I have to talk about this.
Sherlock is rude to Jim, more than rude, he ignores him, insults him, and rejects him. Jim, who has approached him here - the first time, before things have gotten all messy and complicated and awful - with humility, kindness, and admiration. We know disguise is always a self-portrait. But Sherlock isn’t interested in Jim’s humility, kindness, or admiration. Sherlock requires something uglier to earn his attentions, and now Jim knows he’ll have to give him that, instead.
How may things have gone differently, had Sherlock not reacted to Jim from I.T. like he did? What if Sherlock displayed just an ounce of humility, an ounce of interest, or even just simple human decency to Jim, instead of complete indifference? As George Bernard Shaw told us, “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.” Or to quote Elie Wiesel, “the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Just look at him… a look of embarrassment over the insult. A polite (and empathetic) acknowledgement of good-bye to Molly. Eyes widened for a moment in disbelief, then cast downward in disappointment. The amount of emotion that he can communicate in just seconds! It’s remarkable. He’s a remarkable actor portraying a remarkable character, and this show isn’t just a show, it’s a goddamned study on human nature.
HANNIBAL DREAMCAST → Morgan McGarry as Mischa Lecter
“The little boy Hannibal died in 1945 out there in the snow trying to save his sister. His heart died with Mischa. What is he now? There’s not a word for it yet. For lack of a better word, we’ll call him a monster.”
Thomas Harris, Hannibal Rising