Please be aware that this is massive – bring some time if you want to read it (and it’s only the first part, lol).
Before the episode aired, there were teasers going around, one of them said that TSoT is a love letter to John Watson. Naturally, everyone, me included, assumed that this is a love letter from the show’s creators to John because he’s just as much an important person in a show where focus mostly rests on the titular main character Sherlock Holmes.
I don’t think anyone predicted that we could be wrong. This was a love letter to John Watson, all right. But not from the creators. It came right from said titular main character himself.
I wasn’t sure how to approach this review, but in the last one using headlines worked pretty well. This time though it won’t be about characters, but events. I hope it all makes sense. There might be repeats in there, but it is still the easiest way to do this review.Continue reading
And another answer to an ask I received following my post Defending John Watson. Reposted from my Tumblr.
drrjlng asked you:
January 13th 2014, 10:02:00 pm
Just wanted to thank you for your post about John. I really hope you are right about this, because I feel wierd about John’s lack of emotions towards Sherlock. John seems to usually put what he thinks is his duty first, so maybe he feels like he has now picked Mary, and has to stay with her. Also, he probably doesn’t have the courage to tell Sherlock how he really feels, maybe he doesn’t even accept his own feelings. “New” Sherlock seems to almost push John in the opposite direction… So sad.
Reposted from my Tumblr
– Please be aware that this is very incomplete. I didn’t want to go into that ep before I’m not done with my review/meta on TSoT. But I seeing all those posts on HLV, I had to write something. It misses a lot, but rest assured, even if that was included, I’d still come to the same conclusion. –
Suddenly, after the first enthusiasm had died down, my dash seemed to be full of people posting disappointed opinions, metas and analyses. And many speak of one central issue: John Watson and his behavior throughout the season.
Because this speech is so beautiful that you can’t have it often enough in written form, to read it again and again, here is Sherlock’s (core) wedding speech, written by the incredibly talented Steven Moffat. Don’t say that often, but – bless him for these perfect words.
In addition, you also find Sherlock’s vow below.
Sorry. I can’t do it any more. I was going to attempt to mimic John’s style of writing for an entire blog post but life’s too short. And I say that as someone who died over two years ago.
I started reading this blog post and squealed with happiness and laughed. Then I read on and was reduced to a simple smile. And before I had finished even that had died.
Okay, before the episode is on next Sunday, I have to get a few theories and thoughts out, especially in face of certain (non-)spoilers.
Please be aware that this is of course possibly SPOILERy, so turn away now if you don’t want to know.
Because I think what welovethebeekeeper on Tumblr has done is a good idea, I follow:
I’ve been in fandoms – various, many of them – for more than 15 years. I started writing fanfics at approximately the same time as I first came in contact with the internet – in 2002.
Since then, I’ve written more than a hundred stories – 111 says FFN at the moment. I love writing fanfic, it’s for me a way to channel real life in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone; it gives me a good feeling and has helped me a lot in the past years. I have this quote on my wall that says, “Fanfiction – because it’s cheaper than therapy.” And it is.
Just yesterday I noticed how in the unaired pilot, when they’re off to Angelo’s and John comes out of 221B, Sherlock waits for him, then goes back and closes the door – and John seemingly expects him to. I think this is fascinating on many levels, from both men’s sides.
(There are my thoughts I just needed to get down. I’m sure this whole analysis/text/whatever has been done countless times already, but I’m new to the fandom and always use the opportunity to get my own opinion down before I read others, since my head likes to be busy 😉 Also, I’m starting from the scratch, have not yet read the original stories by Doyle – have only just started with that – and thus use what I see.)
I’ve never been a slasher, and also not the biggest fan of slash ships where they are not canon. I never actively shipped a slash couple, even though I didn’t mind the canon ones like, for example, Jack/Ianto on TORCHWOOD (and I still shipped Jack/Gwen till the very end).
Now, however, a non-canon slash ship has found me and made me love it from the very first minute on: Johnlock.