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Sherlock: how the TV phenomenon became an annoying self-parody

Now that The Final Problem has been solved, and Eurus has calmed down about not being hugged much as a child, and Sherlock and Watson are running side by side towards – if I read their facial expressions in last night’s final shot correctly – the nearest Imodium stockist, it’s time to look back on this series of Sherlock as a whole. Did it work? Was it worth the wait? Does the BBC owe the Crystal Maze some sort of royalty cheque now?

For me at least, the answer to all three questions is “probably not”. The Final Problem won’t go down as the most self-satisfied episode of Sherlock – that’s still the one where Sherlock got bored at a wedding and pottered around in his mind palace until the credits kicked in – but it was nevertheless the final flourish of a series that didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be.


On the plus side, at least this series clarified that Moriarty is definitely dead. Hopefully, should there be more of this, he’ll never be mentioned again. Hopefully Eurus has supplanted him as Sherlock’s worthy nemesis and we won’t have to watch him infuriatingly goon about like the third understudy in a touring regional theatrical adaptation of Jim Carrey’s The Mask. At least there’s that. If we can have similarly definitive promises that there’ll be no more annoying Saw rip-offs, or scenes where Sherlock slow-motion karate-chops a coffin to pieces in anguish, I might find myself coming around to Sherlock again.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have claimed that their Sherlock Holmes has now reached the point where he can suitably be compared to Sherlocks of television past. He’s been tested and broken and humanised so thoroughly that he now bears little resemblance to the sexy young swishy-coated alien from the pilot. He knows Lestrade’s first name. He’s helping to raise Watson’s baby. He’s a wise old mastermind with a functioning set of emotions, and now he can stand shoulder to shoulder with Jeremy Brett or Basil Rathbone.

If that’s the case, then good. Sherlock sorely needs to snap back into a recognisable shape. The Final Problem felt like the outer orbit of Sherlock. It felt like it came from a place so utterly divorced from what it ever was, that it’d be a blessed relief if the next episode was just a meat and potatoes mystery caper. Wear the hat, play the violin, solve something impossible. Sherlock has become a parody of himself. It’s time for him to become Jonathan Creek again.

The Guardian

anonymous asked:

3 + sanvers

“Please don’t leave.”

Alex felt her whole body tense up when she heard Maggie zipping up her boots. The brunette was obviously getting ready to leave and probably assumed she was still asleep.  

 The detective had come over last night and expressed her feelings for the young agent. They talked until the wee hours of the night and feel asleep curled up next to each other. 

“Please don’t leave…” Alex blurted out softly. Her mind was racing a hundred miles an hour. She had the sinking feeling Maggie was trying to get away. She probably realized she regretted last night. 

Maggie turned herself around and smiled at the redhead. “You were supposed to stay asleep. I got called into work,” The detective stood up and put her gun harness on. “Can I have lunch with you later?”

“So…you’re just going to work?” Alex sat up sharply looking at the older woman. 

“I was going to start the coffee maker before I woke you up,” She leaned down and kissed the agent’s creased forehead. “I told you last night how I felt. I’m not going anywhere, Agent Danvers.”

fighting fish


had a lot of fun doing some expression challenge requests on twitter last night! 

challenge used is by soupery~

don’t talk to me about even meeting isak in that locker room after taking the courage to break up with his four year girlfriend for this boy and then having to hear from that same boy that he decided his life would be better off without mentally ill people around him,,, dont fucking talk to me about even realizing what that meant. about him having to make a decision right there, for both his and isak’s sake. don’t talk to me about even looking isak in the eyes and saying “i think they would love you” while knowing that might be the last time they ever spoke to each other


Anna runs into the room, waves awkwardly. Kai ushers her over to stand right next to Elsa. She and Elsa sneak awkward peeks at each other. {x}

anonymous asked:

I love all the psitivity and everything Dan's getting, but I think some of us are just taking it way too seriously. Dan knows we love him, he knows that we only pick on him because he's great and we know he won't take it seriously. Sure, some of us take it too far, but he knows the majority really do care for him. Memes are just a way of showing him we love him, and he knows that. I think we just need to lighten up about this whole thing a bit.

the thing that makes our relationship with dan so unique is that he completely understands our sense of depreciative humor. he has said this on several occasions. so no we don’t have to stop joking about his peace signs, we don’t have to stop jokingly calling him names, and we don’t have to stop making memes. in fact it would be really strange if we did? we’ve established this relationship with dan over a long period of time and could you imagine how uncomfortable it’d be for both parties if we just… stopped ironically calling dan out on things? like imagine if he pulled some weird shit again, which we know he will, and we all just stood back nodding our heads like “yes good job dan we love you keep it up :)” nah. obviously we should show him love and support and let him know that we care about the things he does way beyond a level of ironic appreciation, but this humor is what makes us feel closer to dan in a sense. he could have made a video highlighting his actual accomplishments if he wanted to but he opted for a memes video for the second year in a row, so i doubt he really dislikes making them. i think him telling us that we “didn’t care” was primarily added for dramatic effect because the meme video was. a dramatic video and he had to get the point across somehow. basically what i’ve been trying to say is that there should be a state of equilibrium. i would also like to remind everyone of this tweet because i think it’s good substance to back up everything i just mentioned:

“Mom. Come on.”

“Look at me, Mom.  Mo-om.  Mommy.  Look at my face. Look at how happy I am.  Look at my sweet pudgy cheeks and my adorable button nose and my precious little grin.”

Squishy Baby Henry feels her resolve weakening.  He wills her closer with the power of his adorable squishiness.

“Hah! You grabbed my hand.  You are so taking me home with you.  Behold my wise, somewhat smug but still utterly adorable expression.  You didn’t stand a chance.”

I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong. Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.
—  Tom Hiddleston on Facebook, January 9 2017