History Recap / SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall

23rd Jun '17 3:45:19 AM jormis29
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** Moriarty's attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, as well as his being acquitted at trial even though everyone knows he's guilty, are both plot points from ''Film/{{The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|1939}}'' (with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce).
** Likewise, the climax, in which Moriarty tries to talk Sherlock into jumping off a roof, seems to be based on a similar scene from the Basil Rathbone film ''Film/TheWomanInGreen''. Moriarty climbing the stairs while Sherlock plays his violin is also directly from that film, complete with the moment where he steps on a squeaky step, the violin stops for a second and then starts again.

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** Moriarty's attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, as well as his being acquitted at trial even though everyone knows he's guilty, are both plot points from ''Film/{{The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|1939}}'' (with Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone and Nigel Bruce).
** Likewise, the climax, in which Moriarty tries to talk Sherlock into jumping off a roof, seems to be based on a similar scene from the Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone film ''Film/TheWomanInGreen''. Moriarty climbing the stairs while Sherlock plays his violin is also directly from that film, complete with the moment where he steps on a squeaky step, the violin stops for a second and then starts again.
28th May '17 12:00:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* HollywoodHacking: Subverted. Moriarty appears to have written a small string of computer code (ridiculously small, if he can give it to Sherlock by tapping his fingers) that can hack any system on the planet. He demonstrates this at the beginning of the episode by breaking into the three most secure spots in London simultaneously, using a few smartphone apps. However, it is revealed at the end that Moriarty was making it all up: There was no code, [[MundaneSolution he simply bribed his way in]]. The mobile apps merely alerted his men on the inside. Which is good, because if this had been played straight, it would have been one of the most egregious examples out there. [[note]]The "code" was simple enough that Jim could tap it out in binary on his fingers during a single conversation. For comparison, the text that makes up this very page would take well over 100,000 "taps".[[/note]]

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* HollywoodHacking: Subverted. Moriarty appears to have written a small string of computer code (ridiculously small, if he can give it to Sherlock by tapping his fingers) that can hack any system on the planet. He demonstrates this at the beginning of the episode by breaking into the three most secure spots in London simultaneously, using a few smartphone apps. However, it is revealed at the end that Moriarty was making it all up: There was no code, [[MundaneSolution he simply bribed his way in]]. The mobile apps merely alerted his men on the inside. Which is good, because if this had been played straight, it would have been one of the most egregious examples out there. [[note]]The "code" was simple enough that Jim could tap it out in binary on his fingers during a single conversation. For comparison, the text that makes up this very page would take well over 100,000 "taps".[[/note]][[/note]] It's blatant enough that he's a bit disappointed Sherlock fell for it.
10th Apr '17 2:30:58 PM eroock
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* KnuckleCracking: Moriarty cracks his neck right before staring his coup at the Tower of London.
10th Apr '17 9:47:55 AM eroock
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* HeroWithBadPublicity: This is one of Moriarty's objectives for the titular sleuth. For as-yet-unknown reasons, Sherlock himself seems to go along with it right at the very end, after having resisted throughout the episode.

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: This is one of Moriarty's objectives for Moriarty uses MaliciousSlander to make the titular sleuth. For as-yet-unknown reasons, public believe Sherlock is a fake. Sherlock himself seems to go goes along with it right at the very end, after having resisted throughout the episode. episode.


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* MaliciousSlander: This episode revolves around [[spoiler: Moriarty gradually destroying Sherlock's credibility, eventually leading the police to suspect that he made every case up just so he would look good when he "solved" them, and ending heartbreakingly with Sherlock's apparent suicide.]] [[WhamEpisode Quite the]] [[TearJerker depressing episode.]]
6th Apr '17 2:50:33 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CallBack: Moriarty tells Sherlock he's already told him what "The Final Problem" is if Sherlock was paying attention. It happened in "A Scandel in Belgravia" when Moriarty's phone rang: "Stayin' Alive".

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* CallBack: Moriarty tells Sherlock he's already told him what "The Final Problem" is if Sherlock was paying attention. It happened in "A Scandel " [[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia" Belgravia]]" when Moriarty's phone rang: "Stayin' Alive".



* ContinuityNod: While handcuffed and and forced to hold hands with Sherlock, John mutters "Now people will definitely talk", referencing his line in "The Great Game".

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* ContinuityNod: While handcuffed and and forced to hold hands with Sherlock, John mutters "Now people will definitely talk", referencing his line in "The "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game".Game]]".



* HeroWithBadPublicity: this is one of Moriarty's objectives for the titular sleuth. For as-yet-unknown reasons, Sherlock himself seems to go along with it right at the very end, after having resisted throughout the episode.

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: this This is one of Moriarty's objectives for the titular sleuth. For as-yet-unknown reasons, Sherlock himself seems to go along with it right at the very end, after having resisted throughout the episode.



* TheNoseKnows: Sherlock is the only one at the scene of a crime to scent spilt linseed oil.



* RealityEnsues:

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* RealityEnsues: The episode is practically a reality check for the series.
** Sherlock assumes Moriarty is going away for good after being arrested but overlooks how a criminal genius would have no trouble intimidating the jury to let him be found not guilty.
** When Moriarty makes it appear as if Sherlock has been setting up all these crimes so he can "solve" them and look like a genius, Sherlock's jerk behavior for a while eventually ends up helping the scheme out. A reporter he ran down as a joke gets revenge by printing the story as fact and Sherlock discovers that when you insult police on a constant basis as being complete idiots, you're not going to get much support from them. Indeed, many of the cops are more than ready to believe Sherlock did this rather than being that smart.



** Sherlock faces off against Moriarty on how the man came up with a super-hacking code and intends to use it in order to prove his innocence. Moriarty just laughs that there is no code, he just bribed people to open up bank vaults at the right moment and is disappointed Sherlock didn't see that.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sherlock [[BadassBoast gives one to Moriarty when he mistakes him for not being like him.]]
-->Oh, I might be on the side of angels but don't for ''one second''' think I am one of them!



* SuddenlyShouting: Sherlock, while under quite a bit of stress:
-->Moriarty is playing with your mind, too. Can't you SEE WHAT'S GOING ON?



* TakingYouWithMe: Moriarty hires assassins to kill Sherlock's friends unless he commits suicide, which works well, until Sherlock figures out that Moriarty can still call the assassins off, and threatens Moriarty that he will make him talk, at which point Moriarty pulls out a gun and shoots himself, forcing Sherlock to (ostensibly) kill himself to save his friends.



* TerrifyingRescuer: Moriarty is revealed to have terrified a pair of kidnapped children with a double of Sherlock, in order to cast suspicion on Sherlock when the children begin screaming in his presence.



* WhamEpisode

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* WhamEpisodeWhamEpisode: The episode ends with [[spoiler: Sherlock being totally discredited, Moriarty killing himself, Sherlock [[FakingTheDead faking his own suicide]], and John going back in to therapy.]] In fact, "Reichenbach" is so much this that all resulting fanfic, and in fact the ''fandom itself'', can be divided into "pre-Reichenbach" and "post-Reichenbach".


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* YouCannotKillAnIdea:
** Donovan and Anderson manage to [[spoiler:sow the seeds of doubt regarding Sherlock's authenticity as a (relatively) aboveboard detective]]. When Lestrade [[spoiler:comes to warn Sherlock of his impending arrest]]:
--->'''Sherlock:''' After all, you can't kill an idea, can you? Not once it's made a home... ''(Taps Lestrade's forehead)'' There.
** That's the whole point of the episode, with [[spoiler:Moriarty]] managing to convince ''everybody'' that Sherlock is [[spoiler:a fraud and that even "Moriarty" is a paid actor hired by Sherlock]]. He proves it by [[spoiler:killing himself, forcing Sherlock to jump from a rooftop lest all his friends die]].
28th Mar '17 4:18:55 PM eroock
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-->'''Sherlock''': [[BaitAndSwitchComment Yes, brilliant impression of an idiot]].

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-->'''Sherlock''': [[BaitAndSwitchComment Yes, brilliant impression of an idiot]].idiot.
28th Mar '17 4:18:26 PM eroock
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: Sherlock makes one on [[ButtMonkey Anderson]]'s expense when they uncover the InvisibleWriting at the boarding school.
-->'''Anderson''': Not much use, it doesn't lead us to the kidnapper.
-->'''Sherlock''': Brilliant, Anderson.
-->'''Anderson''': Really?
-->'''Sherlock''': [[BaitAndSwitchComment Yes, brilliant impression of an idiot]].
26th Mar '17 11:34:28 AM eroock
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** IronicEcho: "You repel me."

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** IronicEcho: "You repel me."
26th Mar '17 11:34:13 AM eroock
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* IronicEcho: "You repel me."

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* ** IronicEcho: "You repel me."
24th Mar '17 3:58:00 PM eroock
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* InvisibleWriting: The kidnapped boy left clues on the wall and floor of his room which could only be seen under black light.
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