TV Club: Sherlock goes too far in dredging up a “Dead Man’s Tale”

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “A Scandal In Bohemia”

While tracking down the murderer in “Dead Man’s Tale,” Sherlock notes two suspects had an altercation at the Met and missed the last two acts of Der Freischütz. What a pity; the opera’s about a young man led astray by a scoundrel who offers enchanted bullets as the solution to his problems, which would have been an object lesson about how the easiest solution is often too good to be true. It also ends up being a reminder about the danger of taking it for granted that the things you aim will land where you want, so Sherlock might have wanted to see it, too.

“Dead Man’s Tale” is very much about dredging …

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