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Sherlock Series 2 Speculation.
Okay, I was saving this to do as fic, I even have a couple scenes done. However, given the amount of time I don't have and the glacial speed of my fic posting, and the other assorted fic I have on the go (including another post-1.03 that doesn't use this theory), and that Moffat, Gattiss and co. will start filming soon and the spoilers with start proliferating and get harder to avoid, I'm just going to post this straight up.

See, like everyone else, I have a theory about how the situation at the end of 1.03 will be resolved. However, I haven't seen anyone make this particular observation yet.


Long, wordy theory on how the pool scenario might be resolved in the new season of Sherlock.

The bomb will not explode. The bomb was never going to explode.

Go back to the end of 1.03, the very end, when Moriarty comes back in. Now, putting everything you know about what happened prior to that moment aside, try to watch that part as though you don't know who is on what side, and who brought the bomb to the party.

Do you see it, or do I just sound insane?

Still insane. Okay. Evidence time.

Going back into the episode, Bomb Victim #2, the guy, Moriarty had him call in on Sally Donovan's cell phone. Obviously he could have pulled some bit of technical trickery to find the number, or maybe she has it listed I'm not sure how that works in the UK, but what if he already had it? What if Sally Donovan knows Moriarty as an informant or a contact with the hospital, or something else where to her he's just innocent, honest Jim.

Back earlier, to the beginning of the episode. A bomb was planted across the road from 221b and the shoes were planted in 221c. If Sherlock had been there, he would likely have noticed something was off, but he wasn't there when that was set up. Instead, Sherlock was on a wild case chase to Minsk, with a guy who seems more the type to write to "Dear Jim," than Sherlock. How did he get the idea Sherlock could help him? Almost guaranteed it was Moriarty, all to the purpose of getting Sherlock out of 221b, and also out of London. That's a lot of effort expended just to set a bomb and plant some shoes. For what other purposes did Moriarty need Sherlock out of town?

Back again to the pool. Moriarty and Sherlock confront each other the first time, the red dots indicate there are one, possibly two snipers (unless the first was a really fast runner and repositioned that quickly for the obverse angle on Sherlock). Moriarty leaves and returns, only now there are swarms of laser dots everywhere. Angles and numbers indicate a large team of snipers. What if they aren't all Moriarty's minions?

Imagine for a moment being a police officer or member of an armed response unit. You receive word that the person behind the recent spate of bomb threats and bombings is at a pool, and you and assorted authorities descend on said pool, but hang back, waiting for further confirmation, making sure the place isn't rigged to explode. Suddenly, someone comes out of the pool building. Hey, it's that weedy guy from the hospital Sally Donovan knows. Jim something. He passes information about the bomber inside the building, and the armed response unit is sent in. Before anyone can stop him, Jim runs back into the building. (Or something. Details. *handwaves*)

Now. Go back again, and watch the last few minutes of the episode again. Think of the swarms of laser sights as being from a police armed response unit. Watch the scene with that in mind. From their new and misinformed perspective, Sherlock looks like the mad bomber, and wee Jim looks like a hero.

Add to this perhaps a string of carefully planted evidence timed to surface after this incident, charges to Sherlock's account, witnesses, etc. All set up while Sherlock was occupied in Minsk and unlikely to notice little shifts in his personal affairs, all there to provide convincing proof that even though Sherlock was ostensibly working with Scotland Yard to stop the bomber, he was actually the bomber himself all along. It is said that the perpetrator often tries to insert himself into the investigation, and no one does that more thoroughly than Sherlock Holmes. The combination would casting his reputation into doubt, ruining his credibility with Scotland Yard, and getting him, at the very least, cut off from access to crime scenes.

This is Moriarty burning the heart out of Sherlock.

We all know where Sherlock keeps his heart. But Jim Moriarty is a psychopath, and the heart he will burn out of Sherlock will be the one he sees. Sherlock's obsession with the work.

The great thing about all this, if it actually happens, is that it's the heart that Moriarty doesn't see that will save Sherlock; his friends. Not just John who could be implicated by association and have his own difficulties to deal with, but Lestrade and Mycroft won't let any of it stand unchallenged.



So, anyway, that's my theory on what might happen. Might have made decent fic, could be complete crap, we'll see what really happens when Series 2 airs!


(Oh and if you know anything at all about any unaired Sherlock episodes, beyond their air date, please, PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME. This journal is a spoilerphobe zone, see sidebar for definition of spoiler as it pertains to this journal.)

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tehomet From: tehomet Date: February 21st, 2011 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, clever!

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 21st, 2011 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It's been gnawing at me for a while.
beneficia From: beneficia Date: February 21st, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. O_o That... that is interesting. Season 2 with Sherlock on the outs with the Met. Hm. Still, "Jim from IT" would have to have some damn good explanations for things. But I can see that plot working out. Interesting.
fenm From: fenm Date: February 21st, 2011 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Season 2 with Sherlock on the outs with the Met

If they think he's the bomber, it's a little more than "on the outs". More like, running for his freedom/life...

caffeinekitty, about the meta tag: It's "fandom: meta".

mazarin221b From: mazarin221b Date: February 21st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
OH, very interesting. I always thought Moriarty was the one that diverted Sherlock to Minsk, for the very reasons you stated, but the idea that the snipers could be a team of snipers from the police, well, huh. I never thought about it, but I could see how that progression could work.

(As far as I've seen, there aren't ANY spoilers out there for the next 3 episodes, so no worries. And I'm a total spoiler whore, so I've looked!)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 21st, 2011 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm one of those weird people that considers rumour and advertising to be spoilers too. XD
fenm From: fenm Date: February 21st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
unlikely to notice little shifts in his personal affairs

Mycroft would, though. You really think Jim could pull this off under the nose of the guy who's not only smarter than him (and yes, Mycroft IS smarter than Jim), but also the protective older brother of the guy he's trying to screw with?

Not just John who will be implicated by association

I don't think that follows, actually. A lot of people would think that Sherlock was fooling John, as well.

And, frankly, I think that's a far more interesting scenario. Sherlock will have to go on the run, but John won't. Will he anyway? Will he stay behind and be Sherlock eyes and ears in London? Or... what?
mazarin221b From: mazarin221b Date: February 21st, 2011 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Mycroft would, though

Agreed - that's the only part I wonder about. I think the above scenario would work, except...I still wonder if Mycroft won't charge in and save the day.
ungalad From: ungalad Date: February 21st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh that would be pretty awesome! But I'm not sure it'd work... I mean, it'd have to be that the snipers can't hear a thing or even see Jim properly, because his body language doesn't look like someone who's trying to stop a bomber, right? Even so, it would be pretty cool! And Sherlock would probably have to be on the run and pretend to be death in order to clear his name. Or not. Argh, why are there only 3 episodes per season?! Dx
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 21st, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
He looks cocky and confident to me.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: February 21st, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
This certainly makes sense. I have wondered about those multitude of dots myself.

Looking forward to speculative fic;)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 21st, 2011 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Fic more than likely won't happen now. This is in lieu of fic, since I won't have time beforehand to write it with everything else on the go.
aelfgyfu_mead From: aelfgyfu_mead Date: February 21st, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting! I feel like I did read a fic with this set-up, though, not all that long ago. It didn't end up on my recs list, so I have no idea where I read it. It didn't have police snipers at the scene already, and I think it did actually have an explosion. Sherlock and John were relatively unharmed, but then they were implicated, and the explosives turned out to have been bought on Sherlock's card and so on. I could give more details, but I might be mixing up more than one fic, to tell the truth.

I know no spoilers whatsoever, so no worries on that count. Shoot, I don't even know the air date (which I would love to know!).

Part of me is trying to poke holes in your version, which is hardly fair, because the actual televised stories have more holes than my metal colander. I'm not sure how Jim would explain his presence there. If the semtex vest is real, John and Sherlock's fingerprints all over it, and surely forensic evidence that John had worn it for a time, would sort well with their version but not with Jim's: why would Sherlock put John in a semtex vest if they're on the same side? If John is not on Sherlock's side, and he tells the police what was said and done, then Jim's behavior looks entirely suspicious. They'd both have to be mad for John to wear exploding winter gear just to implicate Jim from IT.

I was rather bewildered by the number of red dots, however. If those were Moriarty's people, well, he let an awful lot of them see him in person. I'd assume he only had a couple who really knew who he was.

Then again, I read a story where it's all a bunch of laser pointers designed to freak out Sherlock. (Again, I didn't save the link.)

On the gripping hand, Moriarty may intend to dispose of many of the snipers because he doesn't want witnesses.

Also, I'd expect the police to identify themselves pretty quickly, not after they got a dozen or more snipers on the men. I'm having trouble picturing London police pulling together a dozen snipers and getting them into the building so silently that Sherlock didn't notice—but of course they can't have been there long, or they'd have noticed Moriarty's antics!

I'm interested in theories; don't like my arguing stop you from arguing back! The one thing I really can't go for, though I've read it often enough, is a solution that has the explosives shot and going up immediately while John knocks Sherlock out of the way (or vice-versa). Once Sherlock pulls the trigger, there's no time for anyone to move (unless it's on a delay, as in <a href='http://flawedamythyst.livejournal.com/378866.html">"Faint Like a Heartbeat"</a> by <lj user="flawedamythyst">). No one outruns a bullet, or an explosion. (Yeah, I don't go to a lot of action movies. I get annoyed when people outrun bullets and bomb blasts.)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 21st, 2011 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel like I did read a fic with this set-up, though, not all that long ago.

Could be, I haven't had as much tim for reading lately.

Shoot, I don't even know the air date (which I would love to know!).

Last I heard 'Autumn 2011', and filming starts in May.

Then again, I read a story where it's all a bunch of laser pointers designed to freak out Sherlock

Yeah, just about every variation of post-1.03 has been ficced somewhere at this point, I guess.

Also, I'd expect the police to identify themselves pretty quickly, not after they got a dozen or more snipers on the men.

Might be they were waiting for the sign of Sherlock intending to shoot the bomb before moving in. I don't know.

I'm interested in theories; don't like my arguing stop you from arguing back

This is just my speculation, and my opinion. I'm not arguing.
red_chapel From: red_chapel Date: February 21st, 2011 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You have an interesting theory here. I would go with the obviously additional snipers as being Mycroft's people (I'm a fan of Mycroft ex machina, just so Sherlock can be right properly furious at being saved by his brother). I don't think the bomb will explode simply because, if I were Moriarty and I were putting myself in that room, there's no way there would that quantity of live explosives there. Snipers to get the individuals I didn't like, yes; but not explosives to take out the whole pool complex.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 22nd, 2011 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
(I'm a fan of Mycroft ex machina, just so Sherlock can be right properly furious at being saved by his brother)

Oh, me too. I wonder how much his power in fanon has outstripped his power in canon though. If he's playing kingmaker and puppetmaster behind the scenes, directly sending in a personal strike team might be tipping his hand a bit much. But we'll see.

I don't think the bomb will explode simply because, if I were Moriarty and I were putting myself in that room, there's no way there would that quantity of live explosives there.

Yes, exactly. In addition to the natural instinct of self-preservation everyone has, Moriarty is a psychopath, and from his behaviour, perhaps a bit narcissistic. He's not going to be anywhere close to a bomb he intends to set off.
c0ntrarywise From: c0ntrarywise Date: February 21st, 2011 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh oooooh... I hadn't bothered thinking that the snipers could be the good guys. Just because of Moriarty's comments and the fact they're trained on John and Sherlock. But this is a really cool idea. I had figured they were laser pointers set up by Moran :P

The first comment, about the bomb not exploding, just made me wonder if it was real at all. I don't see Jim putting himself in true and proper harm's way... Though he's obviously a psychopath (and sooo changeable)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 22nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
It would have to appear to be real enough to fool Sherlock at relatively close range, and John at very close range. I don't know how much experience or training Jo might have gotten regarding that type of bomb. Most of the types he'd've encountered in the field would be improvised explosives. Could be some non-impact triggered variety of plastic explosive though. I think it is an actual bomb of some kind, with the theory above, otherwise Sherlock would not get into trouble when the authorities figured out the bomb was fake.

We'll see! :-)
From: purplepeggy Date: February 21st, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woah, I love this theory!

Some of the snipers being Lestrade's makes sense. After all, Sherlock IS holding a gun. I'm pretty sure even holding a handgun at a scene like that is enough to get you shot over here.


I always thought that Mycroft knew about Moriarty, but was letting Sherlock deal with him because he knew he would enjoy it. Sort of like a cat bringing a kitten something wounded to finish off.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 22nd, 2011 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, pointing gun-like objects anywhere will set off a take-down in some areas of the world.

I always thought that Mycroft knew about Moriarty, but was letting Sherlock deal with him because he knew he would enjoy it. Sort of like a cat bringing a kitten something wounded to finish off.

True (and an adorable image!), but if that's the case I don't think Mycroft could have been aware of how far-reaching Moriarty's organisation might be, plus Mycroft doesn't seem the type to stand aside and allow people to die just for Sherlock's amusement. Although a canon dark!Mycroft that would do that would be kick-ass and scary as hell, Moffat and Gattiss are major ACD!canon fanboys, and I don't think they'd vary too far from Mycroft as read.
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: February 21st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I love the idea of the rozzers (I'm not sure anyone actually uses that word any more!) thinking Sherlock's the bomber, all I can say is it's a good thing they made Sherlock last year. With all the public sector cuts that lovely Mr Cameron's making there probably won't be any armed police officers left by the time they air season 2. Or any police officers. Or support staff. Grr.

So I shouldn't worry if Sherlock ends up on the lam as there'll be no-one left to chase him.

*Dismounts work-related soapbox*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 22nd, 2011 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
While I love the idea of the rozzers (I'm not sure anyone actually uses that word any more!)

I don't think I've heard it outside of Life on Mars and old episodes of Doctor Who, but I'm not in the UK.

There probably won't be any armed police officers left by the time they air season 2. Or any police officers. Or support staff. Grr.

Oh dear. That dire is it? Maybe Lestrade will make a comment on it in Series 2.
anniehow From: anniehow Date: February 21st, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is such a coool idea!

Ha, serendipity! Just today I was re-watching the beginning of The Great Game!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 22nd, 2011 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It seems quite a few people are either watching or re-watching that episode lately. Must be something in the air.
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