Back to the Pilot with Steven and Phil

Notes I took at the pilot panel on Saturday at Sherlocked

- They made a pilot rather than a regular episode because it was a test run and it was the end of a fiscal year, if it had been six 60 minute episodes like they originally thought the pilot would have been episode one but it was changed to 90 minutes so they had to redo it

- Phil – didn’t think the cabbie was particularly sinister, thought he was ‘rather perky,’ obviously he is sinister but the play on it was interesting and that was what drew him to the role (you obviously read a different role than we saw Phil)

- Everything from the pilot to ASIP was changed except for the sets (which sounds like a load of shit because 221b looks totally different but sure whatever you say Moff)

- It was roughly 7-9 months between the filming of the pilot and series 1

- They all were really pleased with the original pilot (which I found fucking hysterical as hell, I won’t lie)

- When they made series 1, they shot Great Game first, followed by Blind Banker, then Study in Pink, which was good for Phil because otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to play the cabbie because he was filming something else when they originally started filming

- They got better at doing it as they made series 1 but Steven emphasized that they all thought the pilot was really great at the time (what a fucking cupcake)

- About Martin and Ben – two of them instantly perfect together (the freebatching of the weekend continues), they had Ben as Sherlock for a while but they auditioned loads of Johns and it wasn’t until Martin that they found the cincher

- The pill scene in the pilot at 221b was a continuous scene (no breaks)

- At this point the host mentioned subtext and I briefly blacked out

- Steven said that the original director and DOP couldn’t return and he was pretty upset about that – he mentioned that everyone keeps saying that Rachel is the first woman director, but he was adamant that this isn’t true because the original pilot was directed by a woman

- One of their goals was to keep it the same from the pilot to the series to keep the same feeling/world, so they try to keep the same team working on it

- Steven gave us Holmes fun facts and fanboyed for a few minutes and it was cute as fuck

- About writing too many drafts – “There has to come a point where you move on.” Steven

- When giving writers suggestions and advice – keep the stuff that’s good, always tell them the good with the bad

- Apparently Mark and Steven like to chill and watch shitty Sherlock movies together which is frankly both unsurprising and hysterical

- About Ben – he just wanders around crime scenes asking for a latte and a car home (Steven) (genuinely this is one of my favorite comments and after setlocking for three-odd months I can pretty much confirm this is true)

- The allusive Steve Thompson was the one to suggest Mark as Mycroft – Mark had just been rejected for a role, so he asked how Mark would have played the role and they realized it would be just right for Mycroft so they decided Mark should play him

- When asked why he has a thing for throwing people off roofs – “Everyone needs a hobby” Steven

One day in the future you may leave platform 9 and 3 quarters for the last time, you might climb out of the rabbit hole, you might shut the door to 221B bakers street, you might throw the sheet back over the wardrobe, you might leave Camelot, you might stumble out of a blue police box for the last time, you might finally defeat the demons, stubborn angels and drive off in the impala. 

But you will remember the days leading up to the end. The adventures, the love, the happiness, the sadness, the pain. For these fictional places and characters are never quite going to go away. Because the ones that love us, never really leave us. 

John’s Chair in 221B Baker Street

I thought of something. The reddish chair that John calls his in His Last vow is important. Wise Johnlock shippers have pointed out that in His Last Vow Sherlock moves the chair because he cannot bare to see it empty. He just misses John too much. That is understandable. 

What I want to point out is that this chair was Sherlock’s to begin with. As we can see from the first episode, the chair was there before John moved in. Sherlock owned this chair for who knows how long. So I think it is especially cute that he associates the chair with John now.

On the other hand, I think it is also adorable that John calls it “my chair”. I have lived with various roommates. Usually for two or three years. I really liked most my roommates and we became very close. However, I have never called something of theirs “mine” just because I use it a lot. I think the fact that John thinks of it as his chair is indicative of how intertwined their lives have gotten. 

I mean the chair was there before John moved in. Why would it mean that John will move back when Sherlock puts it back? Maybe Sherlock put it there because he will look for another roommate. But that wasn’t the case. They both knew each other so well that Sherlock could tell John who shot him by a chair and a perfume. They are so meant to be together!!!

No Prank Pledge

When the 2016 dates were announced for 221B Con many people were concerned about it starting on April Fool’s Day. Last year John Oliver had his audience take a No Prank Pledge and we here at HN want to encourage you to do the same. We used his pledge as a basis for the below.

By reblogging this post you pledge the following:

“I solemnly swear that on this April Fools’ Day, I will not perpetuate a celebrity death hoax like some kind of a–hole, because that makes people sad. I will not post fake engagement or pregnancy announcements on social media. I will not hide anyone’s personal property. In fact, I will not play any practical jokes. And if I see someone planning a prank, I will say to them: ‘Hey… you’re being a dick right now. Stop being a dick. Stop being a dick. Seriously, stop being a dick.’”