HOW IT ALL STARTED
When I first started watching Sherlock the only thing I knew about it was the title:
• I didn’t know what it was about.
• I didn’t know that it was a famous show.
• I didn’t really know Watson existed.
• I thought the main character of this show was named after Sherlock Holmes and that the books actually existed in the show.
I got into detective stories because of unreleated reasons and was just looking for something to watch while I carved some wood. I though “This show must have a detective in it, lets watch!”.
A STUDY IN PINK
*The show starts*
Me: He looks such a common person to be Holmes, strange.
*Characters start speaking*
Me: No wait, he’s not Holmes, he’s the “elementary” guy.
Me: Oh, so this is one of those little gay productions.
Me: Nice, nice, nice romance.
THE BLIND BANKER
Now, here’s where I confess that I always binge-watch, so I haven’t
reasearched a single thing about the show until I finished all the
*John thinks Sherlock is about to kiss him and closes his eyes*
Me: The romance gets nicer.
*John invites Sarah on a date*
Me: Why the hell is he asking a woman out out of the blue? Is he one of those guys who date everyone? Is this not a little gay production?
*Sherlock proposes a date, John refuses, Sherlock crashes date*
Me: Yes, it’s a little gay production, but I suppose they have to please the heteros. Anyway, even Scully had a date in the first episodes and then went on to love Mulder.
I don’t have a clear memory of what I thought until series 3.
*Mary is introduced*
Me: Wait, WHAT. OMG this thing is not actually a little gay production and they did all that gay stuff just for a joke? Only to pair John up with a woman? My heart is broken, how can TV shows be so mean? I can’t believe it and she’s so funny and clever, she clearly is to stay. But I can’t believe that in 2014 TV shows could be so mean (I didn’t know queerbaiting existed yet).
Still, she can turn out to be a cheater. I’m not gonna hope for it anymore, but if she cheats on him, then she has to be an obstacle to the love story like Diana on The X-files (The X-files is one of my favourite shows, I compare shows to it).
*Janine is in a relationship with Sherlock*
Me: Ah, they did it again with Sherlock, put him with a girl (at this point I was barely watching and working on my piece of wood, I was disheartened).
*Sherlock’s relationship was fake and Mary shoots Sherlock*
Me: Did this, this means, so the endgame is Sherlock and John together!
*John forgives Mary*
Me: I don’t even know what to believe anymore, maybe the writers just don’t care about queer people.
MY FINAL POINT IS…
As a show Sherlock gives a very clear message if your mind isn’t heteronormative and you are not aware of the heteronormative world and that message is GAY.
The only reason I started doubting that Sherlock and John would end up together is because I’m aware that we leave in a heteronormative world and it broke my heart to realize that the show might just have been playing with queer feelings.
I never doubted that Diana would eventually betray Mulder on The X-files because she was clearly put there to be an obstacle, but I felt like I could scarcely allow myself to believe Mary would betray John.
What was worst was finally looking up the show on the internet and talking about it to a few friends to discover that people didn’t thought Sherlock and John could ever end up together, that it never was a possibility and that they believed the gay stuff was thrown in just to make those silly fangirls happy.
Well, I’m not a silly fangirl, I was looking for detective stories and they shoved a romance in my face.