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Reasons why the Lost Special needs to exist, and why things can’t simply be resolved in Series 5

It will look like Mofftiss are trying to sweep up their mess to appease people. It would look, and feel, more like damage control than the epic finale it deserves to be. It would make them look bad, like they truly don’t know what they’re doing and are just making things up as they go along. (This would also be a danger if the episode wouldn’t have been secretly filmed already.) I think we can all agree that they can both be pretty arrogant. Would they let their egos be damaged like that?

Everyone involved with the show thinks s4 is the best yet. It’s been described with these phrases:

“Insane wish fulfillment”

“Groundbreaking”

“If we can pull this off…it would be…television history”

“Never been done before”

“Love conquers all”

And there are more, of course, those are just the ones right off the top of my head.

Steven Moffat said he may be more proud of TFP then ASiB. Even a complete amateur like me could look at both scripts side by side and know there’s no contest between them. Moffat is a professional, so is Gatiss. There’s no way Steven would even think this unless it was part of something bigger. I refuse to believe that they would throw all of their rules of writing out the window, especially right after TLD, which was beautifully written. If TFP is it, if there’s nothing else, then surely Moffat should be more proud of TLD? Wouldn’t that make more sense? (Not that, y’know, anything about this is making sense. But I try anyways. The joys of insanity.)

This series was very deliberately marketed to lead the audience to believe that Sherlock would be given a love interest. The I love you trailer was edited in such a way that made it seem like Sherlock had a dark secret, and that this secret was that he was in love. The “I love you” was the climax, the cliffhanger of this trailer. And the actual context of the lines within the episodes themselves do not matter. It’s all about how the trailer’s narrative, on its own, was structured, the way the audience would perceive it in the context it was given in. And everyone was buzzing about who Sherlock could be in love with; there were countless discussions of it in the Youtube comments alone. The vast majority of the comments were about just that. People wanted to know why Sherlock was saying it, who he was saying it to. This. Was. Deliberate. And even if you can shrug off the trailer, can you shrug off the BBC iPlayer tweeting this?

This is not how you market your show if you’re not going to pull through.

This goes beyond queerbaiting. This is leading the audience on, all of the audience. And then there was TLD, and the whole “romantic entanglement” - “would complete you as a human being” thing. This isn’t just about Johnlock. It doesn’t matter who it’s about because again, this is another way of saying that Sherlock will be given a love interest. There might be Chekhov rifles hanging everywhere in this series, but this one is the biggest of all. A huge amount of attention was drawn to it…only for nothing to come of it in TFP.

So a romance was all but promised for s4, and they didn’t deliver. Would they have built up all this hype if the plan was to leave us to wait for years for it to happen? Um. No. Not unless they didn’t know what they were doing.

In fact, believing that there truly is nothing else coming requires you to believe that nobody knew what they were doing. Not one person, because otherwise TFP would not have happened the way it did…unless there is more.

Steven Moffat said that the cliffhanger of Series 4 would leave fans “desperate for series five”. TFP ended on…the complete opposite of a cliffhanger? Not to mention, they’ve said they’ve had things mapped out for five series for years and years. If they leave things as is, with things “””””resolved””””” the way they are in TFP, s5 will look completely tacked on to that.

Let’s be real, if they let TFP just sit for 2+ years as is, I’m not even sure if there can be a Series 5. The reviews were terrible. The ratings were the worst they’d ever been. Most people hated it. If this is left cold long enough, if nothing happens soon, people will become indifferent. They won’t care anymore. They’ll move on. This is why we need the Lost Special, and this is why it needs to come out sooner rather than later. Otherwise, there is no hope for this show.

What OCD Actually Means

I feel like most people will look at a statement about OCD such as, “this is a real illness that ruins people’s lives so stop throwing the word around” and think that means “some people’s lives are made hard by their extreme neat-freak-ness where they have to clean everything and put all their pencils in order”.

No. That’s NOT how it works.

Can there be OCD compulsions that involve straightening and cleaning? Sure. But it’s not in a neat-freak sort of way.

I have OCD. I can also be a neat freak. But they’re not related–it’s two different thought processes.

I LIKE being a neat freak. I makes me feel good and like I’ve accomplished something. It is a positive thing.

I DON’T like my OCD obsessions and compulsions.

OCD is related to anxiety. It means having obsessions (intrusive thoughts–that means thoughts you don’t want but they come anyway–like bad things happening to people you love, bad things happening to you, you doing immoral things…all in great detail) that lead to compulsions (actions that temporarily relieve the anxiety caused by the unwanted thoughts).

Basically, your brain gets stuck on repeat.

Think of it this way:

Your little siblings/cousins/kids that you babysit have this really annoying kiddie show that they LOVE, and they’re sitting down watching it. Now, there’s this one part of the show that you REALLY despise for whatever reason. Maybe you find it creepy, or it’s extremely cheesy, or it’s got annoying voices, or whatever. The TV suddenly messes up and and plays The Part over and over again. It’s so loud you can’t escape it, not even by going into another room. And besides that, dang it, you’re trying to study for a final!

So you run in there and turn off the TV set. Phew. All is quiet.

Then as soon as you walk out of the room, it turns on again.

And this continues to happen all day. (Your final? Psssh, you fail with flying colors.)

This is what someone with OCD’s life is like.

Better yet, I’ll raise you one.

Maybe it’s a horror movie and you hate horror movies and the worst, gore-fest-y part suddenly starts replaying in front of you. You try to turn off the TV but this time it won’t even stop temporarily. The only way to get it to quit is to do a hand-stand.

Get it now?

OCD is not just having quirks about doing things in a certain order, because we all have those. It’s not about wanting things a certain way or having a penchant for cleanliness.

Its severity can range from just a general, mild, niggling feeling that you can resist if you pay enough attention, to an ohhhmygosh my whole entire family will die if i don’t do this and it would be all my fault FLAT-OUT PANIC.

This is why you should not try to stop someone you know with OCD from doing their compulsions. Just let them. Because they’re not going to magically snap out of it just because you told them to. A switch has been thrown in their brain that they cannot shut off.

We know what we’re doing is not normal, and we hate it, but we don’t have any way of breaking the cycle in our mind. We are slaves to an invisible master.

Plus, being confronted about it is going to instantly raise our anxiety level, which just throws any chance of us actually being able to comply out the window. OCD is related to anxiety, therefore it can only be conquered when you are calm.

Recovery from OCD IS possible. But it takes time, and sweat, and tears to learn the rules of the mind game, and how to win it.

(Or, should I say, cheat it.)

You’ll find that when pop culture throws around a mental illness term…they’re actually wrong.

It’s…a bit not good.

People with OCD making jokes about their OCD - Yay! Go ahead. If it makes it easier for you to deal with your OCD, or it provides a distance to the OCD or anything of that kind it is great. 
People without OCD making jokes about OCD - Could you not?