0ur

OK, so I wrote a complaint to the BBC. As I’m not from the uK, I wrote a real letter:

BBC Complaints
PO Box 1922
Darlington
DL3 0UR

Hamburg, 29th January 2016

Sherlock Series 4

Dear BBC,

once, you were the beacon of truth and originality. Your shows were groundbreakingly brilliant. As I am a livelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was especially delighted by the new adaptation done by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. I followed this series since 2010.

Therefore, can you imagine my shock when I just watched series 4? As I don’t live in the UK, I pre-ordered the DVD and just watched it over the weekend. I loved everything on this series up to The Abominable Bride. But series 4 was not only disappointing, it is, in my honest opinion, pure treachery in regard to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Please, let me explain:

Especially The Final Problem has nothing to do with how a Sherlock Holmes story works and it’s a right affront to say that it was adapted from the works of Conan Doyle. because it wasn’t.

No, this is not about canonical purity (like “Eurus wasn’t in the books!” whining). It’s about the structure of the narrative that makes a Holmes story.

Sherlock Holmes is not a magic wizard - he operates by logic. Therefore, his deductions are comprehensible and reasonable. When he explains them, people can follow through (even saying that it sounds easy when explained). The deductions follow logical rules to determine the truth.

Now, by introducing an omnipotent, superintelligent, crazy and therefore unpredictable previously unknown factor like Eurus into the above equation, who, because she’s mentally ill and a genius, is motivated by inexplicable and irrational impulses, the writers literally threw over the board. It’s not a game anymore, indeed, because this is not the Holmesian game as it has been played for decades. It broke the rules, it revoked the contract the writers had with the audience: that when a Holmes story is adapted, the viewer has a chance to solve the puzzle. The lost sister was never foreshadowed in any episode, not even hinted at, before suddenly taking centre stage in the penultimate episode. That, at least to me, is rather cheap storytelling, even cheating on your audience.

Because we didn’t have a chance to figure it out. The writers and the director reduced that beautifully crafted, exciting show to a pile of senseless rug pulls just for the sake of it. There is nothing to analyse, no motivation to look into, no making sense of it. And that is not only true for The Final Problem now, because by carelessly interlocking the Eurus factor with previous episodes, Moffat and Gatiss even destroyed the frame of reference I thought they had established.

Another point I want to complain about, that intelocks with Eurus, is the show’s dealing with its female protagonists. They either sacrifice themselves for the male hero(s) (Mary), are reduced to a sobbing, pining mess (Molly), used in a purely sexual way (Irene Adler) or have to be locked away because they are superintelligent and therefore crazy. Whereas Sherlock and Mycroft were shown to control their mental powers and reign them in to make use of them (Mycroft as a government official, Sherlock at least as a freelancer, albeit with a drugs problem), the sister wasn’t able to channel her extraordinary gift. She doesn’t seem to have got any help, but was just locked away. To me, as a female academic, that says that very intelligent women are also easily bound to go off the rocker because they are too emotional (Eurus apparently killed Sherlock’s childhood friend because she was jealous). I find that depiciton of female genius highly problematic.

And please tell me why the show was marketed with the catch phrases „Miss Me?“ - a hint to Moriarty – and „I love you“ or „Sherlock is in love“? Because Moriarty was only shown in a flashback and wasn’t that important after all, because he was only employed by Eurus; and with whom Sherlock might have been in love didn’t register with me. Certainly not with poor Molly Hooper, or Irene Adler (who’s a self-proclaimed lesbian). Was it the sister he didn’t even know he had? Well, you certainly love your siblings, but I hope you are not actually in love with them, as this indicates romantic interest…

In all, I feel rather let down and a bit cheated by Sherlock series 4. Sorry for throwing that at you, but as I said, I truly loved this show once.

Yours sincerely

This is the reply I got:

On the plus side, it’s not the general ‘NO JOHNLOCK’ response - on the down side, they simply say that you can’t please everybody (true), and, as the series is so hugely successful, it doesn’t really matter if a few people had issues with the series…

Yet I do think that the conclusion is the most vital part of a series, especially if the conclusion throws most of the previous series overboard and retcons large parts of its own narrative.

*shrugs* But what can you do?

@op-norbury

W-E’R-E HAVING TH-E TIM-E 0F 0UR LIV-ES, VAL–ENTIN—-E!!

WHEN IT C0ME2 T0 H4VING 4 ZEN CHILL 4TTITUDE 4B0UT LIFE I THINK THERE I2 4 C0MM0N MI2C0NCEPTI0N 4B0UT DE4LING WITH NEG4TIVE EXPERIENCE2…

IT D0E2 N0T ME4N TH4T WE H4VE T0 L00K 4T 0UR B4D EXPERIENCE2 4ND G0 ‘THE2E 4RE 0K4Y’ BEC4U2E, N0, THEY 4REN’T. 20METIME2 THEY NEVER WILL BE. BUT THERE I2 4 CERT4IN CL4RITY 4CHIEVED BY LE4RNING T0 BE 4T PE4CE WITH WH4T H4PPENED.

EVERY0NE GET2 THERE IN THEIR 0WN TIME. BRE4THE. Y0U 4RE 0K4Y.

@contemptuousasimina

wvhy did ye plick yer flowvers?

#a didnt knowv wve could do that

11 d11dn’t c0n211der 11t unt11l an an0n br0ught 11t up and k11cked that g00d 0ld fa2h110n pan11c back 11n gear 11 gue22? 11 w0uldn’t rec0mmend 11t, th0ugh, 11t hurt2. 0r 11t d11d 11 th11nk.

man 11 d0n’t kn0w WHAT we can d0. ba211cally n0 0ne'2 talked tw0 at all ab0ut anyth11ng?? 0ur gr0up 0f undead mulch patche2 112 pretty d1120rgan11zed. 11 wa2 11n a d11tch f0r f0ur day2 wa11t11ng f0r 20me0ne tw0 f11nally dr0p by and n0w 11 2t11ll ba211cally never 2ee any0ne, and e22ent11ally n0th11ng 112 expla11ned ever?? l11ke, 2h11t, 11t t00k a week f0r the r00m 0f l11teral c0rp2e2 tw0 be expla11ned.

why the fuck d0e2 a r00m 0f c0rp2e2 need a week t0 be expla11ned. 11 f0und 0ut by tr11al that the 2un d0e2n’t k11ll u2, tw0, wh11ch let me tell y0u. fuck11ng unplea2ant. can 20me0ne put t0gether a gu11de 0f ba211c plant z0mb11e kn0wledge that we have 0r 20meth11ng

anonymous asked:

I love how Bloodstone barely moves upon realizing that their spaceship is broken. Her expression is just like: error. recalculating. recalculating. make a legal u-turn when possible.

“its alright bl00dst0ne theres n0 need t0 panic”

“in case 0f ship destructi0n we just have t0 c0ntact 0ur superi0rs 0n h0mew0rld”

“with 0ur c0mmunicati0n devices”

“all 0f which are currently 0n fire”

Yo so I hit a massive goal of mine a wee bit ago and I’ve been meaning to make a follow forever since last year lmao im so bad, so thank you to everyone that follows me y’all are super duper rad and make me v happy!! I’ve made some incredibly cool mutuals and im soso happy for you all you make my day everyday so thank you! 

My main babies: ~ lamebassist // hemmoshoulders // teasecalum // cashtens // ashtontopia // msallcanadian // ashirwinnin // halseyangel // calcasualty // dammit ~

My mutuals: (not in alphabetical order bc there’s heaps of u and im lazy)

+ calumthomasofficial | ebbiescloset | losthalsey | newreject | queerornah | ashtonisart | feministmichael | grindhrry | halseyoffical | 90sofficial | offcialjoshdun | shekindaugly | sheskindahot | rowysomukeallaboutthaaaatbassist | notashleyfrangipane | crunkedcalum | nevermuke | dimplelashton | mukesdunbar | permanentvacashton | mtvirwin | eggplantluke | hasleymusic | veinmichael | fuckboyhoods | lucaskindahot | mmichael5sos | badlland | aumichael | nudeyluke | fletcherfucked | hoemike | sirencalum | halsymusic | calumisahoe | shittylucas | 95hemmo | lamelucass | almightycal | graphicluke | calmoji | mukewarm | bassisst | rejectsoffcial | gordonaesthetic djhalsey | michaelgordonoffical | thecalums | michaelhateblog | sheskidnahot | lasylover | lukehateclub | year6michael | halsey94 | malum420 | blowmikey | teenagememorics | socialcasualty | justinbieberaf | lukehiemings | selfishspice | drunkmichaels | officialmichaels | 16calum | l-d-i-o-t | hemmobutt | tokyoluke | malumhoe | hulkcalum | lukehotmmings | hoemichaels | daisysandluke | mukesturbate | clinicalum | artcalum | lasshton | eghtns | cashtonkinks | curlscalum | tiddycalum | calsveins | nsfwclifford | rowysolucas | calnival | lashtn | lewihemmo | futbolcalum | calneisa | ashmtv | irwinati | ashsthetic | calossal | slut4clum | crybbyhalsey | calumermaids | kissngluke | snoglucas | irwxnsanity |  5-secondsofchestpains | toolucas | michaelsofficial | arcticlum | micool5sos | calsause | bootycraic | ashickey | sluttyminho | cthaholic | pinkspeakersmut | mrsallamericant | fxcknhemmos | 5sorgy | smashirwin | kisshoodlukesfuck | canadasos | calumslisp | malumsnudes | daddysheaux | rejectlucas | agendun | michaelcliffcxrd | leisuringluke | calum-hoodrat | mojitosunday | ziouis | hemmingsbirdy | calscult | h-alsey | mareflares | marshmallow-luke | pornhoods | sonicalum | friesos | yolucifer | diagonallys | warpedlucas | fairydustmuke | trashtons | besidyou | ifyoudcntknow | stupidlucas | goldenlucas | hectichoods | tryhcrds | moanhood | altoowhale | dankscorpio | calmthehood | independencesday | lewi5sos | ohyeahlashton | lsotboy | ashtongrindonme | flannelukee | comfortcal | flowercrownhalsxy | cliffsos | calum5sos | asston | unpopularkarlee | hemmoffical | 5sosjapan | cliffopunk | mikemoji | blazeluke | irwinstagate | 1980hood | fallenforbands | cuntmichael | yaoiluke | mtvcalum | simpson | boredlucas | 19yroldhemmings | jackhemmingz | fluckboy | cococalum | irwincasualty | meanafbrokenscenesluke | punkscth | lucasigh | lukehemminsgs | fairlylukal | michaeclifford | alltxmecalum | plaidluke | officialukes | wankingmichael | stereomuke | englishloves | localgjrls | princesspxnk | halseymgc | goodglrls | hangoverhemmo | badashluke | lashton2k15 | lucashemmoslegs | gordonspunk | dopelucas | mikeysos | oceanashenue | illuminatiluke | calumhemmings | cutelucas | greenlght | explicitluke | idblowluke | 0ur-her0es-with0ut-capes | liveandletlukebadlannds | brigtsides | woahbrien | stupidcal | acidcxlum | embarrassedluke | craveslukey | pepeclifford | makesmeblue | irwinee | calumhemmo | lucascuddles | lukey | 5sosashton | ashtonbangme | hemmomermaid | michaelstripper | irwinsecure | g-o-t-t-a-g-e-t-o-u-t +

yay that should be all my mutuals i love yall and u all rock! (im sososo sorry if i didn’t add you there’s a hella lot of you so i may be missing a couple!) 

So I recently hit 1K so I’ve decided to make a follow forever, thanking everyone who follows me/or just having great blogs bc you’re all wonderful and why not have a free shout-out? lmao

A-E: aestheticphanbands alohaharryx amazinqphil blossoming-narry boozeyoulose capetownzouis damndanhowell danlikephil danteasers danthrusts dil-howlters-table endlesslyforevverr eternallyphan existentialphan

F-K: fall-out-phil fuck-phil gigglyphan girllalmighty harryandzain hashbrownkjs hazandboo hearteyeshowell heartphan holy-howell-smile howellfornia howelllll ironic-phan-cuddles kryptonarry

L-N: lilcraiic louis-almighty lustsniall meanaf mysticphan narrybearcuddles narrylime notenoughgalaxy

O-R: ohstylesno phan420 phanscuddles phanasaurus phansailor phantasticphil plantboylester pure-phantasy radlester

S-Y: sammyclassicsonicphan secretlyamazingphil slayphan smoshatemyphan stylanarry tiddystyles triplebliss  themacaroniparty ughphilup whalepoop3 wonderphan yeezydan

Z- #: zarryaffection 101z0r 0ur-her0es-with0ut-capes