I don’t think some people understand what queer baiting is...
I see a lot of non-johnlockers (and some johnlockers) screaming about how “moftiss have said for years they weren’t writing johnlock!!! you weren’t baited!!!” and I’m just like…thats not how it works….It actually upsets me to see queer people echoing this sentiment too (fyi I’m gay).
Ship whatever the fuck you want but if you’re denying the queerbaiting I’m side-eyeing the hell out of you.
Queerbaiting isn’t about what the writers said about their intentions for the text. It’s about what actually happens in the text.
What happens is multiple occasions of people assuming John and Sherlock are romantically involved, what happens is John and Sherlock being put in scenes and situations that (if one of them were a woman instead) would be considered to be loaded with romantic/sexual tension, what happens is John sharing almost word for word the same lines with Molly who is clearly portrayed as being unrequitedly in love with Sherlock. I could go on and on about what actually happens in the text and the thing is, regardless of what you ship, there is no denying that there is a homoromantic subtext portrayed throughout the entire show. Many fans quit the series early on due to comments made by moftiss that then seemed to indicate to them that they were being queerbaited. Others chose to believe that a writing team, one of whom was a proud gay man, couldn’t possibly be queerbaiting them and instead they were building to a culmination of the relationship being textually canonised (finally!).
If you want to continue to throw out the argument that “they’ve denied it for years you’ve not been baited” then I would ask you to consider Mark’s comment: “I find flirting with the homoeroticism in Sherlock much more interesting”. If you’re so hung up on the idea of what the writers have actually said then that quote right there is confirmation that they were queerbaiting the whole time. Intentionally putting homoerotic/homoromantic tension into your show only to end up not delivering on it is queerbaiting. Like thats literally it. Mark has admitted it with that quote regardless of whether he is even actively aware thats what he was doing. I’d go as far to suggest that he didn’t even understand how serious the issue of queerbaiting is taken now given his age and experience with queer media in the past, possibly even felt he was being progressive. That doesn’t change the fact that it was queerbaiting. It doesn’t change the fact that queer fans were baited with the possibility of a romantic relationship between Sherlock and John and were instead delivered the biggest het fest in the entire show run.
tl;dr the argument that because moftiss said johnlock wasn’t becoming canon somehow means queerbaiting didn’t happen is ridiculous because of what textually did happen on screen.
I have an 8 page research paper due on Tuesday that I haven’t started. At all. And it wouldn’t be a huge deal except I’m getting teeth ripped out tomorrow and I don’t know how that’s going to effect me.
So instead of powering through and trying to get SOMETHING done, I’m over thinking plot potential of Danny Phantom. And the fact that the Greatest Enemy episode was the one that got the closest to the truly dark and sad potential of that world and character.
Like he asks Vlad to to rip him apart because he can’t handle it after everyone’s death. As in he can’t handle fighting evil. AS HIS LIFE FALLS APART HE LITERALLY STILL FEELS GUILTY/RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE AND WANTING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT HE ASKS TO SEPARATE HIS HUMAN EMOTIONS AND GRIEF FROM HIS POWERS SO SOME PART OF HIM CAN STILL SAVE PEOPLE.
And it freaking backfires. His humanity is the only thing keeping his ghost side moral, (screw that second dream catchers shit episode) and that means that all the ghosts literally have NO MORAL COMPASS??? Or are naturally driven to do harm?? There’s so much possibility there.
Also the fact that Sam is goth in a very early 2000s type of way, indicates that she probably had some sort of inherent interest in death and occult culture is a tie that the show almost completely ignores. (It does show through a bit with the freak show episodes)
The fact that Danny’s parents essentially HALF KILLED HIM should’ve put a very interesting strain on their relationship. The idiot parent trope was a poor choice in my opinion but even so they have showed themselves to be competent enough to create technology that not only works but is deadly. Like there should’ve been some legitimate fear that they would kill him all the way and emotional tension with their relationships and confusion on the parents part.
And this is not even getting into the deeper questions of mortality, death, and the afterlife that the shows almost strictly avoids. Does everyone who dies become a ghost? Do they all have unfinished business? If so can they “pass on” if it gets dealt with? If Vlad or Danny were killed would they just become full ghosts? Do all ghost come into existence in the ghost zone or do they just find it after haunting the normal world?
All in all I really do love Danny phantom but man I yearn/ed for a deeper look at such an amazing and unique concept.
So… the new Doctor Who spinoff. People have heard of it, and some have even seen it (I’ve seen episodes 1-5/8).
I’ve held off on trying to see it for a while, because of
— well, I’ll call them “bad experiences”
— with another DW spinoff
— here’s looking at you, Torchwood!
But Class is actually really good!
As I’ve not seen the entirety of the show, I guess my impression isn’t complete, but I really like it. It’s sweet, and yes, at times it does seem a bit repetitive or fast or a bit like if Torchwood was set in highschool… but most of it is really nice.
The characters are really diverse, and they have unique, complex relationships with the people around them. There’s two different compelling relationships, but there’s also friendships; the show doesn’t seem to be out of touch with “reality”
— like school, and family, and non-alien stuff.
I don’t want to say anything that may be a spoiler, but long story short, everything I’ve seen so far is great: both the characters
— including their friendships and relationships
— and the plot.