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The Return of Jim Moriarty

1 Jun

I’ve been contemplating how Steve Moffat and Mark Gatiss are going to bring Jim back from the dead and I have one idea.  It’s not my idea, actually, it’s pretty much accepted canon amongst Sherlock Holmes scholars. 

Our Jim won’t be rising from the dead.  Nope.  He’s as dead as the proverbial dodo.  The accepted Sherlock Holmes wisdom is that there were three James Moriartys.  Yes, you read that correctly, three of them.  They were brothers, all named James. James the Elder, James the Middle, and James the Younger.  The Moriarty of the canon, and probably the Jim of Sherlock, is the middle brother.

Confusing isn’t it?  And you thought Moffat and Gatiss were bad!  This is what serious Sherlock Holmes scholars came up with YEARS ago.  It’s been more or less accepted as canon for a large number of years, the same way that Sherlock’s first name of William is accepted, even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never so much as hints that Sherlock is not his creation’s first name!  I have read several “biographies” of Sherlock Holmes that state his first name is William, named after his father.  The family was originally landed gentry from Yorkshire, but that’s getting off topic somewhat.

Anyway, back to the James Moriarty Trio.  At least two contemporary writers of Sherlock Holmes fiction have used the idea.  Most notable is Kim Newman in “The Hound of the D’Urbervilles”.  We actually meet the other two Jameses in his book.  And the idea is mentioned in passing in Michael Kurland’s “The Infernal Device”.

The accepted wisdom is that James the Elder was in the military (have seen the ranks of both Major and Colonel mooted), and James the Younger was a station master, possibly in Devon or Cornwall.  The younger James is also often referred to as not being as bright as his brothers, so he is not likely to be the James that Moffat and Gatiss possibly utilize.  They would also have to dramatically change his profession, because if England is anything like Australia, there aren’t any station masters left!  Apart from the Fat Controller of Thomas the Tank Engine! :p

So we are possibly looking at James the Elder seeking retribution against Sherlock, John, and Mycroft.  In my mind, the most logical military post for him would be Military Intelligence.  This would give him the skill set necessary to even begin to take on the two greatest brains in England… and one pissed off ex-army doctor.

The game, as Sherlock says, is on.

Mycroft in A Scandal in Belgravia

5 Nov

I watched the Sherlock episode “A Scandal in Belgravia” again on Saturday night and a few things struck me about Mycroft Holmes.

The more I watch this episode, the more apparent it becomes that Mycroft is actually quite a nasty little bugger.

It is clear by the time we reach the scenes with Sherlock on the aeroplane, that Mycroft is working hand-in-glove with the CIA.  This is one of the things that alarmed me.

This means that Mycroft tacitly approved of the CIA threatening to kill John Watson to get Irene Adler’s phone.  And he approved of the assault on, and holding hostage of Mrs Hudson.  If he had not approved, the head of the CIA team would have been out of the UK before you could say “diplomatic incident”.  The fact he was standing guard at the stairs to the plane speaks volumes as to Mycroft’s approval and deep involvement in the scheme.

Mycroft was prepared to use his vulnerable little brother to get what he wanted, and he was also prepared to kill and/or traumatize the two people his brother most values.  What sort of man uses his brother’s loved ones as pawns against him in a particularly nasty version of chess?

I think the wrong brother has the diagnosis of “high functioning sociopath”.  It’s Mycroft who shows all the signs of sociopathy, with possible psychopathic overtones, not Sherlock.

This brings me to Mycroft and Moriarty.  The thing that struck me when I first watched “A Scandal in Belgravia” was the fact that Moriarty had Mycroft’s mobile phone number.  How did he get it?  Mobile phone numbers are not routinely printed in telephone directories, and in any case you can bet that Mycroft’s number would be ex-directory.  Only those whom he trusts would have that number.  Sherlock does.  John does.  No-one with half a working braincell would trust Moriarty with their number.

It was pretty obvious from Mycroft’s reaction that he was familiar with the person who texted him.  The message itself was so vague as to be meaningless.

Ergo, Mycroft and Moriarty have been working together on something.  The downfall of Sherlock, perhaps?  Or is Moriarty an operative of Mycroft’s that slipped the leash and went rogue?

I am hoping that Season 3 will give me some answers to my questions.

A View of The Reichenbach Fall

11 Mar

It seems somehow wonderfully synchronistic that I finish watching Sherlock season 2 just as season 3 goes into production.

I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on “The Reichenbach Fall”.  Firstly, I freely admit that it is NOT an episode I really enjoyed. It was just too uneven and disjointed.  I realise this reflects the dislocated state of Sherlock’s mind throughout the episode, but it made for very hard, very confusing, viewing.

The episode’s savior were the brilliant performances of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss.  All three men showed what fantastic actors they are.  I am sorry, Andrew Scott fans, but I can’t really praise his performance, mostly because Moriarty creeps me out so much that I can barely stand to watch him.  Sign of a good actor, I suppose.

There were some scenes that just delighted me.

Sherlock entertaining Moriarty to tea.  So delightfully British.  A friend of mine pointed out that tea appeared quite a bit in this episode.  A foreshadow for season 3?  And if so, of what?

My favourite part of the entire episode was the arrest of Sherlock.  Not so much the arrest, as the aftermath.  The Chief Superintendent shooting his mouth off… John takes two steps and…

Sherlock: Joining me?    John: Yeah, apparently it’s against the law to chin the Chief Superintendent.

Do not mess with John Watson.  He is a Bad Ass!

I have tried to work out how the body substitution was done.  I can work out that time was gained by arranging for someone to knock John over with a bicycle.  One of Sherlock’s homeless network, perhaps?  And to pull off such an audacious act, Mycroft had to be involved.  Only he had access to all the resources needed.

Speaking of Mycroft, was I the only one who found him screwing up and blabbing to Moriarty hard to believe?  Mycroft is too damn smart to allow himself to be used.  I believe Mycroft was pulling Moriarty’s strings.  Sherlock’s increasing fame and public adulation was dangerous.  Dangerous to Mycroft’s continued ability to protect the realm.  Sherlock had to be discredited.  Small things hint at this.  Moriarty having Mycroft’s mobile phone number in “A Scandal in Belgravia” is what caught my attention.  I need to go back and study all the other episodes carefully.  Such a hardship, I know.

I really hope that, having served his purpose, Jim Moriarty will not be brought back.  Steven Moffat has said he’ll be back, but Mark Gatiss has said he won’t.  Hoping Mark Gatiss is correct.

Moriarty isn’t needed.  Conan Doyle supplied at least two other excellent villains that would work well in the modern context.  Blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton for one.  The other is Colonel Sebastian Moran.

I believe we have already seen Moran.  Remember the sniper in the staircase?  I think this just happens to be Moriarty’s “little friend”.

With season 3 starting filming next week, we now have only months until we get the answers to our questions.  And get given a whole load of more questions to answer.

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