EXPECTING TO SEE SHERLOCK
nope just the neighbor lady
At least this is a version…
This has been gone over many times, by many people but I decided to go through it myself in detail. As much as possible I want to go by what we actually see, or can easily infer from what we see. I will use the idea of “balance of probability”, meaning that given what we know, what is the most likely thing.
1) I am aware that sometimes a script writer will take shortcuts and this method may not be entirely valid. Because sometimes rather than the details having to totally add up, the important thing is the overall effect the scene is creating without doing any analysis..
And in this case, the general effect is to shatter our previous impression of Mary. She suddenly becomes a character from a spy thriller. It’s shocking and completely unexpected and it makes us re-evaluate Mary. (Some more than others I think). Then after the shooting, as Sherlock lies dying, we are dramatically shown the inner workings of Sherlock’s mind. In a way this also shatters our previous impression of Sherlock. Maybe not completely shatter, since I had an inkling to his insecurity and his love for John beforehand. But it puts him all out on a platter, bare, for us all to see how vulnerable he really is under that stoic exterior. And yet through all that, he still manages to get that brain functioning, but what saves his life? John Watson. Because right up to the point when he realized “John Watson is definitely in danger” he was dying, and then he flat lined. It was over.
So it’s pretty dramatic effect without having to think all that much isn’t it? I’m only doing this just because I just wanted to. Then once I did, I had to post it just in case I’m right :)
2) I went into this exercise not knowing what to expect. To my great surprise, what I’ve come up with seems really right. And I’ve not seen some of these ideas expressed before so, yeah that was a surprise! I’ll discuss what this has done to my perception at the end.