mild-lunacy:

thebrownette:

sherlock-undercover:

When John heard water splashing and realized Janine went into Sherlock’s bath.
He actually clenched his jaw.

This is painful and unfair. I never want to have to see John so resigned and sad-eyed and disappointed again.

It’s actually amazing to me that this works in a platonic framework, in retrospect. Like, they built up their relationship so deftly that even this rather obvious display of pain, devastation, jealousy— it still flies by. I’m not just intrigued by the idea that people simply don’t see it— heteronormativity or whatever other reason. But I’m also curious about how this fits with ‘queer-baiting’ and whatever goes on in shows like SPN and Teen Wolf, and whether it’s anything like this (I’d love to do a cross-fandom analysis, if I watched those shows). Like, when you look at Martin Freeman’s face, his emotions are very present— transparent, even— and very specific. It’s not just ‘longing looks’ or ‘eye-fucking’, or what have you, which can be ambiguous or seen as projection. This is pure acting, narratively speaking, just a sincere look at John and John’s feelings. It actually cannot afford to be baiting or insincere in any way. This is not performative, and therefore unambiguous: it’s just how John feels, and it’s pretty much straightforward. The moment is parallel to the focus on Sherlock’s expressions as he walked away from the dance in TSoT.
To be honest, I feel that interpreting the show to be ambiguous involves more mental acrobatics and justifications than not, and it ultimately harms the characterization, especially of John and Sherlock in particular. It’s the simplest thing in the world to see how John feels, ‘cause it’s actually how I felt myself when I heard Janine with Sherlock in the bathroom, way before I’d decided to believe in ‘canon Johnlock’ as a thing: I was just devastated and betrayed. That is just the surface reading of the show; it is not subtext at all. This is that swooping feeling where he has to be questioning all the unspoken hopes he’d been nurturing, all the comfort and understanding with Sherlock he’d gained in TSoT. A double whammy of not being needed— either as Sherlock’s friend (since Sherlock never called about his relapse) or as his lover (since he apparently has a sexuality, and that too has nothing to do with John). The viewer is placed in John’s shoes, and we naturally feel his free-fall, that sinking, sickening feeling which is only exacerbated by Sherlock’s proposal and Mary’s reveal.
This is basically classic romantic angst, in a nutshell, and it’s only the beginning.

I totally agree about the mental gymnastics one needs to do to pretend this is ambiguous. It’s not ambiguous at all, and it isn’t subtext either, if you ask me. It’s as plain as the nose on our faces.

mild-lunacy:

thebrownette:

sherlock-undercover:

When John heard water splashing and realized Janine went into Sherlock’s bath.

He actually clenched his jaw.

This is painful and unfair. I never want to have to see John so resigned and sad-eyed and disappointed again.

It’s actually amazing to me that this works in a platonic framework, in retrospect. Like, they built up their relationship so deftly that even this rather obvious display of pain, devastation, jealousy— it still flies by. I’m not just intrigued by the idea that people simply don’t see it— heteronormativity or whatever other reason. But I’m also curious about how this fits with ‘queer-baiting’ and whatever goes on in shows like SPN and Teen Wolf, and whether it’s anything like this (I’d love to do a cross-fandom analysis, if I watched those shows). Like, when you look at Martin Freeman’s face, his emotions are very present— transparent, even— and very specific. It’s not just ‘longing looks’ or ‘eye-fucking’, or what have you, which can be ambiguous or seen as projection. This is pure acting, narratively speaking, just a sincere look at John and John’s feelings. It actually cannot afford to be baiting or insincere in any way. This is not performative, and therefore unambiguous: it’s just how John feels, and it’s pretty much straightforward. The moment is parallel to the focus on Sherlock’s expressions as he walked away from the dance in TSoT.

To be honest, I feel that interpreting the show to be ambiguous involves more mental acrobatics and justifications than not, and it ultimately harms the characterization, especially of John and Sherlock in particular. It’s the simplest thing in the world to see how John feels, ‘cause it’s actually how I felt myself when I heard Janine with Sherlock in the bathroom, way before I’d decided to believe in ‘canon Johnlock’ as a thing: I was just devastated and betrayed. That is just the surface reading of the show; it is not subtext at all. This is that swooping feeling where he has to be questioning all the unspoken hopes he’d been nurturing, all the comfort and understanding with Sherlock he’d gained in TSoT. A double whammy of not being needed— either as Sherlock’s friend (since Sherlock never called about his relapse) or as his lover (since he apparently has a sexuality, and that too has nothing to do with John). The viewer is placed in John’s shoes, and we naturally feel his free-fall, that sinking, sickening feeling which is only exacerbated by Sherlock’s proposal and Mary’s reveal.

This is basically classic romantic angst, in a nutshell, and it’s only the beginning.

I totally agree about the mental gymnastics one needs to do to pretend this is ambiguous. It’s not ambiguous at all, and it isn’t subtext either, if you ask me. It’s as plain as the nose on our faces.

(via natka-natka-natka)

thursjournal:

maps-with-stars:

ohawkguy:

the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook.

I have so many fancy notebooks but I always write on shitty free notepads that fall apart WHY

my life is full of notebooks i will probably never fill up

GPOY SO HARD.

enigmaticpenguinofdeath:

Mark was on the Film Programme again yesterday, talking detectives - well actually it was more about Fu Manchu than his adversary Nayland Smith, but that’s because the villains are always more interesting! It’s available to listen to again on iPlayer here or you can download it as an mp3 from their podcast site here.
Caution: may involve Mark discussing kinky torture sequences at some length. If you survive that then he’ll be back with another instalment of film detective discussion next week!

Saving to listen to it later…. :-)

enigmaticpenguinofdeath:

Mark was on the Film Programme again yesterday, talking detectives - well actually it was more about Fu Manchu than his adversary Nayland Smith, but that’s because the villains are always more interesting! It’s available to listen to again on iPlayer here or you can download it as an mp3 from their podcast site here.

Caution: may involve Mark discussing kinky torture sequences at some length. If you survive that then he’ll be back with another instalment of film detective discussion next week!

Saving to listen to it later…. :-)

(via fuckyeahmarkgatiss)






"Draw your chair up and hand me my violin, for the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away these bleak autumnal evenings."— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

"Draw your chair up and hand me my violin, for the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away these bleak autumnal evenings."
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

(via sussexbound)

bakerstreetbabes:

will-think-about-a-name-later:

bluebellofbakerstreet:

Number 15 in a series.  A celebration of sartorial splendour.
Others in this series: Basil Rathbone,  Martin Freeman, Jude Law,  Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams,  Jonny Lee Miller, Vinette Robinson, Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Andrew Scott, Nigel Bruce, Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Michael Hall, Two Violets

This is perfect!

:D

If anyone’s sartorial splendor deserves a celebration, it’s his.

bakerstreetbabes:

will-think-about-a-name-later:

bluebellofbakerstreet:

Number 15 in a series.  A celebration of sartorial splendour.

Others in this series: Basil Rathbone Martin FreemanJude Law,  Benedict CumberbatchRachel McAdams,  Jonny Lee MillerVinette RobinsonJeremy BrettDavid BurkeAndrew ScottNigel BruceRobert Downey, Jr.Jon Michael Hall, Two Violets

This is perfect!

:D

If anyone’s sartorial splendor deserves a celebration, it’s his.