toyzruskid asked: Don't have anything to ask. I just wanted to tell you I LOVE this theory. It's the best one I've read from anyone. I could totally see it happening!
Thank you! So can I, and it’s killing me!
That whole exchange has been bothering me ever since I saw the episode. Because the fact is, Sherlock has been nicer, and not just to Joan (remember in Step Nine, when he told that officer in Scotland yard that he wasn’t slipping, he had just become more courteous?). He has also changed before, even when he believed he couldn’t (Joan’s whole speech to him in The Deductionist as case in point). This season, though, we’ve been watching him backsliding, watching him become more arrogant, less considerate. It’s weird, and all things being equal, out of character. He had been getting better, why would he start getting so markedly worse?
Because not all things are equal. I think there’s an influence outside of our awareness that’s causing this. And her name is Jamie Moriarty.
The letter that Sherlock got from Moriarty talked about how anyone could really know a person. That was almost certainly not the only letter he’s gotten from her. I think that as the letters have gone on, she’s continued in that vein. How can anyone really know a person? How much does he really know Joan? (She slept with his brother, after all, willingly, and Sherlock isn’t able to figure out why.) And how much does Joan really know him? From the beginning, it’s been her job to change him, hasn’t it? Stop him from taking drugs, make him a nicer person, etc. Who does she think he is? He’s fine the way he is. He doesn’t need to change. And she doesn’t like him, does she? She just likes him as a project. Likes the person she thinks he should be.
But Moriarty knows him, because she’s just like him. The two of them are above everyone else. They don’t need rules, they’re above rules. And why should Sherlock suppress his criminal urges, they are part of who he is and he will not change.
I predict Sherlock is going to get very, very dark indeed. I also predict that this same line of thinking is going to drive him to a relapse. Not only because he will lose Joan as his anchor, but because he will also come to doubt the whole premise that led to his recovery in the first place.
totalfangirl221b asked: You can have your own personal opinion on Mary, so let me have mine without criticising me about it. I wasn't being sexist, I was simply saying that I don't want her to get in the way all the time, like if she were to just stand in their way and be stupid. I want her to stand there and say something to help them with the case, but I want it to also be Sherlock and John alone sometimes.
When you post on the internet, be ready for reaction. I have just as much right to express my opinion about your view as anyone. If you don’t like other people disagreeing with you, find a password protected blog site.
Also, more negativity about Mary: “stand in their way and be stupid”, “stand there and say something to help them with the case”. So, she’s either just in the way or she’s doing something only for the boys. Do you see the problem with your language about this character? Without even seeing anything yet you’ve turned her into a nag, or just an attachment to be useful for Sherlock and John.
The passivity of it bothers me the most. In either case, Mary’s just “standing there.” Like she doesn’t have an active life of her own and an active, important life with John. That right there smacks of misogyny.