*curls into a ball and weeps because my tiny babies*
32. Who likes to have really long (deep) conversation?
ANDRAS. Mostly with Elain, I think? She just loves listening to him talk and he has all these ideas and they have really intense little sessions where Lucien wanders in and they’re just talking away and it’s all eager and excited and they’re just bouncing off of each other at a hundred miles an hour and it’s just so Good? Lucien joins in too sometimes but while I think Andras and Elain tend more towards human (fae?) nature and people and motivations and that sort of thing Lucien gets more into the realms of philosophy - especially morality and ethics.
But sometimes Andras just sits there and watches Elain and Lucien debate and he’s just like :O my husband/wife are both amazing, remind me never to do this with either of them ever. But Lucien and Elain love that, they love the challenge and the contest and they love the tension and the friction and it keeps their political claws nice and sharp which is also good.
38. Who likes to star gaze?
ALL OF THEM. Sometimes they just all pile outside in the middle of the Spring Court and gaze up at the heavens. Rhys talks a lot about how the stars/nights in Velaris are better than anywhere in Prythian but Lucien, frankly, begs to differ. Spring is just so raw and wild and the nights are so devoid of light - Velaris is a city and it’s always lit up but Spring is pure darkness at nights and the three of them will sometimes just line on the lawns very late gazing upwards.
Andras is the only one who actually knows the proper names of the constellations. (Lucien knows the ‘names’ too but they are..not correct and used only for making Elain giggle and Andras (affectionately) roll his eyes) But Andras knows the names and shapes of each and every one of them, and the stories behind them. Elain absolutely loves listening to him talk about them (he has this lovely, rich, slow, measured voice that just…gilds the eardrums with deliciousness or…something idk) Lucien has heard each and every story several times over but he just closes his eyes and lets them wash over him again. They’re comforting, familiar, they remind him that not all the days that belong to the past are tainted and bad. Some of them…Some of them were good, too. And Elain…Elain is just filled with so much wonder staring up into the dark sky while Andras talks to them.
50. Who is the hopeless romantic?
Okay Andras is definitely a mushy romantic (he blushes lots when he flirts and brings Elain flowers and Lucien…sparkly things) But Lucien is the hopeless romantic with the real soft spot for it. He likes like having all these huge elaborate dates planned out for both Elain and Andras and sometimes them both together and they’re just so dramatic but also just so deeply personal and well thought out? And neither Elain nor Andras likes that much fuss (especially not Andras) but Lucien can’t help himself? He just…He just has to do it for them? It makes him so happy and it makes them so happy and that makes him even happier and it’s just. So much drama and flare and romance but he doesn’t do it too often and…well, there’s no harm in making the people he loves most feel special, is there?
A phone call woke you up from your nap, you had fallen asleep on the couch while trying to wait for Spencer to come home from work. You looked to the clock and noted the time, an hour after he should have left.
“Hello?” You mumbled once you picked up the phone, going back to sleep was much preferred right around now but you didn’t want to appear rude. You hadn’t even bothered to check who the call was from.
“Hi, I’m sorry I’m not at home. I, um. I’m stuck at the office.” Spencer’s lovely voice filled up your eyes and you immediately perked up, he sounded a little frazzled, perhaps even nervous. As much as you wanted him home in your arms, his job was important and you had accepted that as soon as you started dating.
“It’s okay, Spence. I know how much work matters-”
“No, (Y/N). I’m literally stuck in the office, I can’t get out. I’ve been locked in, they must have not known I was still here and now I’ve been sat here for an hour and thirteen minutes trying to call everyone on my team but no one’s answering because it’s a Friday and they all have plans!”
Spencer’s adorably high, panicky voice made you smile. Of course he’d find himself in an awkward situation like this. With a groan you sat up and reached down for your shoes, slipping them on quickly before grabbing your car keys and leaving your apartment.
“I’m on my way.” You couldn’t help but smile as you pictured the situation unfold in your head, the look on Spencer’s face as he realised he was locked in would have been a picture.
“You’re the best.” He sighed in relief, thankful that you were so incredibly understanding and were so willing to come help him out. Spencer made a note to show you how thankful he was later that night.
55: “You love me and you know it.”
“Reid, (L/N), go ahead to the crime scene first and see if you can pick up anything that the police left out.” Hotch explained before continuing on to tell everyone else what they would be doing. You looked over to Spencer who in turn was already looking at you, it had been a month since you had confessed your relationship status with the rest of the team and thankfully they had all been perfectly fine with it but you did worry that they might think it would affect your work.
Once briefed the team split up and went back to their usual positions, you perched yourself in the seat next to Spencer and glanced down at the book he had picked up once again.
“Excited to be working with me?” You teased with a smirk, nudging your shoulder against Spencer’s in an attempt to break him out into a smile.
“(Y/N..) He warned softly, in actual fact he loved how flirty you were and even if sometimes he got a little embarrassed when the team were around it didn’t stop him from relishing in all your cute comments.
“What!? You love me and you know it.” You rested your head against his shoulder as if you were trying to read his book but in actual fact you just wanted to be close to him, on a particularly nasty case like this it was comforting to know you had someone here for you.
“Yeah, I do.” Spencer looked down at you, only breaking his gaze to check if the rest of the team were looking before kissing the top of your head. It was a tiny gesture but one that made you grin nonetheless, the case had only begun but you couldn’t wait until it was over so you’d have Spencer all to yourself once again.
I actually liked the episode (and I was very prepared for the worst). But tell me why didn't you, please, I really respect your opinion!
Hi love :) Sorry it took me a bit to answer this…I read it last night, but I was tired and needed to get some sleep.
First off, I’m happy you liked it, I really am. At least some people should get some joy and entertainment out of it, but here’s some points why I just can’t…
It’s very sloppy writing. Things that happened earlier are being completely disregarded and explained away with like one line, if at all, e.g. the last scene of TLD (4x02) where Eurus/Euros (how the hell is it spelled? I’m gonna go with Eurus now) is revealed and she’s aiming her gun at John, saying she’ll “put a hole in it”, and it apparently was only a tranquilliser. Why? Why do all that? Have her pretend to be three different people, first flirt with John and apparently text with him, then pose as his therapist and go all dramatic on his ass…and then “Shot me during a session. Only with a tranquilliser.” is a throw away line in the next episode. That reeks of bad storytelling, like they wanted this big cliffhanger just for dramatic effect but then couldn’t be bothered to do anything with it. Same with the explosion at Baker Street - they are jumping out of a freaking exploding building, through the window! And then we get a cut and see them being fine on some boat.
Plotholes. John in the well: he was chained by his feet down there, which is why he couldn’t try to climb up himself, but then a rope is thrown down and the chains magically disappear? Sherlock’s ‘recurring’ dreams of water because of the well (those dreams have never been mentioned before btw, there was one line in TST (4x01) “You’ve been having dreams. A recurring dream?”): how can he make a connection to that well when he never knew it even existed? Sure, he suppressed the memory of Victor, but he had no clue what happened to him and that he was thrown down that damn well, so how does “Deep water, Sherlock, all your life, in all your dreams. Deep waters.” make sense?
Shit happening out of nowhere. The whole Eurus thing. They can’t expect me to be invested in something that came up during the last few minutes of the previous episode…that’s the first time the whole secret psychotic sister stuff came up. Sure, we got the line about “the other one” in HLV, but that was 3x03, three seasons into the show. And yet they claim it’s “the culmination of everything we’ve been building up to for the past six years”. That’s the final problem? Bear in mind that this might be the last episode of the whole show, and they’re telling me this was a story about Sherlock Holmes and his secret sister who apparently made him the way he is, even though none of that has ever come up prior to HLV. Even ‘Readbeard’ wasn’t mentioned before TSOT (3x02). But sure, “Every choice you ever made, every path you’ve ever taken, the man you are today is your memory of Eurus.” Sorry, not buying it.
Same goes for Moriarty. He had a five minute conversation with Eurus, and she apparently brainwashed him because “It took her just five minutes to do all of this to us”. So everything Moriarty did to Sherlock and John was because of her, that’s it. It takes so much away from his story and his infatuation with Sherlock, and it doesn’t even make a whole lot of sense because all of S1 and TGG (1x03) took place BEFORE that “christmas day 5 years ago” when Moriarty and Eurus met. The christmas they met would be the one in S2 during ASIB (2x01)…timeline wise. Maybe I got this all wrong - if I did, someone please explain to me why he even was in that episode and why that five minute unsupervised conversation was put in there - but that’s how I understood it.
The episode as a finale for S4. None of the episodes really have a connection apart from Eurus being 294 different people in them. Without TFP explaining why everything prior to it felt so weird and out of context (and it did! even casual viewers picked up on that), the whole season seems messy and disjointed. I’m talking about TST (3x01) and Mary in particular here: her whole redemption arc was done in that one episode, and ofc they only have three per season, but there’s still a way to make that feel more organic. Because the way it was done I’m simply not buying it. She went from wanting to kill Magnussen and shooting (and actually killing) Sherlock and threatening him to shut up about it afterwards to being a lovely and nice wife and mother in the span of a few months?
And she fully ‘redeemed’ herself by…sacrificing herself.
(And let’s not even talk about how absolutely shitty Mary’s death was done and how it’s impossible for anyone to jump in front of a bullet like that. I’d forgive other shows for that, but not Sherlock, a show that only two episodes earlier explained how being shot actually works and that “it’s not like it is in the movies”.) It just doesn’t sit right with me. Neither does John actually forgiving her for lying to him on that big a scale and for SHOOTING SHERLOCK. I’m sorry, but if my partner shot my best friend, there’s no way in hell I’d just be like ‘okay, shit happens’…and this is John!, the guy who killed a man for Sherlock after one day of meeting him. After watching TST I still thought all of this was a plan, now, after having seen the whole season, I just think it’s bad writing and horrible execution.
The episode as a (possible) finale for the whole show. No, just no. Like I mentioned above, TFP and its plot doesn’t wrap up the show in a nice bow for me. It’s barely connected to the rest, and it’s certainly not the big final chapter of the story they have been telling before. I felt nothing. Season 4 as a whole feels ridiculously separate from everything else and not like the show I love, I can barely recognise it, which is probably mostly due to the fact that this used to be a story about John and Sherlock (not talking Johnlock here, though I will get to that), and this season didn’t really have that at its core. The heart of it were always the two of them - “the story of two men and their frankly ridiculous adventures”-, but with these three episodes I can’t even remember them really talking to each other or having any interaction that shows the reality of their friendship/relationship/connection except for a hug and Sherlock saying John is family and, like, not wanting to shoot him.
Johnlock. What this show did was queerbaiting, plain and simple. I know there’s people who keep insisting it’s not because Moftiss once said they’re not telling a romantic story about John and Sherlock, but the show, its subtext AND text did, and that’s what I care about when I watch something. It was there, blatantly obvious even to someone like me who never used to pick up on those things prior to watching this show and who didn’t go into it expecting or looking for it. But I saw and noticed it before there were a million metas about it out there…and we didn’t just imagine it or make shit up. There’s a reason so many people believed in Johnlock, the show told us but didn’t follow through, and that’s queerbaiting. It’s a big fuck you to so many lgbt folks who truly believed they’d get actual, beautifully told representation - me included. It’s heartbreaking and so so cruel because they played us. It’s still there, in the show, and to me it will always be what John and Sherlock’s story is about, but it wasn’t made explicit. And that hurts, it really does.
So yeah. Even without taking non canon Johnlock into consideration I had a lot of problems with this ep and think it’s simply not good, the whole vibe of it didn’t feel right. There’s some other things I didn’t particularly like (what they did to Molly, the fact that Mary apparently knows John and Sherlock best, or that they summed it all up with a bullshit line like “Who you really are, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about the legend.” - what kind of message is that?), but this is already super long by my standards, so I’ll leave it at that. Here’s to hoping all of this makes sense; I started writing it right after waking up and my thoughts were still a bit of a mess and I also had to switch my brain to English. Maybe I’ll do a rewatch of the season and have some more to say about it then, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen anytime soon because I really don’t feel like it. Which already says a lot because I’ve watched every other episode at least 12 times.