dares ask Sherlock (except for Mycroft, who is rather odious in this ep.)

But I am meta-ing and practically fic-ing, and I didn't want to do that.

You had a question you wanted to ask me, about it?

Jan. 18th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Yes--the question was (if I'm remembering properly):

At the beginning of the episode, at any point did you think Sally was responsible for the "insider" crimes Greg was trying to stop? My brain went there.
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
That didn't occur to me!

I'd read spoilers about the ep, esp. ones that referred to "so many women working for Sholto", and I had the idea that Sholto would turn out to be the ringleader of the gang, and that Mary would be connected to it. I was pleased to be wrong about that.

I loved Mary's wedding dress, BTW. It suited her very well.
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
BTW, you might like these paragraphs; I thought they were rather good (from an email about the DW Christmas Special):

I can't help feeling that early RTD was more coherent than all this, but later RTD was barely coherent at all, so we're no worse off, and while RTD specialized in human nature, Moffat seems a nearly inexhaustible source of cool images (visual and mental).

With RTD you knew that if you saw a pistol on the wall, it would eventually be fired. With Moffat, it'll disappear, reappear in a room full of other pistols, some other pistol that can't possibly be the same one will feature heavily in at least one episode, and and eventually the original pistol will be found in the final scene, propping up a table leg.
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
RTD understood narrative economy. But also, I think he still had coherent moments in his later days. Waters of Mars comes to mind as among his best.

Moffat is Time Lord Victorious--he does things because he's clever and wants us to never forget it.
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
"Sherlock" is so ... well-edited, so well-trimmed and tailored and precise, that it makes you think that someone in the "Sherlock" brain trust is a hell of a script editor.