Sherlock has some impressively inaccurate theories.
there’s a really big difference between “the writers want to put these two characters in a queer relationship but can’t because of censors” and “we’re going to keep putting these characters in queer situations and playing it off as a really funny joke”
i like when people are like, “elementary isn’t sherlock” because yeah, you’re right! because if it was, we’d hear vague asian music playing every time lucy liu was on-screen
actual sherlock script
"a fragile little doll" ew omg
i can’t believe moffat said john and sherlock wouldn’t work romantically because “they’re not wired that way” and then wrote an episode where a lesbian falls in love with a man
your irene wasn’t wired in that way but you still made her fall in love with a man didn’t you you vile sexist homophobic piece of absolute shit
I identify with this post on a spiritual level.
what if Irene Adler’s phone code wasn’t SHERlocked and he typed it in and she was like omg you’re so self obsessed
the episode would have been 1000x better tbh
#and then she texts him screencaps of the dictionary definition of “lesbian” every hour on the hour for like five days
And the second photoset for Mary Morstan. The cosplay is coming along nicely, thanks to my local thrift stores! :)
First post here :)
Oh, and for anyone going to Anime Boston in March, this is the cosplay that’ll be showing up on Friday. I’m so excited. :D
THIS IS SO PERFECT
Thinking about Sherlock, I feel like the Mary reveal was meant to be similar to Elementary's Moriarty reveal. Both women are/were in romantic relationships with men who had no idea about their criminal past; both women changed their identities and deliberately lied about themselves; both were discovered only when they were trying to kill someone and both shot their Sherlocks.
The main differences are:
1. Sherlock!Sherlock consistently noticed odd things about Mary (although he never put them together before), then blamed John for marrying her. Elementary!Sherlock never noticed anything strange about Moriarty, showing that even someone as intelligent as he was could be deceived. It also shows that anyone can be a victim of an abusive relationship, whereas Sherlock implies that some people (i.e. Sherlock) wouldn’t get into that situation.
2. Elementary acknowledges the relationship as abusive and, even months later, Sherlock is still clearly dealing with the ramifications (with Joan’s ongoing support). John, on the other hand, managed to come to terms with it off-screen, and it was resolved during the episode. No one else seemed particularly sympathetic to John that his wife was, in fact, a liar and an assassin.
3. Sherlock!Sherlock blamed John for the relationship, because people like Mary are his “type”. Mary’s lies and her past are John’s fault, because those are the kind of people he’s drawn to. He’s completely victim-blamed for marrying a wife who lied to him (even though no one else suspected her either). Elementary!Sherlock, on the other hand, is never blamed for falling for Moriarty - in fact, everyone around him is supportive. It’s clear that Moriarty deliberately (and cruelly) deceived him (and she is only beaten by Joan).
4. In spite of being thoroughly evil, Moriarty has agency. She runs her crime empire; she writes to Sherlock; she chose to deceive and abuse Sherlock. Mary, on the other hand, was forced into her position because she was hiding from someone, was forced to try to kill Magnusson because he had information on her, was forced not to kill him because of John, was forced to shoot Sherlock to save herself/John, and ultimately the relationship was John’s fault, not hers. She’s a completely passive participant in her life (and we never find out what was in her past that could have triggered this - she doesn’t even have past agency).
It was as if Sherlock was trying to do a similar twist, but the writers didn’t understand the characterisation decisions that made the Moriarty twist effective on Elementary. They just saw a hot girl with a gun pointing at Sherlock.
You know what makes this so unbelievable hot and sexy? The change of pace!
He literally bursts through the window like a BAMF, all determined and pumped up with adrenaline. The epitome of a man that knows what he wants and is about to get it. He steps closer to her, resolute and confident.
And yet, when he goes in to kiss her, everything slows down, his hands cup her face so gently and carefully. He brings them together slowly, not hastily or forcefully.
The sensuality of this kiss is through the roof!
This post just sent me on another craze
THAT IS HOW YOU KISS BOYS TAKE NOTES
So many girls wish they were Molly
So many girls wish they were Louise
Some boys wish they were Molly
I think everybody wishes they were Molly
If ur mad that elementary replaced Watson with a woman of color bc it doesn’t have the same relationship…either it’s too platonic or not platonic enough…sry2say but queer baiting isn’t better either…????
[CW: spoilers for Elementary and Sherlock, faked suicide, abuse]
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)
1-4: Compartmentalising: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologise and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologises to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 Minimalisation: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)
The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognises that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this
Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.
y’see, though, the thing that gets me is that those first two quotes tells us so much more about the writers of the show than the character itself.
The writers of Sherlock (and, by consequence, the writers of Doctor Who) have this thing where they build all those deep, amazing puzzles and backstories for their audiences - or at least that’s what they want the audience to think. When all cards are on the table and dots come to i’s, they fail miserably to answer the things that they themselves set up, and everything falls flat.
In context, those two quotes are used to evoke emotion and character development from the audience, but in truth it’s the writers’ safe gateway, a way of manipulating the audience into thinking that they are delivering when they are in fact, cheating and finding a way out.
John doesn’t want to know how Sherlock did it because the writers couldn’t come up with something better than the fans themselves did; he doesn’t want to know about Mary’s past because the writers can’t give something that would justify the tension built around the reveal; the Doctor doesn’t reveal his name to the crack because the writer’s wouldn’t find a way to explain the over 50 years of suspense behind the name of the Doctor.
the build big aspirations, but come up short when they realise they aren’t half as clever or half as witty as they give themselves credit for, even if they are to egocentric to accept it.