watson here i did the thing

john and sherlock telling the story of how they met as a bedtime story, featuring: 

  • bickering over whether it’s dishonest or just dramatic effect to start with “it was a dark and stormy night” because “it was a very mild january afternoon” just doesn’t have the same ring to it
  • john as the Poor Broken Knight, which sherlock takes offense to because obviously john is the Knight of Light, to which john responds that he wasn’t the Knight of Light back then, he was a dreadfully poor knight with a broken brain that none of the healers or sages could fix, to which sherlock huffs but he allows it. 
  • sherlock as the Prince. “just the Prince?” “well, what else? the Consulting Prince?” “i rather thought the Pirate Prince.” “now who’s being dishonest. fine. you were the Pirate Prince.”
  • mike stamford as the fairy godmother, who tells the Knight that he will need to save the Prince three times, and the Knight is like, come on. who’d want me to save them? and the fairy godmother laughs and says, you’re the second person to say that to me today (because, you see, he also told the Prince that the Prince needed to save the Knight).
  • so the Knight agrees to go meet the Prince, and as soon as he meets the Prince he really does want to save him so when the Prince tells him to meet him at the Old Crone’s Tower the next day, he goes. “you better not let mrs hudson hear you calling her that.” “it’s fine, the Old Crone took an herbal soother an hour ago, she’ll be out like a light.”
  • anyway, the Knight goes to meet the Prince, and Tower is wonderful but kind of a mess, and it’s still a mess honestly and it would be nice if the Prince would take the rubbish out on his own sometimes. but the Knight can’t possibly imagine that the Prince will want him around, or he’ll get tired of having a broken Knight around soon at least, or– “john. john, no, even then, it was important. i wanted you here. it felt. it felt important.” 
  • then the Hunter interrupts, and tells them that a Dragon has been terrorizing the village. so they go to the scene, and the Knight learns that the Prince has the power of Sight, where he can See all kinds of things that other people can’t. “it’s not a magic trick, john.” “it felt like one.”
  • the Hunter’s Hounds bark and nip at the Prince’s heels, but the Knight isn’t sure if he needs to save the Prince from them, so he says nothing. “i should think not. anderson and donovan? i could handle them.” “oh yeah sure you did. mmmhmm. right.”  
  • so the Prince used his Sight to understand what had happened to the villager. “though the Prince did need the Knight’s help to See it all.” but then: poof! the Prince disappears! “sorry! i wasn’t used to having someone with me!” “i know, i know. it was very mysterious, though.”
  • and the Knight is kidnapped by the Wizard of Spooky Bureaucracy, stop laughing i couldn’t think of a better name, who threatens the Knight and the Prince. but the Knight defeated him by passing his test of loyalty to the Prince, and the Wizard of Spooky Bureaucracy transported him back to the Old Crone’s Tower as a prize, where the Prince was waiting for him. and so the Knight defeated the first evil. 
  • then the Prince took the Knight for a grand Italian feast, and cast a dangerous spell on him that healed his brain and let him run again. the Knight thought maybe the Prince was hitting on him, and he tried to hit on the Prince back, but the Prince– “panicked.” “oh, is that what you call that?” “yes. i hardly expected to get as far as i had.” “and the next seven years were just what? extended panic?” “…basically?” 
  • once the Knight was healed, they went back to the Old Crone’s Tower, where the Knight wanted very very much to kiss the Prince but they’re interrupted again by the Hunter and his Hounds. and the Hounds sniff and dig and unearth the Prince’s past, which was very rude. “i never did figure out why you stayed, after you found out, you know. about all of that. with your sister.” “i know. i thought about it a lot actually, about whether i was just signing up for more of the same. i’d given up on her because it was just a waste of my time, you know?” “so why did you stay?” “because i knew with you, it would never be a waste of my time. i would always fight for you. i will always fight for you.” “you’ll never have to fight that fight again, john. i promise.” “but if i did. if i did. i would fight it. you’re not perfect; i don’t expect you to be. i just…i only expect that you will let me fight for you.” “john. john. mmphhhhhhhmmm” “mmmm” “mmmmm” 
  • okay okay okay. anyway. the Knight knew then that he did have to defeat the Hounds, and he did defeat them by believing in the Prince. by listening to the Prince, even when the Hounds barked at him not to. and so the second evil was defeated. “and the Prince had just about fallen in love with the Knight.” “shh. we’re not there yet.” “i was, though. i was.” “i know. me too.” 
  • and then they had to battle the Dragon, who managed to steal the Prince away while making it look like the Prince had abandoned the Knight. but the Knight knew better already, and knew that the Prince needed him, and so he hailed a chariot and raced after them. and he arrived just in time to see the Prince doing something very, extremely, insanely stupid, and so he pulled out his sword and shot it straight into the Dragon’s heart. “it was stupid.” “i know it was. i haven’t a clue what you thought you were doing.” “i dunno. either i was right, and i deserved everything i thought we maybe could be, or i was wrong, and you wouldn’t have to go through the disappointment of me.” “sherlock holmes-watson. that is the stupid thing you have ever said in your life. come here.” 
  • and so the Dragon was defeated, and the Knight saved the Prince, and the Prince saved the Knight. 
  • and they didn’t live happily ever after, not quite yet. but they did start living, and that’s the thing about endings after all: you have to live through the beginnings and the middles to find out just how brilliant and fantastic and good the endings can be.
My review of BatB (2017): part one

So … I finally got a chance to see the film today. After years and years of waiting for a live-action remake of one my favorite Disney movies, I’m sad to say that I left the theater feeling underwhelmed and disappointed.


WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!


First the things I hated/disliked:


Emma Watson as Belle. Wow, talk about bad casting. To think I actually once thought she would be a good choice for the role, but that was before I knew this film would be a musical. Back when I still had hope that she would grow as an actress. I tried to remain optimistic. I wanted to wait and see for my myself if she had improved, but the truth is … no, she hasn’t. If anything she’s even more boring, stiff, snobby and unemotional than ever. Her singing isn’t even singing at all imo. It’s sounds more like she’s just talking but with music playing in the background. She’s really, really auto-toned and hearing her “sing” next to truly talented people (like Audra McDonald) is just embarrassing. She is by far the weakest part of the whole film. It only makes the way people have been hyping about her version of Belle all the more silly. What is so groundbreaking about Emma Watson’s portrayal??


One of the biggest problems with her in this role is that Belle is supposed to be the most interesting girl in her village, but EW is about as interesting as a plain slice of bread. She also lacks the warmth, charm and vulnerability of Disney’s animated Belle. EW’s version comes across as bored, snobbish and unemotional. She doesn’t come across as a daydreamer - as someone who genuinely feels like an outsider. Instead she gives off an arrogant vibe that says “I’m not like other girls”. She even says at one point “Oh, I’m not a princess” - and not in a humble way like Ella does in Cinderella (2015) - no, she says it like she actually hates the title of ~princess. As if that were something offensive?? I can’t understand why the people in the village (especially Gaston) are so fascinated by her. To make this more believable Disney should have cast a more charismatic actress.


I could give Emma Watson a pass for what she did to Hermione, but I will NOT give her a pass for what she did to Belle. Mainly because I hate the attitude she’s been having towards animated Belle/live-action Cinderella. These characters are very special to me and I don’t like seeing people put them down. Also, Emma’s brand of feminism is shit and completely old school imo. I hate how much creative control she had on this film. Here are just some other things she did that really annoy me:


1. How can you sign on to do a period film when you refuse to wear a corset/stays???? Like seriously… I hate that her reasoning for not wearing them is because it’s apparently “un-feminist”. Yeah, because it’s super feminist to define women by what they wear. Let’s act like Cinderella isn’t an admirable person because she did house work and wore stays. Let’s pretend women like Jane Austen weren’t total badasses because they wore corsets.


2. Why make Belle an inventor? Why not make her a writer instead? This never seemed like something the animated Belle was interested in. Sure, it’s possible she would learn some of these things from her dad, but it still seems like such an odd character change to me. I might be alone here but this also came across as Emma/the script writers saying to me: If a woman doesn’t invent something or make “history” somehow, then her story is not empowering or even worth telling.


3. And out of all the cool/weird things she could have invented … why a washing machine? I know it’s because she’d rather read books instead, but this comes across as more dissing towards women who do house work. Has this Belle ever washed a dish by hand?? Would it really be so awful for her to just wash her clothes by hand like everyone else?? Even in today’s modern age (with lots of different electric appliances) people still do things by hand.


4. According to Emma, her Belle is an “active princess”, but I can’t remember her doing many other activities except reading. Did I miss something? As far as I can tell Cinderella was way more busy than this Belle was. Ella not only did house work but she also did farm work, horseback riding AND she did it while wearing a corset/flats. Emma promoted this new Belle as “Not your mother’s Disney princess” (this from the recent Vanity Fair issue) and yet I don’t see what’s so amazing/progressive about her version of the character. Throwing away your corsets and exchanging your flats for boots is not enough to “wow” me.


There’s a lot more I want to talk about, but I’ll save that for tomorrow in part two of my review.

Sherlock: I need your advice. I really want to kiss Molly and stuff, and I think the timing is right, she did say she likes me

John: Get to the point.

Sherlock: Do I ask her? Do I just grab her and kiss her? Sneak up behind her in dark clothing and shout, “Boo!” and kiss her when she’s screaming? What?

John: Look, I would love to help you. I’ve sort of got more important things to do here, but… no, no, definitely don’t do the “boo” version. It’s sort of frowned upon. Okay? Got to go.

Sherlock : No “boo” version. Good to know.

First Time Watching the Gay Pilot

So I finally got around to watching the Sherlock Pilot for the first time last night (on the eve of their anniversary, hngg)! 

It fucked with me so bad that I had to make a list of the actual irl commentary I made:

-Wow this is probably the greatest title sequence ive ever seen

-Bby lestrade my boy

-Mike Stamford the real mvp

-Why the fuck are they at a fancy restaurant

-This music tho

-Damn he’s young

-This is so gay

-Wow

-Mrs Hudson owns a fuckin bakery?

-Wow what a gay flat

-Hudders ships it in every universe

-Such gay ambiance

-There’s 5 suicides now?

-Could they have made this more gay

-“oh god yes” sounds gayer every time I hear it

-cab rides are a blessing

-who is this Donovan

-why is Sherlock wearing the biohazard suit thing

-such a young, smol, softe bean

-john Watson please stop looking at sherl like that in public

-wow that’s the gayest thing ive ever seen

-I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT THAT WAS THE ACTUAL MUSIC THEY USED

-You bet your ass john Watson is wired

-He’s wearing jeans?!!?!

-No John I promise Sherlock isn’t the killer

-HE’S WEARING FUCKING JEANS THOUGH?!?!

-HIS HAIR

-HIS JEANS

-You bet your ass there’s a fire in the fireplace

-Straight men who just met don’t walk within 3 centimeters of each other dear god

-Haha gay

-Angelo the real mvp

-GAYY

-You know I really never thought things could be any gayer but here we are

-“I wasn’t asking you out” my ass

-John Watson stop sounding so dejected, Sherlock holmes fucking loves you

-I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS WINE IN ALL THE SCREENCAPS

-Oh this shit is good

-SAVE HIM

-How the fuck did jeff hope haul sherl’s ass up 2 flights of stairs

-O no is this gonna be sexual again like with magnussen

-O shit please don’t rape him

-HIS BUTT

-His gay eyes

-His gay hair

-Wow I love the princess bride

-Please stop licking your teeth

-HE HAS FRECKLES

-“good ole doctor Watson” In fucking deed

-do not dry swallow that shit

-john fucking Watson to the rescue

-oh dear god he has his blood on him

-“dreadful business. Dreadful.” I’LL TELL YOU WHATS FUCKING DREADFUL. TFP. THAT’S WHAT.

-John watson’s gay eyes

-“I’ll sleep fine tonight” hmm what’s this weird lump doing in my throat

-“and only a fool argues with his doctor” im sorry, is this gay or is this gay?

-john Hamish Watson did you just purse your lips

-martin freeman and benedict cumberbatch shouldn’t be allowed to smile at the same time while standing so close to each other

-gay

The problem of “Elizabeth”.

Ok folks, there’s something really weird that I want to point.

Before 4th season aired, we noticed that Magnussen called Lady Smallwood as Elizabeth in front of Sherlock, even if in the first scene of HLV he called her Alicia (also in his memory database she’s called Alicia and also on the note she gives to Mycroft in TLD): her name is surely Alicia, so why Magnussen calls her Elizabeth only once?

The interesting fact about the name Elizabeth is that it appears other two meaningful times:

•In the final titles of TST and TLD Sian Brooke is associated with the name Elizabeth. Why Elizabeth? Obviously they couldn’t write Eurus because we didn’t discover yet who Eurus was, but why didn’t they just write E.? We don’t know if she told John what E meant, they never show more than the E as her signature, on the note she gives to John. We discover what E really means just in TFP.

•It is Mary’s middle name: we know that from TSoT and this is the most odd thing. Sherlock actually says:“Today begins the adventure of Mary Elizabeth Watson and John Hamish Watson”.

There are so many names on this fucking earth and they choose Elizabeth for Mary’s middle name?

Moreover, in my opinion they developed an interesting mirror under our nose in what Sherlock says immediately after he understood the relation between the mayfly man and the wedding. He actually says: “What did you say? You said John Hamish Watson. You said that, you said Hamish” -> he points the attention on the middle name. Do we have more clues for this mirror? Yes. Pay attention to what happens immediately after:

“SHERLOCK-They lied. Assumed false identities.

MYCROFT-Which suggests…

SHERLOCK-Criminal intent

MYCROFT-Also suggests?

SHERLOCK-Intelligence, planning”

Mind you anything? Yes: Mary’s facade, and also Eurus’ desguises.

Moreover, I found on instagram an interesting tumblr post (I post here the screenshots because I couldn’t find the original one) that points out a VERY INTERESTING thing Amanda said in an interview.

LADY SMALLWOOD.

Why she possibly did say it? Maybe because there’s a correlation between Mary and Lady Smallwood? Is it possible that Magnussen knew this connection and called her Elizabeth in front of Sherlock for a specific reason? Are Lady Smallwood, Eurus and Mary connected in some mysterious way?

The only thing I know is that my brain is blown up.

WHAT DO WE SAY ABOUT COINCIDENCES? THE UNIVERSE IS RARELY SO LAZY.

Thanks to @s-mess9717 that told me about Mary’s middle name. Lovya.

On Lestrade, Conan Doyle, and Sherlock

It’s time to revisit this, I think.

In recent trips back through Arthur Conan Doyle’s works featuring Sherlock Holmes, I’ve been thinking of the character trajectories across the stories, especially regarding Holmes’s relationship to Lestrade (less celebrated that the brilliant Holmes-Watson partnership, but nonetheless fascinating).

“We All Three Shook Hands” by Sidney Paget, 1902 (L to R: Lestrade, Holmes, and Watson)


My thoughts are based on looking at the novels and short stories in internal chronological order (wherever it can be determined), not publication order.


Holmes

Point the First: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is quite capable of being obnoxious in the BBC's Sherlock Cumberbatchian sense. Perhaps one of the worst affronts appears in “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” (set in 1889), in which Holmes plays his “Lestrade’s So Stupid That He Wouldn’t Understand X” game. The example he chooses, however, 1) is one that Watson doesn’t comprehend either and, more to the point, 2) is one predicated on Holmes’s own knowledge of Watson’s daily grooming habits gained only by the fact he’s lived with Watson for years. Of course Lestrade wouldn’t reach Holmes’s conclusion: he’s never lived with Watson, and thus he has no access to that data! The entire exercise is just an excuse for Holmes to show off, not an honest assessment of Lestrade’s abilities. Holmes is none too gentle with delivering the insulting conclusion of his reasoning, for that matter, and thus he humiliates Watson. If Lestrade (or Watson) appears to get short-tempered with Holmes now and again, it’s not unwarranted.

Point the Second and the More Important: Holmes shows rather compelling character development over the years (and here I’m reminded of the great man/good man point articulated by Lestrade in Sherlock), and it’s instructive to watch this unfold through his relationship with Lestrade. [1]

  • In “The Five Orange Pips” (set in 1887), when Watson asks if their unknown visitor might be a friend of Holmes, Holmes replies:
    “Except yourself I have none,” he answered. “I do not encourage visitors." [2]
  • Yet in that same year, Holmes’s professional familiarity with Lestrade leads him to treat the Inspector not as a guest who requires formal hospitality, but rather as a regular visitor free to consider himself welcome and make himself at home (in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”):

“Good-afternoon, Lestrade! You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are cigars in the box.”

  • In Holmes’s letter to Watson in “The Final Problem” (set in 1891), Holmes admits that he has “friends” (plural) who will feel “pain” at his loss.
  • In “The Adventure of the Empty House” (set in 1894), Holmes identifies Lestrade – in front of both Holmes’s would-be murderer Colonel Sebastian Moran and, for the very first time, Lestrade himself – as “my friend Lestrade.” (He refers to Lestrade as “friend Lestrade” multiple times thereafter.)[3]
  • By “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” (set in 1900), Holmes regularly welcomes Lestrade’s social visits (above and beyond professional meetings about their joint work on a case) with a drop-by-unannounced intimacy usually reserved for one’s closest friends and family. 

It was no very unusual thing for Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, to look in upon us of an evening, and his visits were welcome to Sherlock Holmes, for they enabled him to keep in touch with all that was going on at the police headquarters. In return for the news which Lestrade would bring, Holmes was always ready to listen with attention to the details of any case upon which the detective was engaged, and was able occasionally, without any active interference, to give some hint or suggestion drawn from his own vast knowledge and experience.

On this particular evening, Lestrade had spoken of the weather and the newspapers. Then he had fallen silent, puffing thoughtfully at his cigar. Holmes looked keenly at him.

“Anything remarkable on hand?” he asked.

“Oh, no, Mr. Holmes–nothing very particular.”

“Then tell me about it.”

Lestrade laughed.

  • In the same story, Holmes even takes pains to consider Lestrade’s personal comfort, after he’s asked the Inspector to lengthen an already long day by accompanying him on a late-night expedition. Without prompting, Holmes offers food and a nap with easy familiarity: 

“You’ll dine with us, Lestrade, and then you are welcome to the sofa until it is time for us to start.”


Lestrade

Lestrade is practical throughout – he bristles at insults and scorns the thought of trusting theorizing over legwork, and yet he proves willing to admit his own mistakes from the very first (“I freely confess that I was of the opinion that Stangerson was concerned in the death of Drebber. This fresh development has shown me that I was completely mistaken…” in A Study in Scarlet, set in 1881) – but it’s clear that the no-nonsense pragmatism of his relations with Holmes grows into genuine warmth and affection over time. Beyond the above examples, there are others.

  • By the time of The Hound of the Baskervilles (probably set in 1888 or 1889, though possibly as late as 1899 or 1900), Holmes is requesting Lestrade’s presence (“He is the best of the professionals, I think, and we may need his assistance,” Holmes tells Watson), and Watson can see just how their chemistry has matured: 

The London express came roaring into the station, and a small, wiry bulldog of a man had sprung from a first-class carriage. We all three shook hands, and I saw at once from the reverential way in which Lestrade gazed at my companion that he had learned a good deal since the days when they had first worked together. I could well remember the scorn which the theories of the reasoner used then to excite in the practical man.

  • “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” (set in 1894 or 1895) shows a friendly competition between Holmes and Lestrade in which each teases and mocks the other when the facts seem to fit his theory. (At one point, Holmes confesses to Watson, “…upon my soul, I believe for once the fellow is on the right track and we are on the wrong.”) But Lestrade is “a practical man,” as he admits, and when Holmes ultimately reveals the definitive truth with much added (and arguably unnecessary) drama, Lestrade reacts not with hurt pride or wounded ego, but genuine appreciation. (He also immediately gives credit where credit is due, telling the culprit, “You have done your best to get an innocent man hanged. If it wasn’t for this gentleman here, I am not sure that you would not have succeeded.”) The physical response from the normally reserved Holmes when Lestrade offers his gratitude speaks volumes: 

“… I don’t mind saying, in the presence of Dr. Watson, that this is the brightest thing that you have done yet, though it is a mystery to me how you did it. You have saved an innocent man’s life, and you have prevented a very grave scandal, which would have ruined my reputation in the Force.”

Holmes smiled, and clapped Lestrade upon the shoulder.

  • And then of course there’s the justifiably famous exchange in “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” (set in 1900):

“Well,” said Lestrade, “I’ve seen you handle a good many cases, Mr. Holmes, but I don’t know that I ever knew a more workmanlike one than that. We’re not jealous of you at Scotland Yard. No, sir, we are very proud of you, and if you come down to-morrow, there’s not a man, from the oldest inspector to the youngest constable, who wouldn’t be glad to shake you by the hand.”

“Thank you!” said Holmes. “Thank you!” and as he turned away, it seemed to me that he was more nearly moved by the softer human emotions than I had ever seen him.

  • Note: It’s no wonder why Holmes might rely on the tenacious Inspector (in addition to his always-worthy Watson) in a situation that has the potential for real danger, such as in The Hound of the Baskervilles. After all, Lestrade proves time and again willing to confront the villains by himself without backup, including Joseph Stangerson in A Study in Scarlet and James Browner in “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box.”

    For that matter, although he’s the slightest man physically in a room of five, Lestrade is the one to bring down the “so powerful and so fierce” Jefferson Hope by “half-strangling” him in A Study in Scarlet. Holmes underscores his trust in the Inspector by calling upon Lestrade once again in “The Adventure of the Empty House,” in this case to assist in the capture of the vengeful Colonel Sebastian Moran.

Random Musings Related to ACD Canon and the BBC’s Sherlock

  • According to my calculations (which I’m happy to explain and be corrected upon), there was approximately a fifteen-year spread between ACD’s Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, with John Watson and Mycroft Holmes in the middle. If you take the ages of the four male leads in Sherlock, there is a fourteen-year spread between the youngest (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the eldest (Rupert Graves), with Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss in the middle.
  • Also according to my calculations, at the time of ACD’s “The Adventure of the Empty House,” Sherlock Holmes was 40, John Watson was 41 and nearing 42, Mycroft Holmes was 47, and Inspector Lestrade was approximately 55. As for BBC’s Sherlock, at the time of the filming of the third-series episode “The Empty Hearse,” this puts Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss at the perfect ages, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Rupert Graves equally four-five years younger than their respective characters.
  • I wonder if the naming of Sherlock’s Molly Hooper is a nod to Molly Robertson-Kirk, a.k.a. “Lady Molly of Scotland Yard” (who was, after all, a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes).
  • I suspect that Sherlock’s “Greg Lestrade” wasn’t originally intended to be short for “Gregory Lestrade,” but rather for “Gregson Lestrade.” In this way, Moffat and Gatiss could seamlessly combine Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson, who are identified by ACD’s Holmes as, among the Scotland Yard professionals, “the pick of a bad lot. They are both quick and energetic, but conventional — shockingly so.” (A Study in Scarlet) This theory may have been Jossed by the Steve Thompson-penned third episode of the second series (in which Lestrade is cut off as he’s trying to explain that other D.I.s have consulted Sherlock besides him, and names Gregson as he’s interrupted). The full implications of this throwaway mention of Gregson is as yet unclear.

[1] There are other interesting character changes Holmes exhibits, including his evolving thoughts on justice vs. law and means vs. ends, but I’m particularly thinking of his personal, non-Watsonian relationships at present.

[2] It’s perhaps worth pointing out that Holmes describes Watson as “not a man with intimate friends” (save, Holmes implies, himself) in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

[3] Interestingly enough, Watson begins referring to Lestrade as “our old friend Lestrade” in works set in 1894 and 1895, including “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” and “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans.”

6

The killer watched you from the moment you went into the house. He hit you on the head, searched your pockets, but didn’t take anything, not even your gun.

How did you get here?

You were asking questions all evening and night. When I didn’t hear you snoring - I’m sorry, but you do have that little habit - I figured you had decided to try yourself as a detective. He was going to come back for the ring. I thought of an ambush myself, but decided that would scare him away. As a detective, you were unprofessional and too self-assured, that’s why he attacked you first. How do you feel?

Like a complete idiot.

Don’t lose heart, Watson.

The Dying Detective

Since I’ve had so little to contribute for the last two or so stories, I will try and make this one longer. :)

This might be one of my favourite stories. In fact, I like it more in canon than the Granada version (which I don’t hate). I think what struck me most about this is the obvious closeness between Watson and Holmes, a closeness I find less apparent in the Granada version due to the story line about Victor Savage and his wife. I understand that it was a necessary edition, otherwise there wouldn’t have been enough to fill out the episode but it does put the focus elsewhere and away from the intimacy between Watson and Holmes that is so evident in the story.

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adorehxxrry  asked:

Hey! First of all, thank you for the amazing work you do. I really like your blog and many metas that you wrote made me believe in TJlC. I may be the only one who doesn't know about it, but what is the alibi theory? Sorry for my bad english btw

Hi Lovely!

Never apologize for your English! <3 I am honoured that you took time out to ask me a question! 

Firstly, I am so happy that I was able to help you see TJLC!! That means a lot to me!

Secondly, the “Alibi Theory”, which works in conjunction with the “Unreliable Narrator Theory”, is one that speculates that John is actually the shooter that kills Mary in T6T, not Norbury, and Sherlock is creating a story to protect John from fault. It blew up because of one little post-it seen in a behind-the-scenes video for T6T (at 0:02).

That post-it has “John’s Alibi???” written on it, and it’s on one of the police files. So that lead us to believe, at the time, that SOMETHING happened of which John would need an out.

So after a lot of speculating, the fandom remembered this quote that Mofftiss said on their reading of “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”:

Moffat: If you read [The Adventure Of] Charles Augustus Milverton, Dr. Watson in the opening paragraph tells you that he’s about to tell you a porkie. He says, ‘I even now must be very reticent.’ I think what Doyle is hinting at is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson sat in Baker Street and said, ‘Right, we’re going to have to go and kill him, aren’t we? That’s the only way we can do this.’ So they break in, kill him, and then Dr. Watson writes up a version of the story that puts the murder [on someone else].

Gatiss: They’re hiding in their burglar masks behind the curtain, and this random woman comes and shoots Milverton in the face and then grinds her heel into his face. It’s odd, isn’t it? So I mean really, it’s just an extrapolation of saying, ‘Well, he probably did it, I think.’

(x)

So because Mofftiss love to use their headcanons in their show, we believe that this exact thing is happening in T6T, but it’s John who was the shooter, not the random secretary. This post here is I THINK one of the first where the Alibi Theory came to fruition, which then spurned the “Sherlock the Unreliable Narrator” Theory. 

Browse through my “john’s alibi” tag, because it’s all really interesting!

I hope that helps!

antari  asked:

hi! i just decided i wanted to start blogging vibrant ((again)) and since i knew you did the same thing and i know you like got would it be a problem if i asked you for some got blogs recs? also your sidebar looks great!

thank you! and yeah, i’ve recently followed a ton of blogs but here are some of my faves who post vibrant stuff (and i’ve bolded mutuals):

@fionagoddess @daenerystargaryen @tfa @miones @manbunjon @lordsnow@steveroqerz @spidersman @natalie-dormer @wonderswoman @supercanaries @tywinlannister @thorodinson @dreamofspring @jongritte @makebeliever @cheryls-bombshell @jyncassian @jyn-erso @emmaawatson @arianagrandes @captainpoe @rubyredwisp @robynfenty @emma-watson @jessicas-jones @bellefrenchs @karadanvers @haleyquinn @deadhpool @arthurpendragonns @harleyquinns @harleysquinn @petersparker @cantinaband @batwan @lydiasmartin @patchface @pattysjenkins @gamora @greenarrow @dizzeikipling @richard-grayson

you can also check out my recent follow forever and blogroll :)

I did a redraw of this here!


Just a rough little thing I’ve had laying around for a bit of Kelsea from Queen of the Tearling, in her queen dress that I coloured in 15 minutes. More or less of how she is in my head.

“…Kelsea was tall as well, but she was dark in coloring, with a face that could charitably be described as plain. She wasn’t statuesque by any stretch of the word, either; she got plenty of exercise, but she had a healthy appetite too.” ch. 1, pg 5

Emma Watson my ass. I’m sorry, but I’m so angry about her being cast as Kelsea. Their only shared quality is brown hair.

It became harder for you to keep your eyes open. You could feel them getting heavier and heavier every second. Finally they shut and instantly your body complied with the action. Your head lowered as your mind went into sleep mode. Running around for two days straight with the men had taken its toll. No sleep and endless amounts of coffee, was how Sherlock worked and god did you hate it. Thank goodness he left to go get more caffeine because it would give you and John at least 10 minutes away from him— or sleep. Just a few minutes into getting some shut eye, John’s loud snoring scared you, waking you up. He was passed out on the couch, his right arm slung off the edge and the other covering his eyes. You stood up from your chair and glared at him, as if that could help make him quiet. These ten minutes were like heaven to you and like damn you would let them go to waste. You trotted to Sherlock’s room and shut the door. Flopping yourself onto the mattress, you let out a deep sigh and arranged your head onto the pillow. You don’t remember falling asleep; it just came to you that easy.

“John?” Sherlock yelled, waking his friend.

“Merry Christmas!” He snorted and inhaled a breath through his nose.

“What are you doing? Get up. Where is Y/N?” The detective asked looking around the room.

“I could have sworn she was right there.” John replied, pointing to your previous location and furrowing his eyebrows in attempts to wake himself up.

“Well she isn’t now.” He put the drink holder down and John didn’t hesitate to grab a coffee cup from it. Sherlock checked all throughout the flat and stopped when he realized you could be in his room. Eagerly, but hesitantly, he walked to his door and slowly opened it. There he found you, back turned toward the entrance and curled up within yourself to stay warm. His eyes widened as he backed up and out of the room. When the door shut he spun around and faced John with one of his eyebrows raised.

“We have a situation.”

“Yes we do,” John spoke after quickly swallowing the warm brown liquid, “You work us till we are unable to keep our eyes opened any longer.”

“Oh, that’s not my fault you people are weak and can’t stay up.”

“Exactly we’re people, Sherlock! Honestly, when was the last time you slept or had a decent meal?”

“I don’t remember.” Sherlock answered after thinking for a few quick moments.

“Good god mate, the rumors must be true then.”

“What rumors?” The detective jeered, throwing his head back.

“That you’re not human at all.” John smirked, clearly knowing that his friend would ridicule such a thing; and he did, with sarcastic laughter.

“Are we to wait then, until she wakes up? We’re wasting valuable time here.” Sherlock questioned, changing the subject and already starting to pace around the room.

“Just go wake her up; I’ll be in the loo.” Watson left the room and Sherlock stood there fidgeting with his thumbs. He looked towards the door and once more made his way over to it. This time he opened it up much slower than before and stood there unsure of how to go about waking you up. You shifted around so you were facing the entry, but felt like someone was there. You fluttered your eyes opened and saw Holmes standing there watching you. You jumped, making him as well and pushed yourself up on the bed.

“Jesus Sherlock!”

“John said I should wake you up.” He muttered, watching you rub the tiredness from your eyes.

“Well why didn’t you? Why’re you just standing there like that?” You asked looking up at the detective for an answer, but when he went to speak no words came from his mouth.

“We’re leaving shortly.” He finally managed before leaving the room. You laughed quietly to yourself, having seen him stumped like that. You straightened up your clothing and smoothed down your hair before going to meet with the pair. When Sherlock saw you, he grabbed his jacked and swung it on. He picked up a coffee cup and handed it to you, watching as you took a long swing of it.

“This isn’t going to become an everyday thing is it?” You asked as you fixed the lid.

“What—what do you mean?”

“You’re watching me again.” You laughed through your grin as he pushed himself passed John and down the stairs.

“What’s his problem?” Watson asked picking up his sweater and scarf.

“I haven’t a clue… Its Sherlock Holmes we’re talking about here.”

Quotes from ISFJ characters

INTJ | ENTP | ISTJ | ENFP | ISTP | ESTJ | INTP | ESFPINFJ | ESFJ | ISFP | ESTP | ENFJ | INFP | ENTJ

I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
Sam Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Our differences are only skin deep, but our sames go down to the bone.
Marge Simpson, The Simpsons

Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right… I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong, that’s home. That’s why I came back… ‘cause you don’t have one, a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit 

I can’t stand to hear another lie out of this family…Okay, but that is the last one.
Michael Bluth, Arrested Development

And rembember, if you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel.
Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You make mistakes… but… because of those mistakes… you get the strength to stand up to them. That’s why I think you are truly strong.
Hinata, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden

I have been feared and hated in my life. By my people. By yours. These marks mean I was a slave trader. It is my sin to live with. But in this house I have found kindness among the unkind. 
Sembene, Penny Dreadful

People are different once you get to know them. 
Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

My mother always says I stick my nose in places it does not belong. I know we haven’t known each other that long. But you are one of the best judges of character I’ve ever met.
Astrid Farnsworth, Fringe

You were the best man, the most human … human being that I’ve ever known and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie, so … there. I was so alone … and I owe you so much. But please, there’s just one more thing, one more miracle, Sherlock, for me, don’t be … dead. Would you do that just for me? Just stop it. Stop this … 
Dr. John Watson, BBC’s Sherlock

Doesn’t matter what you did, or what you were. If you go out there, you fight, and you fight to kill. Stay in here, you’re good, I’ll send your brother to come find you. But if you step out that door, you are an Avenger.
Clint Barton  “Hawkeye,” MCU

No one can survive in this world without help.
Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones 

All families are embarrassing; and if they’re not embarrassing, they’re dead.
Kitty Forman, That ‘70s Show

I think one of us has a problem, and I’m tired of the assumption being that it’s me.
Norman Bates, Bates Motel

Forgiveness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Mr. Verger. I don’t need religion to appreciate the idea of Old Testament revenge.
Dr. Alana Bloom, Hannibal

We’re family. We fight. We do shit for each other.
Aleida Diaz, Orange is the New Black

I stayed for you. Now I’m staying for me.
Ruth, Hell On Wheels

I don’t care about the oath! I have to save my family!
Opal from Legend of Korra

In life you always have a choice.
Gwen, BBC’s Merlin

If winning is not important, then Commander, why keep score?
Worf, Star Trek: The Next Generation

I hate mysteries. They bug me. They need to be solved.
Felicity Smoak, Arrow

I am strong. Stronger than all of you. Extremely strong.
Mikasa Ackerman, Attack on Titan

Sometimes we lie for love, especially when it comes to family, right?
Detective Joe West, The Flash

I bought this Mackerel at the Supermarket. I’ve been standing in the water with the fish on my hook for 30 minutes. I saw it on an episode of I Love Lucy. Pathetic? Maybe, but it feels pretty good to have a bunch of little boys be super in to me. That came out wrong.
Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation

Id never given much thought to how I would die… But dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go.
Bella Swan, Twilight Saga

Nothing is over! Nothing! You don’t just turn it off!
Cyril Figgis, Archer

I can handle myself.
Asami Sato, Avatar: Legend of Korra

To save you… I could do anything.
Rory Williams, Doctor Who

anonymous asked:

Taylor swift is also another perfect example of women putting down women.

That’s actually 100% bullshit. I’m sorry, but you can’t refer to one problematic song she made a few years ago and completely ignore the changes she’s made since then. She has now embraced feminism and has spoken out against pitting women against each other:

“One thing that I do believe as a feminist is that in order for us to have gender equality we have to stop making it into a girl fight. And we have to stop with being so interested in girls trying to tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on as women.”  (x)

She has also spoken out about women being able to control their bodies and wear as much or as little clothes as they want to without criticism (which is more than Emma Watson could bring herself to do).

“And I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not gonna tell any other female artist to wear more clothes. As long as its their idea and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way, I just think as long as its coming from them and they’re living their life on their own terms I cheer them on.” (x)

Taylor Swift has said more progressive things speaking candidly about Feminism than Emma Watson did in a pre-planned speech, yet Taylor is criticized viciously and Emma Watson is hailed the Feminist savior of Tumblr. It’s bullshit.

And I’m not trying to pit women against each other here, but I really need people to understand that Emma Watson’s views on feminism are not the end all be all of the movement. She has some seriously flawed opinions on expressions of sexuality. She considers herself a feminist, but then she slut-shamed Beyonce and said her expressions of sexuality were “for men.”

Taylor Swift embraces women’s right to express their sexuality, yet she is ridiculed for a stupid song she made like 2 years ago way before she had this feminist awakening. Emma Watson has slut-shamed multiple times, and tumblr doesn’t say shit. The reason everyone criticizes Taylor is because of their own internalized misogyny that tells them that Taylor is wrong for dating and writing songs about her experiences and feelings and Emma Watson is strong and a great example for girls because she says things like:

“I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.” (x)

And yes, this quote is from 2011, but she still holds this opinion which was made obvious when she said Beyonce wasn’t a real feminist because she expresses her sexuality this year:

“As I was watching [Beyoncé’s visual album] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.” (x)

Taylor Swift is a great example for girls and she has long since abandoned the petty girl hate, yet she’s still being treated like she’s anti-feminist when there’s clear evidence to the contrary. She embraces every aspect of feminism, not just the parts she deems acceptable. Emma Watson makes sexist statements constantly, and she’s deemed the spokesperson for the feminist movement simply because she advocates for modesty and her feminist speeches appeal to men, which is what we as a society are socialized to believe is of most importance. It’s wrong and gross, and I’m fucking tired of it. 

Why dramione/ FeltSon is totally shippable

Let’s go wayyyyyyy back to how they both met. It was in the year 2000, their very first audition. Even there, we can tell that fate was trying to get them together. An interview clip of Tom Felton from CNN:“I also remember auditioning here. The crazy thing about the audition was that, at my very first audition — when they had thousands of kids in, day in day out — Emma Watson was standing next to me and we did it together. And I came back in two weeks and she had been cast!”’

So, out of the thousands of kids out there, Emma and Tom were made to do the lines together, and both have been cast two weeks after. Even when they were still very young, the producers could really tell that they were just perfect together. 

Scooby Doo Premiere Part 2, Tom and Emma watched it together:

And then there was this behind the scene where Emma was in her Gryffindor stuff, wearing a Slytherin jumper around her waist. In the background, you can definitely see Tom not wearing his, like she had playfully wore his own jumper around her waist. 

And then you have:

Too close to be chatting…..no?

And then that behind the scenes thing 

What they said

Tom Felton: “Now, I’ll bow, with my hand.” (Bows at Emma, offering her his hand)
Emma Watson: “And,er, I’m gonna come over to the dark side.”
Tom Felton: “There you go.

And before that, when Emma was practicing with Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum), Tom was at the corner, looking at them from a distance. When the camera caught him, he said: “Oh look at that, look at that. Star of the night. Lucky man, lucky man.”

BUT THEN IT ALL WENT DOWNNNN

2008

2008 happened D:

They started ignoring each other. In fact, the last time they were seen together apart from at things that they were forced to be together e.g. premieres and interviews, was at Emma’s 18th birthday. How sad. She looked really sad when she walked past Tom, apparently. What happened?

And then they date separately.

What is wrong with both of you WHY DON’T YOU DATE EACH OTHER FOR ALL OF THE REASONS ABOVE?????

But still

ALLL YA DRAMIONE/ FELTSON SHIPPERS

GET OUR LITTLE SHIPPING HEARTS TOGETHER

AND GET THE COUPLE TOGETHER

BECAUSE THEIR IGNORING EACH OTHER EVEN ON TWITTER

THEY REFUSE TO FOLLOW EACH OTHER
SADLY
THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE GUYS THEY NEED TO BECOME A COUPLE
FAN PRESSURE GUYS WE NEED IT

AND JUST TO SHOW YALL HOW PERF THEY ARE FOR EACH OTHER

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Gif source:  John

Imagine John sneaking out of bed while you’re asleep to make you breakfast.

——— Request for anon ———

“Is that food I smell?” you purr sleepily as you hear the footsteps enter the bedroom. Turning over in the bed, the first thing you see in John in the doorway, holding a cup of tea in hand.

He smiles with a short nod, “Indeed it is. We’ve got breakfast in the kitchen, or would you like me to bring it to you in here?” This man, what did you ever do to deserve him?

You sigh, enjoying the plush sheets for one more second as you ask, “Is that what you snuck off to do?”

chained-to-the-mirror  asked:

I must say that having photographs of things you've done and places you've been to is a good thing. You'll be glad later that you took more of them. As for Sherlock not needing you that much - you're forgetting that he also loves you like breathing. That's a pretty big need.

So he’s just told me.

I’m a little ashamed of myself, to be honest–making things about me right now, and here he is still putting me first.

Should probably run and get Watson ready for bed, and then spend some time with him.  Everything’s just a bit of a blur at the moment.  I can hardly recall what we did today, and so I guess the photos might be helpful for that too.

The most infuriating thing about TFP

is how fucking SELF-INDULGENT it all is. 

I can deal with them locking up a child. For murdering a child. That actually has happened in England. Won’t even debate the forensic logics of it all. Fair enough, they locked her up.

I won’t debate the fact that they locked her up in Fort Boyard even though that is the most ludicrous thing (Look it up, try not to fucking laugh).

I won’t debate the fact that Mycroft is in the end, a massive idiot (Here, have this mastermind criminal as a toy, tell him how you murdered Sherlock’s friend because you were jealous and misunderstood…@&*$?%*$**)

I won’t debate the fact Sherlock would choose John Watson over his brother. Would be LOVELY though if he DID inform John Watson WHY THAT IS. INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT UNSAID SO THAT CASUALS MIGHT NOT BE OFFENDED BY THE GAYNESS OF IT ALL.

I will however express outrage at the piss-poor self-indulgent writing of the episode, the fact it was messy, incoherent with the rest of the series, the fact it was a disservice to every single female character on this show, the fact that EVEN THOUGH THEY READ THE FUCKING LGBTQ REPRESENTATION BBC REPORT, they still managed to make criminals of all the queer characters.

Every single one of them.

I will express outrage the fact that they demonized women or just humiliated them for shits and giggles. I will express outrage over the fact they made this about “bros before hoes” in every single despicable sense of the expression.

I will express outrage at the fact they took REDBEARD THE DOG away from us.

I will express outrage at the fact they butchered Moriarty’s character. 

I will express outrage at the fact they couldn’t afford a set for the final episode so they basically made it in the worst conceived prison in the history of mankind where every room leads to the next room through doors that slide in the walls. Oh the logic of it all.

I will also express outrage at the fact they ripped off Hannibal (the show, the movies, the FUCKING BOOKS) about a myriad of concepts except one: the part of Hannibal THE SHOW where it’S GAYYYYYYYYYYYY. 

I will express outrage at the fact they didn’t want to make John be the one to tell Sherlock he loves him. As if he didn’t.

“WHO LOVES YOU? IRENE?” Fu

This was sad. And apparently they’re not even done with us. 

Yay. Season 5. 

Jesus Fucking H. Christ. 

The final problem, know what it was?

THEY BECAME SO PLEASED WITH THEMSELVES THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO END THEIR OWN FUCKING SHOW :(