10:30am January 5, 2014

irresistible-revolution: fandom0ftheopera:

I’ve seen Elementary fans claiming their Sherlock is better than Sherlock’s because ours is an asshole and theirs is ‘sympathetic’ and ‘kind’.

I have nothing against Elementary, but may I just remind you - Sherlock is an asshole, because Sherlock is canonically an asshole. He was described as being cold, dispassionate and arrogant - not kind.

oh dear.

From ‘The Adventure of the Three Garridebs’, when Watson is shot: “For the first time, I had a glimpse of a great heart as well as a great brain.”

From ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’, when Lestrade pays Holmes a sincere and heartfelt compliment : “And as he turned away, it seemed he was more nearly moved by the softer human emotions than I had ever seen him.”

From ‘The Problem of Thor Bridge’, when a rich client explains how he tried to seduce his children’s governess: “this young lady was in a sense under your protection…you have tried to ruin a defenseless girl who was under your roof. Some of you rich men have to be taught that all the world cannot be bribed into condoning your offenses.”

From ‘The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger’, after hearing the tragic story of a woman whose face was mauled by a lion; “Then Holmes stretched out his long arm and patted her hand with such a show of sympathy as I had seldom known him to exhibit, ‘Poor girl!’ he said, ‘Poor girl! The ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. If there is not some compensation hereafter, then the world is a cruel jest’ “

From ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’, when speaking with a client whose father is physically abusive: “Five little livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed upon the white wrist. ‘You have been cruelly used,’ said Holmes.”

Also, in “The Adventure of Abbey Grange,” he helps a young man escape, who intervened to prevent an alcoholic aristocrat from beating his wife.

In “The Adventure of the Second Stain”, Holmes goes out of his way to shield Lady Hilda from her husband’s anger, even though the husband was Holmes’ client.

In “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” he lets a pathetic petty criminal go free because he doesn’t think making him a ‘jailbird’ will help.

There are many other instances of Holmes showing kindness, empathy and even breaking the law to help people gain justice.

Other phrases and words Watson uses to describe Holmes at various times:

“quiet, genial.”

“without a harshness, which was foreign to his nature.”

“he had a remarkable gentleness and courtesy in his dealings with women.”

Holmes may have displayed a certain impatience for social affectation, but he maintains a strong moral compass and asserts this fact several times, in various situations, towards various people.

This idea that Holmes is a “sociopathic” asshole is quite a contemporary reading and, might I add, a lazy one that’s as ignorant of mental illness as it is offensive to those of us who’re tired of white men getting to stomp all over people in the name of ‘genius’ and ‘anti-hero’ status. BBC Sherlock’s reading of Holmes is one that’s built on popular cultural tropes, and succeeds because of it. ‘Elementary’ reads Holmes with a fuller attention to the complexities of his character.

Anytime someone says ‘well Holmes is an asshole’ as a conclusive fact, I know that your canon knowledge is either limited or deliberately misinterpreted.

Do some re-reading.


7:01pm November 12, 2013
12:06pm June 9, 2013


Pros-and-cons of Sherlock and Elementary, rebloggable by request

10:28am January 23, 2013


Elementary / A Study in Emerald crossover. (Thanks to persiflet’s great idea.)




Elementary / A Study in Emerald crossover. (Thanks to persiflet’s great idea.)




7:34pm November 19, 2012

Things I would like to see Holmes introduce Joan as, knowing she has to play along:


  • “My agent”
  • “My personal beat-box”
  • “My anger translator”
  • “Robin”
  • “My great-granddaughter from the future”
  • “My manservant who has been instructed to unexpectedly attack me at random times to keep my self-defense skills sharp and fresh”
  • “My personal psychic”
  • “My platonic life partner”
  • “My adoptive mother”
  • “My personal water bottle carrier”
  • “You can see her too?!”
7:35pm November 11, 2012


literally cryign tears of joy omfg

jdfsia don’t apologize thank you for sharing this



literally cryign tears of joy omfg

jdfsia don’t apologize thank you for sharing this

9:52pm November 9, 2012


I’m also amused because it feels like elementary keeps fucking BBC sherlock’s canon—idk if it’s intentional or not, but the opening of 1x02 for BBC sherlock had sherlock being a prescriptivist asshole about a guy’s speech (and, no surprise, his speech is characteristic of people of a lower class than sherlock) and being truly insufferable

meanwhile e!sherlock talks about our evolving mother tongue and about language change and doesn’t judge joan’s lack of fluency in mandarin and he’s just totally cool with the diversity of language use

I mean I know sherlock and elementary don’t exist as responses to each other, but all the same I feel like elementary makes an active effort to be sensitive to issues that bbc sherlock just totally glosses over or plays for laughs

7:08pm November 7, 2012

Joan Watson’s ‘I’m not paid enough for this’ face appreciation post

8:14pm October 8, 2012





Precious staff. 

They’re trying to be Mofftiss, but they’re just not……

No. They’re not. They’re not “trying to be” anyone but themselves. Writers of a show are allowed to connect with their fans and have personalities, you know. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss aren’t the only people who speak about their show on Twitter. Tons of cast/crew members of other shows do it. People who work on Supernatural do it. People who work on Teen Wolf do it. Tons of other shows that I don’t watch do it. 


He’s just an arrogant with an enormous ego, that’s what he is.

7:51am October 6, 2012


That progression tho…

Soon he’ll just be like, “I’m Sherlock Holmes, Miss Watson’s assistant.”