I very much enjoy the actors on the British TV show Sherlock Holmes, but the season 2 finale, broadcast tonight, infuriates me.
We see Sherlock Holmes cast himself off a building, and bludgeon his head in a bloody mess that no one could survive… but then at the end, we see Sherlock Holmes alive! But how?
The clues are obvious… “Dr. Watson, please look at me up here, just keep your eyes up at me… It’s a trick. It’s just a magic trick.” Sleight of hand… get it? You see what the magician tells you to see, because you’re just a dope, and the producers of the TV show are geniuses at manipulating you.
Ha ha ha. How brilliant… but who cares?
The flaw in Sherlock Holmes stories, as they were originally written, and now as they’re being transmitted to the TV screen in this new series, is that the tales are all about how marvelous Sherlock Holmes is, making the rest of us idiots by comparison. The problem with Arthur Conan Doyle’s originals was that there often weren’t any clues at all to enable readers to think through puzzles as Holmes did. Holmes just had secret knowledge.
Now, the TV show’s producers are doing the same thing. They simply have some secret about how Sherlock Holmes survived, and we can speculate about it, but we can’t know… until Season 3 begins.
Readers, am I missing something?