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January 4, 2016 7:04 pm  #1


Three Johns

During TAB, we encountered three different Johns.

The Imagined Victorian One, Watson, loyal and reliable, who bickers with Sherlock but saves him at the waterfalls, nearly abndons his wife for him and who is there for him even at the end:

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The Imagined Trashy Modern John who is ultra curt with Sherlock, who abandons him immediately when there´s the problem, who throws abuse at him:

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who even kidnaps a Victorian One when this one feels the need to use abusive language towards Sherlock:

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And the real John:

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Why are these three so different from each other? Or are they really?
What is their role in Sherlock´s psyche? 
And why is the middle one so aggressively antagonistic towards Sherlock?


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January 4, 2016 7:08 pm  #2


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I think the first one is the one Sherlock longs for.
I think the second one is the one Sherlock thinks he deserves.
And I think the last one is the one Sherlock actually has.  Someone who will always be there for him but who will call him out when he hurts someone.  Especially when he hurts himself.  http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/love.png


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January 4, 2016 7:16 pm  #3


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He thinks he deserves to be yelled at in this manner? After all he did for John in TSOT and HLV? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png


Why? I don´t understand (and would put that even on my shirt if neccessary)...


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January 4, 2016 7:24 pm  #4


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I don't think they are so different.  I think first John is an idealised version of John to us, but I think it's an insight into how Sherlock really sees John.   He's not actually that far off real John - more perceptive, definitely.  The middle one is not so bad - he tries to pull Sherlock back when he's off on the wrong track, and also reminds him of the fall - Sherlock IS on the wrong track at that point.  His swearing is more like modern John (the "threat" isn't so different from Victorian Watson who has also recently threatened Sherlock, and Sherlock IS being a pompous prick at this point, refusing to tell him where Mary is), and I think highlights to Sherlock that this is mind palace. 

 

January 4, 2016 7:30 pm  #5


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tonnaree, you just spoke my mind... as heartbreaking as it is with the second John


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January 4, 2016 7:51 pm  #6


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The episode equals "going deep" with taking drugs multiple times. Moriarty even says outright that Sherlock "went to deep" this time around. I therefore read "mind John" (which is for me the same one as the idealized John, because they are both in Sherlock's mind) action in the grave scene as a warning. If you dig deeper, John will leave you and you will be alone. But if you fight your demons, he will be there - always. Consequently, Sherlock decides to fight.

 

January 4, 2016 7:52 pm  #7


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tonnaree wrote:

I think the first one is the one Sherlock longs for.
I think the second one is the one Sherlock thinks he deserves.
And I think the last one is the one Sherlock actually has.  Someone who will always be there for him but who will call him out when he hurts someone.  Especially when he hurts himself.  http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/love.png

Idealised Watson does this as well, when he calls him out on taking drugs.   He's really not that far off.  I think the most noticable difference for me, is that Sherlock does some deductions through Watson.  He also questions himself through Watson (I'm calling Victorian mind palace John "Watson"!), even beats Moriarty through Watson, etc.  Although this isn't quite what happens in real life, I think it reflects Sherlock and John being a team, a unit, and how much he needs him. 
 

 

January 4, 2016 7:55 pm  #8


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nakahara wrote:

He thinks he deserves to be yelled at in this manner? After all he did for John in TSOT and HLV? http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png


Why? I don´t understand (and would put that even on my shirt if neccessary)...

I think we've established many times over that, beyond his intelligence, Sherlock does not think very highly of himself. 
So yes, I think he thinks he deserves harsh treatment.  Sherlock thinks he is unworthy of John's friendship, his love and admiration.


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January 4, 2016 8:06 pm  #9


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Swanpride wrote:

The episode equals "going deep" with taking drugs multiple times. Moriarty even says outright that Sherlock "went to deep" this time around. I therefore read "mind John" (which is for me the same one as the idealized John, because they are both in Sherlock's mind) action in the grave scene as a warning. If you dig deeper, John will leave you and you will be alone. But if you fight your demons, he will be there - always. Consequently, Sherlock decides to fight.

I love this theory!

Tonaree: but why would he believe that he is unworthy of John´s friendship? During S3, he did everything that was humanly possible to keep John happy and safe.
And if he believes that they are so incompatible that John absolutely cannot stand him, why would he seek him out then? Why not definitely leave him after TSOT?


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January 4, 2016 8:14 pm  #10


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I love Swanprides theory also .
But I wonder if we have a before the fall ,after the fall , and husband to Mary John too.

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January 4, 2016 8:17 pm  #11


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Feelings of unworthiness do not have to make sense.  People can battle them for a lifetime.  I think Sherlock's stem from something in his youth and run very deep.

He doesn't leave John because he loves and needs him and somewhere in his brain a part of him knows that John feels the same.  But even then it's not surprising that his insecurities would come out in his MP during great stress.


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January 4, 2016 9:54 pm  #12


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I also wonder why was this sequence playing in Sherlock´s mind and connected with the "middle" John. This is not something that happens in reality, it is something Sherlock conjures up. But why?

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January 4, 2016 10:00 pm  #13


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I think it's reference to the case, and the place of women - John's comment is unintentionally sexist (it's the kind of thing that would almost always be said about a woman, not a man).   It does come across as patronising.

(Victorian John also makes this kind of comment, but more so - when Mary wants to come along with him and he suggests she'll be busy preparing food for them)

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January 4, 2016 10:03 pm  #14


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I think it also symbolizes Sherlock feeling that Mary has taken over John.


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January 4, 2016 10:04 pm  #15


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I think it's Sherlock feeling that John doesn't properly appreciate Mary's abilities.


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January 4, 2016 10:43 pm  #16


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Just read the name of the thread, and immediately thought "My husband is three people".
Which was apparently not a difficult case, so how come Sherlock cannot solve the Three Johns?

 


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January 4, 2016 10:45 pm  #17


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tonnaree wrote:

I think the first one is the one Sherlock longs for.
I think the second one is the one Sherlock thinks he deserves.
And I think the last one is the one Sherlock actually has.  Someone who will always be there for him but who will call him out when he hurts someone.  Especially when he hurts himself.  http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/love.png

Yes, my thoughts exactly.
 


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January 4, 2016 11:27 pm  #18


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nakaharas pictures also remind me of the conversation onnthe park bench about Sholto being Johns ex commander and the pics make is seem like Mary is Johns new commander. Maybe Sherlock was also an ex and that makes for three different Johns.
Very interesting thoughts in this discussion . 

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January 4, 2016 11:44 pm  #19


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It's still John who is pulling away Mary, not the other way around. I think if the delve in the mind palace has shown anything, than that Sherlock doesn't really see Mary as a rival - though apparently he feels a little bit bad for pulling John away from her on a regular basis.

 

January 5, 2016 1:13 am  #20


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I think John #1 corresponds very much to the John we saw in s3. Victorian John seems to be the inner, somewhat idealized John, and John#3, from the last plane scene is closer to"reality", concerned, and really a bit lost in figuring out what to do with it. John from the falls is Romanticized John, the one who is fully with Sherlock.

And, no- I don't think Sherlock just loves to be treated cruelly, but it may be all he thought he could get from RL John Watson, per S3.

 

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