Sherlock Holmes has become salacious. Sexual innuendo & casual vulgarity are added to what was supposed to be a gentleman. Nevertheless, at the end, he refuses to go with the woman. He has chased her throughout, finally catching her. He is aware of her charms, but her fate is terrible.
The story starts with Holmes on the run. He is not resting in his armchair talking with Watson. They meet as one strangles & the other gags a man. They shake hands once that man goes the way all things must go… These complicated & lethal motions they make, Holmes thinks them through, in jargon, before he enacts them.
In a world where what you see is what you get, the director is attempting to portray prudence, foresight, for our viewing pleasure. Nevertheless, Holmes says: There is nothing more elusive than an obvious fact. Indeed. To understand the obvious is to understand why it is obvious. This is to understand the difference between what things seem to be & what they are. This is why we are shown Holmes chasing after things.
Scientific progress is the great danger we confront. Holmes attracts our attention, & Watson’s, to new technology in architecture. Near-magical devices foreshadow the future: Electricity. The villain in our story promises to use technology for universal tyranny. Holmes himself manages to defeat a much stronger man in a fight using technology. Apparently, cunning use of technology can appear to give men supernatural powers. Holmes agrees that science is power, but believes it cannot change human nature.
Our attention is attracted to the problem of immortality. If science makes man immortal, man becomes god. Otherwise, he may still be killed. Our villain pretends to rise from the dead. It makes the news. Holmes insists it is a trick, eventually proving it to his satisfaction. People, unlike Holmes, are easily deceived, not to say terrified. Further, this appearance of magic or immortality serves to conceal petty murder.
Freemasons, we are told, by various rituals, dating back to ancient times, have been steering mankind & concealing themselves, by magical powers. Watson insists that the inquiring Holmes may be wrong. Something supernatural may be happening. Watson is a moral man, always looking for God. Holmes is forced to admit his powers are limited. He cannot disprove Watson theoretically.
But Holmes knows that human powers center on reason. A low form of reason is what he confronts in the villain: Cunning. But a higher form of reason, science, is the means to villainous ends. & the superiority the rational few feel over the stupid many leads to tyranny. Against these perversions, Holmes’ own use of reason is either private or just.
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