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Sherlock, Season 4, episode 2 transcript: The Lying Detective, part 4 
14th-Jan-2017 05:13 pm
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Sherlock, Season 4, episode 2 transcript: The Lying Detective, part 4

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2nd-Feb-2018 03:32 pm (UTC) - Sherlock - faking or not?
You do such an amazing job with the transcripts - it's like reading a book! And I love the little personal asides - cause we're all there with you, LOL!

So I'm spending way to much time trying to figure out if Sherlock was pretending to be ill/scared, and I'm going to say - a bit, yeah, because "plan", but also No.

He WAS ill - 3 weeks prior, just before the walk with Faith, he's ALONE and leans against the wall in pain. 3 weeks later, he's not going to have improved. Once he's in the hospital bed, he's actually weak - drugs (illegal and prescribed - whatever painkillers, etc. prior to the saline switch), several punches to the head and kicks to the abdomen, malnutrition. Yeah, he's not running on a full tank physically.

He's been suicidal, he blames himself, and that makes it easier to nosedive for "the plan" because the nosedive is just real enough. Realizing he really didn't want to die - a bit of a surprise, not part of the plan. The progression from Goal (I want you to kill me/I'm gonna trap you), through the "I don't want to die" - from statement, to recognition of that truth, to in-the-bone realization - another wow.

Sherlock's confidence is back in place as he gets his confession, his answers - yay, satisfaction, the plan worked! (And of course he's all cocky confidence AFTER John saves him.)

But Smith shifts from the plan (death by OD). When Smith stands close, talking about "making people things" and "running out of patience", alarm bells go of in Sherlock's head. Thanks to Benedict's AMAZING acting/facial expressions - good grief, those expressive eyes - Sherlock isn't in control of the "Save John" plan. And those scenes are powerful and extra creepy because of that.

It was "a plan", but as Sherlock said, it wasn't "a trick".

7th-Feb-2018 05:03 pm (UTC) - Re: Sherlock - faking or not?
I’ve seen many people saying that when Sherlock becomes tearful during his repeated statements of “I don’t want to die,” he is genuinely afraid. I’m not so sure. Yes, he’s worried that John won’t arrive in time (and how was he so certain that John would come? After all, if Mary’s DVD hadn’t been found at the exact right time, John might not have ever known that Sherlock was in danger). Yes, he’s hopeful that someone/anyone will prevent Smith from actually murdering him. But I’m not sure that the tears themselves are genuine. Despite his weakened state, Sherlock is still playing the game (and we know what a good actor he is [Sherlock, I mean, not just Benedict]), and maybe he thinks that if he shows fear of dying, Smith may spitefully drag it out even longer.

Additionally, I’m not sure that Sherlock is truly afraid of dying anyway. He has lost the best and only true friend he ever had. He probably doesn’t think that he’s got much worth living for, and he probably thinks he deserves to die. Of course he’s hopeful that he’ll survive and bring Smith down, and he’s human enough to be afraid when Smith advances the plan and there’s still no sign of John and so Sherlock obviously tries to fight Smith off, but I do wonder whether he fights as hard as he can. Yes, he’s weak from the drugs and the beating, but I do think that perhaps he doesn’t try as much as he really can.

So I’m thinking overall that yes, he was ill, but he perhaps wasn’t as scared as he made out. But it’s very much down to personal interpretation, and only Moffat can say what the intention was!
9th-Feb-2018 02:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Sherlock - faking or not?
LOL - I'm thinking way to much about this - but I'm sure I'm not the only one (Darn you, Moffat!).

There's the main theme in Reichenbach Fall - the truth in the lie - that works so well with this! I channged my mind - I think you're right about the teary/fearful "I don't want to die". I think the 2nd one is actually the truth in the lie, which he uses to advantage. I think the weakness was faked up to the point of the suffocation scene, then the "holy crap - you're supposed to overdose me, WTF" face was "real", if only cause our brains fight not to suffocate regardless of how clever we are.

Vulnerable Sherlock is so appealing ;)
6th-May-2019 07:37 am (UTC)
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LADY SMALLWOOD (blinking innocently): I don’t know. Maybe you’d like a drink some time.
MYCROFT (frowning): Of what?
LADY SMALLWOOD: Up to you. (She smiles at him.) Call me.

I just realized that could have a second, much less innocent meaning.

Damn.

Callie, can I have the Amazon link of that brain bleach?
6th-May-2019 11:06 am (UTC)
Oh yes, who knows what she was actually suggesting?! Blimey, she may have been widowed for a while but even so...

Sadly for you, my brain bleach is a secret family recipe, but I'm sure we can come to some arrangement.
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