it seems this thread has not been active in quite some time. But, i found it and wanted to add/ask:
is it possible that the hound of baskerville took place after Moriarty's heists and while he was in jail but before he was found not guilty and released?
i ask because: 1) Mycroft was interrogating him at the end of hounds. why would he have reason to bring him in and keep him but for the heists? 2) in TRF SH tells Watson "if he wanted the jewels he would have them, if he wanted the money he would have that too. he is in jail because he wants to be there." SH even tells JW that being in jail is all part of his plan. I think this goes a long way toward SH figuring out M and being a few steps ahead enough to plan his fake suicide.
so, if being in jail is all part of the plan, then the timeline would look like this:
Moriarty sets up the reichenbach fall theft and all the other crimes that SH solves to bring him to over the top famous.
Moriarty conducts the heists and gets captured and is in lock up awaiting trial. i assume in England a criminal trial won't happen in short order just like in America.
SH gets brought in because it says "get sherlock"
While reviewing the investigation, SH says to JW that M wants to be in jail and that it is all part of M's plan.
M stays in lock up awaiting trial for a month or more. Mycroft goes in to find out why he "wants to be there." this is when mycroft "divulges" SH's personal details.
while M is in lock up nothing is happening. there are zero interesting cases for SH. this is why Hound opens with SH going mad needing a case (and cigs). he is bored and there is nothing happening. M is in lock up. After all, EVERY single interesting case SH has had since we met him had M behind it.
then along comes the Hound case as a distraction. and this is why Hound ends with a shot of Mycroft interrogating M.
the newspapers that flip through on the screen during the first part of TRF says things like the government is asking hard questions about how this could happen, etc. Mycroft then sends him off to stand trial.
when JW confronts Mycroft about spilling the beans to M in TRF, Mycroft says, "James Moriarity is the most dangerous criminal mind the world has ever seen and in his pocket is a key..." that means that Mycroft questioned him after "the key" made an appearance.
JW asks Mycroft, "you abducted him to find out about the key?" Mycroft does not say yes or no, he just says i interrogated him for weeks. but, there was no mention of the key at any time BEFORE M's three heists. No one seems to have known about the key until such a time. and, of course, the key DOES NOT EXIST. we know this in hind sight. the deduction can then be made that Mycroft interrogated him AFTER M pulled the heists and while he was in lock up and after SH deduced that being locked up is part of M's plan.
as an outside meta note, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off SH and the fans wanted him back. So, SACD wrote the Hounds and it was written in a timeline that occurred before Holme's fake death. Then, the next story brought SH back to life. I think this is a way for the writer's to pay homage to this timeline.
AND, i think this is some more evidence that Mycroft was in on the plan.
Last edited by izatty (October 3, 2012 8:44 am)