Everyone who is uncomfortable with conflict needs to look away now because I have to talk to the anon and this is the only place I can do it.
[[MORE]]Oh, anon. I believe you were trying to be sweet. And helpful. I do.
But you need to stop sending me these messages, anon. (Or maybe it’s a couple of you this time.)
Because this is my all-time least-favorite kind of message.
So you’ve got a Sherlock theory you’re excited about and you’re pretty sure is true. That’s great! I’m excited for you.
But putting “#sherlock theories" at the start of an anonymous message to a blog that has a policy of not answering most messages is not how you use that tag. How you use that tag is by writing up your theory in a real post and actually tagging it so other people can read the details and decide if they think it makes sense or not. (And you can even stay anonymous if you want—just make a new Tumblr account with no connection to your name.) Just like all the other brave people who are already doing that. Peer review.
Or you can keep your theory just for you to enjoy. That’s okay, too. But if that’s your decision, again: you need to please stop messaging me about it.
And if you’re wondering why I’m being a hard-ass about this when you were just trying to have some fun, stop and take a step back to look at this from my perspective.
Because it seems like you sent your message as a response to this post, but I don’t think you understood that post. That post was me deciding, yes, I am going to try to find the energy to keep going on this ridiculous theory quest a little while longer and keep on laying the workings of my brain out in public even though the odds of that making me look foolish have increased exponentially. And I took that decision seriously enough that I needed a couple days to think it over.
So no, I am not going to be thrilled to get an “I’ve got it all worked out but I’m just going to give vague hints rather than let anyone evaluate my thought process” message straight after that. It goes against the general theorying principles I have always advocated on this blog, and it really specifically goes against the spirit of the decision I just made.
As for the actual content of your message, as long as we’re here…
I don’t know if you were intentionally trying to come across as if you had inside information instead of just a theory, but please don’t do that. It’s not nice to the show’s crew.
BUT you have to let go completely of your fall theory. It was wrong in almost every aspect.
Well… no. I mean, sure, I’ve always said that the more specific parts of my fall theory could be wrong because I don’t believe in the ability of any of us to micro-predict with great accuracy. But “wrong in almost every aspect”? Sorry, anon, but I am actually going to have to call bullshit on you now. Because if there was one gift TEH gave me, theory-wise, it’s this: that claim doesn’t fly anymore.
It was the exact same careful study of the evidence in TRF that I used to create my fall theory that allowed me to articulate not just that Lazarus felt wrong but precisely why it did. Add up the stuff we know isn’t right because they’ve now parodied it, the stuff we know isn’t right because they subtly undercut its plausibility in Lazarus, and the stuff that they left completely plausible because it’s probably the necessary bit of truth needed to sell the lie (“That’s what you do when you sell a big lie, you wrap it up in the truth to make it more palatable.”) and there just isn’t enough wiggle room left for ”wrong in almost every aspect.”
But if you want to prove your point by laying out the fall theory that explains everything and has solid logic and evidence from the show to back it up, I welcome that. Genuinely. Put the rest of us out of our misery, and I’m sure we’ll all be quite pleased with you.
You know where to do it now. We’ll be watching for your post.