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The reason the Grey Walled Cell Blocks in TFP looked strangely reminiscent of Sherlock’s Padded Wall Moriarty Prison (the jail where Sherlock locked up his emotions) is because Sherrinford is John’s jail where he locks up his gay feelings. He wants to break free (from the jail). He allowed himself to see Sherlock’s emotions for 5 minutes before dismissing them (then they died). His sister is there (Gay Island). Whereas Sherlock purposely retreated back into his heart to face his emotions for help, John is forcibly locked in (locked room-heart metaphor). The Gay is infectious and infiltrates his personal life to make Everything About Sherlock Always. Fight me on this.

brilliantorinsane  asked:

Hi! Do you happen to know at which scenes in T6T and TLD the characters look directly at the camera? I've heard it happens four times, but I've only found two of them. Thanks!

Hi Lovely!

Certainly! Here’s Sherlock in T6T at 14:58:

John in T6T at 1:10:04:

And there’s this one in TLD at 36:12, which is REALLY quick and if you blink you miss it!

And Culverton in TLD at 1:15:16 (this one I’m a bit “meh” about because I don’t think this was an “unintentional” fourth wall break):

And if you want to be pedantic, Sherlock literally breaks down 4 walls in TFP at 1:12:55

And people have said that this one of Jim in TFP at 38:25 is also fourth-wall breaking, but I don’t consider it this because he’s talking to Mycroft; the camera is where Myc’s shoulder is:

It’s not fourth wall breaking, to me, if the character is talking to another character. Sherlock does it often enough in the series when we are “the deduction wall”, as in when we are watching from the POV of the wall or the monitor. These ones are more noticeable because these are the ACTORS – NOT THE CHARACTERS – LOOKING AT THE CAMERA. 

The John one is the most blatant one, I think, because it’s ALL MARTIN, and it’s  the LONGEST ONE; HE LITERALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE CAMERA AND TAKES A SIP OF WINE:

So yeah, gang, please add others if you see them. Remember: they have to NOT be part of the “script” of sorts. Just the actors breaking character and staring at the camera.

#SherlockLives: The Resurrection

The day is April 23rd, 2017.  It’s an ordinary Sunday afternoon in London.

The crowd bustles, trains whirr, birds chirp.

Life in the city is business as usual.

Three teenage girls take photographs outside 187 North Gower Street, soaking in the ambiance of the Sherlock set.  They step into Speedy’s for a cup of coffee.

The women lament over the loss of their favorite show. On March 8th, the BBC announced Sherlock would not be returning for a fifth series, and cowriters Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were quick to assure their fans that it was time to lay the beloved program to rest.

But what the women saw next changed their lives forever.

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P.S. I know you two. And if I’m gone, I know what you can become, because I know who you really are. A junkie who solves crimes to get high, and the doctor who never came home from the war. Well you listen to me, who you really are doesn’t matter. It’s all about the legend. The stories, the adventures. There is a last refuge for the desperate, the unloved, the persecuted. There is a final court of appeal for everyone. When life gets too strange, too impossible, too frightening, there is always one last hope.

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Watching TFP made me think of the trailer of Shutter Island. I haven’t seen the complete film myself, but I thought it was worth to at least watch the trailer again and I’m still not sure if I like what I found: 

1. Fog. Oh, and a boat. Oh, and two men on the boat. 
2. A remote island with a fort on it. 
3. Guardsmen
4. “The most dangerous and damaged patients, the ones no other hospitals can manage”. Uhh, you guys?!
5. A red alarm. 
6. A mysterious female prisoner. Oh wait, she escaped: “It is as if she evaporated. Uh, yes, that’s exactly what we thought Eurus must have done. 
7. A notebook
8. Strange messages on walls or (grave?) stones
9. A matchbox. Really?!
10. “This is a game. Is it? 
11. And I don’t know why, but the tune from 1.43 on sounds awfully familiar to me. I could be mistaken though :) 

And uhm… “Shutter” Island? Shutters. Mary. DVD. I don’t know. Too deep, Sherlock. Too deep… Everything seems to remind me of Sherlock ^^ 

So by the time the trailer had finished, I had become so curious that I decided to watch this: “Shutter Island: why perspective is everything”. AND IT WAS SO INTERESTING! The explanation starts with “The breaking of the fourth wall…”, so do I need to say more? Decide for yourself: 

But let’s first summarise the film. Two detectives (Let me think. Oh, Sherlock and John?) go to Shutter Island in order to find the supposedly missing patient ‘Solando’ (Eurus?). None of the psychiatrists, however, wants to cooperate.

Andrew, the protagonist and one of the detectives, is a war veteran. So let’s suppose this is a John mirror. But we get to know Andrew as being Teddy, as Andrew’s brain has come up with the character of Teddy in order to be able to deal with the violence and feeling of guilt he has encountered throughout his life.

In the mean time, Teddy gets more and more nightmares. He constantly sees his wife and he gets flashback to his war past. He finds Solando and she tells him she isn’t the one who is insane, but that she is a psychiatrist who was declared mad after she had discovered that inhumane experiments were conducted on patients. She also tells Teddy he’s drugged (TD-12?). 

Suddenly his partner Chuck disappears. Teddy thinks psychiatrists might use him for their experiments and he wants to do everything within his power to prevent that from happening. He then meets a psychiatrist who tells him HE is the one who is delusional. However, Solando had told him this was going to happen, so he plays along. But then it turns out that Chuck is also a psychiatrist. He tells Teddy that he has killed his own wife and that he has been a patient at Shutter Island for quite a while now. 

Only then we get to see what happened with Teddy in the past. He arrives home one day to see his wife has drowned their kids (has Mary drowned Rosy? It would certainly explain why there is such a huge focus on water in S4…). In turn, he shoots (the guns!) his wife (so did John kill Mary?). He goes insane after all of this and therefore gets send to Shutter Island. He creates a fantasy world to deal with all of this. 

In the end, the psychiatrists think only lobotomy can help Teddy/Andrew to deal with his past. And it seems like that’s also what Teddy/Andrew wants, as turns out in a conversation Andrew has with Chuck (the hug?).

Oh. And: ‘Shutter Island’ also (ever so gently) reminds the audience that they are watching Andrew’s strange fantasy world because: 

  • Characters act out of character (Check) 
  • Teddy becomes more and more violent (Check: John hitting Sherlock?)
  • Continuity errors that are too obvious (Double check). 

Any thoughts on this? As this is my first official post on Tumblr ever… I’ll just tag around ^^: @worriesconstantly @jenna221b @inevitably-johnlocked @whimsicalethnographies @gosherlocked 

As it’s Friday - just take that gif out of context and image John is on his knees between Sherlock and that wall, Sherlock staring down on him, wide-eyed, overwhelmed, only slightly canting his hips, his abdominal muscles quivering as he pushes just a little bit deeper into hot, wet heat, desperately trying to restrain himself and not to choke John. And the noises they’d both make…

Sorry, I got carried away. I only find this shot rather suggestive.

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The spotlight has turned to point at the audience

I keep thinking about Derren Brown’s 2011 show “The Experiments” because I’m convinced Moftiss have drawn straight from this particular episode for some of their symbolism in S4, which would tell us that this series ended with the spotlights swinging around to point at us, the audience.

Derren set up a fake game show and filled a big audience who thought they were just there to watch an “experiment” on a man who was being watched with hidden cameras on a night out with friends. Well into the swing of the game show something unexpected happens. The subject they’re watching on hidden cameras is hit by a car (it’s okay, it was a stunt guy). But for the audience it sort of came out of the blue while they were yelling and cheering the events on. The audience gasps in shock then goes silent. Derren listens to his ear piece and paces the stage. The transmission cuts out, replaced by the TV test pattern screen.

While the Sherlock S4 promos were being released in Nov/Dec last year, somebody (maybe @skulls-and-tea?) noticed that the flashy rainbow colours behind the “It’s not a game anymore” text on the promos matched the colour bars of the standard test pattern screen:

The order of colours is the same - see? White, yellow, cian, green, pink, red. Once the test pattern pops up, the house lights go up and cameras turn to the audience.

The audience sits stunned because tragedy has struck during something they were cheering and laughing about only moments before (It’s not a game anymore). This audience is basically the tjlc fandom as the credits rolled on TFP.

(Tag yourself, I’m the girl leaving)

Derren turns to the audience again and reveals the secret to them that the ‘show’ was fake and it was all a stunt. THEY were the subjects of the experiment all along. Not the guy they thought they were experimenting on. I think the hidden test pattern in the S4 promos is a BIG hint. Those colour test bars are behind the pretend game show that was S4, the flickering image hinting that we’re about to go off air.

[Basically I’d wager that Moftiss drew specifically from this Derren Brown stunt, at least for the test pattern idea: it aired in 2011. It’s not that outrageous an idea. Anything Derren does is of interest to us, for these reasons.]

In TFP we’ve gone off air earlier than expected (no S5?) because something unexpected and tragic happened (John Watson was kidnapped and replaced with an imposter, villains became heroes, the baby survived, sherl0IIy threatens being considered canon. Basically, the show was hit by a car). We’re on stage now, or in other words, the cameras have spun around to point at us, the audience. Luckily, for Derren’s participants at least, it’s soon revealed that it was all fake, and all done for their benefit. He never leaves people hanging for very long (just long enough to make his point).

I just need to nab this gif (from @sofuckingchuffed) and put it here with this Derren quote, because it’s relevant.

“We’re all trapped inside our own heads. Our beliefs and understandings about the world are limited by that perspective. It can not work without you. You are a fundamental part of this show”

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Put this in your phone, right now. This is the hotline for the US Congress. All those House bills you’re hearing about, (such as the one to terminate the EPA, defund Planned Parenthood, repeal the ACA, etc), this is where you start protesting them. It starts with a recorded message, and will ask you to input your zip code. It will then give you a list of your representatives, House AND Senate, based on that zip code. Leave messages for all of them.

I know this is tough for some of you. Believe me, I know. My hands shake all day leading up to and following these calls. Some of you might not have the time during your workday. You might not be able to even hear the prompt over whatever is going on in your head, in your home, in your life. If all you feel you can do is signal boost, please do. Type  “Who represents me” into Google, find out who your reps are. Visit your representatives’ websites, fill out those “Contact Us” forms, blast their contact info all over your FB page if you feel it’s safe to do so. 

I haven’t been seeing many stories lately about conservative representatives whining that their constituents won’t leave them alone. Let’s change that. 

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  • Me: Sleep is for the weak.
Sherlock Series 4 as “Epic Theatre.”

Largely inspired by @toxicsemicolon‘s theatre related posts- here; here and here

“Why would you do this, this pantomime, why?”

Mycroft’s anger is in response to Sherlock creating a theatrical performance, a lie to scare him. The mention of “pantomime” makes me think of false stories, and many metas have been written on the unreliability of series 4 in general, to not take it as face value: it’s a false story, all smoke and mirrors.

What if we take Mycroft’s words as both literal and symbolic, though? Sherlock Series 4 is both literal theatre and a constructed false story.

toxicsemicolon’s posts are mainly about Sherlock and the Theatre of the Absurd (to me, it’s like ‘what would happen if Sherlock suddenly made no sense, the point is there is no point! etc etc). And I was taking a screenwriting course, and something called Brecht and Epic Theatre was mentioned. I didn’t know what it was, but it sounded interesting, so I looked it up!

^This video really helped me start understanding it- I’m by no means an expert! This quote from it was particularly helpful:

“And we’re not meant to sit comfortably and predict what’s going to happen, because that’s not what this play is about. And I think the more they throw in things that are unexpected, the more that they shake you up when you feel like you know where this is going.

Basically, I think Series 4 is showing what happens when the normal ‘rules’ of the story we’ve been watching no longer apply. Now, we’re in the land of (UNCONVENTIONAL) theatre, and reacting in similar ways to how the first audiences of the theatre of the absurd and epic theatre reacted: disorientation, confusion, resistance. 

Introduction from wiki:  Epic theatre (German: episches Theater) is a theatrical movement arising in the early to mid-20th century from the theories and practice of a number of theatre practitioners who responded to the political climate of the time through the creation of a new political theatre. These practitioners included Erwin Piscator, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold and, most famously, Bertolt Brecht.

Shared elements in Epic Theatre & Sherlock

While not invented by Brecht, the Verfremdungseffekt, known in English as the “estrangement effect” or the “alienation effect,” was made popular by Brecht and is one of the most significant characteristics of Epic theatre.[7] Brecht sought to “re-create the relationship between the actor and audience as dialectic” so that the audience would not longer “willingly suspend disbelief.”[8] The Verfremdungseffekt makes the audience feel detached from the action of the play, so they do not become immersed in the fictional reality of the stage or become overly empathetic of the characters with the hope that Epic theatre will turn “the spectator into an observer” and arouse “his capacity for action, force[ing] him to take decisions.”[9] 

This is what The Final Problem is all about to me. We’re encouraged to no longer view this as a ‘normal’ episode, to pay attention to the discrepancies- for example, the glaring ‘missing 10 minutes’ of John’s therapy appointment, and him apparently being shot by a tranquilizer gun. (x) And, there’s the general dissonance in tone of the entire episode- things that would normally give us a poignant, emotional reaction such as the burning of 221B are handled poorly (see If you want to make me laugh OR cry then do one, not both!This makes us resist our usual willingness to “suspend disbelief”, distances ourselves from emotionally investing like we usually would. 

And, that turns out to be a good thing, because now, we shouldn’t be emotionally investing in these particular portrayals of our usually beloved characters. They are deliberate caricatures of themselves. Turns out, that’s also part of Epic Theatre, specifically the way the “alienation effect” is achieved: 

Some of the ways the Verfremdungseffekt can be achieved is by having actors play multiple characters

This doesn’t happen quite literally in Sherlock- as in, say, Una playing both the role of Mrs Hudson and Norbury, or something like that. Rather, because our emotional investment has been removed, we are able to see the characters as stand ins for Something Else. For example, Mycroft is no longer ‘Mycroft’ but a stand-in for Mark, the writer watching his own creation crash and burn, and get high-jacked by The Final Problem story. 

More techniques:

rearrange the set in full view of the audience 

And yes, this one does quite literally happen. Our “set” of 221B is destroyed, and the audience gets to see it, “the stage”, re-made in front of their eyes:

And our own set designer of Sherlock, Arwel Wyn Jones, gets to have a cameo there- again drawing attention to the very fictionality of the show itself, its own set designer is doing work in front of our eyes that is usually reserved for off screen/on stage.

“break the fourth wall” by speaking to the audience.

Well, this phrase is definitely taken to the extreme… see this post:  Sherlock breaking the fourth wall by LITERALLY BREAKING DOWN FOUR WALLS AROUND HIM.

Lighting can also be used to emulate the effect. For example, flooding the theatre with bright lights (not just the stage) and placing lighting equipment on stage can encourage the audience to understand that the production is merely a production instead of reality.

Such a moment happens in The Six Thatchers, where we see a camera in the right-hand corner of the screen as John confronts Mary:

Seen more clearly in this post.

For more posts showing how S4 draws attention to the very fact that it is FICTION, see:

Deciphering Mycroft at the Movies

Remind you of anything? A facade? (Please let the projector light be our smoking gun)

Sherlock S4 fuckiness and the post-its I keep to remind me of it

In no particular order, I present the list of things that are particulary infuriating to me about S4 that I’ve been keeping on post-its by my bedside table the last month in case I lose hope. They are, for me, enough proof for The Lost Special. Today being 8th of March it seems fitting to keep them in mind.

(Disclaimer: this is a compound of theories developed by hundreds of people over a long time and I cannot possibly credit everyone or explain them at this point, so I’ll just list them.)

  • The Importance Of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde being quoted in TFP
  • Mycroft-> Lady Bracknell, the baby in the handbag = gun in the handbag (Euros and Vivian Norbury). The baby gets thrown in the Thames?
  • Queen’s I Want To Break Free in TFP stoping at “I’ve fallen in…” (love)
  • Elephant Glass Shock Proof in Euros’s cell
  • The elephant in the Thai menu in Mycroft’s frige
  • Rosie’s elephant toy
  • The elephant in John’s living room
  • The endless horror film references in TFP (many of them being hyper meta, especially Shutter Island)
  • John/Culverton mirror
  • Una Stubbs’ voice in TFP “Softer, Sherlock” instead of Euros’
  • Russian and Turkish leaks with no reaction
  • Over reaction with the promo chess pictures being leaked
  • Promo pictures being very similar to Clue’s movie poster -> Clue’s different endings and the similar final paused shot in TFP
  • The bulding up to Moriarty not making any sense (especially if we take into account M Theory, because he IS alive)
  • TLD having the gun shown multiple times, a smoking gun that is definitely not a tranquiliser gun. The last shot fading with red, like in Bond movies
  • The enormous red carpet under John in the therapist that resembles the blood pool in the market
  • HLV/TLD paralels
  • Martin breaking the 4th wall in T6T noding to the camera while holding the glass of wine
  • SHERLOCK: Romantic entanglement, while fulfilling for other people … JOHN (interrupting): … would complete you as a human being. NO PAY OFF FOR THIS. This mirrors the greenhouse conversation in TAB
  • Why was Molly upset when Euros called in TFP?
  • John/Molly mirror (Molly wearing the same jumper she wore in TEH while taking John’s place, the framing of that hellish shot with John and the coffin cover “I love you”)
  • “John is clearly standing behind him in the trailer, so unless he’s talking to a mirror for some very bizarre reason, I should think not.” -Mark
  • Sumatra/Samarra pointing out to TEH which lead us to The Lost Special and MINDING THE FREAKING GAP->Moriarty
  • “It’s never twins”
  • The camera shown in the hotel in T6T
  • Season 4 DVD not having “complete” like the other DVD’s had
  • Mark’s picture with the 4 fingers raised in Twitter
  • “Has it just occurred to you you’ve been played for an ad campaign” hello Apple Tree Yard  
  • Moriarty at the end of S4 DVD “You didn’t think I would just disappear, did you?”
  • The whole promotion about S4 and the season itself being about hacking
  • Skull Hell
  • Sherlock saving the tea cup and the boy in the hotel in T6T dropping the tea
  • Tea code being confirmed
  • “Is this a new person? I’m against new people.”
  • “You’d be better off with clown outfits. At least they’d be satirically relevant.”
  • Cake=violent death John and Sherlock going to get cake
  • Lady Smallwood’s name
  • Vatican cameos ignored
  • “And boop, they are fine”
  • Sherlock breaks the 4th wall (like in Queen’s I Want To Break Free videoclip)
  • WHERE IS JOHN’S LETTER
  • The Garridebs literally cliff-hanging
  • Chekhov’s gun on the promo picture and literally hanging on the wall in the Garridebs scene
  • “People always give up after three” 
  • Blue Power Ranger gay subtext
  • T6T being an old case about a gay couple -> Margaret Thatcher getting smashed, Sherlock not knowing who she is despite the fact that he knew in THoB
  • “Fresh paint to disguise another smell”
  • Mycroft watching his own romantic movie turning into an horror film
  • T6T starting with doctored footage
  • “That’s not what happened at all”
  • “Why does anyone do anything” Norbury/Moriarty
  • “Sherlock, the dragon slayer” (Mycroft, Moriarty and kinda Magnussen have all alluded to this and now Mary does)
  • Shark hell
  • Sherlock’s recurrent dream (?)
  • “Oh, good, I love an acronym. All the best secret societies have them.”
  • “It is what it is” either being followed by “says love” or being a quote by John Locke
  • MARCH 8. THE SECRET WILL BE UNLEASHED
  • "I don’t like loose ends. Not on my watch” says Mycroft/Mark, as he holds a pen and looks at the camera
  • #Ohwhatabeautifulmorning tying in with Oklahoma! and consequently with  Green Grow the Lilacs, a play with gay subtext all over that got misunderstood and very famous
  • Steven starting TLS rumors
  • TD-12 being memory corrupting
  • The freaking guy from the official Sherlock Youtube channel teasing TLS and saying “The greatest love story never told”
  • The girl on the plane being the same one from ASiB
  • The TAB-like transition when John faints in TFP
  • The S1 scripts being released for no reason
  • “Childhood trauma masked by an invented memory. Boring!” THoB (person=dog)  
  • Mary’s death not being realistic as pointed in HLV (thank you for reminding me, @antisocial-otaku)
  • The explosion in 221B not having the consequences in the building that   Mycroft foreshadowed and them being perfectly ok afterwards.
  • Where is Ben’s 26 pages scene?
  • What was Ben’s kissy gesture while saying “Very well. It’s going very well” in SDCC all about?
  • TFP as a whole. Too much to analyze there

Bonus:

  • “Love conquers all” 
  • “Groundbreaking”
  • “History making”
  • “Rug pull”
  • Derren Brown

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Problem in being in a lot of fandoms #256

There is no way I can show my love for all these shows/books/movies on one lock screen.

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Fourth wall

I absolutely love when characters in movies/shows break the forth wall, cause no matter the situation it will always make me laugh.

So I saw in the news that a new Avengers movie is being made(infinity war), and in the headline it was Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey jr. so immediately I screamed because 2 Sherlocks will be in the same movie.


So there is a 50% chance that this is gonna happen:
•The superheroes are kicking ass as always while destroying everything in their path

•Dr.Strange and Iron Man are working together to kill some bad thing

•Iron Man makes snarky comments on the powers that Dr.Strange can do and asks questions like
-“So you are really going into some random dimensions to get power”
-“you went from best brains surgeon to saving the world”
-etc.

•Dr.Strange rolls his eyes and says “no shit Sherlock”

•Both stare into camera for 5 seconds while people die in background