you know when you start shipping something as a joke and then suddenly you realise its no longer a joke and now you’re writing fanfic in your head?
ned the piemaker/sherlock?! :o
CAN U FEEL IT
just imagine man
just imagine Sherlock being annoyed as fuck and like “can u please NOT touch them! i want to figure it out by myself” and Ned all abashed “sorry, i just wanted to help” and then they have make out session UwU
“can u please NOT touch them! i want to figure it out by myself”
this is the greatest ship. ever.
Okay, but seriously, look at Sherlock’s face as he watches John hold a cylindrical object to his mouth.
There’s more than just that in this photo. After reading mid0nz's fascinating interview with Steve Lawes, when this went past I immediately fastened upon the lighting and how that frames these characters and their relationship in this moment.
It’s hardly reading anything novel into purple as an expression of gay, whereas you can read the red that’s seen in its opposition as the quintessential color of “stop” or “danger” (a value it has in Mary & Janine’s costumes & makeup as well). These are both pretty hot colors on the spectrum and in fact because of the visual tension between them are rather rarely used against each other so directly and completely.
So what do we see here? Sherlock’s pretty gay, which is no news to us even though it may be fairly new news to him. The whole scene is lit with the heat between this pair; it’s not just a cool factual reading of the facts but deeply evocative of emotion. There’s nothing here about clarity of vision, only feeling.
But John Watson? His gay aspect is hidden from Sherlock even though apparent to us. Towards Sherlock, he lights up only with “don’t go there.” This whole series is from Sherlock’s POV and I don’t think we’ve got a single image from the whole thing that spells it out more clearly than this.
^^^ For you, salsify, I am lit red.
John’s face tho
This kills the man.
Because at first he’s like ‘Sherlock wtf why would you DO that?’ but he knows why he did it. And he has to deal with that now. That’s john realizing just how much Sherlock would - and did - do so he and Mary could be safe and happy. That’s John being helpless. Sherlock’s damsel in distress. And now Sherlock is the one in danger and he can do fuck all about it.
I hate this show.