Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Sherlock Series Two Finale Part 2: Sherlock and Watson

Yesterday I chatted about the twisted foemance of Sherlock and Moriarity. Today, it's all about the love. 

Sigh. Poor Watson.

Martin Freeman as John Watson on BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall
Homeboy wasn't the most stable of fellows before he met Sherlock. After returning from the war in Afghanistan his psyche was fragile at best. More than anything else, Sherlock provided for him a huge distraction. It takes a lot of effort to be friends with a guy like Sherlock. One doesn't really have time for much else. Plus, Sherlock turned out to be the perfect source of adrenaline that Watson needs.

Martin Freeman John Watson Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes BBC Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall
In the finale, after a series of Moriarty tricks and traps, Sherlock and Watson go on the run, handcuffed. Mostly I loved this sequence for its slapstick comedy. Nothing too angsty about being handcuffed to your best friend until he jumps a fence without you.

Martin Freeman John Watson Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes BBC Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall
Martin Freeman John Watson Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes BBC Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall
Anyway, they get out of that and Sherlock begins to unravel how this is all going to go for him. In a nutshell? Bad. It's going to go bad. He knows that as long as he's got people to protect, Moriarty has something to threaten him with.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
Sherlock goes to Molly for one of my favorite scenes in the episode. I like to interpret it as a "Please, have sex with me so I don't die a virgin" speech. But really it's probably a "Please call Watson and tell him Mrs. Hudson was shot" or "Please help me fake my death" speech. Which is fine, I guess. At the very least, he tells Molly that she matters and he's always trusted her. That's really as ooey gooey as Sherlock's going to get when he's not standing on a ledge, ready to plummet to his death.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
Sherlock returns to Watson and then waits for Watson to leave. Watson leaves with a few barbs about Sherlock's lack of humanity. Sadness. Worthy of this frowney face  :(

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
After Watson realizes Mrs. Hudson is alive and well, he rushes back to Sherlock. Lo! Sherlock stands perched on the edge of a ledge.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
Sherlock is going to do it. He's going to go flying off the building to save Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and Lestrade from the rando snipers who have them in their sights. But more than ending his life, he's killing his legacy. Sherlock Holmes, the guy who always gets it right, will be no more. He's admitting defeat and losing himself to save his friends. Oooh, Sherlock. Check out those tears, man. Poor guy.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
And then he jumps. WTF, ya'll? I don't have a good theory for this one. He must be wearing something, right? Because it's obviuosly a person who is alive and literally kicking that goes off that ledge. So he didn't, like, switch with Moriarty's corpse or use a dummy or anything. And it's Benedict Cumberbatch on the ground covered in blood, right? Protective gear and knowledge of tumbling must be all he's got. So then Molly comes and nurses him back to health. Or something...

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
But poor Watson. He doesn't know that SHERLOCK LIVES! But I want him to know. I want him to know right now!

Martin Freeman as John Watson on BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall Sherlock grave
Even in death, Watson stands by Sherlock. He refuses to believe that Sherlock was lying all along. His speech is absolutely heartbreaking. "There's just one more thing. One more miracle, Sherlock for me. Don't be dead. Would you do that just for me? Just stop it. Stop this." Watson is going to be SO pissed when he learns the truth.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes BBC Sherlock Series two finale The Reichenbach Fall suicide
And Sherlock is standing right there! But he doesn't stop it. Not yet. Not until the long wait between series two and series three is over. Gah. I don't have that kind of patience!

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