Some thoughts on #Sherlock’s Finale

It was awesome. There are some loose ends which I hope will be cleared up, but over all, this was a a vehicle which showed some development for the Sherlock-Watson friendship, as well as Sherlock’s character over all. After all, the line which separates the villain from the hero is a rather small one. Sherlock and Jim are the same, except for one small issue. Sherlock has rationally chosen friends above himself, even will bemoaning that he has no actual friends.

If you’ve read the books, you know that Holmes faked his death once, so to see it on screen was expected. But, t

Sherlock (finished version)

Sherlock (finished version) (Photo credit: Dalekwidow)

he emotion which was poured into it is outstanding. Only the British seem to be able to write shows anymore that are actually intelligent and emotional. I mean, the final scene is one worth watching over and over again.

Now, how in the world do we find out how?

I think that this season (or series, if you are fortunate enough to be British) allowed for a real development of the relationships of the characters. The Adler episode was interesting for a variety of reasons. First, it developed (albeit in an unnamed manner) sapiosexuality. Clearly, both characters were sexually attracted to each other sexually, but not because of the nudity, but because of brain power both displayed. This doesn’t happen often on television. I found a quote which pretty well sums up the attraction between Sherlock and Adler,

“I want an incisive, inquisitive, insightful, irreverent mind. I want someone for whom philosophical discussion is foreplay. I want someone who sometimes makes me go ouch due to their wit and evil sense of humor. I want someone that I can reach out and touch randomly. I want someone I can cuddle with.

I decided all that means that I am sapiosexual.”

No idea where it comes from, but it is just about what you see when you watch that episode.

The Hounds episode was a different take on it, but excellent for connecting the show to the USA and current ethical dilemmas.

Anyway, not much here. Just wanted to post about Sherlock. If you haven’t seen it, go. The first season is on Netflix Streaming. You have no excuse.

Oh, and you love me, don’t watch the CBS attempt at destroying good television.

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Excuse Me, But Your Moral Absolutes are Showing

In a 2005 episode of the BBC’s Doctor Who, The Doctor is on a space station that broadcasts nothing but game shows in which the penalty for losing is death. In this world, the “weakest link” gets incinerated in front of millions of people.

In a key scene, The Doctor turns to the manager of the station and says “Your staff executes hundreds of contestants every day.”

“That’s not fair,” the manager replies. “We’re just doing our job.”

“With that response,” growls The Doctor, “you just lost the right to even talk to me.”

The fascinating thing about this scene is that it takes place in a universe in which God does not exist. (At least there’s been no indication that anyone believes in an omnipotent, benevolent creator) Yet in this simple exchange, The Doctor reveals that not only does he believe that there are moral absolutes, but that everyone should intuitively know them and be held responsible for violating them.

In just a few lines of dialogue, the writers of this episode evoke one of the 20th century’s most powerful images—a Nazi standing in a courtroom in Nuremberg in 1945 claiming that he killed hundreds of men, women, and children in the German death camps because he was just following orders. The response of most people, both then and now, is that anyone committing such atrocities should have known better. There is no excuse for ignoring one’s moral intuition.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the book that topped Christianity Today’s 2012 Book Awards in the Apologetics/Evangelism category was David Baggett and Jerry Walls’ Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality. Yes, this book happened to be my favorite book of the year (I blogged about it for several weeks then reviewed it on Amazon), but I am also encouraged that more and more people are recognizing the significance of moral apologetics. There is, I think, no stronger evidence for the existence of a morally good God than that most people instinctively know that there are a few things that are always, always wrong. (as well as a few things that are always right)

One of my favorite things to write about is how sci-fi, fantasy, and murder mysteries often reveal this universal moral intuition even (and perhaps, especially) when the official position of the characters is that God does not exist. While these characters exist in a presumably godless universe, they are invariably guided by a moral code that is never questioned. Love and mercy are always good. Hate and cruelty are always wrong. And fighting the good fight is always worth it.

Dr. Who, Buffy Summers, Merlin, Captain Kirk, Sherlock Holmes, and countless other godless heathens will always step up to save us. Not because someone tells them to, but because they know it’s the right things to do. Because they can’t hide their moral absolutes.

Who is your favorite godless heathen with an instinctive moral compass?

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