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Sherlock thoughts – themes

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Walking home from a bit of a rough day, my mind found it way to Sherlock. (Surprise, superprise. *g*) Specifically I got thinking about some of the themes. I came up with:

Series One

1. “A Study in Pink” – selfishness
2. “The Blind Banker” – selflessness (imperfectly portrayed, but growing)
3. “The Great Game” – friendship

Series Two

4. “A Scandal in Belgravia” – romantic love
5. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – trust
6. “The Reichenbach Fall” – sacrifice

So there’s a real arc in human virtue, a real growing-into-a-better-person particularly on Sherlock’s behalf. I think that’s part of why I find it so compelling. (Part.)


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Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Very good points. I agree Sherlock grows as a person.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
I confess I've only seen the first three. (Is six all the episodes there are? Somehow I thought there were a lot more than that. I guess I could catch up on the others fairly easily then.) But I can see that.

Also, face it, Sherlock would just about have to grow as a person! He's pretty obnoxious in the beginning; if anyone is to like him as a person rather than just be awed by his intellect, he'd definitely need to get more likeable over the course of the series.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Is six all the episodes there are?


Yeah, we only have six episodes. They're more like movies than episodes - ninety minutes each and with layers upon layers, but there's really only the six. Complaining about this problem is one of the main ways the Sherlock fandom amuses itself as we wait for series three. That and imagine Watson as a hedgehog, I mean. Case in point:

I am planning on writing up more on these themes. I've already done "Blind Banker" and "Great Game," and next up is "Study in Pink," but if you'd like to get ahead of me now might not be a bad time to watch series two. Not that I recommend anyone rush through it or even expose themselves if they're not ready, because series two is a bit intense. Or at least it was for me.

On character development: Sherlock obviously had to grow as a person. You're right, anything else would have been a major turn-off. What has amazed me is how much sense it makes (philosophically speaking) the way he develops as a person. I'm enough of a fan of Aristotle that I see Aristotle in most things, but the progression he goes through is in many ways a real parallel to what Aristotle talks about with friendship and virtue. It's fascinating and touching, at least to me.
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