i was made to be a tv detective

tykobrian  asked:

Jenna, have you done any digging on our Culverton Smith? The latest trailer made me think he could be an evil psychiatrist like Hannibal Lecter. If you've watched the TV series you'll remember he was appointed as Will Graham's therapist to help manage his aspergers/ autism. Anyway, instead he messes with him so much that Will starts to lose his mind and is in a world of trouble. What do you think?

Right. One day before The Lying Detective airs, let’s see if I can crack this Culverton Smith thing. ;) 

There’s been so much speculation about Culverton Smith- from him resembling Trump; to his TV show having connections to The Apprentice or Dragons Den; to him being a beloved TV personality by the public but committing horrific crimes like Jimmy Savile [tw for sexual assualt just in case you look up Jimmy Savile and want more info].

I feel like all these allusions will be…well alluded to. ;) But not part of the main plot line so the writers can ‘get away’ with Trump/Savile critique without having reviewers/the media absolutely focus on it: the main story is about John and Sherlock, after all. I think they’ll probably do this in a similar way to they handled the Magnussen/Rupert Murdoch comparison: yes, Magnussen owns CAM global news just as Murdoch owned The Sun/News of The World etc (x), but the audience are largely far too wrapped up in the main plot being told that they don’t notice it. I’m seeing the same effect happening with The Six Thatchers- Mark even managed to say in an interview that smashing the Thatcher busts “wasn’t a political statement” (?!!!) even though there’s heartbreaking subtext around Thatchers homophobia during Charlie’s story here. General reviewers just don’t pick up on those allusions. 

But now I’ve been mulling over what explicit comparison will be made with Culverton Smith and how the writers can still have their fun with what is shaping up to be a dark story.

@studyinpink gave me the light bulb moment with this one: she’s had a long standing thought that Sherlock will appear to be back on drugs throughout The Lying Detective, but Sherlock will insist he’s clean- no-one will believe him until it’s revealed that this is all the effects of whatever drug Culverton is using to manipulate Sherlock.

But then I thought: what if the possibility of Culverton Smith using drugs/poision is a big red herring? Will the twist in this villain be that he doesn’t fit with his story in ACD canon at all?

So then, I thought: what real person could the writers compare Culverton Smith to, and still have fun? Who has been a part of TV shows where people’s minds have been manipulated; they are made to believe things that are not real?

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This is how I think the writers will have their fun with Culverton Smith: he will be a dark version of Derren Brown. Unlike Trump and Savile, this won’t be a malicious comparison- Mark and Derren are friends and @skulls-and-tea has meta here on how Derren’s techniques have already influenced the show. 

This will be what someone could do with Derren’s abilities if they had bad intentions, if any of Derren’s shows went too far. 

In this clip from The Guilt Trip, Derren manages to convince someone that they have committed a murder. Of course, none of it is real, and there is a ‘big reveal’ at the end, and everyone’s happy (particularly the poor guy who thought he was a murderer).

But what if Culverton’s TV show does something very similar, but there is no ‘big reveal’? His intent is to convince an innocent person that they are guilty.

That’s how he could try and destroy Sherlock without using drugs or poison: instead, its hypnotic techniques that we don’t notice until the end of the episode. Culverton will make Sherlock’s own mind his own enemy: Sherlock will be absolutely convinced that something awful has happened or even that he has caused it, when nothing has happened at all.

^That’s a tame lovely version of what we could expect with the Culverton Smith reveal: very subtle words that he uses to convince Sherlock of something/ guilt trip him etc.

And, for one last clip, here is the ending of a TV show where Derren convinces real people that they have caused a man’s death by ‘playing a game.’ The audience has now turned into the enemy. Will the same thing happen for Culverton Smith’s tv show audience- or even, us, the audience?

I might seem naive writing this. Maybe I am, but at this point, I don’t even care. I’m not letting my favourite TV series go without even trying to make sense of it. I’m not sure if I’m right, but I really hope so. We’ll see if I made myself look like a fool.

After I watched The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective, I was confused. Something was not quite right. One of the things I’ve always loved about this show, is it’s precise attention to detail and it’s clever subtext. The things they put to it, even the smallest details, are not random. Those things are carefully thought and meaningful. For me, it was obvious that the writers were creating a beautiful, carefully crafted romance between John and Sherlock. I don’t need to explain why I (and many others) think this way, since  @pearlrebs​ has already done a brilliant video-series about it. I’d like to thank her for that.

After TST and TLD aired, we looked trough them carefully. Since the episodes were confusing and illogical, we tried to search for clues, some explanation. We are used to doing that, the TJLC community is smart. “Pretty damn smart”, as Sherlock would say. We understand subtext, we read between the lines. Then The Final Problem aired. It was upsetting, rude. I was so angry afterwards that I stopped watching almost immediately after the credits rolled, therefore missing this trailer after it. Check out this post by @london2go.

If you don’t agree with TJLC and johnlock, don’t worry. It’s not what I am trying to prove here. As I was saying, the details in this show are carefully planned. The show I know doesn’t make silly mistakes and plot holes like it did on series 4.

This skull-situation also needs explanation. Also, the new one was glowing like a TV screen in several scenes.

For a moment, lets forget the plot and look at the visuals instead. Special effects of the show used to be inventive and realistic. The scenes were filmed in various locations. It is obvious that they have a big budget for making the series. However, The Final Problem was mostly filmed inside a studio. The special effects were lacking and really fake looking.

Here we have a comparison. Explosion of the Palace of Westminster from The Empty Hearse, and exploding Baker Street from The Final problem.

Also the “patience grenade” is a goddamn plastic toy. Also, since it’s motion activated it should have exploded countless times before it actually did.

It’s also funny how Doctor John Watson, who in The Abominable Bride said: “I’m an army doctor, which means I can break every bone in your body while naming them.”, is suddenly unable to tell a difference between dog’s and human’s bones.

These are just examples of everything that is wrong about this episode. It would take me forever to list them all. I‘m sure everyone knows what I’m talking about at this point.

My main point is, that is it possible for Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to suddenly lose all their ability to write great stories? Is it possible that they really think this nonsense as  “groundbreaking”, “television history”, “insane wish fulfilment”? Could it be, that we were completely wrong about the show?
I’d say that it is not possible.

Could this episode have been fake? Could there be a reasonable explanation behind all this? Could they really go trough all this trouble?
I’d say that it is improbable, but not impossible. 

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Maybe this is Sherlock’s Reichenbach Fall. The world is made to believe that Sherlock is a fraud.

sometimes it still amazes me that despite gifsets of scenes getting so many notes on tumblr thanks to it being a genuinely funny, unproblematic show, not a lot of people actually watch brooklyn nine-nine?? listen y’all if you’re tired of tv shows being misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and all around problematic then i honestly don’t understand why you have not seen the light by watching b99 like this show has made my life so much better!! i have TWO beautiful, badass, multi layered latina detectives to look up to, who are treated with respect and admiration by their male co-workers!! i have actual cinnamon roll jake peralta who has never done Anything Wrong in his life, despite being the white male main character; he always treats his women partners as equals, and is disgusted when other male side characters say misogynistic things!! i have captain raymond holt, a black, gay police CAPTAIN who has worked his entire life to move past prejudice to get to where he is!! his sexuality is not used as the butt of ANY joke, but is simply just another part of his multi layered character, and he is shown to have a healthy relationship with his husband!! the most important relationship on this show?? the relationship between all of them, whether in duos/trios/or a whole squad, focusing on how despite how different they all are, they all love each other and have made a family out of such a group!! it also has no chill, talking about real police issues, how women have to stick together, and taking usual stereotypes and stomping all over them!! there’s no need to worry about characters being killed off for shock value or to cause manpain!! honestly there is absolutely nothing wrong with this show: it is genuinely funny, the characters are lovable, the relationships realistic and healthy, and it deserves  much  more recognition than it’s getting. 

tldr; watch brooklyn-nine nine. you will not regret it.

I think everyone’s seeing this show as like some sort of personal attack on the lgbt community ? When it’s just not ? That’s fact . It is not . It is a tv show about a detective . Yes they made johnlock a thing and didn’t follow through and made us think they were going to , that was spiteful , I understand that . But it wasn’t like an hour and a half of Mofftiss burning everyone that’s not straight at the stake ?? It was like an hour and a half about Sherlock Holmes the detective ?

anonymous asked:

Can I ask what that show Endeavour is about? Is it like detective show or smth? Is there any romance in it? I assume its good, since you post about it a lot... :D

It’s VERY Good!

It’s a detective drama set in 1960′s oxford (so, a period piece, technically) as a prequel to the Inspector Morse and Lewis tv shows. But you don’t have to have watched either of those in order to watch Endeavour. Most of the plots and recurring characters have no connection to the other two shows, and any references to them are made so that they have meaning in Endeavour without you realising or needing to know that they’re references if you don’t watch the other shows.

There is some romance in it (Morse has a steady girlfriend in s2, and there’s some ship-teasing with other characters throughout the show), but the romance is not a main focus and none of it ends well (due to the original Inspector Morse tv series and the books that show is based on having him end up alone). So better don’t watch this one for the romance, I guess? XD I’d say the most important and most developed relationship on the show right now is actually the somewhat paternal relationship between the main character and his mentor character, the detective inspector played by Roger Allam (who is very, very good. This show has fantastic actors in general). A nice thing about that is that while Thursday is a mentor figure he still learns and changes because of the main character he’s mentoring. It’s not a one-way relationship, which is not something I see attempted so openly often in any genre.

I like that each episode takes its time to develop its plot (all episodes are about 90 minutes long, and they’re usually not very fast-paced). There’s multiple red-herrings and subplots in each espidoe, so you have to pay attention to what’s on the screen while you watch it or you might miss an important detail, but the show never hides any clues the main character finds from the audience which is very nice.

But the best thing, the BEST thing (well, for me anyway, bc I usually care more about the characters in my entertainment than the plots) is that the show is  invested in its characters. There’s usually no extreme personal drama going on (like, okay so Endeavour gets injured or beat up a lot, which is lovely if you - like me XD - like to see your main character suffer now and then, but his private life isn’t the main source of drama on the show), but the principle characters are all very well developed and continue to change and grow throughout the show’s run, and even characters you didn’t think were very deep show new facets now and then. The show also tries to present the people the regular characters encounter in each episode as diverse and human with their own stories, as opposed to token plot devices - which means that the episodes stay interesting even when they don’t focus on the main characters. (the show’s main cast - i.e. the police - are very white and male, but at least the show doesn’t make the same mistake as other crime dramas or period shows that pretend that other people didn’t exist in the 60′s).

Oh, and the cinematography is just gorgeous. This show is in its fourth series now, but the directing, camerawork, editing, etc is still excellent. They really try to make sure that what you see on screen is interesting even if it’s just a shot of a tree.


This this the end? Well, it is. It’s the end of the fourth season of Sherlock. But, and I hope it isn’t the case, this could be the end of the series. My favorite TV show ever.

I still remember when I watched it for the first time, back somewhere in 2014. I was hanging out at home and had nothing to do. I had just signed up on Netflix and was browsing when I found a photo of Martin Freeman on a TV show display. And it was because of it that I decided to give Sherlock a go – I had no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch was. And, man, that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The show was everything I want a show to be: few episodes per season, intriguing, shocking, funny, lovely, and not exactly a detective show, but a show about a detective. So many incredible stories. So many great actors and great performances. Plus Martin. And Benedict, who turned out to be my favorite actor and one of my favorite human beings alive (if not my favorite).

I made a blog because of Benedict. I helped build a fansite because of him. I joined a fandom again because of him. I made lovely and dear friends because of him. And it was all possible because of that Saturday afternoon when I decided to watch Sherlock.

I don’t want The Final Problem to be the last episode of Sherlock, but it’s not late to thank Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertur for writing and producing this amazing show and for having this great idea of bringing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to modern day. You did it brillantly. Also for believing Benedict could be the Sherlock Holmes of our generation.

Thank you Arwel, Reetu, Michael, David, Clare, Danny and other at the crew for the hard work. You are all equally appreciated for everything you’ve done in these seven years.

Thank you Loo, Una, Rupert, Andrew, Lara, Amanda, Vinette, Jonathan, Lars, Sian, Toby and so many other talented actors for the laughter, the tears, the angst, the tension, the shock and all the other emotions you brought me.

Thank you Martin Freeman for introducing me to Benedict Cumberbatch. And for being this wonderful actor that you are. You were a fantastic Dr John Watson and became one of favorite actors.

And finally, thank you Benedict for all your time and energy and effort and heart you’ve poured into Sherlock Holmes. This show wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t for you and Martin. Thank you for putting me in a fandom. Can’t wait to see you in your future projects, but I still hope you and everyone else will be back for more of Sherlock.

This is not a goodbye, I don’t want this to be a goodbye. So see you all soon, Sherlock cast and crew!


Character Tropes: Basil of Baker Street (The Great Mouse Detective)

Kay, so I saw @konako made a few of these with the Kung Fu Panda characters and I thought it was a great idea. So if it’s cool with you, Konako, now and then I’m probably going to do one with a favorite character of mine. Basically the idea is a GIFset identifying a character and his/her TV Tropes. Aaaand Basil seemed like an obvious good place to start. :D

reasons why The Party (s1 ep16) is the single greatest brooklyn nine nine - nay, comedy tv show - episode ever made and i’ll probably never ever get tired of watching it:

- strong underlying plot surrounding the discrimination against race and sexuality perpetuated by the NYPD and how awful and hurtful and gross that behaviour is

- zero dancing around the above subject, even going so far as to bluntly describe the perpetrators of the discrimination as “many of whom look exactly like you” to the white cishet male protagonist

- consequent acknowledgement of said protagonist of the crappiness of the behaviour even though he himself has never expressed even a hint of being prejudiced (he doesn’t get defensive, or scoff and brush it off, or say “Well, NOT ME”; Jake’s uncomfortable with emotions, sure, and says so, but not once in that scene does he dismiss Kevin’s concerns as not applying to him - rather, he demonstrates with his actions how much he (and the rest of the squad) care about and respect Captain Holt)

- kevin cozner is unfortunately not the star of danzes with wolvez

- [terrible falsetto] “Raymond, those slacks are a knockout!”

- the entire trope setup of the squad being in a Super Affluent Adult Situation, suddenly magnifying their collective weirdo-ness by showing how whacky their regular shenanigans really are in a normal Real World setting

- a party, no less

- for their boss’s birthday

- oh man

- “don’t move in a group! you’re not gazels!!”

- Charles having to put on Terry’s fifty-sizes-too-big cardigan to hide the massive salsa stain on his shirt

- “this fits so well, Terry, we have such similar physiques!”

- the hecnking. the fact that to any outside observer who did not Know amy santiago and jake peralta, watching them sneak upstairs one right after the other with no context could have only been interpreted as “they’re gonna go bang”, when, in fact, banging was the last thing on either of their minds

- they were instead concerned with trying to either a) back the unfortunate pro-slavery stance they’d accidentally backed themselves into or b) heinously violate the captain’s privacy by cataloguing the presence of “how it’s made: contact lenses” on his DVR, oh my God

- “we’re could have been really cool people! we weren’t, but we could have been!”

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when did you create your blog: October 11th of 2016 was my first post, But I made the blog the 10th of October.
what kind of stuff do you post: I do…very poor-quality roleplays. And sometimes I shitpost.
why did you choose your url: Well, to simply put it, Gumshoe is Incompetent, and he’s a Detective, thus the Justice part.
hogwarts house: I was put in Ravenclaw when I did the little survey thing…so Ravenclaw?
favourite colour: I love almost anything green or yellow.
average hours of sleep: Somewhere between 5 and 6 hours.
how many blankets do you sleep with: About 2 or 3. It depends on.
dream job: I would love to go into some form of education. Specifically into the History, Science, or English department, high school level.
following: 450, Holy crap! I didn’t even realize!

I am heartbroken. I don’t even know how to describe the way I’m feeling right now, but I know that there are many of you out there who feel the exact same way.

I feel like a fool for falling for another one of those TV shows, for actually thinking that it could be different this time.

They could have made history. They could have made a point about acceptance and tollerance. They could have made so many people in the LGBT community understand that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being “different”. Because this world would be very fucking dull if everyone was the same, wouldn’t it be? But people still fail to understand this.
It’s fucking 2017. We should have gotten that one story that entirely relies on queer characters but NOT the fact that they are queer.
Right now I’m just feeling kind of empty. This TV show gave me so much hope, it helped me to understand who I really am and I don’t think I’ll ever get over my love for it, no matter what.

We’re all disappointed, sad and still in shock. But above all I’m just really fucking angry. I feel like I was robbed of a gorgeous story that deserved to be told, a story where those awesome actors actually could have lived up to their potential.
So yes, they fucked up. And I don’t think that they are going to be able to fix this ever again. It’s on us to do that!

We can write our own stories! We can make it better, we can give those characters what they deserve.
We are the writers, directors and producers of tomorrow and I have no doubt that we’ll create beautiful things.

I refuse to give up.

We can’t give up now! Keep fighting. Keep writing those brilliant stories, use your beautiful, great minds to create something new, something better.
We’ll make it through this and afterwards we’ll be even stronger than before.
And we’ll actually be able to make a difference some day.

So I know they changed direction after this was put out, but I can’t help thinking what a ‘killer’ AU this would make! The handsome, young, idealistic just-made-detective, reluctantly teamed with the debonair, worldly psychiatrist-turned-criminal consultant. To borrow the slogan from a beloved old TV crime/romance series…

'When they met, it was murder!’

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Nickname: AJ, Satan, Stan

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Height: 5′10

Last thing I googled: Dirk Gently x Reader (there are none, in case you were wondering T^T)

Fave musical artist: Probably Amber Run

Song stuck in my head: I don’t have one?

Last movie I watched: Nice Guys

Last TV show I watched: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

When did you create your blog?: I think it’s been just over a year

What kind of stuff do I post?: Fics mostly :3

Do I have any other blogs: My main blog @ororomunroro, that poor inactive headcanon blog I made with Amy; @barnesbro and my aesthetic blog that I will leave unknown lol

Do I get any asks regularly: Nah, but I’d love to!

Why did I choose my url: Who knows??? It just sounded fun

Gender: Female

Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff

Pokémon team: Mystic 

Favorite color: Red

Average hours of sleep:3 if I’m lucky

Lucky number: 14

Favorite characters: Tony Stark, Dirk Gently, Nick Valentine, CHARLES XAVIER, like a thousand others…

How many blankets do I sleep with: 4 in winter, 1-2 in summer

Dream job: I think a screenwriter or English teacher would be neat!

Following: 414

Can I just tag anyone who reads all of this??? I’m gonna do that :D

Oh my god. Mofftiss. The Final Problem. The whole mess.

I want to talk about how Mofftiss backstabbed us. Not by queerbaiting, not by making the worst tv show episode in the history of the bad tv episodes. They backstabbed us by the best made promo stunt ever created; first, shock, launching Euros and making everybody stressed and hungry for more. Then, screening. They intentionally didn’t make you guys sign anything, they intentionally didn’t want us to keep the content safe. They wanted us to spread the news as far as our imagination hold. Leaks was just another step, they’ve been manipulating us, making us scared, we were creating theories, metas and the stunt was getting real.

And then climax. The episode going on air. The world is on fire. We are all on fire and we react emotionally - exactly the way they wanted and expected us to react. We spam BBC with complains, with petition, we’re mad, we want justice, explanation. And I am really amazed with how they thought of its all. I never lost my faith in Mofftiss and their genius minds. This mechanism was simply brilliant.

It is obvious now, that the episode was not real. And they did IN FACT made groundbreaking project. They did make history of television. 

And I am pretty sure we will get another episode, 08.03. Wait for it. Stay tuned. It is going to set the world on fire.

pandaretteilidh  asked:

Hey Alice, Im just joining in on the Sherlock discussion here. I love Sherlock but even for the last few seasons I've felt like they're just panderimg to the fans, like just putting in some of the "original" Sherlock type things from the first two seasons. Honestly it feels more like a drama now than a clever detective show? Personally I was yelling at the tv when Sherlock didnt get that the statue was smashed in the light BECAUSE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. Sorry I have a lot of feelings.


Totally!!! Some of the plot moves that were made in this episode really didn’t make much sense - like Sherlock suddenly trusting his ‘intuition’. he’d never have done that before!! it just felt all wrong and out of character and very very forced. it totally feels more like a drama now… except nothing makes sense!! idk. i loved the first series but after that, it’s been going downhill for me personally.

Five Things

Five Things

tagged by @justexistingthroughlife (hello!! pls don’t hesitate to message me if you ever want to talk ^^ )

Five things you’ll find in my bag:

  1. Wallet
  2. Phone
  3. Umbrella
  4. My house keys
  5. Portable charger (you never know when you’ll need them)

Five things in my bedroom:

  1. One of those fold tables that I use as a study table
  2. TV
  3. Storage boxes - efficient storage space ^^
  4. A queen-size bed (because my sis moved to the other room ~)
  5. Printer (because i’m still a lowly uni student that need notes)

Five things I’ve wanted to do in life:

  1. Sky diving / Paragliding
  2. Go to Disneyland at least once
  3. Visit the zoo in other countries and see their local animals
  4. Camping (done it before but I wanna do it again) 
  5. Travel with friends

Five things that made me happy:

  1. Music
  2. Reading
  3. My family
  4. And my friends (can these be considered? Oh wells)
  5. Travelling

Five things I’m currently into:

  1. Writing
  2. Watching crime/detective drama series
  3. Visiting museums
  4. Watching horror movies and pointing out their graphics (You realise having a HD TV is not really a good idea)
  5. (can’t think of anything else. I lead a boring life, im sorry)

Five things on my to-do list:

  1. Graduate university and get my degree
  2. Find a stable job
  3. Get fit
  4. Complete reading GoT series (am currently halfway thru the second book and I am getting anxious)
  5. Get my driving license

Five things people may not know about me:

  1. I’m currently in a one year degree programme
  2. I may look like I have a lot of friends but I don’t actually talk to like ¾ of those people
  3. When I cook, I just dump whatever I find in the kitchen and it never taste as good as it actually looks (that’s embarrassing to admit but I’m improving now)
  4. Have been single for the whole 22 years (and counting) of my existence
  5. I’m an aunt to two nieces and a baby nephew ^~^

Five people I’m tagging:

@heartlightsticks @pinkihyunnie @minah-ssi @taek-danada @nineteendays

Things that sort of made since this season:
Parts of the Lying Detective
Things that made absolutely no sense and were apparently just shitty television writing:
All of the six thatchers
All of the final problem

I’m just confused? Like we’ve had 10 brilliant episodes before this that fit together beautifully and make so much sense and show character and plot development and then we get to the fourth series and it all goes away? Johnlock not being canon isn’t even the worst part, the worst part is that apparently we’ve been wrong about the brilliance of these writers and this show, apparently we actually have been reading to much into things because writers who would write shit like the final problem definitely do not have enough intelligence to pull off such complicated symbolism like we analyzed in our metas.

I just feel betrayed because there was so much potential for this season and I honestly don’t think they could have screwed it up even worse than they did. This fandom is a wonderful, intelligent, caring fandom and not a single one of them deserve this and the writers of this show do not deserve to have had such a great fan base.

I’m so sorry everyone. I promise you that one day we will get representation, even if it has to wait until this generation grows up so we can do it ourselves. I love you all and don’t regret a single second I spent on here.