Random thoughts on/favorite things in the new Sanders Sides video
MAJOR SPOILERS (if you haven’t watched it what are you doing here??)
1 WE KNOW MORALITY’S NAME!!! *EXCITED YELLING*
I think I can hear the fanfic authors’ tears of joy. Patton. Patton… This is going to take some getting used to…
And no one but Anx mentioned it???
3THOMAS MADE LEGIT CANON MORALITY ANGST.
It didn’t take long to get past it but that’s what it was and you can’t tell me otherwise. Has Thomas been looking at the SS tags recently?
4 DAD WUZ HERE/LOGAN IS BEST TEACHER/literally everything written on the whiteboard.
Math is fun! Sure, till you get to high school.
5 Mor- Patton bringing some wisdom about life.
He is right. You gotta be able to enjoy the small things or life is gonna be really dull.
6 “Eehh…” “Ahh…” “Mmm…”
“I’m not alone on this one? Nice.” “So thrilled to see you Anxiety working together with my logical side and my fanciful side. This is really heartwarming.” ~totally not sarcasm~
7Patton. Just, Patton. Literally the whole video.
Gosh I love him so much. He’s so freaking adorable. And when his voice goes upand gets squeaky (GAH)
8 “How many of those you got?”
Who wants to bet Roman works on coming up with nicknames for Anx when he runs out of other project ideas?
9 Logan’s apparent inability to resist rapid-fire word-association games.
This could be fun…
10 The ELF reference.
11 “What is the gosh darn ding dang point?”
What even is this line?
12 Okay, but when Logan and Roman are talking about/criticizing what Patton does Anx doesn’t say anything? It could be that he didn’t feel like he had anything to add, but he wasn’t smile/smirking?
It might just be me, but maybe he was remembering this exact scenario with himself at the receiving end? He definitely looked thoughtful.
NEW SETTING. SHERLOCK REFERENCE. AND CONFIRMATION THAT THOMAS CAN GO WITH THE SIDES INTO SOMETHING RESEMBLING A COMMON AREA.
14 Anxiety’s Eeyore reference.
Headcanon that Anx has a large stuffed animal of said character in his room.
15 Logan’s face in the end scene when Patton says they’re gonna get wet.
I laughed SO HARD.
Wow this got long. And this isn’t even scratching the surface.
I admire @thatsthat24so much for the sheer amount of amazing and hilarious things he can pack into a 15 minute video all the while giving great life advice and not making it feel too crammed to be enjoyable.
Thomas Sanders is an absolute gift that the world probably doesn’t deserve but definitely needs.
-John running his fingers through Sherlock’s dark brown curls.
-Sherlock sleeping in John’s chest.
-Sherlock saving pictures of Rosie in his phone.
-John having a picture of Rosie and Sherlock as his phone wallpaper.
-Sherlock and Rosie walking in the park holding hands.
-Rosie calling Sherlock “daddy” “pappa”.
-John and Sherlock holding hands while taking a quiet walk at the park.
-Sherlock referring to Rosie as “Watson” / “little Watson”.
-John calling Sherlock “Love”.
-John uploading his blog again.
I feel like I had an “aha!” moment. I might just be saying something everyone else has, and forgive me if that’s the case, but hear me out.
Prior to January 15th, we all thought Sherlock would confess his love to John during The Final Problem.
However, Sherlock couldn’t have. He still wasn’t ready for romance. How do I know this? The Abominable Bride told us so.
This postby jon-lox pointed out that the line “romantic entanglement” is very specific, and it occurs twice, first in the greenhouse scene from TAB:
John: Why do you need to be alone?
Sherlock: If you are referring to romantic entanglement, as I have often explained before, all emotion is abhorrent to me.
And then in TLD:
Sherlock: As I think I have explained to you many times before, romantic entanglement, while fulfilling for other people–
John: Would complete you as a human being.
Jon-lox’s post concludes that since these two big scenes were interrupted, since this entire conversation was aborted twice, it has to happen again, and on the third time, it will be resolved. I agree. It’s significant that those two scenes had very similar dialogue and neither conversation brought about any real change in Sherlock and John’s relationship. It leaves the audience yearning for something substantial to come out of Sherlock and John’s exchange, or else it feels kind of pointless.
But, I think a lot of us forgot about how the greenhouse scene concluded, and I believe it’s crucial. After going back and forth, Mind Palace John askes, “What made you like this?”
Sherlock responds, “Oh, Watson. Nothing made me…I made me.” Then, a dog barks, and he goes, “Redbeard?” But, the case picks up, and Redbeard isn’t mentioned again for the rest of the episode.
I think it is so important that Redbeard was included in this specific scene. The scene, of course, tells us that, although Sherlock is unable to recognize this on a conscious level, whatever happened with Redbeard is responsible for who he is today, which is later confirmed in TFP. This scene could have been placed anywhere in the episode, but Mofftiss chose to conclude the conversation about Sherlock’s love life in this way. Why?
The greenhouse scene, in its entirety, told us that Sherlock could not open himself up to emotion and romantic entanglement until he confronted the trauma that forced him to emotionally shut down in the first place.
Again, Sherlock could not make this conclusion about himself because the pieces were still missing with Redbeard, which is why the conversation is left hanging again in real time with John. I remember when TLD aired, I thought, “Why did Sherlock deny feeling romance again? What about the scene in TAB?”
Now, I realize that Sherlock actually couldn’t progress on this matter while there were still unanswered questions so deep in his mind that even his drug-induced dream in TAB couldn’t get to the heart of the problem.
Personally, I don’t have strong feelings about whether TFP is real or fake. I’m keeping an open mind to everything. But, whether Sherlock found out about Victor Trevor/Redbeard in real time or in his mind doesn’t matter. What matters is that Sherlock confronted his childhood trauma which made him (at least attempt to) divorce himself from all emotion. He confronted it, and he overcame it.
Where does this leave us? It’s simple: Sherlock’s ready now. When the third version of this conversation occurs, it will not be left hanging anymore. It will resolve.
I’m pretty new to the meta world and I would really love to get some opinions on this. I’m going to tag a couple blogs which immediately come to mind, and I hope I’m not bothering anyone! Everyone is free to comment on this, though. @inevitably-johnlocked, @tjlc
Sherlock’s method is a distraction, but as always, there’s hidden truth to be found. I believe the three instances of numbers in words in the song—sixteen by six, five by seven, nine by nineteen—hold metafictional meanings derived from external sources; while the rest of the text refers to Sherlock, the show itself. The following is my attempt at deciphering the song.
Before I begin, a disclaimer – the result inevitably lead to some tin-foil hattery, please proceed at your own discretion. Also, my interpretation is based on the premise that the song is meant to be read as a whole. It’s from Mycroft to Sherlock about John, Mycroft himself and his role in the entire saga.
Ready? Let’s go.
I that am lost, oh who will find me? Deep down below the old beech tree Help succour me now the east winds blow Sixteen by six, brother, and under we go!
You can take the meaning of this verse pretty much at face value – it’s about Redbeard. But it was Mycroft who’s lost, he’s been buried under the memory of the original Redbeard; his best friend from childhood, Carl Powers. The East Wind has come for Mycroft, he’s asking for Sherlock’s help.
What’s sixteen by six then? There are two obvious ACD canon references in this verse: the old beech tree to The Adventure of the Copper Beeches and the east wind appeared in His Last Bow. My translation:the 16th story of the canon is The Valley of Fear, the next level of information in the hierarchy is a chapter title; chapter 6 A Dawning Light, which is a clear reference to John Watson the conductor of light. There are likely some connections to be found in the three canon stories listed, especially to do with the truth about Mary, but I’m happy with this for now:
I that am lost, oh who will find me? Deep down below the old beech tree Help succour me now the east winds blow The valley of fear by a dawning light, brother, and under we go!
Without your love, he’ll be gone before Save pity for strangers, show love the door. My soul seek the shade of my willow’s bloom Inside, brother mine - Let Death make a room.
No number to be found in this verse, we must seek meanings from the words then. My take on the first two line: Without Sherlock’s love, John will be gone as he did before – girlfriends, wives; for the sake of these strangers, it’s time for Sherlock to give the key to love to unlock the door to his heart. The next three lines are fascinating as they are about Mycroft and what he did. Willow’s bloom – willows are dioecious, with male and female flowers. If Mycroft’s soul seeks the shade of his willow’s bloom – he wants to be out of the closet then; because the only textual evidence we were presented about his sexuality was his office rendezvous with Lady Smallwood; the other half remained hidden (as subtext, mostly in THoB). The last two lines were about this scene from TLD:
Which implies that Mycroft had a hand in Sherlock’s creation of a mind palace, and the special room where Sherlock’s memory of love and being loved dies. This is also alluding to the dominate “burying the gay” narrative in the mainstream Sherlock Holmes universe, as Mycroft represents the British Government, the establishment.
Be not afraid to walk in the shade Save one, save all, come try! My steps - five by seven Life is closer to Heaven Look down, with dark gaze, from on high.
So Mycroft is encouraging Sherlock to come out. Save your love and John Watson means saving all that still remains in the shadow (I think we can take this as every version of Sherlock and John ever past/present/future, or just people in general).
The next three lines take us back to S2. I believe “my steps five by seven” is referring to Sonnet 57, as a sonnet is with a fixed structure of lines and rhyme schemes – steps, line dancing; this is Mycroft talking, remember. The last two lines, in my opinion, are referencing what happened on the rooftop of Barts, there’s more to the story than we’ve been presented to date, after all.
Last but not least:
Before he was gone - right back over my hill Who now will find him? Why, nobody will Doom shall I bring to him, I that am queen Lost forever, nine by nineteen.
Before John was gone he was right back over my hill – could be interpreted as John and Mycroft were in the same position; whether in the realm of heteronormativity, or they were actually working together, or both. Also, Mycroft’s hill – Parliament Hill? Formerly known as Traitor’s Hill, it’s also one of Sherlock’s bolthole according to Lestrade. (side note: there’s also Parliament Hill in Canada, 5 hours away from Niagara Falls 👀 👀 👀 )
But Mycroft implies that as queen, his position as the British Government, will bring doom to John – it’s to do with Lady Elizabeth Smallwood’s slaughterhouse/Thatcher, and likely Mary, then.
So what of “Lost forever, nine by nineteen”? This goes right into the tin-foil hattery of The Lost Special, more under the cut in you’re interested!
I do not believe that the Sherlock creators are intentionally referencing and laying down hints to a potential Lost Special for Sherlock in the new Doctor Who episodes.
I do believe that Steven Moffat, who works on both, is heavily inspired by many things, like the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and references them in the things he’s worked on, reuses the same character archetypes and relationship dynamics because he admires them so much, and does the same thing with plot twists and story elements, even going so far as to influence other DW writers to include in their episodes.
Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, The Amityville Horror (1979), The
Shining, Carriers, Hammer House versions of Child’s Play (1984) and The Two
Faces of Evil, The Third Man (1949), The Stranger (1946)
Stay-The Naomi Watts Connection (goes with The Ring metas)
I Want To Break Free (music video)
V For Vendetta: The Graphic Novel-Complete with pink elephant. (in progress)
Yes, I love honey! If this is a reference to Sherlock saying he’d like to be a beekeeper, I would happily eat his honey all day when we retire. That is, if he wants me that long. What do you think, @pilotscienceofdeduction shall we retire to Sussex and keep bees together, honey?
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“uhm.. Hello? Could you please let me in? I think I’ve just been robbed” Sherlock stammered, talking over the intercom. The door opened and a woman, supposedly not the woman of the house let him in. “I saw the whole thing and called the cops already, they are on their way” you said, quickly following Sherlock into the house. “you can wait in the living room where the lady of the house is present” the handmaid said, pointing to the large wooden door.
“I’m sorry to intrude but…” you stopped when you saw a naked woman sitting in a chair on the other side of the room. “yes, your friend was robbed, if I’m not mistaken” the woman said, remaining in her position. Her arms covered her breasts and she had crossed her legs so none of her private parts were visible. “exactly” you said, unfazed by her appearance. “I think he needs some medical attention” you said, gesturing to Sherlock’s head wound. “don’t worry, I got everything you will needing right here” she said, standing up and walking over to a closet and retrieving a medical kid from it. You and Sherlock exchanged looks. You both knew the dominatrix would be quite the job but this was far from any situation the two of you had imagined. “you rest yourself, sweetheart. I’ll take care of him” Irene said, standing in front of Sherlock and winking at him. “thank you, this whole ‘adventure’ has been quite tiring” you laughed as you sat down. Irene’s appearance remained the same but you could see the flicker of change in her eyes. Was it nervousness? You couldn’t quite tell but you knew she was thrown of guard by your lack of jealousy. “I’ll make you all better, darling” she practically purred to Sherlock. Sherlock who remained silent, gave you a pleading look as if he wanted to get out of this now more embarrassing, than awkward situation. “shall I go see if I can help the maid with getting some tea? It’s the least I can do for you helping us out here” you said, looking at Irene and Sherlock. “if you would be so kind” Irene said, her voice, surprisingly, unsteady.
“I’m sorry if we’re being any inconvenience to you” you said to the maid. “it’s quite alright. You were in need of help and we’re glad we could offer it” she said, placing the kettle on the stove while you got the tea cups. “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but do you trust him?” she asked all of a sudden, referring to Sherlock. You looked at her in surprise. “yes, I suppose. Why?” you asked her. “well, most people would be reluctant to leave their significant other in a room with the dominatrix but you on the other hand seem not so much as bothered by it” she said. “significant other? the dominatrix?” you asked, keeping up your act. “please darling, you aren’t the first one coming in here with a plan on how to trick her. So drop the act” she said. You scoffed to yourself. “were we really that obvious?” you now laughed. “you were actually quite decent, he on the other hand let it slip when he revealed you were a couple” she said. “yeah about that, how did you know we are a couple? Sherlock didn’t tell you anything. How did you really know?” you asked. “simple, the way he looks at you” she answered. You smiled to yourself. Damn you, Sherlock, for blowing our cover in the sweetest way imaginable.
remember the time sherlock said “i refer to all the other detectives as not-bell” and it was meant to come off snottily dismissive of an entire department but instead was an incontrovertible declaration of love for one person bc i do