So the third season of Sherlock just started in the US. I have only seen the first two seasons and this first episode of season 3, so open spoilers for those episodes will be allowed, but please nothing from the second and third episodes of season 3.
I hope that first paragraph took up enough space, because from here on out, there are open spoilers.
So in this episode we see that Sherlock Holmes of course didn’t die in the last season. He explained what happened to Anderson. Some people seem to think it’s not the real explanation, but I think it pretty much is. Anderson starts picking it apart since he’s gone a little crazy and been thinking about theories about how Sherlock could have survived for the past two years. Sherlock left quickly since he got bored with Anderson.
So if I understand and remember correctly, here’s what happened:
[li]Sherlock stalled for time talking to John a bit as his Homeless Network set things up[/li][li]The Homeless Network blew up the airbag and put it into place[/li][li]The Homeless Network (and with some help from Mycroft?) kept people away from that area, other than people who were in on the plan[/li][li]Sherlock jumped onto the airbag[/li][li]The airbag was taken away[/li][li]The dead Sherlock lookalike was thrown out the window to splat on the ground while Sherlock was around the corner getting blood or other stuff put on him[/li][li]The bicyclist ran into John, knocking him over to keep him from getting too close until everything was ready[/li][li]The dead Sherlock lookalike was taken away while John dazed and laying on the ground, Sherlock came and laid down, more blood was put on him[/li][li]Sherlock had a squash ball under his arm, so when John felt for a pulse he didn’t feel anything[/li][li]Sherlock is taken away by an ambulance[/li][li]All meanwhile, Mycroft has people kill the gunmen who were going to kill John, Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade.[/li][/ul]
If I’ve missed or misremembered some of the points, please let me know.
So I was wondering what was the purpose of the Sherlock lookalike corpse? It seems like it would have been much easier for Sherlock to jump on the airbag, then once the airbag is gone, lay on the ground while the “concerned crowd” adds the needed blood while John is distracted. I can see the usefulness of the corpse being sent to the morgue and being buried as Sherlock, but not for the staging of the suicide.
And at some point in the episode, John said that there must have been 100 people from his Homeless Network that helped out, and Sherlock said it would have been closer to 25. But it seems like it would have been quite a number of people, including those that would keep the streets clear.
Also were the buildings around all abandoned? I don’t remember definitely from The Reichenbach Fall and I don’t know London that well, so maybe the building that they were on and all the buildings around were empty. But I would think they wouldn’t be, if it was plausible that there were pedestrians around as well.
Lastly and most importantly, why was the whole charade necessary? If I understand correctly, then Mycroft had people kill the gunmen who were going to kill John, Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade, so it wasn’t necessary to save their lives. Sherlock did go on to take out much of Moriarty’s network, though I don’t know why it would be necessary for specifically Sherlock to do that; Moriarty was the evil super-genius, presumably others in the network are just evil above average or average intelligence, and other British foreign agents would be able to take them out.
And if the 25-100 people in the Homeless Network, along with Molly, Mycroft, and Sherlock’s parents could be trusted with the secret that Sherlock was dead, why couldn’t John? Is that merely because Sherlock is a sociopath and didn’t think it would matter? I haven’t read many of the stories, so maybe that is true to the original character, but it bothered me.
I’m not meaning to nitpick too much. I can go with my suspension of disbelief for some stuff, like that John would be in and stay in the exact right spot, that he wouldn’t hear the airbag blowing up, or that the bicyclist would hit him just right for him to be knocked down and dazed long enough, or that he wouldn’t notice that Sherlock was actually dead. But I watched the episode two days ago and these things are bugging me. Maybe some of these things are addressed in the UK Series 3 thread, but I didn’t want to read too far and be spoiled for the next two episodes.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Series 3 has already been shown in the UK, and there’s a full discussion thread about all three episodes here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=685578 … with spoilers. So, this thread is based on US-showings. If any UKers have any comments they made in the earlier thread, and want to repeat them here (at the appropriate episode), feel free. Mods will NOT consider that “duplicate” postings. – CKDH