Can we talk about the truck thing again, Sherlockians? Because I think maybe we should talk about the truck thing again.
The “truck thing” being, of course, the popular theory that Sherlock survived the fall by managing to land in the rubbish/laundry truck that was parked in front of St. Bart’s.
If you read my Pink Suitcase Theory, you may remember I discussed a few reasons why I didn’t think the idea of Sherlock landing in the truck worked before I went on to explain what I actually think happened.
One of those reasons was that, as originally measured by Digital Hoarder, Sherlock would’ve had to travel the length of four standard Cumberbatches to land safely in the truck. (Four Cumberbatches, not three-and-a-half, because he’d have to make it all the way into the truck bed.) That’s quite a distance to cover for someone who seemed to let himself fall down rather than attempting to jump forward.
One thing led to another, and the Sherlockians brought out the math and physics. There were counter-arguments that he could’ve made it to the truck, and then counter-counter-arguments that it wouldn’t have worked without a running start. Minds were blown, other fandoms gave us funny looks, and I think a lot of people ended up realizing physics made the truck theory more complicated than they’d realized.
But as amazing as that discussion was, let’s set it aside for now. Because what got a little lost when everything became about math is that there are other reasons the truck theory doesn’t work very well.
To start, look at the pictures of the truck above. Sherlock could’ve chosen any type of common truck for his plan, but he chose this one. This truck with wire mesh sides. Sides you can see right through.
Jim had someone watching the fall to make sure Sherlock went through with it, and I think it’s safe to assume Sherlock expected as much beforehand. So why would Sherlock pick a truck with see-through sides to fall into? It would’ve been hard for Moriarty’s man not to notice that as it happened. And then as if that weren’t obvious enough, Sherlock would had to have either climbed over the side wall of the truck and jumped down onto the sidewalk or exited through the bed gate and then flopped into position on the sidewalk. (Because, yes, that was definitely him on the sidewalk. But that’s a discussion for another day.)
But even if we are extremely generous and allow that somehow Sherlock made it into and out of the truck unseen, it still doesn’t work. Look at the four frames of Sherlock’s landing on the sidewalk shown above. From this angle, the building was on the left and the truck was on the right. It’s pretty clear that Sherlock’s body fell into the frame from the left side. The non-truck side.
The truck thing? It’s not happening, guys. I’m not saying you have to believe my alternate theory. But at least consider finding one that doesn’t require pushing physics to the limits of plausibility, the assumption that Moriarty’s man assigned to watch the fall wasn’t really paying that much attention, and… I don’t even know what to say for the last part. A big, crazy gust of wind that blew Sherlock from the truck over towards the building and then back down into the shot of him landing?
I know you can do it.
Go on. For me.