Sunday, January 15, 2017

FINALE: Sherlock, S4, E2 & the Play Of "Miss Me?"

Scientists are rather arrogant, you know? During a "scientific experiment," the scientist is always all ready a part of the experiment being conducted, from their footsteps walking across the room, to the dirty lens of the microscope they use, or their preference for the blue dye which may, in some way, alter the findings, chaos theory revels to us how impossible a "scientific experiment" is, by scientists' own standards, because you can never remove the scientist from the experiment and still have an experiment. We can say the same of a narrator in a story, as in Sherlock: Sherlock is always a part of the story, and so we can't know what might have been different, what else there was to know, because his ignorance is our ignorance, his forgetfulness is our forgetfulness, and the impact of his psychotic, missing sister, is also the impact of our psychotic, missing sister:
To be perfectly honest, this is likely the last episode of Sherlock: "likely," not definitely, but we will probably know by the end of tonight if the show will be renewed or not, if there are more adventures down the Baker Street road. Why? Like the scientist being humbled by their realization of the inherent failure in their scientific experiments, so, too, Sherlock will realize that he is just as predictable as everyone else, and as easily read, as Mycroft tells us, everything you have ever done, has been because of Euros, just like Watson choosing a therapist because of the distance and time. So, how do we watch The Final Problem?
Psychologically.
This is an incredible image. So much so, I have refrained from saying anything about it until I could know more about it. So, what do we have? I'm not quite sure, but here are a few things. First, we know water is typically a "feminine" symbol, and that the masculine residence of 221B Baker Street has been flooded with the feminine (masculine referring to 221 B as one of the most famous residences in the world, and that for a man). The water is clearly destructive, and threatening, not only Sherlock and Watson, but what they represent: the law. Please notice the violin floating in the front ground of the image; typically, the violin is associated with the woman's body (I previously linked it to Sherlock himself, since Sherlock does play a violin, but now, it appears, Sherlock has been "played upon" as if he were a violin). 
It's likely that "Miss Me?" the encrypted message reappearing since the end of Season 1, has been the inner-demon of Sherlock trying to bust through the restraints of his psyche, breaking the bonds of incarceration to accuse him of wrong-doing before the whole world,... just like the "ghost" of Emelia Ricoletti, because Sherlock was "recollecting" Euros in his dream sequence entitled, The Abominable Bride. Proof of this is when, at the end of Season 3, Episode 3, as Sherlock says good-bye to John, he mentions the "east wind" that is coming, signfiying to us that he is, somewhere in his mind palace, "missing" Euros. How can he miss someone we haven't been introduced to?
Easy.
They certainly look different now, don't they? Knowing there is someone lurking behind the scenes who should be in the picture yet prefers murder to family.
Generally, we have been interpreting "Miss Me?" as, Are you wishing I was there? yet, we can also interpret "Miss Me?" as, I am a target and you have "missed me" again, haven't you? That which is "missing" from the picture was, for example, immediately picked up by Holmes during Episode 1, The Six Thatchers when he went to talk about the death of the son and noticed the "missing" bust of Margaret Thatcher. As Euros unmasked herself at the end of Episode 2, The Lying Detective, and talked to Watson about how easy it was to fool him, did we "miss" the other women who complained of the same things Euros did during the narrative of The Abominable Bride? How many women appearing in that episode would have taken the side of Euros as she listed her grievances against Watson and the Holmes brothers?
So, why is Moriarty the vehicle of "Miss Me?" Moriarty is just, as we saw at the end of Episode 3 of Season 3, a "talking head," a Pinocchio while it's likely Euros is Geppetto, or one more sinister, rather, pulling the strings. Why, then, has Sherlock been so obsessed with him? Because we become obsessed with what we can't control. Moriarty, as dead, could be controlled, but Sherlock knew there was someone behind Moriarty, and that's why he was "obsessing" over him, because he couldn't figure out how Euros was using Moriarty against him, or would use Moriarty. Before we speculate any further, we should just watch the episode. I have finished my post The Abominable Bride, and was going to post it last Sunday, but given the shock introduction of Euros, I decided it would be better to wait and get the whole scoop.
So, whenever we have seen, "Have you missed me?" (even on the disc Mary Watson left for Sherlock after her death) we can interpret that as, "Have you missed the feminist movement that has been brimming over in your psyche, and threatens you as a white male, but have had no idea that it's been coming to defeat you at your very core? Did you miss that?"
Eat Your Heart Out,
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This moment, wherever it is taking place, and whenever it happens in the narrative, is basically happening to every single man in the world today, whether they have realized it or "missed" it. Their world is being blown to bits and pieces.