What’s funny about this is that in Star Trek he’s quoting Sherlock Holmes, but in Sherlock he’s quoting Spock.
Although the original quote was from Sherlock Holmes. It was used in TOS and then in Star Trek (2009) as a reference to SH. Then in Sherlock 2x02, Sherlock says it and John calls him ‘Spock’ as though it’s a reference to Star Trek and Wibbly Wobbly Inception of the quote, yo.
Canonically Spock is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes.
Wait, really? ^^^^
Yep. Star Trek 6 Spock says “An ancestor of mine once said ‘If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be the truth.”
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I quit.
↳ That little moment, when John gets Sherlock’s special John!smile.
john watson - development
“I prefer to text.”
And the one time Sherlock preferred to call.
Lara Pulver talks about working with Benedict Cumberbatch
The first time you see it, it can hit you really hard, especially since Sherlock is on a total roll and John delivers the line “please God, let me live” in a way where you can be forgiven for not being sure if it’s serious or snark. It apparently has the same effect on Sherlock, as well.
We never do get any details on how Captain John Watson of the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers was wounded in action. But from this exchange alone, it’s clear the situation was extremely serious. He was badly wounded, nearly died, and developed PTSD- Sherlock had himself earlier pointed out that the original circumstances of John’s injury must have been ‘traumatic’, and he meant emotionally traumatic, not just violent and painful. The blunt earnestness of John’s response even trips up Sherlock for a second or two, and he’s just been ranting and raving about not understanding why a woman would care about her stillborn baby after fourteen years. This also works as a tearjerker in hindsight if you recall ‘Please God, let me live’ whenever John is genuinely in physical danger elsewhere in the series.
Pretty much everyone in the room agrees that in your last moments, you would think about the people you love the most. John apparently had no one to think about when he was close to dying. He really must have been lonely even before he returned from Afghanistan.
I hate you for making this post because it’s the best I’ve read on this subject and it hurts.
One of my favorite moments from the series.
Steven Moffat on Molly Hooper and how she surprised him
The Mystery of Mycroft’s Ring or why does he wear it on his right hand?
(In answer to several similar asks I’ve received)
Mycroft’s ring is a constant source of speculation for his fans. There are many possible reasons why he wears a ring on his right hand.
Firstly, I don’t think we should assume that the ring is a wedding ring. Mycroft is wearing it on his fourth finger but that in itself does not make it automatically a wedding band. There are many different kinds of plain finger ornaments that can be worn on either hand or on any finger.
Mycroft seems to me like a man who enjoys understated ornaments. He has a lovely tie pin in the shape of a sword and some very nice wrist watches with ornate chains that he shows off quite proudly. It could be the ring is merely part this continuum and is only there for decorative purposes.
If the ring is indeed a wedding band, there are several reasons why someone would wear the ring on their right hand.
1. Wearing the ring on the left hand is the conventional custom in the UK but in many other European countries such as Germany and Austria, it is the cultural custom to wear the wedding ring on the right hand (the engagement ring is worn on the left hand). My university friend who married his German sweetheart wears his ring on the right hand so that it matches her’s. He constantly gets asked all manner of questions about why he wears his wedding ring on his right hand ranging from “are you gay?” to “do you have that disorder where you can’t tell left from right?”
2. The Christian Orthodox Church traditionally conduct wedding ceremonies where the rings are placed on the right hand. A prayer with references to bible passages about rings is sometimes read out as well. Most members of the church tend to keep wearing their weddings rings on the right hand for the duration of their married life.
3. Some left handed people prefer to wear their wedding ring on the right hand to preserve the ring from wear and tear. I know several left-handed doctors who do this because their right hands end up in all sorts of places. I don’t see any evidence that Mycroft is left-handed in BBC Sherlock but that does not necessary mean he isn’t. ACD canon does not specifically say which hand Mycroft prefers to use.
4. Wedding rings that are family heirlooms are worn on the right hand to distinguish them from the actual wedding ring of the bearer. Many people choose to wear inherited rings around their neck on a chain (a la Frodo Baggins) but probably just as many choose to wear the ring on their right hand.
5. Gay and lesbian couples often choose to wear their rings on the right hand. We can speculate about Mycroft’s sexual orientation, but I don’t think the ring is going to answer this question.
6. Traditionally widows and widowers would wear their wedding ring on the right hand.
These are currently the reasons I can think of for why Mycroft might wear a wedding ring on his right hand.
My personal head-canon is that his ring is not merely a ring, it is an amazing gadget that James Bond would be jealous of.
Perhaps it has a laser inside, or a small spike that will deliver a fatal dose of poison to anyone Mycroft touches, or sets off a high pitch noise that will incapacitate enemies. Mycroft wears it on his right hand because he is right handed and using the weapon would be easier this way.
A ring is small, unobtrusive and a common accessory that many people wear. It does not, in itself, raise any suspicion and if someone notices Mycroft with what they think is a wedding on his right hand, they would probably speculate along the same lines as we have done already. Hence it is the perfect method to conceal a small but powerful weapon for attack or self-defense.
Steven Moffat on the evolution of Sherlock Holmes in Series 2
The Composition of Irene’s Theme
This stunning shot is perhaps my favourite in the series so far that attempts to capture Sherlock’s laser focus and concentration.
The camera focus, the door frames, the window casing, window valences, the fluorescent light in the kitchen, the ambient light in the lounge and the backlight from outside the window all lead the eye from a wide angle view directly to Sherlock at the centre.
Sherlock’s thinking about Irene’s password and composing what will become her theme in the extra-diegetic soundtrack. But all around him are the trappings of Christmas- mistletoe in the kitchen, the fairy lights, tinsel, and most interesting of all, the open bible on John’s chair.
Mistletoe? at 221b??? Did Mrs. Hudson put it there? Did John? It’s heartbreaking because it symbolizes nascent attractions— the kind of infatuations between new lovers who need an excuse to show public affection. Who was it meant for?
The Bible? It’s by John’s chair and stands in for him. It must be part of his Christmas tradition to read from the Gospels. Why else would it be there, and be open?
In Context: The scene before this one is Sherlock’s danger night/sock index scene. We know from the party that John has plans to see Harry for Christmas and that Sherlock has pouted about it. Perhaps he feels abandoned.MOLLY: And John. I hear you’re off to your sister’s, is that right?
MOLLY: Sherlock was complaining.
Perhaps John did spend time with Harry. Time has passed and it’s New Year’s. Sherlock’s composing and John comes downstairs on his way out. Mrs. Hudson who shows John that Sherlock still isn’t eating. After the failed attempt to unlock the mobile, John asks Mrs. Hudson if Sherlock’s ever had a romantic attachment. Neither of them knows. We don’t know where John was intending to go. Outside the flat he’s intercepted by Irene’s assistant who he mistakes for Mycroft’s.WOMAN: John?
(He stops and turns around to her as she looks at him flirtatiously.)
(It takes him a moment but then he realises that she’s very pretty and her body language appears to be saying, “Take me big boy I’m all yours.”)
WOMAN (walking closer): So, any plans for New Year tonight?
(John laughs as his eyes continually roam over her body.)
JOHN: Er, nothing fixed. Nothing I couldn’t heartlessly abandon. You have any ideas?
(The woman looks over her shoulder towards the road.)
(John follows her gaze and sighs in exasperation as a black car pulls up and stops beside them.)
JOHN: You know, Mycroft could just phone me, if he didn’t have this bloody stupid power complex. (x)
Sherlock composes Irene’s theme at a time when he feels and is abandoned by John firstly because he probably went to Harry’s for Christmas and secondly, we know John is consciously aware he’s willing to heartlessly abandon Sherlock on the holiday— he flat out says it, even if it’s a joke. But who’s feeling abandoned again? It’s Sherlock who’s closed John and Mrs. Hudson out. Vicious circle.
Irene will soon tell John the truth. She’s alive and he and Sherlock are a couple. We next hear her theme over the shot when John fades to black in the power plant and the next shot is Sherlock opening his eyes.
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