Wednesday, February 13, 2013

*Jim* is not MORIARTY

The last thing SHERLOCK needs is one more character coming back to life.  Resurrecting Andrew Scott's James Moriarty would be rather tedious.  But while "Jim from IT" may have blown his brains out on the roof of St. Bart's, Sherlock's nemesis "Professor Moriarty" is not dead and gone.  Who died on the roof of Saint Bart's? 

The Two Moriartys

In the original Conan Doyle stories. (the "Canon") all the books and stories and utterances about him by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there  were two Moriarty men.  The first we meet in "The Final Problem" the story in which Doyle kills Sherlock Holmes through a fall into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls during a struggle with Professor Moriarty.  In this story, Moriarty's first name  is not mentioned, though he is described and represented in illustration. 

We also know that Professor Moriarty had a brother, Col. James Moriarty.  It was his writings about Professor Moriarty that motivated Dr. Watson to publish the true story of Holmes' demise, and so set the record straight.    

SHERLOCK is not only "based on" the Canon, it is an homage in the highest and best sense.  From characters to dialogue to props, anyone reading the original stories finds a wealth of references.  Some speeches of Doyle's Holmes remain almost intact, except one Holmes gleans information from a pocket watch and the other from a cell phone.  One watch's owner is a dead brother; the other a living sister. Both, however, were drunks. We expect to find elements of the Canon in the show.  We also expect to find changes from the original concept.

In the Canon, Watson lived with Sherlock for some time without knowing he had a brother.  On the show, Sherlock has dealt with Moriarty for two seasons, without knowing he actually had been contacted by both siblings: James and "Professor"  Moriarty.  (Though the creators may not choose to make the second Moriarty a professor.)  

 What Do We Know for Sure...

 ... about the Moriarty we have not been formally introduced to?  Sherlock says in "The Great Game:"
"He killed the old lady because she started to describe him. Just once, he put himself on the firing line...  usually he must stay above it all. He organizes these things, but no one ever has direct contact."
What we know for sure about Moriarty is that anyone who has direct contact dies. And old blind woman for simply describing the voice she heard as so soft.  Soft?  Whatever words describe the voice of Scott's Moriarty,  "soft" would hardly be one of them. 

Is Moriarty going to kill the old woman for that and then simply stroll into view so that John and Sherlock can identify him on sight?    And then not kill them both before they can relay the information to law enforcement, to Mycroft?  The old lady was going to be killed no matter what she said to Sherlock, she would obviously have described the voice after her rescue.  If it was Jim Moriarty speaking to the old woman and disguising his voice, it would serve him well to let her tell everyone he had such a soft voice, it would throw everyone off his trail.

Moriarty uses people as puppets, controls them, manipulates their words.  The cabbie in "A Study in Pink" didn't know enough about Sherlock to describe his personality and psychology, Moriarty fed him those ideas.  Will Moriarty, the greatest criminal mastermind the world has ever known, organizing all those criminal enterprises,  actually be insane as Sherlock declares and Jim Moriarty affirms on the roof of Saint Bart's?

Moriarty's family and first name

This portion of the Wikipedia entry on Moriarty sums up the identity confusion:
The stories give a number of contradictory indications about the Professor's family. In his first appearance in "The Final Problem", Moriarty is only referred to as Professor Moriarty – no first name is mentioned. Watson does, however, refer to the name of another family member when he writes of "the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother." Later, in "The Adventure of the Empty House" Holmes refers once to Moriarty as "Professor James Moriarty". This is the only time Moriarty is given a first name, and oddly, it is the same as that of his brother. In The Valley of Fear (written after the preceding two stories, but set earlier), Holmes says of Professor Moriarty: "He is unmarried. His older brother is a station master in the west of England."
In Kim Newman's derivative work Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'ubervilles, Newman takes the confusion and runs with it to humorous effect, stating that Professor James Moriarty has two brothers, Colonel James Moriarty and Station Master James Moriarty. As a result, all conversations and even the narration become amusing and confusing, until the very end where the sad story behind the triple names is told.
Chatting up Moriarty.
It is tradition, inherent in the Canon, that Moriarty and his identity are obfuscated by Conan Doyle after almost ten years, simply forgetting he named the brother "James" when he first killed Holmes and Professor Moriarty to solve his final problem: how incredibly bored he was with the character and how burdened he felt by having to keep writing him. 

But we have a new universe in SHERLOCK, one in the 21st century where Doyle never wrote detective stories about Holmes and Watson. And while our parallel universes have similarities, the gods who create ours are free to make of Moriarty what they will, as long as they are consistent with the New Holmesian Testament they created themselves. That includes only creating one Moriarty.  But it seems less likely than following the Canon, considering what we can observe so far.

Next: Professor Moriarty: Out of the Shadows, part 1

Andrew Scott interview.
Andrew Scott: A pin-up who is hard to pin down 

17 comments:

  1. Indeed a very good blog..........maybe the real moriarty never died on the rooftop of ST.BARTS Hospital...........the one who blew his head may have been one of the brothers............OR one of the brothers is more cunning and mischevious,and used his brother as a bait!!!

    CLEVER!!!!!

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  2. Yes, Series 4 is going to be very interesting, I think the parallels and connections between the Moriarty and Holmes families will (I hope) be revealed.

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  3. Watson is Moriarity!

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    1. That would be awesome!

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    2. stupid*. that would be stupid!*

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    3. Yeah, definitely it d be stupid.Person like Watson would only admire Sherlock Holmes.Not torture him and do such terrible things.He was a soldier for god sake.Soldiers don't do complicated and hideous plans.

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  4. Lovely Post. It is very well developed and very much interesting. I do hope some of your theories will be used and seen in the show, next season. And who knows, maybe Gatiss is behind some os these anonymous account watching and laughing at our paranoia. ;)

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  5. Sherlock BBC Season Spoiler Alert...beware of little brothers...Especially ones who are good actors living in London. Remember Richard Brook or the fake moriarty, that wasn't Moriarty pretending to be someone else to fool Sherlock. That was actually someone else besides Moriarty. That was Moriarty's little brother an actor in London under the stage name Richard Brook. Moriarty had a brother in the original books from the 1800s. His brother was a station agent in London. Fast forward 2014, his brother has been transformed into modern times an actor in London. A clue is that the show needs to travel back in time to Victorian times in the future season to give a clue to the audience to look to the past for the future stories involving Sherlock's life.

    Clue 2. Janus was a roman god.

    Clue 3. Janus Cars

    Clue 4. Sherlock and Moriarty are posed in a scene looking away from each other. Sherlock has his head turned away from the audience. Although his head is not turned away from the audience. It is back to back with Moriarty's. The camera angle here is meant to be deceptive or misleading. If seen from another angle it would be too obvious to the audience, therefore it will be later revealed at a later date to the audience that all the clues point to Janus or Richard Brook Moriarty's little brother has taken his place in order to allow for Moriarty to die, and the rivalry between Moriarty and Sherlock to continue. Jim Brook or the new Moriarty will continue on as his big brother Moriarty to seek revenge against Sherlock allowing both characters to die and live. Sorry BBC...it appears not all waterfalls, "Reichenbach Falls" are happy memories for everyone.

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  6. Finally proof, what better way to battle Moriarty's brother than to add another Holmes brother. They will probably say that they need backup in the form of Tom Hiddleston to help combat the younger Moriarty.

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  7. I agree Moriarty has a brother. I watched first Episode Study in Pink again and the cabbie says they're more than a man. I put on captions to make sure I am right. They're is a contraction for they are meaning more than one. I am not sure if it is Moriarty's twin like others are suggesting but in abonible bride Sherlock told Watson it is never Twins. I think they have been foreshadowing Moriarity's brother since the first episode. I don't know if it is the same actor playing Moriarity with another personality(I would love!)or another actor just using his likeness to get everybody's attention.

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  8. I agree Moriarty has a brother. I watched first Episode Study in Pink again and the cabbie says they're more than a man. I put on captions to make sure I am right. They're is a contraction for they are meaning more than one. I am not sure if it is Moriarty's twin like others are suggesting but in abonible bride Sherlock told Watson it is never Twins. I think they have been foreshadowing Moriarity's brother since the first episode. I don't know if it is the same actor playing Moriarity with another personality(I would love!)or another actor just using his likeness to get everybody's attention.

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    1. Sorry this took so long, however - DO NOT count on captions for accuracy. They are not from the script, and are often wrong. The Netflix ones are famous for this. Not that "they're" is wrong, of course, just saying. I prefer to say they foreshadowed "siblings." They do it with the third Holmes sibling, also. Mycroft doesn't use any gender-specific language when referring to the "other one."

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  9. The handwriting on the letter was of a woman. The soft voice on the phone may have been a woman. Maybe Janine is Jim Moraity's twin but if she was a Moriarty you would think she would hide her accent I had no watched the series for sometime but recently watched so it has my head spinning with all these ideas. I know the Janine theory is on the Internet. There is also a triplet theory with one moriarty dead and Janine being one of the other triplets but I think that idea jumps the shark. Maybe the twins and a sister but not triplets. Wikipedia as my source is has been mentioned in there may be three Moriarity's the professor, the station agent, and the Col. Two were named James.

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  10. It might not be that Moriarty has a brother. It might be that he has a sister. "More than a man" can also mean a sister, or a family. The Killer Cabbie never refers to Moriarty in terms of gender.

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  11. HMMMM I have never read the books.... Are they super advanced that kids can't read them? I'm 11

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    1. I'm sorry that no one took the time to answer your question. Although it's been a while if you are still wondering. . . Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes are not too difficult of a read. At age 11 or 12 you should be able to understand and enjoy them -although some themes may be a tad adult. Probably best to discuss your interest in the stories with your parent(s). Perhaps your parent(s) or a teacher would be interested in reading and discussing the stories with you. You can always take a trip to your local library to borrow the books so that you can review them to see if they're a good fit for you. You can also go to: https://archive.org/details/gutenberg where (among many other books/ stories) the Sherlock Holmes stories are available FOR FREE in either eBook or pdf form. You can read them on an Electronic Reader, a PC, Laptop, Tablet or Print them out to read. Glad you know of your interest! Good Luck and most of all ENJOY!!! :)

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  12. Perhaps the name Sherrinford isn’t a name at all but rather code for Mycroft & Sherlock Holmes’ sister. I believe that the character of "E" is actually Sherlock's twin, an "Evil Genius" who is also the real Moriarty. What I cannot reconcile is that even if he hadn't seen her in quite some time, despite being somewhat drug addled and her wearing a bit of disguise; that Sherlock wouldn't somehow recognize her/ feel a sense of familiarity about her while spending time with her. Especially as she actually says something about "Big Brother" keeping tabs on Sherlock in the scene in which she and Sherlock are walking and a helicopter is following them. As well, the way in which she makes that statement she seems to be referring to an actual 'shared'older brother and not a euphemism for the Gov't. One Clue at Sherlock’s possible subconscious ‘recognition’ of his twin is that while in her company he does have a flashback to his childhood during which there sounds like a female child’s voice singing a nursery rhyme type song.

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