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  • Interesting this 180 shift between ACD and Moffat. The former was about rationalism understood as a mechanical explanation, the latter is about rationalism understood as a conspiracy explanation.

  • It might be because of the series' pacing, but I don't buy yet that Moriarty would be what a Scarecrow-ed Sherlock would see. His equal, yes. Worrying, yes. But he hasn't fucked with him enough yet.

  • ACD!Sherlock lied to his Watson on a number of occasions, one or twice in ways that made him suffer, but he never did the kind of things Moffat!Sherlock does; e.g., drugging him to test a theory. He genuinely thinks he's friends with John, but that means next to nothing in terms of not doing crap to him when the case needs him to.

  • Memory palaces are a real mnemonic technique, and it could have been nice to see it play out on the screen. It has nothing to do with "gestural interface and text" metaphor they used.

  • Now to the important thing. THAT EPILOGUE. God. Of course Moriarty has a plan to force Mycroft to release him if he gets caught, but there's a story in the catch and release there. Also, I hadn't gotten the impression that Sherlock had become that much of a nuisance/nemesis yet. Unless this was a bit further ahead in time — Sherlock bests Moriarty, he gets caught, he forces Mycroft to release him, and bam. The fall.




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dessieoctavia
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Re the memory palace: yes yes yes. I was looking forward to seeing that, and then they did the interface thing instead. Missed opportunity, people!

Anyway, Hannibal Lector had one. ^-^
__marcelo
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Anyway, Hannibal Lector had one. ^-^

All the best 'paths have one :).
outlawpoet
Jan. 12th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
A huge missed opportunity, memory palaces a la Matteo Ricci are incredibly cinematic, ridiculous tableaux of colorful objects laid out in memorable locations?

Imagine Sherlock zooming through airy cathedrals at hyper speed, examining frozen people and objects in mid-air, entering the "Geography Building" to track down all the cities in America he's ever heard of and their details.

I know Moffat is in love with Typography right now, and maybe their budget doesn't allow the full monty, but at least having Sherlock zoom through a library or the locations they were already shooting for this episode with inserted memory objects could be done.
__marcelo
Jan. 13th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Imagine Sherlock zooming through airy cathedrals at hyper speed, examining frozen people and objects in mid-air, entering the "Geography Building" to track down all the cities in America he's ever heard of and their details.

That'd have been fantastic. I love very much the whole topic of Ricci's life and mnemonics.
dessieoctavia
Jan. 13th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah! They should put you in charge of this.
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