Andrew Scott talking to me and signing my artwork at the stagedoor at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 28th June 2017!
He took his time to write me a personal note and he said that the illustration (which I will post soon) was beautiful. That really made my day! He even took his time to take a picture with me. He was the sweetest and even though I almost got squeezed to death by crazy fangirls, I had a blast. Thanks again. xx
Things other than the actual content of the show that make no sense outside of tjlc
• Mark and Steven saying that TPLoSH is both their favorite movie and that it’s one of their biggest inspirations for BBC Sherlock.
• Mark and Steven being as excited as they were for the waterfall scene.
• The fact that Mark and Steven have explicitly said they lie about major plot points, when all they’ve really talked about is not doing johnlock and the baby.
• The LGB surveys BBC put out right before making Sherlock.
• Everyone on the show and the commissioners really, really liked the pilot, and only remade it so it would be longer and more polished.
• The writers going on and on about LGBT representation, proving that queerbaiting is not an option for this show.
• Amanda accidentally saying that they’re bringing a “hus- wife for sher- john” (damn she did that)
• Arwel posting elephants nonstop when they clearly know that we know what the elephants mean, so either they’re queerbaiting (which they aren’t) or they’re planning to address the elephant in the room
• “love conquers all”
How could one single show be about Sherlock Holmes, quote Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, say it’s based on The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, be written by Mark Gatiss, and then...
“The Many Faces Of Sherlock Holmes” (1985), presented by Christopher Lee
This is such a feast. If you not have watched it yet, do it. It not only gives you an overview of the many adaptations (movies, TV production, audio play and stage) but although proves again how much time changes: here, they celebrate Ruthbone/Bruce- production as the best ACD adaptation.
Includes scences from “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, “The Seven-Percent-Solution”, “Young Sherlock Holmes”, and, of course, the Ruthbone/Bruce- movies. Especially, if you happen to be a fan of modern adaptations such as “BBC SHERLOCK”, “NEW RUSSIAN HOLMES” or, to some extent, “ELEMENTARY”, you can find many many references.
We recently saw this photo release of Martin rocking this flower in his hair on setlock. I knew there was something familiar about it from the moment I saw the photo.
In “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, (a movie that Moftiss has always based the show on) Watson wears a flower in his hair after dancing at a party where he was believed to be in a romantic relationship with Sherlock. He ended up dancing with multiple men, and there is even a reference to bisexuality when one man is referred to being “half and half”.
It’s also interesting how the flower is on the exact same side in both photos.
Like many others, I thought that ContactSH’s tweets seem very in character. If they’re fan made then they’re really well written - which wouldn’t be surprising at all, considering all the amazing fanfic writers here.
But… I’m wondering if the ContactSH twitter might actually be official/canon because of this post:
So we don’t have a specification of the year in John’s blog, but at least this twitter post was tweeted exactly on January 31, just like John’s post. I haven’t been around in season one, but according to the waybackmachine, the post was probably published in 2010.
When was the ContactSH account created?
The waybackmachine only shows entries of 2017, despite there being tweets in 2013. Again, I haven’t been around at that time. Does anybody know if ContactSH had been public back then in 2013? Maybe it was created in 2013 in foresight, but only made public in 2017. The retweets on the very first tweet suggests that it has only been made official in January 2017!
So, technically there are these possibilities:
The twitter account was made by a fan who waited for quite a time just to tweet this post exactly on January 31 (assuming John’s blog entry was posted 2010ish?). Then, the fan put the account on private but continued posting stuff that sounds very in character and matches with John’s blog posts. Just in case - could come in handy, right? This requires a lot of patience (check) and good writing skills (check). It really is possible.
The twitter account is official, was made beforehand and was attuned with John’s blog. It was put on private while BBC commissioned someone to fill the twitter with matching content - because it would be used later. The account posted their first tweet in January 2013 - so, between S2 and S3. It might be possible that series 3 and 4 were planned to tie into one big piece of puzzle. The twitter account might serve us later (I hope so!) when TLS (I HOPE so!) will be released and also is supposed to ease the waiting. Therefore, it was published in the hiatus between S2 and S3 (when both series were mapped out).
There is a way to date twitter posts back manually (I’m pretty new to twitter) and the account is made by a fan. But then again - if that’s possible, why didn’t they date it back to 2010? So, I’m guessing that isn’t possible. Please correct me if wrong.
So… These are my thoughts. Does anybody know if the twitter account can be considered to be canon?
I made a list of all the times Patsy and Delia are on screen together (or just Delia) in each episode, starting from ep 4x02. Basically all the scenes relevant to their relationship. Does anyone want me to post it here ?
For those who don’t know, the context of the TPLoSH scene is that Holmes just told a dude he and Watson were in a relationship and Watson is losing his shit. Not much later Holmes basically comes out to Watson. It’s not spoken but we kind of all get the memo.
Thank you @isitandwonder for tagging me on your post, you’re actually the reason why I discovered there was new flower content! <3
It is very likely we will John on screen with the flower; John wears it on his left ear (left side = sentiments, emotions).
This reminds me of course of TPLOSH:
#John Watson #drinking because you’re afraid #repressing your sexuality #international reputation
The red flower in the movie is obviously connected to Watson’s sexuality, a sexuality he visibly represses. The scene is absolutely brilliant, as Holmes has led the Russian man to believe he and Watson are in a very happy relationship, and the man tries to set him up with ballet dancers, one of them bisexual.
When Watson understands the insinuation, he is bewildered, outraged, visibly afraid (I remember he tells Holmes about the Northumberland Fusiliers “You don’t know how they are”, implicating the Army is deeply homophobic and he would be violently rejected), he then confronts Holmes about their respective sexuality - Mark Gatiss’ favourite scene of the movie.
The red flower means deep sexual desire here, as well as danger. Watson lives in a time when acting on homosexual desires is dangerous. Repressing his homosexuality and preserving the facade is vital for him.
I’m not sure if the flower is a red carnation (screaming symbol for “yes!”, plus, the carnation is an important flower for gay history!), it could potentially be a dahlia (a lasting bond and commitment between two people in Victorian times, staying graceful and kind despite challenges, balance between adventure & relaxation)?
In the show, it seems the flower will be associated with Rosie, and generally John’s feelings. A white flower has a more peaceful and pure connotation.
The question is: what is this flower?
As a preamble, I should mention I dislike the idea that Dr John Watson would put a baby in contact with a poisonous plant, and surely not his own daughter? I mean, okay, she apparently doesn’t touch the flower and her mother is associated with toxic flowers anyway, so if I guess it could be possible, but I’ll be more reluctant to consider poisonous flowers.
Most likely a Begonia
I’m almost positive John’s flower is a begonia obliqua (on the right)
The begonia sends a message of watchfulness, caution and vigilance. Its meaning in Victorian floriography is “beware”.
The flower symbolises the refusal to be lulled in a false sense of security, and be cautious/watchful in new situations. It can represent a warning about future challenges, or a sign of dark/unpleasant thoughts that distract you from happiness.
The begonia also has a positive symbolism, of gratitude (more specifically, paying back favours) and harmonious communications between friends and family. The flower can be symbol of individuality and standing out from the crowd. The begonia is edible (and apparently quite tasty) and has medicinal purposes.
It would make sense for John to wear the flower, especially around his family. John has to stay cautious and vigilant around Mary, especially with the baby. John stays on alert, he watches out for Mary’s threat.
He also most likely has to repress his feelings around her (may it be anger towards her, anxiety or longing for Sherlock). John isn’t fully free to be himself. John’s potential happiness is clouded by the threat of Moriarty (=Mary) on Sherlock, Rosie and him.
The message of “paying back a favour” is interesting too, in my opinion => 1) gratitude towards Sherlock, the man who saved his life, who died for him twice. Will John die for Sherlock too? Twice: faking his death and 3-Garridebs moment under his wife’s gun?), 2) pay back… Mary’s shot, Moriarty’s plot against Sherlock?
A rose to play with Rosie?
The white rose is a symbol of balance, love, hope in the future. It is also a flower associated with secrets: a white flower can mean secret love; in Ancient Rome, a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed; the phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret.
The season is definitively Christmasy… or is it? Beginning of a new series in a new year => new era.
Warning: the flower is poisonous… I’m really not sure about that one. It seems however that the flower had medicinal uses in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, prescribed as a purgative and a cure to madness. The flower belongs to the family of buttercups (potential association to The Princess Bride).
In Victorian times, the Christmas rose conveyed the message “relieve my anxiety”. Interestingly, the hellebore is a symbol of scandal and calumny.
The legend says the flower sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.
If I can see why John would want to be relieved of his anxiety, the notion of scandal, especially in association with his emotions (left ear) and sexuality (TPoSH) is interesting. We remember how Moriarty used the press against Sherlock spreading lies - what if someone lied about John having an affair with a man (Sherlock)? One lie hidden in a pile of damning material (love story with Sholto, proof John is bisexual, always at Sherlock’s side or in 221B…) is enough to break someone’s image.
A rock rose
Funnily enough, the flower is bisexual and is a great source of nectar for bees (Sherlock = “busy little bee” in the show)
Here I’ll be considering both the cistus and helianthemum (also named the sun rose - John = sun in the show).
One species of cistus (not the one on John’s ear, but also white) symbolised imminent death in Victorian floriography. A sign of impending Three-Garridebs? Or a bad omen for the baby? :(
Besides, the rock rose was a symbol of popular favour in Victorian floriography.
As @loveismyrevolution observed, visually, the flower could indeed be an anemone, either nemorosa, or sylvestris:
I do like the subtext behind anemones and I believe the flower would be quite relevant and compelling in the show. However, since the flower is extremely poisonous, I have much trouble considering it. If it was only on John’s ear, why not, but playing with the baby, almost touching her face? It’s a bit far for me.
Nevertheless, I adore the symbolism behind the anemone, and I believe it is very likely they’ll use the flower on the show (or already have?).
The symbolism behind the anemone is very rich and complex:
Loss of a loved one to death in ancient Greece.
Forsaken love and affection in Victorian floriography.
Anticipation/excitement for what the future holds: The flower petals
Protection against evil and diseases: the flower petals close up as a storm approaches
The anemone is associated to the story of Adonis and Aphrodite. The Goddess of love fell in love with Adonis (Eros’ arrow might play a role here, and we know how important Eros is in the show). She decided to entrust him to Persephone, who later refused to give him back as she had also fallen in love with the beautiful man. The dispute ended with Zeus’ decision that Adonis would spent a third of his time with Aphrodite, another third one-third of every year with each goddess and the last third wherever he chose. He chose to spend two-thirds of the year with Aphrodite. When Adonis died (his death is associated with jealousy: someone kills him to make Aphrodite pay), Aphrodite wept over his grave and her tears for her lost love grew into Anemone flowers.
It’s fascinating to read the story with Adonis as John (a beautiful hunter who’s very skilled with an arrow/gun), Aphrodite as Sherlock, Persephone as Mary (the Goddess of death)! Sherlock entrusted John to Mary’s care as he fakes his death. Yet when he comes back, Mary refuses to give him back. John has to spend his time between Mary and Sherlock by obligation; he is however eager and willing to stay with Sherlock.
The subtext behind the anemone, especially on John’s heart:
Bad foreshadowing for Mary. Possible death?
Anemone means “daughter of the wind”, and thus the genus can also be named “windflower”. This reminds me of the East Wind from HLV. John utters a threatening line at Mary and Moriarty as he sees Sherlock flying back as the East Wind who’s going to end them: “Better wrap up, there’s an East Wind coming”. [could there be a link with John’s daughter, the baby somehow bringing Mary’s end?]
Hope for Johnlock, John is excited about what the future holds for him (something good will come soon, John anticipates this time of happiness).
The imminent end of John’s time being torn between Sherlock and Mary.
Three Garridebs moment (John’s heart wounded by jealous!Mary?).
Once again, I adore the anemone theory, but I’m really not sure, as I don’t see John bringing a poisonous flower to play with his daughter.
As a conclusion, to me, John’s flower is most likely a begonia. John is watching out for Moriarty and Mary’s threat, especially with a baby and Sherlock returning on the plane with drugs. John has to stay cautious in this new beginning. Threats are looming over him and his loved ones. John has to stay in control of his feelings while danger is lurking… but with good communication, he will soon be free. (Who I Want to Be?)
Alternatively, John could bring a white rose to his Rosie (either an hellebore, a rock rose or wild rose). The flower is a symbol of pure love and secrets, quite fitting for John this series.
I am not a specialist in flowers, it has become a passion of mine! :) If anyone has better theories and findings, please feel free to share them!
Before anyone chortles at the title of this, please bear with me. It’s something that, I think in the ending of the Sherlock series, actually makes sense if I had to dissect his relationships with women (romantically speaking).
Since so many people have enjoyed the “I Love You: A Man’s Perspective” post, I also had a great talk with my hub about this new theory of mine, and again, his interpretation from a man’s perspective is really interesting. We also had a very personal talk, which opened my eyes to something I didn’t know about him before. I’ve asked if I can include it here and he’s totally cool with. He’s also completely amazed that people like our banter, but mostly he likes that it’s opened up new avenues of discussion in the fanbase. I’ll denote in the post between our views for clarity.
A small disclaimer: this is merely my (and some of my dude’s) own personal view, coming from our own worldviews and experiences. In no way am I writing any meta, thoughts, or opinions that are meant to invalidate anyone else’s reading of the show or characters. Everyone can have their view and their story, and it’s ok. These are just ours. Art and media is open to everyone’s interpretations.
This is another long one folks, so take a potty break now!