this is all i way thinking during the soul scene

anonymous asked:

Please do talk about Sam Clemmett's brilliant acting a bit more! Tbh I feel like his acting is more subtle than Anthony's... which is, of course, neither a good, nor a bad thing, just a different approach I guess, for their characters are so different in many ways. (For instance, Albus is not a boy-shaped spinning top, unlike Scorpius. :)) So, not really a specific question... just tell us about your favourite Albus moments or anything you'd like!

Oh my dear anon. This is basically the best question you could have asked me, because I could talk about Sam’s acting for days. I will try not to do that though. 

First, I agree about the subtlety, and I think part of that is Albus himself. The character is generally more subtle and restrained, and the part is a lot less exaggerated. There is definitely range there, but it’s not like Scorpius where he literally goes from singing about sweets to being plunged into hell. So I think it’s easy just to read Albus, and by extension Sam’s acting, as one note and angsty, which it definitely isn’t. 

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marybegone  asked:

I'd like you to refute the 'John shows sexual jealousy during the Janine at 221B scene', please? Btw, I like Johnlock, but don't 'ship' anything. I just want them together in 221B, don't care if as friends or lovers, but preferably having some fun with new interesting cases. Just not interested in romance or in their sexual orientation one way or the other.

Nice asks first.  

Refutation: Janine in 221B

Out of all of us, I think you’re the closest to being correct - I think the core of the story is the deep, timeless friendship of two lost souls finding each other and fitting together perfectly.  Sex don’t enter into it.  You can add that layer if you like, but it’s not *necessary*.  It’s inaccurate to insist upon it.

As for John’s sexual jealousy toward Janine - I don’t think it exists.  John’s entire reaction can be summed up with “WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?????”  Incredulous.  The correct word for it is incredulous.  On broadcast, I was right there with John: confused, amazed, completely bewildered.  Here’s The Machine, who hates “people”, in a full-blown, rather established relationship with a lusty woman whom he’s met, what, anywhere from one month to three months before.  WTeverlovingF?????  John is astounded.  Disoriented.  Not jealous.  He walks towards the bedroom expecting to find drugs, evidence of Sherlock’s addiction, and a half-naked woman walks out.  John is blank; he’s trying to process.  As Janine reveals the extent of her relationship with Sherl piece by piece (so nicely written: the coffee, “Myke”) John has to process even more.  And then “Sherl….” Trying so hard not to laugh.  After the initial shock, he can’t stop laughing.  He can’t believe Sherlock could do a “Girlfriend”, “Wine”, and “Sitting.”  His huge reaction when they kiss never fails to crack me up - reminds me of the feeling you get when you watch your parents get physical: embarrassed, hysterical, and a little bit grossed out.

If John were jealous, wouldn’t his eyes be blazing in that moment?  Wouldn’t there be a layer of anger?  Of regret?  Of, or maybe this is a little too far-fetched, jealousy?  In fact, according to Moffat/Gatiss they recut the scene to take that layer away.  (If that info on the commentary doesn’t prove it to anyone then nothing will.)

And I love the aspect from Moffat/Gatiss that I hadn’t considered: John is *happy* for Sherlock in these moments.  His best friend has found his goldfish.  Or has he?

John’s no dummy - he is the one who knows Sherlock the best of all, and all this Relationship Lark doesn’t compute.  Something’s up.  Something’s wrong.  And John is reasonably concerned about it.  When Sherlock “proposes” to Janine, yes his face falls - because he is just discovering why Sherlock is in this ruse and he knows how much Sherlock is about to hurt Janine.  He’s shocked that even Sherlock would do something so cruel and so heartless and so extreme.  I think his heart breaks a little - not because of jealousy, but because maybe his best friend is a “machine.”

One of the things that bothers me most about tjlc is that the theory erases all this.  It erases John’s compassion - for Sherlock as well as others - and turns him into someone incredibly selfish.  If you read this scene as sexual jealousy, he doesn’t hurt for Janine in this scene - he hurts for himself.  John isn’t crushed by Sherlock’s continued backslide from the humanity he’s developed since returning from the dead (the theme of the series) - he feels cheated out of a piece of ass (but to be fair, it is a pretty fine piece of ass.)  The emotional weight of the scene which has been building since TEH disappears and becomes a tawdry soap opera when seen through the lens of sexual jealousy.

And that’s a shame.  


Another cue that sexual jealousy isn’t on the table in the 221B scenes is the music.  If John were experiencing loss, you would hear John’s Theme.  The music is very subtle throughout, but when it is present it’s part of the “The Game is On” theme.  Pretty telling.  It’s actually a really nice balance; scenes like this are so difficult to score, because you have two directly conflicting moods happening, the comedy of Janine and the tension of Magnussen.  The fact that the music drops out every time John brings up the Relationship signals to me that it’s being played for comedy - that’s exactly what I do to emphasize the comedic moments in a scene.