Sink or Ship - Modern Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman)
ever there was a ship powered by pure spite, this one’s it.
you’re a fan of Sherlock, in which
case, let me advise you that there is a considerable amount of table-flipping
fury in the following paragraphs, so peruse at your peril.
disclaimer: I’ve only seen the Christmas special and series two, but honestly
I’ve been hanging around Tumblr, AO3 and DeviantArt long enough that I feel
like I’ve seen every episode.)
have never watched a show that so enthralled me and so infuriated me in my entire
life. It’s really amazing. Every single time I try to relax and just
enjoy it for its good points, it turns right around and reminds me of what a
dumpster fire it truly is. Aside from
the queerbaiting and the fact that it somehow manages to be more misogynistic
than the source material—which was written by a Victorian man who didn’t believe women should vote* literally
how the frick do you do that—there’s the show’s co-creator, Steven Moffat. When asked if Sherlock Holmes was asexual,
this genius responded that asexuals were boring, and that writing one wouldn’t
be interesting or fun at all. Worse, his
garbage views worked their way into the show at least twice that I’m aware of (specifically
in The Abominable Bride and The Lying Detective, wherein Watson
makes “sex and romance make us human”-type remarks). He also denied the merest possibility that
Holmes could be gay because “that wasn’t in the books!!1!”
I hadn’t already interpreted Holmes as an asexual in a homoromantic
relationship, I would have started doing so the second I read that pile of bull
cookies. Also, as my inaugural Sink or
Ship entry amply proves, the idea that Holmes and Watson could be queer was most definitely in the books. And even if it wasn’t—which is impossible, because
the entire point of media analysis is that everyone interprets things differently,
but just go with me for a second—this argument would be especially weak coming
from Moffat, since anyone attempting to play Take a Shot Every Time Moftiss
Deviate From the Source Material would keel over dead within the first
half-hour of any given episode.
sorry if I’m disappointing people with this entry. I feel like a lot of you were probably
expecting/hoping for a detailed rehash of moments from the actual show—the dinner
at Angelo’s, John’s narrow insistence that he’s not gay (so is he bi or pan,
then?), what was Sherlock going to say on
the tarmac???—but Sink or Ship is all about how I personally came to ship or not ship, and quite honestly, none of
that had any bearing on my decision. I
started thinking of Sherlock’s main
characters as a couple through fanworks before I saw any of the show, and that
was for two reasons only:
One: As I stated earlier, the Holmes in my head is
asexual. The only segment of the Holmes
fandom in which Asexual!Holmes isn’t (quite) the fandom equivalent of el
Chupacabra is the Sherlock fandom, so
here I am.
Two: Moffat and Sherlock in general are such jerks about the idea that either of
their leads could POSSIBLY be not straight.
I don’t ship it because of anything that happened in the show. I ship it because I am bitterness made flesh.
will say that another part of the appeal for me with regards to this ship is
that this is the only iteration of Sherlock Holmes I’ve seen that takes place
after England decriminalized homosexuality in 1967 (or rather, it’s the only such
iteration I’ve seen that has both Holmes and Watson as the same gender—more on that
in a future post). As much as I love me
some Victorians, there’s always this undercurrent of fear and tension that
makes me sad for everyone who had to go through that in real life. Sherlock
is the only version where Holmes and Watson—or Sherlock and John, whatever—could
be open about their relationship without it turning into Wilde and/or The Imitation
to think of it, that’s probably another reason why I’m so angry about all the
faffing about Sherlock insists on
doing when it could be giving us something groundbreaking.
OR SHIP?: The only thing saltier than the sea this ship sails on is me.
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, Brad Ricca
quotes ACD as saying, “I am anti-suffrage.”
But Doyle also said he thought women should be educated and pursue
whatever careers they wanted, so I guess it could have been worse?
The biggest challenge for me as an actress has been dealing with the kinds of roles I was going out for as an Asian woman. For a long time I would go out for very minor or stereotypical roles. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve been able to play, not only a three-dimensional character, but also someone who is strong and powerful.