Well I have posted this a few times on different sites, so here I go again, lol.
(I really must just save a copy next time!)
First up we need to know what Sherlock did that he doesn't do normally.
For me, this was right from the starting scenes. Remember this line from 'the Great Game' : "Don't make people into heroes John. Heroes don't exist and if they did I wouldn't be one of them".
In the start of Reichenbach what do we have? Sherlock allowing himself to be portrayed as a hero. Usually, Sherlock solves cases and allows Lestrade or someone else take the 'glory' as he isn't interested in that. It's a big part of him; he tried hiding under a hat remember? So why change that now? It MUST be for a reason.
The reason? We already saw at the end of "Baskerville" that Mycroft had been grilling Moriarty for some reason but eventually let him go.
Let's look at Moriarty for a second. He kills people while leaving clues everywhere, involved in all sorts of criminal activity. He likes the attention, thrives on it. You could easily extend those observations to say he is an egomaniac. And he's a serious problem to law & order. So how do we get rid of a problem like that to restore some law in the land? Flush him out of hiding for a start.
So what would annoy him more than anything? His arch enemy getting all the attention perhaps?
Sherlock becoming a hero and being splashed across the media would have irked Moriarty to no end. (I don't think Sherlock was too thrilled with it either, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!)
So we see Sherlock accepting awards etc, we can see that he hates it. There were 3 major cases that we saw; so in retaliation Moriarty planned 3 crimes of mega proportion! All at the same time, just to 'out do' Sherlock.
So I do believe that is the whole underlying theme to this show. Knowing that shows many things into a different light.
I am not saying Sherlock planned the court case & its outcome. I think he knew that Moriarty was 'slimy' enough to get off lightly or completely. During their cup of (watery)tea at 221B, Moriarty revels in the chat about how he was 'advertising' (as Sherlock put it) it was feeding his ego immensely. Just as Sherlock wanted it to.
I don't believe Sherlock forecast the kidnapping, but he knew something would happen soon afterwards. Moriarty was growing bolder & becoming a train wreck just waiting to happen.
(This is a long post, I will do a separate one regarding the actual 'fall')
Last edited by kazza474 (February 22, 2012 8:53 am)