The violin scene at the end of The Final Problem is truly one of the most impactful moments (if not the most) in all of BBC Sherlock. I honestly am still speechless that Moftiss wrote something so profound. Eurus was beyond communication with the outside world after the events of this episode, back to the untouchable genius in her glass cage. But Sherlock. Sherlock, this incredible and kind man, who had lost so much to this woman, understood her and still reached out to help. He wasn’t encouraging her to play her own song, he was initiating a duet–so she wasn’t alone, even in her music. It was a conversation, it was understanding, it was connection. This man went beyond words, where others had failed and stopped trying, and showed her that she wasn’t alone. Sherlock has become- or perhaps he always was- one of the best men I’ve ever seen.
Okay so since DC has royally fucked up how old the Batfamily members are over the years, and Rebirth seems to have only made things worse in this department, I felt I should share an age scale I worked out that makes sense.This is gonna get real comic booky real fast so enter with caution.
Bruce: Bruce is 43. He’s a dad okay? He raised Dick for like 10 years, and he has 5 kids. Stop making him fucking 30. He started his Batman learning quest at age 12, studied around the world for 10 years and returned to Gotham at 22. He spent a year as Batman solo, then met Dick. At around 38, he’s getting slow from old injuries and age and has his back broken by Bane. A quick dip in the Lazarus Pits later and we have a fixed back, some lovely white temples, and a much physically younger Bruce, allowing him to continue as Batman for longer than he could otherwise.
Dick: Dick is 28. He was taken in at 8, and became Robin the end of that year. He was Robin for 10 years, then fought with Bruce and ran off to be Nightwing at 18. He has worked for 10 years solo.
Barbara: Babs is 35. She became Batgirl at around 22 or 23. She worked with Dick for a couple years, then remained in Gotham when he left. She was paralyzed during Jason’s run as Robin. Altogether, about 5-6 years as Batgirl. She has been Oracle since then.
Jason: Jaybird is 21. He can finally (legally) drink. He became Robin at age 10, was Robin for 5 years, died at 15, came back, trained for a few years and returned to Gotham at 19. He has been Red Hood for 2 years.
Tim: Tim is the one sticking point here. See, in order for Timmy to be a highschooler he has to be like 17 or 18 max. And that means when Dick was 8 and he supposedly saw the famous triple somersault, Tim is….ahem… -2. Sooooo….we have to age him up or change the backstory, otherwise the timeline gets all fucked up. And this is the only timeline that works, I’ve thought on this extensively. So because I refuse to age my precious little Timmy up, instead of seeing the fateful somersault at the circus, he sees it somewhere else. Like say…a gymnastics competition where the minor celebrity Dick Grayson, son of local eccentric Billionaire Bruce Wayne, is competing. Tim is a little stalker, so of course he recognizes it from old Robin footage he has on a tape somewhere, and bada bing bada boom, we’re in business again. I actually like these ages better though, because Dick will have been the Robin of his childhood, but JASON is the Robin he will have remembered and admired more. Which just adds to their lovely angst fest. He becomes Robin at age 12, spends four or five years as Robin, then is booted out by Damian. He becomes Red Robin, and has now been him for about a year.
Cass: Cass is 19. Ish. She was a street kid for years, so we can be a bit loose with the ages. She was about 14-15 when she became Batgirl. So during Tim’s run as Robin. She Batgirled around for a couple years, quit, and became Black Bat. This timeline is less finicky because Cass doesn’t have as many predecessors and successors.
Steph: Steph is 17. This one is easy, since she’s Tim’s age, and we have a set age for Tim. She was Spoiler at around 13, only a year into Timmy’s run. She’s that for a while, briefly takes over as Robin when Tim is 15, dies (but not really), then returns and takes up the mantle of Batgirl. Personally, I wish Steph was STILL Batgirl since I want Babs to be Oracle, but if she Steph HAS to be Spoiler again then her run as Batgirl was about 1-2 years max.
Damian: Damian is 11, and sO HELP ME GOD DC IF YOU MAKE HIM ANY OLDER!!!!! sorry. Damian comes into Bruce’s life at ten, steals the mantle of Robin, and has been him for about a year now. Mostly with Dick as Batman, which is yet another reason he and Bruce work less than amicably together. Not that they really need more.
And that’s my ages for the Batfam. I think it makes more sense this way, but that’s just me.
As a gay and trans individual I have a fucking message;
Anyone using this terrifying time while we have someone in office who wants to make conversion therapy legal everywhere again you need to shut the hell up alright? Because as someone who is ace alongside my ‘real’ lgbt+ identities I can tell you right now it doesn’t fucking matter where you stand straight people do not see ace people as straight.
I have experienced the same goddamn shitty things for my ace identity as well as my trans identity give or take a few specialized insults from family and 'friends’. And if my mom up and decided being ace was my problem and sent me to conversion therapy Fike Mence isn’t gonna give a shit that y'all are shouting 'cishet’ at me alright? Homophobic parents and the people who support conversion therapy don’t fucking care if y'all think ace people are straight. Sure they’d be shocking a different harmful thought into my head but they’d still fucking do it.
So to be clear: Do not use this time while people are fearing for their lives to spur on your precious goddamn discourse. Its fucking disgusting.
It needs to end. We need to stop posting and hating one another’s ships. Overwatch is steadily headed towards another SU incident with threats and possible self harm from one side being an over the top shipper of any ship, pharmercy, genyatta, mchanzo, etc. etc.(I’d like to the point out that this isn’t everyone, it’s just more prominent from these groups sadly, but only a select few. Please don’t think I’m out to ruin these ships.) It needs to end. We need to keep it to ourselves.
Overwatch’s community is getting extremely toxic because we’re getting angry about a ship. It’s turning one another on the other. Hetalia was infamous, and still is. Overwatch can be a great place in community wise, and by being pissed about Blizzard with the whole lesbian representation, I’m just as worried. I’d love to see LGBTQ+(so not just gays guys, if you really wanna get representation, represent more than just gay people!) but it comes in time. We, as a community need to all calm down. I do want to stress here I’m not angry that you’re defensive. I just hate seeing some of the more extreme views on it thinking death threats are ok because of a ship.
We’ll only get worse, sending us off a cliff. Please, don’t ruin this community and what it’s made off of headcanons, no matter how large scale or widely accepted they are. We can keep peace amongst one another without having to argue over this.