staying alive is so boring

Love Conquers All (On Sherlock Season 4)

I’m currently re-watching Season 4, simply just to indulge myself, and mainly because I personally loved it. I thought I was done expressing everything I have to say about the matter in this post, but there has been an unending sh*t-storm still looming over S4 that has gone beyond what I had expected. Not to mention that things I’ve seen on Twitter earlier regarding the so-called Norbury movement.

I am not dismissing the fact that this season had its flaws, but there’s a significant meaning to it all that some people are dismissing because they’ve been blinded by their own illusions that I would want to highlight. For someone who had cried over and mulled over these episodes more than the past 3 seasons, this season gave my love for existentialism a baseline that tugged at the heart – the very reason why I wanted to talk about it.

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Just a brief explanation, existentialism is the belief that life has no meaning in general. To quote Moriarty, “Staying alive… So boring, isn’t it? It’s just… staying.” However, what I like about it is the idea that society or any other factor is not responsible for giving life it’s meaning – it is solely up to the individual to discover it on their own.

With that said, I think this is why this season resonated with me so much, and I find the chaos in some parts of the fandom frustrating, especially to the point that the writers are being attacked for this. So as usual, I have to say something about it. Because instead of writing articles for work, I’m thinking about Sherlock.

Anyway, I’m just gonna go ahead with my point.


The Six Thatchers : Horrors Of The Past

This may be my least favourite among the three, but the message of this episode is clearly simple: we all have horrors that will come and haunt us in the future – and how we face it all comes down to the path we choose. 

We live hundreds, and even thousands of roles throughout our lives. And we all have our past; things that we regret, hate, cringe at, miss, still believe in, etc. But whatever that past might be, what I got from TST is that you can never run from your past as it catches up to you, but it is one facet of your life does not completely define you.

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Death has been played with through the past seasons that it seemed all too mundane to us now, in terms of the context of the show. But S4 is here to correct this notion in Mary’s persona. With Mary saying that Mary Watson was the only life worth living, it showed that we get to choose which part of our lives we live out the most.

Same with John and his ‘cheating’. To be fair, I’m pissed at the fact that this was completely out of character. But when the series culminated, I understood why they have to do it. We saw what we wanted to see in these characters as they were presented to us – John was supposedly honourable, kind, and courageous, but what is this? Who is this new John? 

This is where I head to my next point. 


The Lying Detective : Being Alive And Human

This episode made me cry buckets, to be honest. And it is because this is all about changing what you know about these characters and seeing them all in a different light. 

Here we see a Sherlock not led by the mind but the heart, a John who was weak against temptation, a cheater, someone who looked jealous from having the spotlight all on the detective – it showed that no one is ultimately good and that someone’s facade is not who they entirely are. It shows that everyone has their ups and downs because that’s what humanity is about. It illustrated that everyone was capable of being angry, desperate, conceited, weak, lonely, alone, etc. It highlighted how these characters are broken – especially Sherlock – and how redemption can mean so much more to a person. 

We all have our flaws, our downfalls, our agonies; but who are we really, at our most vulnerable? And who are the people willing to believe in us even if we’ve shown them our true, and sometimes, faded colours?

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“Taking your own life. Interesting expression, taking it from who? Once it’s over, it’s not you who’ll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everyone else. Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it.”

This is a plea. That shutting down and ending your life is and should never be the answer. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of dialogue I have ever heard, and it’s a very upfront message about warranting a value on your own life. And for people to threaten the writers of the show that they are the ones who caused the lives that are put in the line or the self-harm that will happen due to their distaste for TFP is devastating to me.

And yes, there have been people tweeting Mark and BBC that they are and will be responsible for these lives, which is just unfair.


The Final Problem : On Love And Redemption

I’ve seen people questioning why Benedict said ‘love conquers all’ in one interview before the season aired. There has also been statements that this season will be ‘groundbreaking’, which others failed to see why, leading to the claims that the showrunners are queerbaiting.

Now, every single show, every single actor, not just in Sherlock, but basically everywhere, is being put in the microscope because they need to identify with something, and that they need to represent a cause — which I get! I advocate for this! But, just when the world is being careful about mixing up their characters or when they are inserting a gay character just because now, society is demanding them to, Sherlock had already presented that years before (note that some TV shows only became more open to having gay characters around late 2014, early 2015-ish onwards because people are becoming more vocal about it as inspired by those bold enough to make a first move, e.g. Glee). 

Here, we have an openly gay character (which is still another topic of debate but I stand by it when I say Irene used the term gay loosely), had openly gay actors play brilliant and unstereotypical roles, and for God’s sake, Mark Gatiss is a gay man who is behind this brilliant show, and  that’s the very reason they passed it off as normal. They didn’t do it in a way that we always have to be reminded that the character is gay, that there has to be a sex scene just to prove that they’re gay… it’s just there – again, as one facet of the characters. Sex, as something that has been explicitly expressed in the show, isn’t the only thing that defines a character or their relationships with someone else, and I appreciated that. They had a story to tell – the story of these characters as a whole and not just one side of them. 

And personally, I did see why they made their claims as indicated by my chosen title. When this season ended, Sherlock who claimed to have never been attuned to his emotions, had his eyes open and had embraced that he was also human, flawed, and is capable to love IN ALL FORMS. 

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He learned to value his life because of what happened to Mary, he had admitted that he also succumbs to his impulses with Irene Adler (texting or beyond that, depends on what you want to believe), he fully realised that he would never ever want to hurt and make Molly feel like she’s being used by him because she’s his friend, he was able to extend a more human side of himself to John more than he did before, he finally understood and accepted Mycroft’s intentions and actions which I think mended their relationship significantly (this one hits me to the core so much), and lastly, he discovered that if he was left in the air in isolation, he might have ended up like Eurus, which is why he never wanted to make her feel alone again. 

To me, it is groundbreaking because it left that cliche of someone running off into the sunset in the end and it’s all butterflies and rainbows. They wrapped it up with the characters still broken, but living through it day by day because someone chose to love, accept, and help them heal despite their flaws. 

It is what it is, they keep on saying, because that’s how life is. It can be unbearable and it can most certainly be shit, but in the end, whether you ship Johnlock, Adlock, Sherlolly, Sheriarty, Mollstrade, Mystrade, etc., if we all let love – self-love, romantic love, familial love, platonic love – all kinds of love in our lives, it will help us conquer all, within and beyond this show. 

Writing Prompt

1. Is she human?

2. Claims she/he made a deal with the devil.

3. Which is nonsense.

4. You known, the rationalist in me wants to agree, but skull on fire presents pretty compelling agreement.

5. Hail Satan.

6. The devil is and will always be a gentleman.

7. Excuse me, which level of hell is this?

8. Why so many Dragon tattoos?

9. Because im gonna be dragging this knife across your throat if you don’t shut up.

10. Bippity boppity back the fuck up.

11. My head is a very dark place.

12. When I die put motion sensors around my grave and when someone walks nearby make it start playing Stayin’ Alive very loud.

13. I put fun in funeral

14. I put laughter in manslaughter.

15. I put hot in psychotic.

16. No rush.

17. I threw a kid in a well, don’t ask me I’ll never tell. I will regret this in hell, but he was in my way.

18. Whatever you’re about to tell me…i already know it’s going to be…awesome!

19. Oh honey you should see me on a crown.

20. Kill you? N…no. Don’t be obvious.

21. But we both know that’s not quite true.

22. Staying alive is so boring, isn’t it? It’s just… staying.

23. Falling’s just like flying expect there’s a more permanent destination. 

24. I will burn the heart out of you.

25. People have died.

26. That’s what people do!

27. Aren’t ordinary people adorable? Oh you know, you’ve got one.

28. I should get myself a live on one. It must be so funny.

29. How hard do you find it, having to say ‘I don’t know’?

30. I don’t know

31. Oh, that’s clever, that’s very clever, awfully clever, well put.

32. The women with the keys is queen.

33. I’m in shock. Look, I’ve got a blanket!

34. I can’t quote poetry but I can quote sarcasm. You got to admit that’s sexier.

35. Twinkle twinkle average guy, it is time for you to die, don’t you dare come touch my the, you won’t hear my alibi, twinkle twinkle you are dead, have fun in your blood stained bed.

36. Hi my name is ’(f/y/n)’ I accidentallyhit your car and someone saw me so I’m pretending to write my details. Sorry - ’(f/y/n)’

37. I will skin you and make you into shoes!

38. Mori art ti tranfered into latin means ’ to die was an art’.

39. Pys • cho • path- a person  suffering from a chronic mental disorder with an abnormal or violent social behavior.

40. So • ci • o • path- a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviors and la pack lack of conscience. 

40. Dance like your stealing the crown jewels.

41. Halloween is that time of year where you can leave dead bodies in the lawn and everyone will think it’s decorations.

42. Sapiosexual (n.)- a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others.

43. What if heaven is a gaint movie theater where you can watch fanficitons as a movie and your otp is canon and there’s free refills on popcorn.

44. You know…normal girls just daydream about getting married and perfect outfits.

45. Saying 'its just hormones’ to an upset teenager to make them feel better is like saying 'its just gravity’ to someone who fell off of the top of a 10 story building.

46. If i cut off my foot an like swing it at your head am i kicking or hitting you?

47. You’ll most likely mentally scar me more than anything.

48. Every fairy ta needs a good old - fashioned villains. 

49. You’re a bloody psychopath.

50. High functioning sociopath.

51. Did I leave the hair straightener on?

52.  ​Whatever that’s just my summer house, who cares if it burns down.

53. Maybe it’ll spread to the neighbours house.

54. Wouldn’t that be nice.

55. Say that again!

56. Say that again and know that if you’re lying to me, I will find you, and I will skin you.

57. When I was in 8th grade I liked this boy so I pick pocketed him and stole his green day wallet and the next I bought it back to him and I was like 'omg I found this on the ground here you go’ and we were friend’s from then on.

58. So basically the moral of the story is if you ever want someone to notice you, commit a criminal act on them and you will be friends maybe try kidnapping their pets or something.

59. Hey dickbot! Need a hand?

60. Some girls like boys i like serial killers.

61. I’m not anti-social, I’m anti-idiot.

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Get to know me meme[1/5] favorite male characters: Jim Moriarty.

Well. Here we are at last. You and me, Sherlock. And our problem. The Final Problem. “Staying Alive”. So boring, isn’t it? It’s just… staying. All my life I’ve been searching for distractions. And you were the best distraction and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end it easy. It was easy. Now I’ve got to go back to playing with the ordinary people. And it turns out you’re ordinary. Just like all of them. Oh well.

The Cast:

  • “What Andrew does astonishingly in this series is the suggestion of bone-deep weariness with existence. There’s a sort of black— those black eyes— which you can’t quite fathom. It’s really quite chilling. It’s almost like there’s something else inside him looking out.” - Mark Gatiss, A Study In Pink Commentary
  • I think that he is a very, very lonely character. I think what distinguishes him from Sherlock is that he doesn’t have any friends. I see him as a very solitary character. One of the beautiful things about Sherlock is the friendship between John and Sherlock. So he is sociopathic in the sense that he doesn’t have anybody to relate to, and I think that is what we all want. We all want to love somebody and be loved, and I don’t think that he has that in his life. I hope that there’s a sort of aura of sadness about the character. When people have responded to the character in the way they have, they in a way sort of like him because if you see a little glimmer of humanity in him that makes him a character we can feel compassion for. Otherwise we just absolutely hate him, and I think that what’s nice about the way the character is written is that we like him as well as hate him. (laughs)” - Andrew Scott, Sherlocked Con
  • “Moriarty was the nightmare of his time. The idea that crime could be this centrally organized thing was the nightmare. What is our nightmare? Our nightmare is, frankly, the suicide bomber - the enemy that doesn’t prioritize their own survival.” - Steven Moffat, PBS Masterpiece Mystery “The Reichenbach Fall”
  • Anything to distract him from the dreary monotony of existence.” - Mark Gatiss, PBS Masterpiece Mystery “The Making of Moriarty”
  • "He has this amazing ability to conjure up this sort of blank-eyed desolation of a man too clever, too clever to exist almost.” - Steven Moffat, The Guardian
  • "I wanted to show little glimpses of Moriarty’s vulnerability. You can’t go down that road too much because that’s not what one’s job is when playing the main antagonist, but you got to see that towards the very end, when we realize he’s going to kill himself. He’s a very desolate, very lonely, very unhappy person.” - Andrew Scott, “The Adventure of the Playful Villain”
  • If you’re that terrifyingly intelligent, then what’s left for you? Andrew infuses him with a terrific sense of ennui. That the world is too small, too trivial, too boring for him.“ - Mark Gatiss, PBS Masterpiece Mystery "The Making of Moriarty”

The Show:

  • Stayin’ alive! It’s so boring, isn’t it? It’s just …staying. All my life I’ve been searching for distractions.“ - Jim Moriarty, The Reichenbach Fall
  • "But the one thing I didn’t anticipate was just how far Moriarty was prepared to go. I suppose that was obvious, given our first meeting at the swimming pool – his death wish.” - Sherlock Holmes, The Empty Hearse
  • You’re gonna love being dead, Sherlock. No one ever bothers you.“ - Jim Moriarty, His Last Vow
  • Dead is the new sexy.“ - Jim Moriarty, The Abominable Bride
  • Shall we go over together? It has to be together, doesn’t it? At the end it’s always just you and me.“ - Jim Moriarty, The Abominable Bride
  • "Sweet Jim, never very interested in being alive, especially if he could make more trouble being dead.” - Eurus Holmes, “The Final Problem”

Fandom: I can’t believe Jim Moriarty isn’t alive and that Eurus brainwashed him in to killing himself, ugh.

I have a theory.

Disclaimer - Now I don’t know if this is a meta, or just my head canon or whatever. All I know is that I need to stop feeling like such crap about this show so I can sleep tonight and I need to have my own version of the story that I can live with.

Would really love for my favorite tumblr blogs to read this if possible @quietlyprim @inevitably-johnlocked @skulls-and-tea @moriarty @loudest-subtext-in-tv @joolabee @marcelock and let me know your thoughts.

Note - I haven’t done spell check or grammar check, my left wrist is in pain – haven’t typed so much in so long. Also let me know where I’ve swallowed words that makes it hard to understand what I’m referring to I’m so sleep deprived like…what. Apologies in advance.

Let me start off with Moriarty is TAB – “none of it is real”.

It’s consistently been the bad guys, the villains setting up our favorite pair – fooling them, harming them, pulling them apart. What if this time, this time, for once, Sherlock Holmes was ahead of the game?

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anonymous asked:

just wondering: why do you ship sheriarty?

okay *cracks knuckles* here we go. This is going to be unnecessarily long, just as a warning.

Because they belong together. They are the whole ‘two sides of the same coin’ and all that stuff. And they are just meant for each other.

Lets do a guided tour of the series, starting with the very first episode. Moriarty used Jeff Hope as a means of getting to Sherlock, and to test him. But even though the cabbie was trying to kill Sherlock, he never would have succeeded. Sherlock was way too smart for that. He would not let himself be killed by someone like Jeff Hope. And if he did, then he would not be worth Moriarty’s time. Because Moriarty was looking for someone like him, someone who was the same, someone smart and basically who was also alone and cut off from the rest of society. And so Sherlock proved himself to be clever, and worthy of his attention. The cabbie killed four other people but Sherlock walked away with the cabbie dead. Automatically he is special. Also Jeff Hope continually mentions a ‘fan’ in response to his motives. A fan, someone adoring. Moriarty adores and is obsessed by Sherlock. And of course, Sherlock is intrigued by him, someone who would set up a game for him which allows him to display his intelligence. Perfect match. 

Skipping to The Great Game. When Sherlock is on the phone you can see his excitement. He knows this person is like him: ‘I can’t be the only person in the world that gets bored’. Because that is the problem (also the final problem: ‘staying alive, it is so boring, isn’t it). What do you do when you are so supremely intelligent and aloof from everyone else? Find someone else who is the same. But that clearly is not easy. We first see Moriarty when he comes in as Jim from IT. Sherlock immediately dismisses him, seeing him as beneath him. So when he is the one to appear at the pool, clearly he will be impressed, here is someone as dramatic and ready to play the game as he is. It all matches up. Except, Moriarty does put a whole load of bombs on John which consequently terrifies Sherlock BUT that is what also proves their likeness. They are the same person just they have had different things happen to them. Moriarty has always been alone so has resulted in a man who has no morals and no thoughts for anyone else or even himself. Sherlock, however, has had his family, especially Mycroft, and now John. Sherlock used to be suicidal (the sign of three: ‘and the man you have saved’) just like Moriarty still is. They even quote it throughout the entire show ‘just alike’, ‘you need me’, and they do need each other or they would be alone. 

So in The Reichenbach Fall they again prove how they are similar. It is just one more big game except Sherlock now wants to survive and is not so eager to throw away his life, unlike Moriarty, because now he has things to live for. On the rooftop, this is the time when Sherlock openly acknowledges how alike they are, before it has always been Moriarty. He says things like ‘I am you’ and that is exactly what Moriarty wants to hear, so he can finally feel he has someone like him. He feels he can die, because that was all he wanted: Sherlock. (although who knows what actually happened there now).

And then series 3. In the sign of three, Sherlock realises he is alone again, because John has Mary, especially at the end of the wedding. I presume that he thought that him and John would always be together but now that isn’t true. So who else does he have, someone just like him, who knew what it was like, who could understand? 

And then finally in the mind palace. Sherlock went in, desperately asking how Jim managed to deal with the pain. But he isn’t talking about physical pain, clearly, but emotional pain. How does Jim manage to cope? Answer: he doesn’t. Neither of them can because no one else is like them, they are alone, they are excluded. But not when they have each other. That is how they overcome the final problem. 

So yeah, that is why. Wow that was long. 

Well. Here we are at last. You and me, Sherlock. And our problem. The Final Problem. “Staying Alive”. So boring, isn’t it? It’s just… staying. All my life I’ve been searching for distractions. And you were the best distraction and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end it easy. It was easy. Now I’ve got to go back to playing with the ordinary people. And it turns out you’re ordinary. Just like all of them. Oh well.