Lestrade tried to delete photos from his phone but accidentally texted Mycroft instead.
I can’t stop watching this. It may ruin my life.
He so absolutely would though. I can see one of his kids making fun of him for having an old man phone so he gets a new one but he refuses to ask for help on how to use it. So he’s constantly pocket dialing Mycroft or sending him embarrassing photos and texts.
The reunion scene in “Hound of the Baskervilles” is one of my favorite bits. They’re just so happy to see each other. The minute Holmes sees his cigarette stub and realizes that Watson must be close by, he just lights up with happiness. *hearts*
There is also a change in the emotional tenor of the scene when they first see each other. In ACD canon Watson is actually quite hurt and angry that Holmes has “used him,” but not trusted him with his real plan. But in Granada he is more amused and basically just chides Holmes, as if to say, “Treat me better, you ridiculous man. Did you even get my letters? I worked hard on those!” And then he looks so quietly proud and satisfied when Holmes calls his letters “brilliant.” Even Dr. Stapleton is like “ok, you guys clearly have some business to discuss, and I am a MASSIVE THIRD WHEEL HERE, so I’m gonna go.”
I’ve just realized that many of the villains on Sherlock are also foils for the protagonist. The cabbie in the first episode is a proper genius who would do anything to stop from being bored and openly compares himself to Sherlock. He turns to killing in order to provide for his loved ones, which is foreshadowing of what Sherlock does in His Last Vow. His general proper genius who craves the spotlight thing is also foreshadowing for Moriarty.
Irene Adler has some striking similarities to Sherlock as well. She looks very like him, and she even dresses as him a few times. Her manner is somewhat similar to his. Formal at times, flirtatious at others. Arrogant, theatrical, intelligent, and eager to show off. She’s coldblooded, though, and she manipulates and humiliates someone she cares about in service of winning her game.
Dr Frankland, the scientist from The Hound of the Baskerville is so obsessed with his work that he kills his best friend to protect his pet project. He puts his work above all else, and it drives him to do horrible things.
Moriarty is another villain that is openly and directly compared with Sherlock. The cleverness, the theatricality, the callousness. At first, Sherlock and Moriarty have these traits very firmly in common. Then something shifts for Sherlock after The Great Game, when he sees John threatened. It gets too real for him, and we see that he’s struggling with his Moriarty side when Moriarty appears as his delusion when he’s dosed with the fear hallucinogen. He’s afraid of the havoc Moriarty can wreak in his life, and he’s afraid of the Moriarty side of his own nature.
Magnussen is not all that much like Sherlock. Sherlock doesn’t treat people like toys the way Magnussen does, and he’s disgusted with the notion of it. Magnussen does get a pretty explicit comparison with Sherlock in that they both have a mind palace. That could be just to reinforce that Magnussen’s powers are mainly cerebral? To emphasize that the problems he creates have something of the ephemeral about them? As a blackmailer and a newspaper man, his goal is in manipulation of perception. Now I think about it, that does sound like Sherlock, doesn’t it? Sherlock spends much of his time in manipulation of perception.
Mary is my favorite of the bunch. She’s Sherlock’s inverse. They have some very superficial similarities. They’re both clever and witty and arrogant and a bit reckless. But Mary affects pleasantness and harmless charm to hide how dangerous and ruthless she is. Sherlock affects coldness to hide how sensitive he is. But Mary is deeply selfish. We never see her do one thing for the exclusive benefit of another person. Sherlock on the other hand is astonishingly selfless. He throws away everything to protect his best friend’s happiness. Even before that, he had been devoting most of his time and energy to making John happy with nothing in it for him.
I think all these similarities are to a specific end. As Mofitsson likes to remind us, this is a show about a detective, not a detective show. The story is really about how Sherlock Holmes goes from a great man to a good man. The similarities between Sherlock and his antagonists serve to underline the aspects of Sherlock’s nature that are holding him back in that journey. His obsession with his work, his arrogance, his coldness, his desire to show off, and his selfishness are all dragons to slay.