HELEN MAGNUS IS A GODDESS. PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. ALWAYS. I'M JUST PUTTING THAT OUT THERE AS A STATEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC FACT.
SHERLOCK HOLMES WITH AN IPHONE. "How is that powered?" I AM DEAD. CLINICALLY DEAD. I MISS HIM SO MUCH. (Also, how do I make my iPhone make that noise when I turn it on? I NEED MY IPHONE TO MAKE THAT NOISE WHEN I TURN IT ON.) Watson and Helen fighting crime, Victorian-style! I demand more of this.
JOHN AND HELEN, YOU GUYS. JOHN AND HELEN. MY HEART HAS BEEN RIPPED OUT, DRIED UP, CRUSHED INTO A FINE POWDER AND SCATTERED INTO AN ACTIVE VOLCANO. "After all we've been through, my heart is yours." Chris Heyerdahl, I don't know how you do what you do to me, but I hope you never, ever stop. She saw it in his face. Only for a moment. But I know she did. She knows his true self too well not to have seen it. She came away from that conversation knowing he was innocent, went straight to James and all but told him so. My feelings about the fact that this happened completely defy description. And the threesome reference was just the icing on the cake. Ugh, new favourite scene ever.
Can I just talk about John for a
AFDKJDSF;AFSDLKJAGLKSDGJLKAD. PAST!JOHN. AND FUTURE!HELEN. IN THE ALLEYWAY. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE WATCHED IT MANY, MANY TIMES. FEELINGS EVERYWHERE. EVERY TIME. The way she lost her footing for a second after John teleported away. Like she couldn't believe what she'd just done. No other actress in the world reacts to things as perfectly as Amanda reacts to things. Seriously, no other in the whole wide world.
Spring-Heeled Jack. Spring. Heeled. Jack. HOLY FUCK KINDLER HOW ARE YOU LIKE THIS???
I'm 99% sure they're not actually trying to combine the two and make SHJ the real Ripper and John just your garden variety psychotic-possessed-by-an-energy-demon, so much as they're playing on the fact that the panicked Victorians did that themselves with SHJ and the Ripper back in the day and using it to their advantage as some kind of bait-and-switch. I really don't know how I feel about all of this. Mainly my brain is just like, "MORE JOHN OH MY GOD GIVE HIM TO ME."
(They can't make John not the Ripper, though. Come on, people. THAT MAKES NO SENSE. IT WOULD INVALIDATE EVERYTHING.)
But okay, I'm certainly not going to try and hold this show up as the pinnacle of historical accuracy, because...LMAO. But the last "official" Ripper killing was in 1888, and even the unconfirmed ones only continued until 1891-ish. This is 1898. I don't know, I feel like maybe Future!Helen played some small part in handing SHJ as the Ripper to James on a silver platter because he was getting too close to catching John. Not that you can really catch John, but you know what I mean. She was worried she was giving herself away, so she had to throw him off to preserve the timeline. And for...other reasons.
That dead whore they found, though, the timing of that really felt like John did it. And the cut on her cheek, oh my God. The look on his face as he teleported away from Past!Helen, you just know he had to do something with all of that.
(I think maybe my John/Helen OTP bias is playing a part in this theory. I don't know. There's a chance.)
I can't work out if I just contradicted myself or not. I should not be trying to speculate while my brain is still this broken, I think is the take-away here.
HEAD!CANON: SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
ARE THEY ACTUALLY GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THIS? BECAUSE MY BRAIN IS FLATLINING JUST TRYING TO FIND SOMEWHERE TO START THINKING ABOUT IT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S MAKING ME VERY EXCITED.
(Have you noticed I haven't mentioned the fact that Bigfoot has replaced John in the opening credits sequence? YEAH. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THINK YOU SAW, BUT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN ON MY SCREEN. I HAVE MY FINGERS IN MY EARS AND I AM MAKING LA-LA NOISES. JOHN DRUITT IS INVINCIBLE AND WILL NEVER DIE AND EVERYTHING IS SUNSHINE AND PUPPIES. THE END.)
Basically, this whole episode was just...akdlfjadfslk;jagsdd. Everything. ALL OF MY FEELINGS. TAKE THEM, SHOW. THEY ARE YOURS.