.since tbb

  • ASIP John: so you have a boyfriend then?
  • ASIP Sherlock: John... you should know i'm married to my work
  • ASIP John: OKAY WONT BE TRYING THAT AGAIN NEVERMIND MY ASKING
  • TBB John: a date: when two people who like each other go out and have fun
  • TBB Sherlock: that's what i was suggesting
  • TBB John: no it's not, at least i hope not
  • TBB Sherlock: OKAY WONT BE TRYING THAT AGAIN SORRY IM AN IDIOT
  • us: *screaming internally ever since*
Arrows & x's: TBB & HLV

As John and Sherlock enter the bank in TBB, we see a red, ‘x’, turn into a green arrow.  We go from Sherlock’s face, to a symbol for, 'no’, that becomes a symbol for, 'yes’, or, 'enter’, and then a door opens.  I see this as symbolic of Sherlock’s heart.  Sherlock has fallen for John, after John shoots the cabbie to save his life, he has made sure he looks handsome and casual in his chair as he waits for John to come home.  He lends him his bank card and decides to take a case to make money for John.  He is about to introduce John as, 'his friend’, in a very charged situation to a person who appears to be a former lover and is certainly a former friend.  This openness will shut down once John corrects him and says that he’s his, 'colleague’, instead.  For the rest of TBB, Sherlock will be avoidant and not let John help him at crime scenes.  But, right here this is Sherlock’s heart going from closed to open,  

OOOOO  OOOOOOO

In HLV, they will very similarly enter a building, climb escalators and we will see x’s and arrows.  However, the order will be reversed,

This coincides with how shut down to love Sherlock is in this scene.  He’s about to do something very shrewd with Janine: to trick her into thinking he’s proposing.  When confronted about how cold this is, he will bring out the old epithet, 'human error’, and John will be mortified.

Having HLV reference TBB this way closes a thematic loop.  We see that Sherlock was open and then shut down in TBB.  However, since then we’ve seen him attempt to open up and get shut down and discouraged along the way.  In HLV, he’s finally hit bottom with trying: he’s done.  John is gone, he has no hope of ever finding love, he’s at his most closed-off and cynical, here.  Hence the, 'x’.  Notice how the arrow in HLV is pointing at John.  That’s where his feelings would go, if he let them.

My S4 Receipts: Character Meta

SHERLOCK HOLMES


JOHN WATSON | (Other Meta)


MARY MORSTAN [see tags ‘the mary problem’, ‘mary is a villain’, ‘mary is not nice’]


HARRY WATSON


BABY WATSON


GREG LESTRADE

MRS. HUDSON

MYCROFT HOLMES


JIM MORIARTY [see also tag ‘the letter m’]


IRENE ADLER | (Other Meta)


JANINE HAWKINS


MOLLY HOOPER [see tag: molly is a villain’]


TWIN THEORY [see also tag: ‘secret twin’]


REDBEARD / THE OTHER ONE / VICTOR TREVOR / SHERRINFORD

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