A Few Thoughts on SHERLOCK: “The Reichenbach Fall”



Cumberbatch with Andrew Scott as Moriarty

OK, just finished watching the season 2 finale of BBC’s SHERLOCK, and spent some time with Mr. PCN trying to figure out how Sherlock survived that fall. We came up with a reasonable theory, I think.

Holmes tossed a body over the side of the building, probably one that Molly helped him procure from the lab at the hospital because we saw him pay her a visit. Holmes also had assistance from the Baker Street Irregulars (he mentioned a street network earlier in the episode), one of whom, on the bike, knocked Watson down as he ran to Holmes. This gained the other Irregulars time to swarm around the body, blocking it from public view and removing it, while Holmes ran down to the street and took its place, smearing himself with fake blood. And this is what Watson saw when he finally made his way over.

I think Moriarty also used some kind of prop gun and/or blanks and squibs for his “suicide,” because the Moriarty from the canon was definitely not suicidal.

What did you think? I read that filming for season three won’t start until next year so we won’t get definitive answers anytime soon. Arggghh!

Photo: Colin Hutton/BBC/Hartswood Films



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    Steve Weddle
    May 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Holmes could have tossed Moriarty over the edge, then had Molly’s help with the swap and whatever phony drug they make up on these shows to have Holmes appear dead.
    Also, don’t forget the dump truck that blocked “Holmes” from Watson for a bit there.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      We considered Holmes tossing Moriarty, too, but that would kill him and we don’t think he’s dead. And yes, the dump truck! Totally in on it. Mr. PCN also had a wild theory about Watson somehow being sprayed with that hallucinogenic substance from last week’s episode, making him only think he saw H jump.

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        jenn aka the picky girl
        May 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        I wondered this too! I don’t think even with the shock and the bike running into him that he would have spaced out like that.

        Great, great episode, and I’m so glad they didn’t leave us wondering whether or not Sherlock died but instead how he died. I’d much rather sit with that mystery.

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    May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I saw it, too. I like your hypothesis and can’t wait for season 3, now. It’s interesting to note that in this and last year’s film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows the producers took the extra step (as opposed to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original story) to reveal that our hero was still very much alive. Thanks, Elyse.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      As if he could be dead, right? I mean, come on!

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    Mr. PCN
    May 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I think your theory is the best. It makes sense and is just elaborate enough to be the one the writers came up with. I wish the series was longer. It’s so dang frustrating for a show to be so good and we only get 3 episodes. There are so many shows on tv that take an entire season to tell the simplest of stories (i.e., The Killing, Revenge, etc…). So much fluff.

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    May 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    According to writer Steven Moffatt, “There’s a clue everybody’s missed”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/jan/20/steven-moffat-sherlock-doctor-who?newsfeed=true

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 25, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Ooh, interesting. Too bad I already erased the episode!

      Thanks for the link, Eddy.

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