A Study in Pink sets the stage for all of our future expectations. Nothing in this show is done by accident, and the way it is all handled is masterful. Seeds are sewn in this first episode that will never cease to matter throughout the duration of the show.
Take the first meal Sherlock and John share together at Angelo’s, where Angelo insists that the pair must have a candle for their table:
It seems like sort of a “joke” in a way–something that could easily be brushed off if we didn’t all know that TJLC is real. And the candle thing continues to be a theme. Illumination itself is a subtle theme throughout the show, with all the color-coded lights and the fact that Sherlock dubs John his “conductor of light” in “The Hounds of Baskerville.”
I noticed something recently when watching what is surely one of the favorite scenes of all Johnlockers: the reunion of Sherlock and John at The Landmark in the episode “The Empty Hearse.” This is the night Sherlock returns, supposedly from the dead, and interrupts John’s (rather lackluster) attempt to propose to his girlfriend Mary in a rather half-hearted effort to, in his own words, “move on” from Sherlock.
Notice anything missing from John and Mary’s table?
There’s a lamp, sure, but no candle. Maybe that isn’t terribly unusual. But look at the other tables in the restaurant:
Most have candles.
It doesn’t stop there. When Sherlock catches his first (heart-stopping; you can clearly see that in his face, just as it has been pointed out that if you isolate certain audio tracks in this part here you can hear Sherlock’s thudding pulse) glimpse of John after two years away…
how does he see him?
There is a candle placed strategically between them, clearly visible from Sherlock’s vantage point.
This isn’t the only throwback to Angelo’s on this night. If more is needed, I’m including this little bonus below. The writers have done this *so many times,* where certain words and phrases come back again. It isn’t an accident and it isn’t lazy writing. We’re talking about the combined efforts of two very good writers here, and though John’s nerves on this night aren’t exactly hard to pick up on, we get this cherry strategically placed on top:
Well I have had a wonderful time at Sherlocked! One of the things I had to think about was what to cosplay as? There were a few Sherlocks, Watsons, Mollys, Mycrofts and Moriartys (Especially a great one in a straight jacket love that scene from Season 3!!!!). So I thought hmmmm what reaction could I get well everyone loves a bit of Sherlock and Watson action, hmmm I know the fall! So I decided to be St Bartholomew’s Hospital with Sherlock and Watson Puppets.
I got mixed reactions from people which is always great! Ranging from
The weirded out (”Why is he wearing a box on his head?”)
The fan moments (”That is the best costume here”)
The deeply disturbed (”You should be ashamed thats disgusting”)
I tried to put the play back into cosplay and be a building and great reactions from people and photos were taken a plenty so if you are reading this and did take some photos with me I would be very thankful if you could send me a link.
Now the drama well I didn’t really see any but heard some. Well people coming thinking hey this is my little TV show it ain’t gonna be busy were very surprised. Well shows that no matter how big something gets people are oblivious to the power of such great TV. I knew this coming into the convention so that is why I did not partake in the autographs or photos with the big stars. Though I am slightly disappointed Mark Gatiss sold out he is the only member of the League of Gentlemen I have not met yet!
I found out that my photo-shoots with Una Stubbs and Louise Brealey were not till the afternoon so ducked and dived through the crowds playing the world’s largest game of People Tetris which is always a good laugh, if you are sick of the crowds and lines turn it into a game walk round and round pretending you are that one tetris block to save the day and cut the lines!
It was a fairly female dominated convention which was interesting, going to fairly mixed themed conventions a male to female ratio is always there but for this one there were a lot of ladies! Which was great, though when it came to interaction with the staff and guests I did feel that my presence was less enthusiastic. But hey who am I to complain I enjoyed myself and who the fuck cares what other people think right?
When it came to the photos I thought fuck it lets do some silly ones, the set one was the first one I took and thought what could I do that no one else has. Lets be all creepy that will be funny! With Louise I have always been a big fan of hers so thought I would try the biggest Derp face I could, Una well Mrs Hudson is the Queen of the Cuppa so had to have something tea related!
I loved the reactions I got from people they were laughing and even the staff that were printing out the photos giggled at my photos as well.
Overall had a great time! If you saw me in the Hospital head please message and forward me the photos! Its all about getting that positive reaction!
And in the words of the immortal Bard as they led him to the guillotine!