1. moriartysskull:

    Their Richards will be so very very different…

     
  2. heidi8:

    londonphile:

    Thanks, RT for the glorious 4262x2842 HQ :)

    (http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-10-01/first-official-picture-of-benedict-cumberbatch-in-the-hollow-crown)

    Share, and enjoy.

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  3. piningjohn:

    Think of HLV as ASIB. Think of it, not as bad writing but as brilliant writing. Because, both of those episodes are all about subversion and playing with the audience assumptions. 

    What’s the most likely assumption people make when they watch ASIB? That Sherlock is in love with Irene. 

    What’s the biggest assumption people make when they watch HLV? That John forgave Mary. 

    In both case there is absolutely nothing indicating that those assumptions are true, but the narrative, on the surface, makes you think they are true because it plays with your expectations. If you take a look further, though ,both of those assumptions don’t make sense. 

    In ASIB’s case Sherlock never, never seems to return Irene’s interest. He doesn’t flirt back, he doesn’t want to have “dinner” with her (which, as we all know at this point is a metaphor for having sex) he doesn’t even answer her texts. Like, his disinterest couldn’t be more blatant. But there are two things working against the audience seeing Sherlock’s disinterest. 

    1). Their expectations. If a beautiful woman shows a romantic interest in the main character therefore the main character must be into her. Even when said main character has said that girlfriends aren’t his idea, even when said main character has literally been beaten and drugged without his consent by said possible romantic interest. People will forget those facts because they have had a lifetime of watching movies and shows where it doesn’t matter the main character and the beautiful woman end up together. Well not this time. 

    2.) John. Every time someone equates Sherlock as being in love with Irene in ASIB (except for Mycroft’s little speech at the end, but is he even really speaking about Irene) it’s John. It’s John who asks Mrs Hudson if Sherlock ever had a girlfriend or a boyfriend, it’s John who insinuates that sherlock may be heartbroken although he says himself that “Sherlock does that anyway”, it’s John who assumes that Sherlock not answering Irene’s texts is a way to show his interest (seriously John???). ASIB isn’t about Sherlock falling in love with Irene and heroically saving her at the end, it’s about John pining after Sherlock and seeing Irene as the romantic obstacle she actually isn’t. Cue those gifs. 

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    (credits to Jadzia)

    Now, what about HLV. The main assumption, I guess, is that John forgave Mary when everything except the surface narrative indicates that HE DIDN’T. I’m only going to list a few things because we could go one forever on the subject and it has already been debated at length. 

    1.) It’s completely against John’s entire characterization. I once said that Mary being John’s wife and someone he loved wouldn’t make him want to forgive her but would only make the betrayal worse because she knows what he went through when Sherlock first died, she had his trust and she was willing to literally destroy John again by killing Sherlock. John wouldn’t be inclined to forgive that. As a matter of fact John wouldn’t be inclined to forgive anyone who hurt Sherlock LET ALONE SHOOT HIM. 

    2.) Having a forgiveness scene where the words “I forgive you” are never uttered especially when you have an other forgiveness scene in the same season where the words “I forgive you” ARE uttered. Knowing how much those writers love their parallels do you think it’s a coincidence? Not at all. 

    3.) The narrative deliberately reminding us AFTER Mary was supposedly “forgiven” that she’s a terrible person by having Magnussen say she’s “a bad girl” and “wicked”. Everybody thinks that Magnussen is vile, once again, it’s absolutely deliberate to make this character who we’ve seen licking someone’s face against their will and using his power in despicable ways  literally saying out loud that Mary is worse than him. You’re not supposed to think that Mary is a person who made bad choices and is trying to repent. At least not if you’re willing to go further than the surface reading. You’re supposed to think that Mary is a villain and is probably going to be set as the main antagonist in s4. 

    Why do people think that Mary is forgiven? Mainly for the same reason that they think Sherlock is in love with Irene. They buy the apparent narrative and don’t go further. 

    Sherlock as a show, plays with expectations all the time, the expectations about canon, the expectations about conventional tropes, the heteronormative assumptions. 

    And in ASIB and HLV it isn’t different. It’s not “bad writing”. It’s brilliant writing. Both of those episodes are playing with expectations, subverting them and showing you that you have to look further. That your expectations are not what’s actually going on here. So look further. 

    Well that was a bit longer than initially intended.

     
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  5. Anonymous said: Can you explain something to me? In TSoT, why does John put the extra shot in what he assumes to be Sherlocks drink?

    kinklock:

    The stag night in John’s mind is his last chance, a Hail Mary if you will, to see if Sherlock could possibly be interested before John marries someone else. (Notice how John doesn’t even question that it’s just the two of them for an event that’s normally a group outing?) He wants to get Sherlock more drunk than he intends so that he can lower his inhibitions and see what Sherlock’s reaction is to, say, John moving in between Sherlock’s legs and groping his knee. Sherlock doesn’t really “get the hang of this game” and then they’re interrupted, so John doesn’t get to press further. “What a wasted opportunity” indeed. 

     
  6. earlgreytea68:

    @deludedillusions replied to your post “@januarymarlinquin replied to your post: anonymous said:Someone asked…”

    This is why I really hope the Moriarty thing was a hoax by Mycroft to save his baby brother and scare Mary. That’s the only version I really think is plausible…

    Yeah, I love this theory. 

     
  7. stbartsmolly:

    make me choose
    ↳anonymous asked: molly or and lestrade

     
  8. ughbenedict:

    toxicsemicolon:

    I’m going into battle, John. I need the right armour.

    A firefighter’s jacket? Not what he needs to face The Woman? Oh. Oh, I see.

    *add to the towering stack of “burn the heart out of you” metaphors*

    Wow. I’ve never noticed and it’s so so important. I think everyone recognises Moriarty’s words on an instant, but there are so many scenes paralleled to them that it’s sometime hard to keep on track with them. Like this one, for example. Of course it links to Moriarty’s words. Because Jim said he’ll
    burn the heart out of Sherlock. So, if Sherlock doesn’t need to protect himself from fire in Irene’s case… I guess the meaning of this scene is fairly obvious. Irene doesn’t own Sherlock’s heart. Now, let me just remind you one scene from TEH. The one when Sherlock runs into fire to save John. The fire isn’t accidental at all. Neither in Irene’s, nor John’s case. “Amazing how fire exposes our priorities”, indeed.

    (Source: sextective)

     
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    soft-watson-warm-watson:

i made them look like princesses i’m so sorry

    soft-watson-warm-watson:

    i made them look like princesses i’m so sorry

    (Source: plantpupp)

     
  10. 15:55

    Notes: 585

    Reblogged from martinthehunkyhobbit

    Tags: The HobbitBilbo Baggins

    (Source: notmydate)

     
  11. professorfangirl:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah

aaand she slept with Frida Kahlo.

    professorfangirl:

    queertrees:

    geekygothgirl:

    verycuriousnocure:

    During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

    Our loss, U.S.A….

    If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

    um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

    aaaand she had a pet cheetah

    aaand she slept with Frida Kahlo.

     
  12. silentauroriamthereal:

    vaginal-diabetus:

    Once again… I can not with this scene.

    One of the more deliberate moments where the watcher witnesses the depth of Sherlock’s pining.  Sherlock is referring to John’d romanticism in relation to his blog.. which, let’s be clear, is a blog revolving around Sherlock.  John isn’t romanticizing crime, or murder, or the generality of cases…  he’s romanticizing Sherlock, his mind, his acuity, their time together, who Sherlock is specifically as a man and John responds to Sherlock’s identity by writing about it with great depth and affection.   

    Up until now Sherlock has been the primary recipient of John’s romantic attentions.  Not outright physical romance, but something with perhaps even far greater intimacy.  John accounting Sherlock with beautiful sincerity, and genuine respect, his words making Sherlock into something desirable.  (Which in turn, Sherlock returns that same level of romanticism in his best man’s speech.)

    Sherlock was probably content just having that from John.  Having love expressed through the safe medium of John’s blog.  Sherlock’s small hesitation and and averting his eyes so he’s not looking right at John, pursing his lips.  His tone and expression is a cocktail mix of regret, guilt over having these feelings in the middle of this event, and internalized longing.  

    //cries forever

    This^

    (Source: sherlocked-for-life)

     
  13. 10:12

    Notes: 86

    Reblogged from kinklock

    Tags: BBC SherlockSeries 2John Watson

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  14. roane72:

    I think every episode of AoS should start with Peggy and the Howling Commandos.

    (Source: agentofgifs)

     
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    kriskenshin:

"I used to be younger."
"Yes, of course you were, John. We do, in fact, all start out as younger versions of ourselves. In this case, much younger."
…
"Ouch! What was that for?"
"For being a right arse. Now give me back the photo."
"No, I don’t think I will."
…
"Ow! Stop pinching me!"
"No, I don’t think I will, Sherlock."

    kriskenshin:

    "I used to be younger."

    "Yes, of course you were, John. We do, in fact, all start out as younger versions of ourselves. In this case, much younger."

    "Ouch! What was that for?"

    "For being a right arse. Now give me back the photo."

    "No, I don’t think I will."

    "Ow! Stop pinching me!"

    "No, I don’t think I will, Sherlock."