Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem

Mycroft. You what??

The first issue is Mycroft. If his sister is a super-intelligent psychopath, why on earth did he let her have 5 minutes with the most dangerous master criminal currently in circulation. It makes no sense whatsoever. Unless…

Eurus could control Mycroft from the start

OK, that’s plausible, she can control everyone else so why not Mycroft? In which case she’s always been pretty free with a total run of the prison, which is just somewhere to live. So what’s her motivation? She can control everyone, so boring. Except Sherlock, who wouldn’t play with her. So, let’s make an assumption…

Eurus’ primary motivation in life is to get Sherlock to play with her

And she’s happy to play the long game. Her first attempt completely misfired and now Sherlock has blanked her by forgetting her very existence. So that really didn’t work. She needs a do-over, but there is an issue.

Sherlock doesn’t have a best friend, so no do-over

But then he meets Watson. Hurray! But then disaster, they fall out (again!) over the pesky issue of the death of Watson’s wife. Bummer.

Why did Eurus set Sherlock on Culverton Smith?

Sherlock started pursuing Smith because Eurus appeared and basically told him to, while pretending to be Smith’s daughter. Why? At first, I thought maybe so the BBC could spin a self-serving tale about how no-one could possible have spotted Jimmy Saville short of Sherlock Holmes. But let’s suppose it was actually so that…

Sherlock would get back with his best friend just like Mary said

Great. Job done. Next a rather complex luring of SH to Eurus’ prison where after a bit of psychopathic scene-setting (which is actually key — last time Eurus screwed up by completely failing to predict SH’s reaction to his friend’s death. This time she leave less to chance by running him through a whole series of psych assessments beforehand, because as we’ve established, she’s a tad unempathetic). Now Eurus recreates the childhood well incident, but this time Sherlock solves it and Eurus helps, the best friend is saved, SH forgives Eurus and he will play (violin) with her. Eurus’ mission accomplished.

Why did she meet Moriarty?

Moriarty was getting a bit dangerous for Holmes, but after meeting Eurus he rapidly kills himself after recording a lot of useful vines. BTW she clearly had much more than 5 mins with him but we only ever had Mycroft’s word for that and he’s compromised. Things go a bit wrong when Sherlock fakes his own death and disappears for 2 years and generally falls out with JW, but eventually he comes back, they make up and everyone’s happy. Then disaster, SH kills Magnussen and gets shipped off to die! Fortunately, Eurus has all those clips, so she releases one just in the nick of time (she does have Mycroft under her control after all, so she’s reasonably well-informed) and we’re back on the route to the well.

So what was wrong with this series

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Anne Currie

Anne Currie

SciFi author interested in tech, engineering, science, art, SF, economics, psychology, startups. Chaotic evil.