pennswoods: (Bored by redscharlach)
I am busy grading and coding data, so of course I spent the morning writing meta. Originally posted to [my Tumblr].

Reading Mycroft meta has just given me an awful, awful thought. One of the hallmarks of so much fiction about boys becoming men is how they struggle with loss and through it move toward independence.

Even though BBC Sherlock is not about a boy becoming a man, Lestrade’s early words (Sherlock Holmes is a great man, and I think one day—if we’re very very lucky—he might even be a good one) coupled with the creators’ claim that this is not a detective story but rather a story about a detective suggests that we are watching a story about the formation and maturation of a character (Sherlock Holmes), in which the people, cases and challenges he faces are what help him grow into his full self. One of these people/challenges is his relationship with his older, smarter, more powerful brother, Mycroft.

It’s easy to sneer at and be annoyed by Mycroft’s overbearing and controlling nature throughout the show, and the Sherlock series has featured both the ominous and ridiculous sides of ‘The British Government’. But series 3 has further highlighted just how tied together the two Holmes brothers are, with the older having a history of looking out for, rescuing, and overshadowing the younger. stephisanerd points out a great deal of this in her meta on Sherlock and Mycroft (go read it if you haven’t yet). And Mycroft’s own words to Sherlock in HLV (Your loss would break my heart), reveal such a depth of caring behind all of Mycroft’s annoying and underappreciated (by Sherlock) controlling and protective behavior.

However, sometimes when we coddle someone too much, we prevent them from growing and maturing in their full potential. I have just said that Sherlock is not a story about a boy becoming a man, but in some ways the almost willful immaturity of Sherlock suggests that this is exactly what this show is about.

And now for the awful, awful thought.

I have been rooting for Sherlock to break free of old habits and patterns, and I see his relationship with others and the formation of friendships as a way to achieve this (e.g. John replacing Mycroft as Sherlock’s inner voice in his Mind Palace; Sherlock listening to and taking social cues from Molly).

But another way to achieve independence is through overcoming the loss of a protector or guardian figure who has always been there (think Harry Potter after the death of Dumbledore in book 6 of the HP series). And it just occurred to me that in my exuberance to figure out Mary and what will happen to her, that I am forgetting about Mycroft and what series 4 and 5 might hold for him.

How will Sherlock cope if the east wind comes and takes Mycroft?

pennswoods: (221B Baker Street)
I was watching HLV again yesterday and was inspired to meta. I keep picking at this because I am so taken with how carefully Mycroft and Mary seem to keep their distance from each other this entire series, even though she shot his little brother, and he's supposed to be brilliant at deductions and extremely powerful. Originally posted to Tumblr [HERE].

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A while back I posed the theory that Mary may have actually been working for Mycroft all along and that this might explain a number of peculiarities in series 3. But I’ve been watching HLV again and am even more convinced by a few key moments that point to the Mycroft and Mary connection as a viable possibility:


  1. Sherlock trusts Mary

  2. We first see Mycroft speak to Mary when he learns Moriarty is back

  3. Mycroft really has no good reason for getting out of his car

  4. Mary’s words hint that she has other sources about Moriarty

The Mycroft and Mary Connection... )
pennswoods: (Tedious by redscharlach)

This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I seriously have a thing for Sherlock’s hair. I love drawing it, enjoy reading about it, and fantasize about giving it a good yank.

*sigh*

But Sherlock’s hair isn’t all that consistent. I adored his Series 1 hair - it was so full and rich and curled every which way. But his Series 2 hair was a lot less fun. The curls only seemed to appear when there was a strong breeze. The rest of the time, they were carefully combed down. This is really apparent in the trial scene in TRF where Sherlock’s hair is overcombed and overstyled until it looked like his locks were merely wavy and not curly.

By Series 3, his gorgeous curls were back, even when cut rather short in TSOT. When Claire Prichard explained that she didn’t style Benedict’s hair for Series 2, this difference made sense. Whoever did his hair for Series 2 must not have been using the twist and diffuse method.

My favorite Sherlock hair had to be in HLV. The curls were full and soft and touchable and framed his beautiful face. I think my favorite hair moment was when he and John were riding the elevator up Magnussen’s tower. However, my least favorite hair moment was also in Series 3. In Many Happy Returns, Sherlock’s hair is a crispy, crunchy mess. I guess even the world’s only consulting detective has bad hair days, and that was definitely the worst I’d seen.

So tell me, what’s your favorite Sherlock hair? And what’s you’re least favorite?

[Also posted to my Tumblr]

pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

The following was my response to an Ask I received on my Tumblr regarding Rowling's revelation regarding pairing Hermione and Ron...

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I saw reference to it on Twitter yesterday and links like this one here which led to a discussion with fellow HP fans, some of whom were upset or stunned or ecstatic about this announcement. This is my own personal response to the announcement based upon my past experience in the HP fandom and my friendships with other HP fans who were very invested in or affected by this specific shipping discussion. It’s also very much related to where I find myself right now shipping Johnlock in the Sherlock fandom:


1. Why today? I wasn’t personally invested in Hermione and Ron or Hermione and Harry as I joined the fandom rather late (2005) and was never really a canon shipper (Neville/Luna was my first ship but it was Snape/Harry and Snape/Hermione that eventually became my competing OTPs). When I asked ‘why today’, this elicited a few responses:


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It makes sense, as drinkingcocoa-tpp suggests, that Rowling revealed this to someone she knows and trusts. But this wasn’t a private conversation with Emma Watson. The audience was much bigger, and Rowling is not naive when it comes to media attention when she gives interviews about Harry Potter. She may have trusted Emma to handle this question with care when writing this article, but why reveal this information now?


@biblioaesthetica’s comment suggests this could be related to new Harry Potter works Rowling may be involved in and specific choices she is grappling with. We do know she’s co-producing a play taking place in the pre-Harry Potter years, so this could be possible. It’s also possible that involvement in this project is making her revisit authorial decisions on past books. In other words, she really wanted to talk about the writing process and how she has grown or how time has given her different perspectives on her writing. This is very interesting.


I personally was wondering if there was something she had been confronted with in her own life or in the lives of those around her that made her reconsider her decision to marry Hermione and Ron. Have conversations with young women (like Emma Watson) about Hermione and what she means to women that age led her to revisit this choice? I can’t really know, but I am still wondering, why this conversation needed to happen now and in this format.


2. What does this mean for Harry Potter fans? This is related to thegoldendoe's response and the response of several friends who were deeply involved in the Harry Potter fandom, particularly the shipping of Hermione with either Ron or Harry and were affected by the fallout of the shipping wars that occurred as a result.

More on shipping, Johnlock and authorial intent... )
pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

In the Three Patch Podcast’s reaction roundtable to The Sign of Three, several of us observed that although the episode was supposedly about a wedding (the one word hint we had been given by Moffat and Gatiss) we never actually saw a wedding, only a reception. However, upon revisiting the episode, it became clear that we did indeed witness a wedding, but it wasn’t John and Mary’s. It was Sherlock’s.


His Last (Marriage) Vow )

[Originally posted to Tumblr]

pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

I avidly followed all the #setlock reports and filming updates, it was exciting to finally see all these bits and pieces come together in the finished episodes. However, not all the moments fans saw filmed were used.

Interestingly, there was one particular moment of filming/photography that didn’t make it into any of the episodes or the minisode and yet adorns the inside cover of the series 3 DVD and the cover of the series 3 soundtrack.  This was the image the BBCOne Twitter used to promote the beginning of the series on December 3rd and January 1st.


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[Source]


I think the BBC was letting us know the central thread linking these episodes. Those of us who were drawn to the vibe of unrequited love and longing (whether platonic or romantic) on Sherlock’s part throughout the series did so for a reason. It was the intended underlying theme of the series and was foreshadowed in this promo still.

[Originally Posted to Tumblr]

pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

Below are my further thoughts on The Empty Hearse after a second viewing. (Original post on Tumblr here). This builds upon my initial reactions recorded here and is also influenced by heaps of meta I have encountered online over the past several days:

Spoilers for The Empty Hearse... )
pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

[Originally Posted to My Tumblr]

I tend to rewatch past episodes of Sherlock while doing fanart. So although my focus isn’t on the details of the show, being somewhat detatched can spark a connection I wouldn’t otherwise have made. This happened recently during a rewatch of Scandal, my favorite Sherlock episode, when Mycroft replied to Sherlock’s "Sex doesn’t alarm me" comment with a sneering "How would you know". The obvious underlying explanation to this is that Sherlock wouldn’t know because he has no experience with sex; he is, according to Moriarty’s nickname for him, a virgin.

What if what Mycroft’s dig isn’t about Sherlock being a virgin but is instead reference to his past drug use? This is the same episode in which Mycroft declares that caring is not an advantage, yet he clearly has a system arranged with John in the event of a Danger Night, suggesting that Mycroft has seen Sherlock turn to drugs when facing emotional upheaval. The exchange between Mycroft and John over the phone indicates that this has happened before, confirmed by Sherlock’s complaint to John that he hopes he didn’t mess up his sock index this time.

Thus Sherlock’s destructive history of drug use is a present and visible aspect of this episode alongside the more obvious theme of sexuality. Mycroft’s “How would you know” might not be in relation to Sherlock having no prior sexual experience but rather to the fact that Sherlock was always too high to feel or care or be alarmed when he did have sex.

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