For peace of mind of the folks avoiding the interactive trailer:
There are people saying the interactive trailer basically gives away how Sherlock faked his death.
Unless they have seen different videos than any of the ones I watched or have seen anyone else mention, NO. No, it does not.
A theory or two may get ruled out by Moffat and Gatiss’ discussion, and there is footage that clearly relates to the fall. But that’s it. No actual answers. You don’t have to pack your bags and leave Tumblr early if you don’t want to.
and then if you unlock the grave thing in the interactive trailer
there is video of Gatiss and Moffat discussing fan theories
why is this happening
So this was supposed to be the weekend I had set aside to get my blog in order but instead stuff happened (don’t worry about it, I’m fine) and now it will be my weekend of stress with occasional outbursts of strange but therapeutic (for me, not you) blogging.
Speaking of which HEY, SHERLOCK SPOILERS & SETLOCK RELATED STUFF UNDER THE READ MORE.
remember the heartbreaking/fandom shaming “quote” from Benedict that was going around earlier today?
well let’s compare and contrast:
let’s talk about THIS:
”Whatever they produce, the new series is being almost obsessively anticipated by its fans, some of whom are outside the London hotel where these interviews were taking place. “They don’t teach you how to deal with that,” says Cumberbatch, who undoubtedly owes his star status to Sherlock. Does he find the obsessive nature of some Sherlock fans just a little, well, too much? “I had a friend who once squeezed her rabbit too much until it started to squeal and she thought it was kind of going, ‘I love you’, when it was really saying, of course, ‘You are the reason I’m dying’,” is his slightly alarming response. “But what I love about the show is that there are lots of people who weren’t outside the hotel today equally excited to see it and are just waiting for it as a quality piece of television. […]
The problem, of course, is he [Sherlock] uses social media and it gives a platform for this fan fiction, which is really creative but it’s not really what we’re doing… [online fan fiction that imagines Watson and Holmes as gay lovers]. It’s part of the love people have for the show even if a few of them are quite fanatical about it.”
and now THIS:
”Is there a sense that Sherlock’s fandom might love the show a bit too much? Like, they’re Lennie squeezing that puppy in Of Mice And Men?
What a great analogy. Wow. I never would have thought about it as something as dramatic as that. I had a friend who once squeezed her rabbit too much - that’s not a euphemism - [laughter] until it started to squeal, she thought it was saying (in the voice of a rabbit, somehow) ‘I love you’, but it was really saying ‘You’re crushing my ribs and I’m dying’ [laughter].
I would never want to accuse the fans of being anything other than intelligent, thoroughly full-throttle enthusiastic and into it, but what I love about our show is that we have a really broad audience and there were lots of people who weren’t outside the hotel today who will be equally excited to see it, who will just wait for it as a quality bit of television, which is what we like to view it as.
A problem is of course, that Sherlock uses social media, so it gives a platform for this kind of fan-fiction, the slash fiction, which is really creative but it’s not what we’re doing and we’re not doing it for that, so there are some insistences about John and I’s relationship [makes a face, everyone laughs], it’s sort of ‘come on, just drop it now’ you know. But it’s part of the love that people have for the show and even people who are fanatical about it do it for the right reasons.”
SEE WHAT HAPPENED THERE?
we are talking:
- purposeful leading by the interviewer
- BC wanting to accommodate the interviewer i.e. playing along
- they tailor everything to their need. more controversy = more clicks!
Glad that’s cleared up.
I was already pretty skeptical about the Independent writer’s research skills and/or ethics when he pulled out the old “‘There is a clue everyone has missed,’ co-creator Steven Moffat has said. ‘So many people theorising about Sherlock’s death online – and they missed it!’” quote.
MOFFAT SAID THAT A FEW DAYS AFTER REICHENBACH AIRED. IT’S BEEN NEARLY TWO YEARS. THE ODDS THAT THE QUOTE IS RELEVANT AT THIS POINT ARE EXTREMELY LOW. JUST STOP IT. STOP.
(Sorry I got shouty but I’m pretty tired of that one at this point and the fandom repeats it as new every time they hear it and acts like it’s a new quote and this will only lead to people being annoyed when it turns out the whatever-it-is clue was figured out a year and a half ago or whenever.)
I was chatting with My Watson about how some of the Reichenbach theories are… not very likely, when she threw this out without missing a beat:
I think Sherlock turned back to the sparrow that he was in a former life, leaving behind his man body dead on the sidewalk, Molly reanimated the body in her secret lab with a special serum Sherlock invented when he was still human
now i kind of want that to happen
New genuine Sherlock stuff is great and all. But I will be sad if I go to sleep tonight without acknowledging the line in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special that was very possibly a kind of amazing sideways Sherlock reference.
This post contains discussion of setlock stuff and a tiny piece of The Day of the Doctor, so stop reading here if you don’t want to see either of those.
BF Garienos kindly shows us how they made Mrs Hudson disappear from view when she walked up the path away from Sherlock’s grave. Now you see them, now you don’t, all done with a little camera placement.
- As quarryquest’s photoset illustrates beautifully, there’s no big conspiracy involved in why Mrs. H disappeared behind the tombstone in The Reichenbach Fall. That’s just what happens when you put the camera at a certain angle and send someone walking up the path.
- For the in-story version of this, nobody could’ve kidnapped Mrs. H in that moment because John’s point of view wasn’t the same as the camera’s, and when he turned to leave immediately after Mrs. H “disappeared” he would’ve seen someone dragging her away because he lives in a three-dimensional world.
- I know some people put it down to a crew member dragging Una out of shot, but please think about it.
A) Since being dragged away without John seeing makes no sense as a plot element in three-dimensional space, she didn’t need to disappear. She just needed to walk away like a normal person. Like she did. And it still wasn’t a “clean” shot after the arm (her own arm) “appeared.” Mrs. H still bobbed back and forth behind the gravestone like a normal walking person would before going fully out of sight.
B) They shot this scene with a skeleton crew to keep it all super top-secret. Absolutely minimal staff (wearing short sleeves, no less) and they decided to make it someone’s job to stand perfectly out of sight and drag the septuagenarian off camera?
C) Because HI, Una Stubbs has been working longer than most of her Sherlock costars have been alive. The whole idea that they needed to place someone to yank her into position is, in my opinion, insulting. She’s a pro. Don’t tell me she doesn’t know how to walk where they tell her to walk. It’s nonsense created to explain away an optical illusion.
And I know the people who don’t want to be convinced won’t be, so I guess this post is for the other people and we can all just sit and wait for Series 3 now. *checks watch*
Thou shalt not question the ability of Una Stubbs to move her arms howsoever she chooses.
I guess it is still a thing for some people to believe the fact that they filmed The Reichenbach Fall using two different roofs at St. Bart’s is all part of a clever conspiracy where the real Sherlock stood on the edge of the second roof and somebody/thing else fell from the first roof as John watched?
Look at the large still from Reichenbach. See the stuff at the right edge of the roof where Sherlock is standing? That’s the same stuff as in the image from Series 2 filming, taken from this fan video.
Sherlock putting John behind the ambulance station (the small brick building) did nothing to block his view of the other roof. John would’ve seen the real Sherlock standing on that ledge if he had been. Before Sherlock even said to keep his eyes fixed anywhere.
Here is the Google Street View as well. Tall buildings > short buildings.
And if you want to argue that Sherlock was standing on a different different roof or hiding or something, please just stop because the only way you kinda-sorta had evidence in the first place was basing everything on the backgrounds of shots that were clearly Benedict on the edge of the real second roof they filmed on.
So, in summary… no.