Fakes own death and leaves person who loves them to see the result.
Makes unexpected reappearance when ‘loved one’ has moved on and is back to health/happiness.
Person who loves them goes into natural shock and incomprehension at this sudden reappearance.
Person who loves them lashes out, unable to accept the return, and unable to forgive the person for betraying them.
Plays emotional games with the person who loves them to get the reaction they want.
The reaction post I needed and was too angry to make myself.
…that’s really fucked up.
And also quite a representation of how Moffat’s writing clearly favors cleverness over being an actual good person, and therefore what was framed as terrible in Elementary (as it should have been) was framed as perfectly acceptable because the plot demands it.
I can’t believe I didn’t realize this sooner.
One of my pet peeves about Sherlock is just how cruel Sherlock can be. In the books, Holmes does his own doofy “I’m not dead!” surprise, at which Watson faints. He then takes care of him until he comes to, then apologizes profusely. I really don’t care for this sociopath Sherlock that Moff came up with. :\
AUGH YES, THIS SO MUCH
It was great in series one, because it capitalised on the parts of the books where Holmes had clearly been being an over-intellectual dick and Watson calls him “a brain without a heart” etc, as well as on the typical image of Holmes as unemotional, plus it set up a really great arc about proving how much he’s not a sociopath by showing him starting to care about clients, and, especially, John. But the fact that they just keep persisting with the idea, and then do things like this, is really just — entirely inaccurate, to say the absolute least.
(Which is what makes Elementary's Sherlock an extra level of satisfying, because Holmes can and does feel a lot throughout the books, and Jonny Lee Miller does an excellent job of portraying the simultaneous heart and overwhelming mind of the character. uvu)
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this picture? Just take a nice long look.
This is obviously John in the wake of Sherlock’s death. He has grown a mustache to make himself look somewhat authoritative, more intimidating than Series 1/2 John.
Also, take note of the long coat and scarf, along with the gloves in his hand; all things Sherlock used to wear. He’s subconsciously trying to fill in for Sherlock, in his own mind and for the people around him who also lost a dear friend.
If that isn’t heartbreaking, I don’t know what is.
i’M GONNA FUCKIN SCREAM HE WORE THAT EXACT SAME SCARF IN TGG — THE GREAT GAME,FUCKIN SERIES ONE ARE YOU KIDDING MEHE ALSO WORE THE GLOVES BECAUSE IT WAS FUCKING COLD AND SHIT, ALSO WE GOT TWO NEW JACKETS LAST SERIES IT MAKES SENSE IF WE GET SOME MORE THIS TIME ROUND
BUT I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH
IF I SEE ONE MORE FUCKING POST CLAIMING HOW ~HEARTBREAKING IT IS BECAUSE JOHN’S WEARING A ~SCARF LIKE ~SHERLOCK USED TO D—- NO!!!PEOPLE WEAR GLOVES, AND SCARVES, SHERLOCK DOESN’T HAVE SOME KIND OF MONOPOLY ON THEM, AND JOHN HAS LITERALLY WORN THIS EXACT ONE BEFORE I AM GOING TO EXPLODE I’M SO ANGRY AT THIS FUCKING FANDOM
I love angst as much as the next fan, but for the love of god, get your details on John’s wardrobe right
Forget the phone call, forget the fall, forget John alone at Baker Street.
This is what broke me.
This change in demeanour, the nod of “get yourself into check, soldier on” and the military turn, is John: destroyed.
This is whitewashed John, boring John, bored John…John Before Sherlock.
Except now it’s John After Sherlock, and he knows exactly what (who) he is missing.
This nearly broke me. Oh god I still have problems watching this bit.
Notice how his shirt is buttoned all the way up. And it’s under his jacket and what looks like a third layer.
At the beginning of THoB, when he’s comfortable being Sherlock’s friend and looking after him and trying to stop the man from harpooning something or smoking himself to death, his collar is unbuttoned. He shows quite a lot of skin then, actually. His pyjamas, when we see them at the end of TBB and in the middle of ASiB, with their stripes, are thin and make him seem young. And he’s only wearing that layer, because he’s at home and he’s relaxed and, most importantly, he’s happy. And remember when he’s in his dressing gown after his shower? I doubt he was wearing anything else under that. That’s when they’re at their highest point, and John’s effectively taken off all of his armor.
And then Moriarty calls.
And now John’s hiding beneath fabric the same way he did at the beginning of ASiP, as if it were a uniform. The same jacket, even, with the epaulettes; the other two are a civilian’s clothing, bought by a civilian when he (foolishly?) thought the war was over.
And right now, his uniform’s all he’s got left. A soldier can cope with being so alone.
In which Sigtryggr, apparently, can read my mind.
YES! All of that! I was so happy to see John in nothing but a dressing gown after his shower, sitting in the living room, comfortable as anything. And then this…
I CAN’T HANDLE ALL THESE JOHN FEELINGS, please just kill me now *breaks down sobbing* *again*