A Great Man, A Good Man

I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes lately.

Not the Conan Doyle version so much. I’ve read some of the original canon, and enjoyed them, but always felt that Conan Doyle held back too much, so you couldn’t ride along really. Then I got hooked on the Laurie R. King books. (Terribly hooked.) And since then, I have become utterly obsessed with the Robert Downey Jr./Guy Ritchie version and the BBC Sherlock series.

The finale for Season Two of Sherlock aired the other night and it was epic and awesome. Series co-creator Steven Moffat tweeted before the airing: What a melancholy day. A day for a great man to fall and a good man to cry. The end of an era begins at 9 o’clock tonight, BBC1. #sherlock

Now, everyone’s been screen-capping Sherlock and John in various states with those words used quite literally. They show Sherlock falling, and they show John desolate, either watching Sherlock fall or at Sherlock’s grave.

But I don’t think that’s what Moffat had in mind when he said it.

For viewers of the series, remember back in the first season, (possibly the first episode, I’d have to check) John is asking Lestrade why they put up with Sherlock. And Lestrade answers, “Sherlock Holmes is a great man, and some day, if we’re very very lucky, he might even be a good one.”

We watched a great man fall, but before that we watched a good man cry while he said goodbye to his friend, John Watson.

At least, that’s how it all makes the most sense to me.

Now, hopefully we don’t have to wait two years to get to see Season Three.


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