The Lost Special: The One Way to Tie Up Every Loose Thread
In the last month this corner of the Sherlock fandom has thrown out a multitude of ideas for a narrative that could potentially resolve every last inconsistency in Sherlock series 4. Not knowing it, this community has debated different readings – all perfectly valid with only minor holes in logic – but have missed how they might all fit together into an intricate puzzle, each reading validating the other.
I have found one way to connect every loose thread.
Topics resolved include:
– EMP Theory vs “TFP as John’s TAB”: why both readings are meant to be exposed to the viewer (but we just found them too early) – Benedict’s insanely long monologue they mentioned him having in Series 4. – How another episode would only be comprised of a few new scenes – Mary’s character development drifting far from her original plotline – Moffat’s Doctor Who narrative that includes Toby Jones as a Dream Lord and what that means for Amy in “Amy’s Choice” and Sherlock in The Lost Special. – How POVs intertwine in TFP, and how TPLOSH inspired the way The Lost Special would end. – The entire bizarre nature of Series 4 – Breaking the 4th Wall – The focus in The Six Thatchers on “The Duplicate Man”, “Twins”, “Two places at once”, and “Dead AND alive”. – Three Garridebs – Benedict claiming “Love conquers all” while Steven Moffat facepalms.
So if you want to know the one way this could all work, check out the rest of this post. But hear me out until the end, suspend your disbelief until you’ve finished, because regardless of whether or not you believe we’re getting The Lost Special, this reading which combines everything we’ve talked about for the last year is definitely arguable and until something else gets proposed, it is the one I’m sticking with til the bitter end.
the music video of walk slowly was released as a gift from chai jidan @chaijidan: i’m so regretful that three months ago due to financial difficulties I did not film the accident scene, if I would know that it will be the very last scene, even if I need to borrow money from somewhere else, I will try my best to finish filming the whole thing. (apr 18, 2016)
Hello everyone! In case you haven’t read my previous post, I will be sharing some of my favorites, so you all can get to know me a little bit better!
Today we are staring off with : Disney’s Treasure Planet.
I love all Disney’s works, but I believe that this movie is greatly underrated. So, I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions as to why this movie is great! This movie was based on the classic novel “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film follows a teenage boy named Jim Hawkins who stumbles upon a treasure map leading to the infamous “Treasure Island”. In the Disney’s adaptation, Jim Hawkins, desire to sets things right with his reputation, sets off on action packed adventure in hopes to prove to everyone (and himself) that he is capable of great things.
I don’t want to give away too much about the movie, however, I am going to discuss about the characters and what makes this movie stand out as a whole.
James Hawkins, or “Jim” is the main character of the movie. Unfortunately, everyone in town looks at him as a delinquent and we can see Jim throughout the beginning of the film believing these attributes about himself. I feel like the audience can really relate to Jim and his struggle as he transitions to adulthood. What makes his character so imperative is that he is the personification of redemption. The movie manifests that true greatness comes from suffering, endeavors, hope, and bravery.
He is such a dynamic character and he was perfectly executed. I feel like many could relate to his struggles, especially those of us who face self-doubt in success.
Captain Amelia is one of the very few female roles in this movie, however, the film makes up for this by her strong and kick ass personality. She does not take crap from any man who tries to come in her way! I absolutely love her and even with a crew filled with men she still keeps everyone in place.
Next we have Dr. Doppler, who is possibly the funniest character in the movie. He brings a comedic and lighthearted element to the film, while still remaining to be the intelligent and responsible one towards the crew and Jim.
Saving the best for last! Silver is my favorite character in this whole entire film. He plays the father figure for Jim, teaching him how to carry and believe in himself in times of suffering. Let me say that the “father and son” moments will just tug your heart strings! I can’t describe how much I adore this dynamic duo. However, what makes the plot even more interesting is that he also plays the main villain. This conflict ultimately leads to both of the character making hard decisions.
“You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course.”
This whole movie was done so perfectly and it’s a shame that not many people talk about it. Every time I watch it, I get this overwhelming feeling of joy. I highly recommend this to everyone!
Also I highly recommend listening to the soundtrack! In particular, I would recommend listening to “I’m still Here” By John Rzeznik. It’s is one of my favorite songs to this day and you will not regret it!
Let me know what you all think of the film and soundtrack! Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!
So right off the bat, the movie assumes you’ve seen Civil War, but I haven’t seen it and I was able to follow the plot with no problems so don’t worry about that aspect. The other thing this movie does nicely is that it skips over a lot of backstory almost entirely, leaving much more screentime dedicated to actually interesting plot rather than killing Uncle Ben again.
The villian of the movie, Vulture, is cool as all hell. Michael Keaton actually manages to be scary and also sympathetic as a villian, delving into themes of class warfafre, and delivering one of the best performances of the whole film. On top of that his suit and bomber jacket is just the absolute sickest shit ever, and I was loving every second of screentime he got.
On top of having really, good dramatic moments, the humor in the movie is also really well done. Having just watched the awkward cringefest that is Dr. Strange, (or tried to, at least) I was surprised to see jokes that actually landed, as opposed to hearing Benedict Cumberbatch make hamfisted Beyonce jokes. The balance between comedic and serious moments was nice, and there were a lot of lampshade-y moments that I really enjoyed (e.g. Spiderman has to get through the suburbs really quickly and you think “well, there’s no tall buildings for him to swing from, how’s he going to-” and then the next shot is of him frustratedly sprinting across a golf course.)
Overall, it was really enjoyable, smartly written, well casted. Good movie even if you aren’t a big Marvel fan.
I’m gonna talk about how the character of the Winter Soldier relies heavily on sound throughout the film because it’s one of the first things I picked up on during my numerous re-viewings and I think it’s one of the strengths of the film in terms of film technique.
For starters, the Winter Soldier is a really interesting character because he’s one of the titular characters and he’s key to the plot, but he has hardly any lines of dialogue and he’s only in it for maybe a third of the film. But the reason the Winter Soldier has such a presence in the film is because of the strength of Sebastian Stan’s ability to act using just his face and body and also the techniques that the film uses to establish details about his character that aren’t revealed through plot or dialogue. WS has only six real scenes in the film, which are:
First encounter with Nick Fury on the streets of D.C.
Shooting Nick Fury at Steve’s apartment
Speaking with Alexander Pierce
The Bank Vault (”But I knew him”)
So how do you establish the presence of a character who has six scenes during the film? The answer is to use every film technique at your disposal, and this film especially relies on sound. The Winter Soldier has to be one of the creepiest themes I’ve ever seen for a character because it utilizes a lot of metallic noises, robotic clanging, and inhuman screaming, which matches perfectly the visceral diegetic sounds of WS during the film, like the sound of the metal arm. It’s a far cry from what a normal character theme would be, because The Winter Soldier theme is for a presence, not for a person, which works so well given his legendary status as an assassin (“most of the intelligence community doesn’t believe he exists”).
The film uses sound in a major way to fill in the details about his character that can’t be shown on-screen, as well as to establish him as an inhuman figure that has the ability to morph what goes on around him, adding to his threatening presence. Firstly, when he’s first introduced to the audience and to Nick Fury on the streets of D.C., the music, which had been an exciting combat theme mirroring the action, suddenly goes very quiet and what you hear is what I can only describe as a hollow sound, a few notes of the WS theme. It’s a sound very evocative of a desolate wasteland. WS is unique because you never see him ‘enter’ a scene; he’s always there, and as soon as he appears, the sound in the film changes to mirror his presence. This happens when he appears and ambushes Fury’s car and the sound grows very quiet and haunting, and also during the scene where he appears in Alexander Pierce’s kitchen, but it also happens in a much larger way when he gets the shot at Steve’s apartment.
When Steve and Fury are talking, the song It’s Been a Long, Long Time is playing as diegetic music in the background to mask their conversation. It’s symbolic, because the lyrics mirror Steve and Bucky’s relationship, but it also serves a practical function within the storytelling. However, as soon as WS takes the shot and Fury goes down, the music very obviously warps in a really horrifying way that is more psychological. As Steve and Sharon and Fury are talking, their voices still sound normal, but the music playing, which logically should sound exactly the same, suddenly takes on a chilling, haunting quality. All because WS has appeared and distorted the scene. Essentially, the Winter Soldier is a character that is able to distort the reality of every scene in which he appears, because he’s a character that stands outside of reasoning and the fabric of reality itself. (Which makes a lot of sense given that he’s a character who was thought dead, but has in fact been alive for seventy years and has become the world’s deadliest assassin). Even when he doesn’t appear, such as when Steve and Natasha and Maria are watching Fury in the ER, as soon as Steve mentions “he’s fast; strong. Had a metal arm,” the WS music creeps back in because the Winter Soldier doesn’t need to be on the screen in order to ‘be’ there.
The causeway sequence is probably my favourite in the entire film, because it expands on what we’ve already learnt about WS through sound. The theme appears instantly as soon as he lands on top of Sam’s car, and then goes into a very metallic, action heavy piece of music. What’s really interesting, however, is what happens when Natasha draws WS away from Steve and Sam into the streets. As WS is walking down the street (and another thing to note about WS; he’s threatening because he never runs, only walks), the sounds of screaming and sirens are deliberately pushed far down on the sound hierarchy because what’s actually happening is that the audience is being given a rare glimpse into his point-of-view, which is incredible given that he’s a “villain” and not one of the protagonists. It offers the audience a view of how the Winter Soldier’s mind works. He’s focused solely on the mission, which in that moment is to listen for Black Widow, meaning all other superfluous background noise is deliberately muted because it is irrelevant to him. Then, we hear what he hears: the sound of Natasha speaking, which of course turns out to be a recording and not actually her. Later, after Natasha gets shot, the camera does a pov shift to Natasha and the music pretty much cuts out, which helps to show the audience just how terrified of WS she is (the shaky, handheld pov camera shot), which is something incredibly rare for this character because the only other person we’ve ever seen Black Widow scared of is the Hulk. Then WS jumps back into the shot on top of the car, rifle pointed straight at Natasha in what I personally consider to be the single best shot of the whole film, and the WS theme surges back in in a really terrifying way, because both Natasha and the audience know in that instant that if Steve hadn’t appeared at that very moment, Black Widow would be dead.
All of this is great stuff, but the cincher for me in why this film is superior to every other superhero movie in terms of technique is that in addition to establishing the Winter Soldier’s inhumanity through sound, sound also plays a huge role in establishing his humanity, which happens almost at the very instant Steve mentions the name “Bucky.” At the bank vault, when WS is asking who the man on the bridge was, the sound of the robotic, metallic WS theme is deliberately pushed back in favour of an emotional note that is clearly evocative of Steve.
All of this culminates in the scene of the final battle, which takes the established haunting Winter Soldier theme and plays that out while Steve and WS are fighting, until the instant Steve tells him “you know me.” As soon as Steve engages him in conversation, the Winter Soldier theme disappears and instead you get a piece of deeply moving music playing as Steve tells him that he’s not going to fight him, that he’s his friend, and that “I’m with you till the end of the line.” Then it goes into that emotional piano piece as Steve falls into the Potomac and Bucky dives in after him. Essentially, what’s happening here is that for two hours this character has been crafted as a robotic, inhuman assassin who distorts the fabric of reality and morphs every scene he’s in simply through his presence, but suddenly he’s now being treated like a character; an actual person. All because Steve Rogers is treating him like a person. Steve Rogers is the one thing that keeps the Winter Soldier human, and the film manages to tell us that simply through sound.
And this is why CA:TWS stands above every other superhero movie in terms of technique, in my opinion.
(SPOILERS) I just got back from Rings. It was good...I think.
-You could tell they had paid attention to the movies and even the original Japanese ones.
-The opening scene was terrific.
-I liked the idea that the video itself is now a science experiment for college professors. Ringu 2 had a similar plot. These people are too stupid to even be scared: It’s all intellectual curiosity at this point. Gabriel was crazy.
-You see the twist coming in the first 20 minutes but that seems to make the whole thing a lot more more ominous.
-The actors were, eh, fine. Not terrible, but, well, sorta there. The lead actress was not Naomi Watts, putting it nicely.
-Julia liked exposition way toomuch. Stop talking to yourself, girl!
-”You think you’re the first Good Samaritan to try and help her? No. You’re the twelfth.” The best line of the film because it summed up the whole franchise. Everyone keeps trying to help this girl but, well, they just can’t. Julia ends up with a fate worse than death because she tried to love and understand her. Rachel got it in The Ring Two: She survived and saved her son because she finally understood something about Samara.
-Those weird two minutes when you found yourself rooting for Samara for standing up to the creepy rapist priest dude.
-More intriguing a film than a scary one, though. Only Julia glimpsing Samara‘s shadow at the door and the cemetery scene creeped me out.
You’re the new interviewer for WWE and you have your first interview with Dean Ambrose. He immediately thinks you’re hot and tries his best to impress you through the whole interview. Once the camera stops filming, you stand to get up but he stops you.
“Hey, this might sound a bit forward but… you got a boyfriend?” He asks you, trying to sound as cool as he possibly can, but you could see he was slightly nervous.
“Um, no I don’t, any particular reason you ask?” You blush, he scratches the back of his neck and let out a cough.
“Well then, how would a pretty woman such as yourself like to come to dinner with me tomorrow night?” He asks, you also try to keep your cool, but inside you are jumping with excitement.
“That would be amazing, I’ll be ready.” You tell him, you walk down the corridor to get ready to go home. As you turn the corner out of his sight you jump in the air and let out a quiet “yes!”
oh mY GOD YOU GUYS I WAS JUST LAYING IN BED READING BBC SHERLOCK AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN BENEDICC CUMBERBATH TELEPORTED BESIDE ME AND STARTED DANCING TO OPPA GANGNAM STYLE I’M LITERALLY CRYING THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE I FILMED THE WHOLE THING (it wont upload tho 😣) BUT IT WAS SO FUNNY AND AMAZING HE
Prompt: Please could you write a Sebastian Stan imagine where his girlfriend had a miscarriage a few days ago and he can’t be there to support her as he is still on the press tour but he flys her two best friends over (names like Mel and Brooke) to cheer her up and he talks about it in interviews.
A/N: I know you really wanted this doing quickly but I’m not one for half arsing things, I like to do my research, especially when it involves a sensitive subject such as this - I hope it was worth the wait. Just a little side note, I’m sure everywhere has a different word for a GP (General Practitioner) so for those people, a GP is what we in the UK call someone who is usually a medical student working out of a Doctors Surgery (or walk-in clinic). Warnings: Talk of a miscarriage and emotional distress, swearing Word count: 1144
“Argh!” Your left hand rushed over to the right side of your body, your entire arm ever so slightly putting pressure across your body. “Fuck that hurts!” You were in so much pain and there was no one around. Your boyfriend was out of town on the press tour for his new film and your two best friends in the whole world, Mel and Brooke, lived out of state. You knew what you were leaving behind when you uprooted your life to move in with Sebastian but he was worth it. You called up your GP and explained your symptoms. “You need to come in and see me right now” the doctors words were ringing in your ears, you could only think the worst. After putting everything in your bag and deciding it was best not to call Sebastian until you knew what was happening, you grabbed your car keys and headed out of the door.
Arriving at your GP’s office, the receptionist asked you out fill out a form detailing your symptoms. While you were filling out the form another young woman approached you. “Hey, are you alright?” The woman asked. “You look like you’re in agony.” “I am” you replied, straightening your back and looking up at the woman, revealing your tiny baby bump. Her eye caught your bump, “oh that’s so cute! Is this your first? How far along are you?” She was full of questions. “Yeah, it’s my first” you replied with a smile, placing a hand on the bump “just coming up to week twelve” you added. She made a face that suggested she had a million more questions, but after looking at you she could see you didn’t want to answer them. “Well good luck!” “Thanks” you replied as she bounced out of the building. “Y/N Y/L/N?” the receptionist announced. You stood up and headed over towards her. “Room three, make sure you give that form to your doctor” she smiled. “Thank you.” you replied in a low voice.
You walked into the doctor’s office, handed her the form you had just filled in and took a seat while she read it. “Okay Y/N, I’m just going to run a few tests and then we will know what is going on.”You nodded. The doctor ran her tests and you waited patiently for the results.
When she returned, she held her head low, you could tell by the look on her face that it was serious. She sat across from you behind her desk. “Y/N, I’m so sorry, it’s not good,” you could tell she hated this part of her job. Bad news is never easy to deliver. “What is it? Is everything going to be okay?” your voice broke. The doctor shook her head, “I truly am sorry, your baby…” it was as if she couldn’t even finish her sentence. “No,” you whispered “no please, don’t tell me I’ve lost my baby” you were in tears. The doctor simply dropped her head for a moment before looking back up at you and confirming that you had indeed has a miscarriage. All you could do was sob. Composing yourself just long enough to make the short drive home before you broke down again. “Fuck” you whispered to yourself, falling to the ground realising that you now had to call Sebastian and tell him the news. You pulled out your phone and dialled his number.
“Hey sweetheart" he sounded so happy, it broke your heart to have to tell him. “Hi baby” you whispered. “Are you okay?” He replied, “what is it? What’s wrong?” “I’m so sorry baby.” You started to cry down the phone. “Talk to me, Y/N, what’s wrong?” “The baby” you whispered, “I lost the baby” “No, oh god, are you okay?” He was so obviously heartbroken. You snivelled, “no, no I’m not. I know you’re in the middle of a press tour but can you come home? I really need you right now.” “I know, I know sweetie but I can’t, not right now, I’ll be home in a week I promise.” “Okay” you whispered. “I love you” “I love you too, see you soon”
You hung up the phone, changed into one of Sebastian’s t-shirts and a pair of joggers and curled up in bed. You fell asleep instantly, awoken a few hours later by the sound of someone knocking on the door. Sleepily, you dragged yourself out of the bed and opened the door. Standing in front of you was your two best friends in the whole world, Mel and Brooke. “Oh my god, what are you guys doing here!” You squealed “Sebastian called us and flew us over, we’re so sorry Y/N” Mel said as she pulled you into a hug. “Don’t worry, we’re here for you and we will be here for as long a you need us.” Brooke added, joining in the hug. “Come on then, give me some of your bags and we’ll get the guest rooms set up” you smiled, glad to have your best friends by your side.
A few days passed, spending time with Mel and Brooke took your mind off the terrible thing that had happened. One day, the three of you were sat on the sofa – mid day – each curled up with a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits, constantly changing the TV channel trying to find something to watch. “Ooh go back, go back!” Mel shouted, frightening both you and Brooke. “What, what did you see?” You asked. “I saw Sebastian!” “Oh shit yeah, he’s on Ellen today!” You squealed, going back to the channel.
“So you and your lovely girlfriend Y/N are expecting a baby, aren’t you Sebastian!” Ellen spoke, the whole audience cheered. Sebastian’s face dropped and he went white. “Oh no” you whispered. “Erm, well actually…” Sebastian couldn’t speak. He started to tear up. Ellen looked at him quizzically. “Actually she rang me the other day with some bad news, we erm, we lost the baby” he said heavy heartedly, holding back his tears. “Oh god, Sebastian I’m so sorry” Ellen spoke softly. “It’s alright,” he whispered with a slight smile. “So you’re here today to talk about your new film, Captain America: Civil War.” Ellen quickly changed the subject. “That’s right!” He said slapping his thigh. “Well that’s what we’re going to do! Promote the hell out of it! It’s a great film, congratulations” “Thank you very much, we are so proud of it” “Well we are going to go to a quick ad break before we start but before that, is there anything you want to say to Y/N?” Sebastian thought for a moment before saying “Te iubesc, vom trece prin asta. O să te văd în curând dragostea mea.” I love you, we will get through this. I’ll see you soon my love.