I’m so sick of people being all over the “great character developement” in S4 and “how much work the brilliant and clever writers put into it”, like what exactly do you mean?

John being abusive towards Sherlock? Cheating on his oh-so-lovely wife?

Or Sherlock forgiving the person who practically killed him, and then his scary sister who killed his childhood friend and tried to kill their brother or alternatively John? Which makes him “more human” apparently?

Because no, that’s shit. The only character developement those two needed was to get together, which would have “completed Sherlock as a human being”, to use John’s own words. Not this shit ffs.

Sherlock didn’t need any of this to be considered a “good man”, the latest point where that happened was when he gave up his life to save John in TRF, and don’t even get me started on him doing it all over again in HLV. And John’s “character developement” made him practically unrecognizable. So congrats on that.

So how do ya’ll pronounce the episode acronyms in your head?  Here are mine that have a pronunciation:

ASiP - obvious.  the leading ‘take’ is silent.

TGG - t’guh (as in the sound I make when flummoxed)

ASiB - “scandal” (English is not a phonetically spelled language)

THoB - T-hob

TRF - turf

TEH - as established c. founding of teh internet

TSoT - T-/sʊt/, sounds like Thai for “the best”

HLV - “help”

TAB - tab

TFP - PFFFFFFT (I just reverse it)

it actually just confuses me because after s3 there wasn’t this big huge “John Is Bad” sentiment going around to my knowledge but suddenly s4 happens and everyone’s saying we haven’t seen real john/good john since trf …..? like did i miss something


Sherlock’s sexuality is a point of interest in this show. Not once is it explicitly stated that he is sexually interested in women, but it is pointed out that other characters believe he either never has sex or is in a romantic relationship with a man. They’ve brought it up in some way in almost every episode, and more importantly, they have constantly been bringing John into it as well.

Moftiss: The antis were right all along. I want you to tell anyone who will listen to you… that we created BBC Sherlock for our own non-gay purposes.

Us: Ok, shut up, Moftiss, shut up. The first time we met. The first time we met, you knew all about the lack of gay representation in the media and the desperately unspoken relationship between John and Sherlock.

Moftiss: Nobody could be that clever.


You… you told me once that you weren’t a hero. Umm, there were times I didn’t even think you were mouse, but let me tell you this: you were the best mouse, and the most mouse… mouse being that I’ve ever known, and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie, and so… There. I was so alone, and I owe you so much. Please, there’s just one more thing, one more thing, one more miracle, Basil, for me. Don’t… be… dead. Would you, just for me, just stop it? Stop this.