Anonymous asked:

Hi. I'm new here and I've been engrossed in all the Sherlock analysis here on Tumblr. I was wondering though if you have any thoughts about Moriarty and how he survived?

thescienceofobsession:

atlinmerrick:

deducingbbcsherlock:

Hello, and welcome! :)

I am in 100% agreement with LSiT’s theory on this. Essentially: Jim employs a ton of snipers/assassins, particularly in TRF. When Mycroft shows John the files of the assassins moving in on Baker Street, one is a blond Russian woman with a tattoo (recorded in her files) Her picture is visible and it’s not Mary, but it’s easy to see a parallel, as we know from Sherlock’s deductions that she has a secret tattoo, she is possibly not English, and of course, she’s blond. (And an assassin. ;)

(The fact that John doesn’t recognize the two male assassins from their photos, but admits to Mycroft he’s noticed the female one around, is a bit of foreshadowing – he’ll take notice of another blond assassin in Sherlock’s absence.)

Jim went to the roof knowing Sherlock had set up a plan to fake his suicide. Jim did the same thing. He had three snipers/assassins on Lestrade, Hudders, and John – and a fourth on himself. Mary.

Jim shaking Sherlock’s hand is the signal. That’s why Sherlock looks confused when Jim holds his hand out – it’s a weird thing to do. And Jim’s movement is very, very deliberate.

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And that’s why we get the close-up, because this moment is important:

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Jim is sealing his and Sherlock’s fake-fates.

Mary sees the signal and aims. Jim says “good luck with that,” pulls out a fake and/or unloaded gun, sticks it in his mouth, and…PAUSES.

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See how he waits? It’s Sherlock who backs away, and the camera follows him. You can see Jim blink. Watching, enjoying Sherlock’s look of horror, staying perfectly still so Mary can take the shot. He’s got a pouch of fake blood under his turned-up collar, just behind his neck. He knows Mary can hit that pouch from a side angle without hurting him.

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It’s surgery.

Mary makes the shot, crack, the pouch bursts and Jim falls back.

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We see no brain, no fragments of skull, none of the gore that is present when someone has actually stuck a gun in their mouth and pulled the trigger. Instead:

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The pouch leaks and Jim lays there and tries not to giggle. Is he really going to get away with this? Is Sherlock not going to check him for a pulse, for any signs of life? (Because Jim sure would like him to…)

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Too easy, it’s too easy!

Sherlock glances back. There’s a reason we’re at this angle, with Sherlock blocking part of the shot. We, like Sherlock, aren’t seeing the full picture.

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But we can see enough. That is not what someone who blows the back of his head out looks like.

And here’s the thing: this isn’t a gory show. Horrible murders are committed, but we don’t really see gore. Take Magnussen’s shot in the head, which was real:

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So they kept it distant intentionally. To show us that yes, Sherlock shot him, but to avoid showing the up-close gore. But with Jim, they focus on his head and the trickling blood. Because it’s fake, and because they planned to bring Jim back all along, they knew when they filmed this part they would have to show us it was fake, and not intentionally block his body or show it from a distance. That’d be cheating. We have to see what Sherlock sees.

The last shot of Jim they give us is this:

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His hand is still holding the gun. That’s one clingy corpse. (Seriously though – look at his fingers. It’s not just that the gun is in his hand: his fingers are still wrapped around it. #NotDead)

Of course, the sniper doesn’t have to be Mary. Except it really kind of does. Why?

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Because you won’t love me when you’re finished.

Mary says this to John after he’s learned she’s an assassin, and after he discovers she’s shot and nearly killed Sherlock. Yet somehow, there is actually something else in her past that is worse than damn near murdering John’s best friend which, were he to discover it, would make him stop loving her (in her opinion). So what could that be? What is more terrible than almost murdering Sherlock?

Mary helped Jim fake his death. Which means she played a role in forcing Sherlock’s fake suicide. Which means she’s always known both Sherlock and Jim are alive. Which means John spent all that time grieving and crying about his dead best friend on the shoulder of a woman who not only knew he was alive, but was partially responsible for taking him away from John in the first place. 

She did all that, and then she shot Sherlock in the chest.

So yeah. Pretty sure John will be finished with her when he finally does learn the truth.

Crikey, this is some damn glorious meta.

Don’t care if it’s even remotely true, that’s a good read right there.

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based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
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So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info
roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)
So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).
Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)
5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)
John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)
7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)
John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)
Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.
I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.
I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows. 
Zoom Info

roachpatrol:

gardnerhill:

stardust-rain:

based on: (x) (x) source: (x)

So, Elementary fandom has talked about gaslighting before, and how it is used in abusive relationships. We’ve seen Irene/Moriarty do this to Sherlock in Elementary, and the same pattern appears in the newly-aired Sherlock with Sherlock and John. This article defines how gaslighting takes several distinct forms most of which can been seen paralleled with Elementary and BBC Sherlock. (Also, if anyone with psychiatric background could weigh in on this, that’d be great.)

1-4: Compartmentalizing: Irene fakes her own death, then makes a sudden reappearance a year later, after Sherlock has moved on and formed healthy relationships with other people (Elementary).

Sherlock fakes his own death, makes a sudden reappearance two years later after John has moved on and formed healthy relationships with people (BBC)

5&6 - Denial, Blaming/Deflection, Chronic Invalidation: Sherlock deduces that Irene is working for Moriarty (or at least, not held captive by him as she stated) and thinks she’s lying to him - he gets angry. Irene placates him, saying it’s because he is “seeing things that aren’t there”. (Elementary)

John’s angry at Sherlock for not contacting him for the last two years; Sherlock doesn’t apologize and dismisses John’s anger, explaining that it was because Sherlock didn’t trust him. (BBC)

7&8 - Domination: Irene tries to make Sherlock take back his words - when he doesn’t, she replies with “You lied before! You don’t want to come with me, so you’re inventing an excuse not to!”. Then she walks out of Sherlock’s life and makes him think he’s cause of it because in her eyes, he is the just as bad as Moriarty. (Elementary)

John’s angry that Sherlock acts irresponsibly and the bomb is about to go off. Sherlock defuses the bomb in the tube train, but lets John believe that they’re both going to die. Sherlock fakes vulnerability, apologizes to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)

9&10 - Minimization: Irene waltzes back into Sherlock’s life, reveals her true identity, and calls Sherlock’s trauma at her death a game. “You’re a game I’ll win every time.” (Elementary)

Sherlock reveals that the bomb had an off switch, and laughs at John’s trauma and fear when he thinks he’s about to die. “Your face, your face! Totally had you!” (BBC)

The most important thing about this, though, is that Elementary portrays it as an abusive relationship and recognizes that Moriarty/Sherlock is not in any way a healthy relationship. Meanwhile BBC Sherlock does the complete opposite, which is all kinds of fucked up.

I’m going to get hate for this

Gaslighting. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what’s wrong with BBC Sherlock. At the core is what I’ve said in my own review of TEH: The two men running this show are shit-scared of actual, genuine, human emotion - it’s to be laughed off, made the target of homophobic and misogynistic humor, and leads to plot-twists that were ugly things in 1960s sitcoms when men pulled them on women as a joke.

I would just love to sic JOAN Watson on BC’s unspeakable asshole Sherlock - she’d teach John how one handles a healthy platonic relationship, and it’s not by perpetually taking abuse and asking for more.

I really try not to concern troll about shit, but the extent that young fans uncritically adore Moffat’s run on Doctor Who and Sherlock really kind of upsets me. The way Moffat writes his characters treating each other shouldn’t be romanticized or even given a pass, because it’s just so intensely unfeeling and contemptuous and exploitative under the superficial lip-service about love and friendship. This is not what love should look like. This is not what friendship should look like. This is not what people should look like and it’s fucked up that a man that sees them this way—that likes them this way—has so much creative control over such popular shows.