(References to filming spoilers about Sherlock’s fall below the Read More. Continue at your own risk.)
Is it wrong to hope for decoy filming? What I would really love is if they filmed just a few seconds of stuff for each of the major 3 or 4 fall theories as long as they’re in public. Then throw most of that away in editing. PLEASE CONFUSE US.
This looks like it—they’re filming stuff related to how Sherlock survived the fall today. And (contrary to my dearest hopes) it sounds like they’re doing it relatively out in the open.
There is a lot that may be spoiled soon.
Even some of the people who don’t mind other Sherlock spoilers DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THIS ONE, so please think very carefully before you post about it.
In addition to your normal spoiler tag(s), the current recommendation seems to be adding #howhedidit, #how he did it, and/or #howhesurvived to your tags if you’re posting spoilers that give it away.
Because this is such a major spoiler if it does get out, please also consider putting a warning in the title of the post AND using a “Read More” break to hide the actual spoiler text/photos. (“Read More”s don’t work on all mobile devices, so people need a warning above that cut as well.)
I’m feeling a bit gloomy about our prospects if they truly are leaving us on the honor system for this one, because last time photos of the fall came out through the regular media. If you’re a total spoilerphobe, it might be a good time to just lock yourself in your house, unplug the internet, and stop reading the paper.
(And honestly, part of me is really wishing I had that option. If this does leak, please don’t send me messages describing anything unless I’ve already mentioned knowing that detail. Just send me a link with a spoiler warning if you feel like you really need to let me know some part of it. That way I can decide what to do for myself.)
Due to workday + ask box issues, I can’t post theories on behalf of Anons for this year’s Reichencrack Day celebration.
Does anyone else want to offer their services?
To be able to do this, you’ll need to:
- be on Tumblr during April Fools’ Day
- have your Ask Box open for anonymous questions
- be okay with the possibility that someone’s theory could include a spoiler
- add the #reichencrack tag within the first five tags of any Anon theories you post so it shows up for the people tracking that tag
- add spoiler tags if there’s a Series 3 spoiler involved in the theory (#sherlock spoilers, #sherlockspoilers, #bbcsherlockspoilers, and #setlock are good places to start, but feel free to add as many warnings and variations as you like)
If you want to be a volunteer, reply to this with the URL of the blog Anons should send their asks to. We can have as many volunteers as people who want to do it—I’ll just point the Anons back to this post’s notes once we get going.
Radio Times is a whole ocean closer to St. Bart’s than I am. So how come I know that the rectangle on the sidewalk is just something that’s been there for ages and they don’t?
My mom is drunk and arguing with my step dad over how Sherlock faked his death I shit you not.
This Monday. #Reichencrack tag.
Bring the silliest Sherlock theories you can think of. Theories about any episode or topic are welcome, as long as they don’t make sense.
Special request for this year’s event: If you incorporate real Series 3 spoilers into your Reichencrack theory, please make sure you add a spoiler tag.
So while we’re on the subject of “don’t put yourself down because you don’t meet a fictional ideal,” can we all be clear that this is as fictional as Sherlock Holmes himself?
I don’t mean that there aren’t clever people in the Sherlock fandom. Of course there are, as in any sufficiently diverse population. But I’ve seen this “I’m not smart enough” idea repeated too often, and it makes me sad.
Because guess what? Most of the theories and analyses and so on that get called clever are wrong.
I don’t mean that in a “it’s wrong because I’m the one who’s right” sense. I mean that in a factual, statistical sense. There are simply too many overlapping, contradicting ideas. If any one of them is right, then most of the others get knocked out.
If you’re worried about getting the wrong answer, don’t let it be because you’re afraid of not living up to the rest of the fandom. WE ARE MOSTLY WRONG. (And if you’re still worried about not looking clever enough on your way to a possibly-wrong or unprovable conclusion, maybe just stop and take a step back to think about why on earth that matters?)
I know the game is usually, “oh, the Sherlock fandom is so clever.” But it is just a game, and you shouldn’t ever let it make you feel bad.
Too late, buddy, we’re onto you.
SERIES 3: SHERLOCK IN SPACE!
He is gonna get so lost.
St. Barts was actually ON THE MOON so because there was less gravity he was TOTALLY FINE.
YOU’VE SOLVED IT
YOU’VE SOLVED EVERYTHING
It occurs to me that some of the insistence that there must be someone else’s body or a fake body in Sherlock’s grave may be down to cultural differences, or because a good portion of the Tumblrverse is young and/or lucky enough that they haven’t had a lot of experience with funerals and memorials and such.
So for the record: not every family has an open-casket funeral when someone dies. Some do closed-casket, some do a memorial service with no body present, some don’t do any formal ceremony at all.
Within the show, Sherlock hasn’t been presented as being religious (“People don’t really go to heaven when they die, they’re taken to a special room and burned.”), and his death was under circumstances easily portrayed as tragic and embarrassing to the family. So Mycroft could’ve done just about anything he felt like in terms of burying the body without it seeming horribly suspicious to Sherlock’s friends.
While there could be another body buried in Sherlock’s grave, it could also just as easily be a box of rocks or nothing at all. Don’t hurt your brain or warp your theories trying to work out something that doesn’t necessarily need an explanation.
Now that I’ve seen Sherlock fans independently say that
can I just start calling these ladies the Baskerville clones, or is someone going to take me too seriously?
If Arwel Wyn Jones, Sherlock’s Production Designer, has indeed been off taking video of the place where Sherlock fell… does that mean we can expect the last few details of how Sherlock survived to be filmed in a recreated St. Bart’s environment on a sound stage? (Remember: while they said they’d filmed some of the solution back when Series 2 was shot, they’ve never said they filmed all of it.) If so, good luck to anyone who thought they would be hanging around the hospital for behind-the-scenes secrets on that one!
Secondary question of the evening: If they do recreate part of St. Bart’s for filming, can they please just put that set somewhere accessible to Sherlock fans afterward? Then we can have the option of weeping and graffiting there instead of on historical buildings and in the middle of some unfortunate people’s bus stop. It can be the official Sherlock Unamusement Park.
obligatory question mark —> ?
Sherlock Holmes winning Understatement of the Year, The Adventure of the Empty House
It’s Canon Fodder Friday time!
If you’re reading along with us, remember to post your reaction to this week’s story (in any form you choose) to the #canonfodderfriday tag. Then go browse the tag to see what everyone else has posted!
Okay, people—do me a favor. If you follow this blog and you’re into Sherlock theories, read this week’s Canon Fodder Friday story. It’s right here, for free.
Please consider doing this for me even if you never do another week of Canon Fodder Friday in your life.
Because on the one hand I think it’s time to bring theories back to this blog… but on the other hand having even a few more of you understand who Sebastian Moran actually is will probably stave off my eventual emotional breakdown just that much longer.