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Re-imagining Moriarty
by Rakshita (Raks) Patel
Re-imagining Moriarty
for the Modern Age
Conan Doyle Canon Moriarty
vs
BBC Sherlock Jim Moriarty
Villain
 Essential – Crime or Detective Drama
 Inspire Fear – Chills up and down your spine
 Worthy Opponent
 Jim: “Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain”
 Series highlights – Sherlock and Jim meetings
Sherlock and Jim Set Pieces
Swimming Pool, Tea Party, St Barts Rooftop
Moriarty:
Canon vs BBC Sherlock
Conan Doyle
Canon Moriarty
• Age? - Paget
• Extremely tall and thin
• Good birth, excellent education
• Professor Moriarty – Maths
Professor
• Looks and acts like a professor
• Extraordinary mental powers
• Genius, Philosopher, Abstract
Thinker
• Brain of the first order
Conan Doyle
Canon Moriarty
• Hereditary tendencies of the
most diabolical kind
• Criminal strain ran in his blood
• “Napoleon of Crime”
• Central organizing power
• Numerous agents
• Pervades London
• Most dangerous criminal in
Europe
BBC Sherlock
Jim Moriarty
• Young
• Stylish “Westwood”
• Handsome (dates Molly!)
• IT wizard/geek, tech savvy
• Psycho / Mad
• Funny
• Irish
• Consulting criminal:
“specialist” arranging crimes
Reptilian
“His face protrudes forward, and is for ever slowly oscillating from
side to side in a curiously reptilian fashion”
Jim Moriarty, Consulting Criminal
Mad, bad and dangerous to know
Psycho “Mad”
Terrifying, Risk-taker, Unpredictable, Exciting, Evil
Sherlock “You’re insane”
The Devil
• Temptation
• Eve, Serpent, Garden of Eden, The Fall
• Sherlock “on the side of the Angels”
• Jim “I owe you a Fall, Sherlock”
• Apple inscribed with I O U
Humour /
Light relief
• I gave you my number
I thought you might call
• Is that a British Army Browning L9A1 in your
pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?
• The flirting’s over Sherlock, Daddy’s had
enough now
• Westwood!
• Staying Alive ringtone
Jim is fun!
“Honey, you should see me in a Crown”
Spider and its Web
Moriarty the Spider
Conan Doyle Canon
“He sits motionless, like a spider
in the centre of its web, but that
web has a thousand
radiations, and he knows well
every quiver of each of them”.
BBC Sherlock
Jim Moriarty is a “Spider”
“A spider at the centre of a
web, criminal web, with a
thousand threads, and he knows
precisely how each and every
single one of them dances”.
Moriarty’s Web
Moriarty “pervades” London and is behind all the crime in London
Canon: Moriarty’s first appearance is in “The Final Problem”
In BBC Sherlock:
 A Study in Pink: Taxi driver’s dying scream of “Moriarty”
 The Blind Banker: M is behind the Chinese gang and Shan (gang leader) is
assassinated by a sniper sent by M at the end of the episode
 We (the audience) learn to fear the name of Moriarty way before he makes his
first on-screen appearance – builds suspense “who is he?” and rachets up tension
 The Great Game: Jim Moriarty only appears in closing scene (final 10 mins of
Series 1) – Moriarty always used sparingly
Modern Day “Evil”
• 9/11 New York, US
• 7/7 London, UK
• Most horrifying crime
today = terrorist bomb /
suicide bombers
• The Great Game
Yin and Yang
Holmes and Moriarty
Opposite/contrary forces are
interconnected and
interdependent in natural
world
Physical manifestations - natural
dualities: light & dark, hot &
cold, fire & water, life &
death, sun & moon, male &
female
Yin and Yang: Sherlock and Jim
Consulting Detective – Consulting Criminal
Intellectual equals:
Using brain for good or bad?
Holmes - Fights crime
Deduction and Detection
Consulting Detective
Moriarty - Perpetrates crime
Criminal Mastermind
Consulting Criminal
Interconnected & Interdependent
 The Great Game: Sherlock is “bored, bored, bored”. Without
work, his brain rots
 The Hounds of Baskerville: Sherlock sees Jim in the fog – Sherlock’s
“Hound” is Jim
 The Hounds of Baskerville: “Sherlock” inscribed on Jim’s cell walls
 The Reichenbach Fall: “Get Sherlock”, Cat and mouse game
 His Last Vow: Jim is in Sherlock’s mind palace and brings him back
from the dead by telling him John Watson is in danger
 His Last Vow: “Miss Me?” Jim’s “return” saves Sherlock from certain
death as he is recalled to UK
Sherlock’s “Hound”: Jim
Jim’s Cell
“Get Sherlock”
Gay kiss
Onscreen chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott
Shared scenes electric
Jim’s Return?
“Did you miss me?”
BBC Sherlock needs Villain, Sherlock needs Jim
New Directions in Sherlock Conference: Re-imagining Moriarty by Rakshita Patel #NDSherlock copyright Rakshita Patel

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New Directions in Sherlock Conference: Re-imagining Moriarty by Rakshita Patel #NDSherlock copyright Rakshita Patel

  • 2. Re-imagining Moriarty for the Modern Age Conan Doyle Canon Moriarty vs BBC Sherlock Jim Moriarty
  • 3. Villain  Essential – Crime or Detective Drama  Inspire Fear – Chills up and down your spine  Worthy Opponent  Jim: “Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain”  Series highlights – Sherlock and Jim meetings
  • 4. Sherlock and Jim Set Pieces Swimming Pool, Tea Party, St Barts Rooftop
  • 6. Conan Doyle Canon Moriarty • Age? - Paget • Extremely tall and thin • Good birth, excellent education • Professor Moriarty – Maths Professor • Looks and acts like a professor • Extraordinary mental powers • Genius, Philosopher, Abstract Thinker • Brain of the first order
  • 7. Conan Doyle Canon Moriarty • Hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind • Criminal strain ran in his blood • “Napoleon of Crime” • Central organizing power • Numerous agents • Pervades London • Most dangerous criminal in Europe
  • 8. BBC Sherlock Jim Moriarty • Young • Stylish “Westwood” • Handsome (dates Molly!) • IT wizard/geek, tech savvy • Psycho / Mad • Funny • Irish • Consulting criminal: “specialist” arranging crimes
  • 9. Reptilian “His face protrudes forward, and is for ever slowly oscillating from side to side in a curiously reptilian fashion”
  • 10. Jim Moriarty, Consulting Criminal Mad, bad and dangerous to know
  • 11. Psycho “Mad” Terrifying, Risk-taker, Unpredictable, Exciting, Evil Sherlock “You’re insane”
  • 12. The Devil • Temptation • Eve, Serpent, Garden of Eden, The Fall • Sherlock “on the side of the Angels” • Jim “I owe you a Fall, Sherlock” • Apple inscribed with I O U
  • 13. Humour / Light relief • I gave you my number I thought you might call • Is that a British Army Browning L9A1 in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me? • The flirting’s over Sherlock, Daddy’s had enough now • Westwood! • Staying Alive ringtone
  • 14. Jim is fun! “Honey, you should see me in a Crown”
  • 16. Moriarty the Spider Conan Doyle Canon “He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them”. BBC Sherlock Jim Moriarty is a “Spider” “A spider at the centre of a web, criminal web, with a thousand threads, and he knows precisely how each and every single one of them dances”.
  • 17. Moriarty’s Web Moriarty “pervades” London and is behind all the crime in London Canon: Moriarty’s first appearance is in “The Final Problem” In BBC Sherlock:  A Study in Pink: Taxi driver’s dying scream of “Moriarty”  The Blind Banker: M is behind the Chinese gang and Shan (gang leader) is assassinated by a sniper sent by M at the end of the episode  We (the audience) learn to fear the name of Moriarty way before he makes his first on-screen appearance – builds suspense “who is he?” and rachets up tension  The Great Game: Jim Moriarty only appears in closing scene (final 10 mins of Series 1) – Moriarty always used sparingly
  • 18. Modern Day “Evil” • 9/11 New York, US • 7/7 London, UK • Most horrifying crime today = terrorist bomb / suicide bombers • The Great Game
  • 19. Yin and Yang Holmes and Moriarty Opposite/contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in natural world Physical manifestations - natural dualities: light & dark, hot & cold, fire & water, life & death, sun & moon, male & female
  • 20. Yin and Yang: Sherlock and Jim Consulting Detective – Consulting Criminal
  • 21. Intellectual equals: Using brain for good or bad? Holmes - Fights crime Deduction and Detection Consulting Detective Moriarty - Perpetrates crime Criminal Mastermind Consulting Criminal
  • 22. Interconnected & Interdependent  The Great Game: Sherlock is “bored, bored, bored”. Without work, his brain rots  The Hounds of Baskerville: Sherlock sees Jim in the fog – Sherlock’s “Hound” is Jim  The Hounds of Baskerville: “Sherlock” inscribed on Jim’s cell walls  The Reichenbach Fall: “Get Sherlock”, Cat and mouse game  His Last Vow: Jim is in Sherlock’s mind palace and brings him back from the dead by telling him John Watson is in danger  His Last Vow: “Miss Me?” Jim’s “return” saves Sherlock from certain death as he is recalled to UK
  • 26. Gay kiss Onscreen chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott Shared scenes electric
  • 27. Jim’s Return? “Did you miss me?” BBC Sherlock needs Villain, Sherlock needs Jim