19th April, 2014

warmth-and-constancy:

FANDOM: You. Steven Moffat. What have we ever done — hmm? — our whole lives … to deserve you?

GATISS: Technically nothing, but—

FANDOM: Sorry, who are you again?

GATISS: Um. The other showrunner.

FANDOM: Oh, sorry. We’re fixated on Moffat and convinced that it’s entirely his show. What were you saying?

GATISS: Seriously, Fandom. You’re a group of people who have made endless gifsets of scenes that he wrote and tagged them “johnlock.” You all point out, over and over, the super-gay gayness of the big gay pilot that he wrote. The other showrunner is a proud, openly gay man who works with LGBT organizations, has written original characters who can be interpreted as bisexual, and appreciates the queer subtext and “desperately unspoken” love that Holmes has for Watson in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and never shuts up about it, really. That’s me, by the way. Hello. 

(Steve Thompson apparates into the scene, dressed in rainbow-colored wizard’s robes and wielding a decidedly phallic Staff of Subtext.)

GATISS: Even the third writer exists primarily to get John and Sherlock holding hands and groping each other’s knees.

THOMPSON: It’s Mofftiss’s show. I was just typing. …Heh heh heh.

(He disapparates.)

GATISS: Fandom, you are addicted to the blatantly Johnlocky moments in the show. You’re not-at-all-abnormally attracted to the chemistry between the two main characters which exists as a result of the decisions made by the actors and the director in response to both the script itself and to the conversations involving Steven and myself during pre-production. So is it truly such a stretch to imagine that the person who came up with the Angelo’s and Battersea Power Station scenes and that whole ‘Sherlock rises from the dead and hauls himself up the pink lady staircase to save John’ thing might actually be on the same page as me and Thompson?

FANDOM (its voice full of suppressed tears): But he wasn’t supposed to be like that. Why is he like that?

GATISS: Because I chose him.

FANDOM: …

GATISS: Seriously, I chose him. This is the person I approached with my plan to create a modern Holmes adaptation using The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as a template. He and I are working together to bring that vision to life. He wrote a whole episode based on that movie! You know, the one I never shut up about. It’s really great. The love that Holmes has for Watson—

FANDOM: You…you mean Moffat ships it? How could we not see that?

MOFFAT: You did see it. The opening credits of the three Johnlockiest episodes — not including the one we all wrote together, of course, which is mad gay — all include the words “WRITTEN BY STEVEN MOFFAT.”

FANDOM: …

GATISS: And you kept watching.

MOFFAT: He’s right. It’s what you like. Now, are we done here? I have to go write some episodes of Doctor Who, which is in no way, shape, or form the same kind of project as Sherlock, except that it is also a television show which is on television.

GATISS: Right, off you go. Now, Fandom. Want to watch The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes with me? I’ll point out the parallels to Steven’s ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’!

FANDOM: …Okay.

19th April, 2014

skulls-and-tea:

cantpronounce:

anigrrrl2:

welovethebeekeeper:

yourlittlegoldfish:

Holy-moly! Thanks for slowing this down. I never noticed the look on John’s face before. That may just be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So much peace, contentment, happiness and love.

Look at the second gif: that’s a snuggle!

They love each other so much. It’s just so sweet and wonderful and also heartbreaking as hell.

I like the first one because he pulls Sherlock to him

Still though, the most awkwardly-positioned ‘Let’s make sure our dicks don’t touch’ side-hug in history. And hello gif #2, I swear that’s a thumb on the nape of Sherlock’s neck above the collar.
—Oh, right. Remember to give him the dudely man-clap on the back. That’s no homo. Smooth, John. Real smooth.
This gifset makes me want to weep.
skulls-and-tea:

cantpronounce:

anigrrrl2:

welovethebeekeeper:

yourlittlegoldfish:

Holy-moly! Thanks for slowing this down. I never noticed the look on John’s face before. That may just be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So much peace, contentment, happiness and love.

Look at the second gif: that’s a snuggle!

They love each other so much. It’s just so sweet and wonderful and also heartbreaking as hell.

I like the first one because he pulls Sherlock to him

Still though, the most awkwardly-positioned ‘Let’s make sure our dicks don’t touch’ side-hug in history. And hello gif #2, I swear that’s a thumb on the nape of Sherlock’s neck above the collar.
—Oh, right. Remember to give him the dudely man-clap on the back. That’s no homo. Smooth, John. Real smooth.
This gifset makes me want to weep.
skulls-and-tea:

cantpronounce:

anigrrrl2:

welovethebeekeeper:

yourlittlegoldfish:

Holy-moly! Thanks for slowing this down. I never noticed the look on John’s face before. That may just be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So much peace, contentment, happiness and love.

Look at the second gif: that’s a snuggle!

They love each other so much. It’s just so sweet and wonderful and also heartbreaking as hell.

I like the first one because he pulls Sherlock to him

Still though, the most awkwardly-positioned ‘Let’s make sure our dicks don’t touch’ side-hug in history. And hello gif #2, I swear that’s a thumb on the nape of Sherlock’s neck above the collar.
—Oh, right. Remember to give him the dudely man-clap on the back. That’s no homo. Smooth, John. Real smooth.
This gifset makes me want to weep.
skulls-and-tea:

cantpronounce:

anigrrrl2:

welovethebeekeeper:

yourlittlegoldfish:

Holy-moly! Thanks for slowing this down. I never noticed the look on John’s face before. That may just be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So much peace, contentment, happiness and love.

Look at the second gif: that’s a snuggle!

They love each other so much. It’s just so sweet and wonderful and also heartbreaking as hell.

I like the first one because he pulls Sherlock to him

Still though, the most awkwardly-positioned ‘Let’s make sure our dicks don’t touch’ side-hug in history. And hello gif #2, I swear that’s a thumb on the nape of Sherlock’s neck above the collar.
—Oh, right. Remember to give him the dudely man-clap on the back. That’s no homo. Smooth, John. Real smooth.
This gifset makes me want to weep.

skulls-and-tea:

cantpronounce:

anigrrrl2:

welovethebeekeeper:

yourlittlegoldfish:

Holy-moly! Thanks for slowing this down. I never noticed the look on John’s face before. That may just be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. So much peace, contentment, happiness and love.

Look at the second gif: that’s a snuggle!

They love each other so much. It’s just so sweet and wonderful and also heartbreaking as hell.

I like the first one because he pulls Sherlock to him

Still though, the most awkwardly-positioned ‘Let’s make sure our dicks don’t touch’ side-hug in history. And hello gif #2, I swear that’s a thumb on the nape of Sherlock’s neck above the collar.

—Oh, right. Remember to give him the dudely man-clap on the back. That’s no homo. Smooth, John. Real smooth.

This gifset makes me want to weep.

(Source: halloawhatisthis, via whymycroft)

19th April, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Your metas blew my mind! Would love to hear your opinion on why Jim calling Mycroft - The Ice Man

deducingbbcsherlock:

mild-lunacy:

deducingbbcsherlock:

Thanks very much! :) I really love this question.

"Thank God for the consultant criminal. Gave me a lot of advice about how to play the Holmes boys. Do you know what he calls you? The Ice Man… and the Virgin. Didn’t even ask for anything, he just likes to cause trouble—that’s my kind of man.”

I bolded that bit because this is the crux of Jim’s genius – he plays people. His schemes work so well not because he’s got some sort of omniscient superpower, but because he knows how to manipulate people, how to predict their actions. And he makes room for error – he strategizes. His “game” is like chess, watching his opponents and reacting to their moves and backing them into a corner until he gets the results he wants. Jim’s so good at this, he’s pretty much able to rig the game before it really begins.

So he apparently gave Irene a lot of advice on how to play the Holmes boys. How does one “play” people? Well, one way – probably the most important way – is that you learn their pressure points. That’s not just a Cam thing – Jim talks about the concept in TRF on the roof. Everyone person has their pressure point.

Pressure points can be people you care deeply about – we see a lot of that in HLV. But pressure points can also be things that make you uncomfortable, secrets you want to keep secret.

Jim is relentlessly sexually aggressive with Sherlock. Most of his dialogue is loaded with innuendo because he knows it’ll mess with Sherlock’s head. He knows Sherlock is celibate and despite Sherlock’s “I am above this” attitude towards sex and romantic relationships, Jim knows it’s one of his pressure points.

I will burn the heart out of you. (I’ve been reliably informed I don’t have one.) But we both know that’s not quite true.

(Mycroft knows this about Sherlock as well. Sex doesn’t alarm me. How would you know?)

So Jim called Sherlock “The Virgin,” told Irene that Sherlock’s lack of experience in this area was one way to trip him up – and Irene took his advice. She was just as sexually aggressive with Sherlock as Jim (even more so….we haven’t seen Jim shock Sherlock by walking into a room naked. YET.) (*eyes Mofftiss expectantly*)

And Jim called Mycroft “The Ice Man,” indicating he’s cold, indifferent, unfeeling. Well, that’s weird – Mycroft would rather pride himself on that, wouldn’t he? A proper sociopath. So how would this help Irene “play” him? How is this a pressure point?

I’m not lonely, Sherlock. (How would you know?)

Your loss would break my heart.

I’m not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one.

Being “The Ice Man” is a pressure point for Mycroft in the exact way being “The Virgin” is for Sherlock. Sherlock purposefully avoids sex and romance. Mycroft purposefully avoids love and friends. Both of them act as if they are above these things. Both of them want to believe this is how they are wired, this is their natural state of being, that they neither need nor want to “get involved.”

But Jim knows that’s not quite true.

The Ice Man and The Virgin – such different nicknames, but they essentially boil down to the same thing, this pressure point both Holmes boys share: their fear of the potential consequences of “getting involved.” Neither of them are anywhere near as emotionally indifferent as they’d like to believe –

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– and that’s one hell of a pressure point.

Thinking about this, it seems clear that directly addressing Sherlock’s sexuality is going to be necessary for Sherlock’s arc in the show. It’s even obvious, once you see it: if this is a pressure point for Sherlock, and it clearly is, you can’t just keep dancing around it (in terms of narrative logic). Eventually, it’s going to have to be pressed. 

I was thinking about this with John, too, thinking about the choice of leaving John’s sexuality ‘as is’ (whether or not he ever gets together with Sherlock), and challenging all those claims he made. I mean, John has pressure points intersecting with Sherlock’s (and therefore Mycroft’s) that no one really addresses. Well, there’s Mary, but everyone gets Mary. What about before Mary? In an odd way, it’s interesting how obvious both Mycroft and Sherlock really are, and how opaque John is. With his supposedly straightforward not-gayness and his supposed normality and his supposed desire for— what? That’s begun to be challenged in HLV, also.  They’ve at least asked the question of ‘what does John Watson want?’, and this implies that it’s fair game to be answered, rather than assumed. It’s the first move in a longer play.

In a really fascinating way, the whole show is about John and Sherlock deducing each other. If you think about it: John’s conversations with Mycroft and Irene in ASiB, Sherlock’s talk with Mind Palace!Mycroft in TSOT, Sherlock’s conversation with John and Mary in HLV, all of these are something like chess-moves in terms of determining positions, desires, as if they were deductions. The thing is, I don’t think Sherlock can ever really figure out what John likes without exposing and understanding what he likes. It’s a game of hearts disguised as a series of deductions. (God, but I love it.)

^^^^^^^THAT. All of that.

19th April, 2014

Anonymous asks:

what would you prefer to see in season 4: John's scar and his room at 221B or some johnlock action?

lokis-army-at-221b:

BASED ON MY BLOG AND MY LIFE CHOICES WHAT DO YOU THINK

Well, if you get the latter, you get to see the former as well, no?