THE NINE CHOIRS OF HEAVEN. An info-graphic for my editorial class and god am I thankful it’s done. Way too much went into this than what I had time for, but hey… I actually kind of like it?
Now excuse me, I must return to my fashion major lifestyle and go sew a coat u_u
EDIT: Re-uploaded with easier viewing!
Thought these designs were from Bayonetta for a second there.
#best scene in history of television #or #that time isaac almost got laid #i really fucking love that they didn’t go for the whole #this is all about erica we’re just two guys fucking one girl #no this is a threesome #none of that no eye contact bullshit #and i really love that
Gen 1 of the Medina Legacy. (Raf and Morgan being Gen 0).
Willow McCall aka Murder Child. You take a chance with adopted children and Willow always looks like she’s about to shiv someone.
Bobo Medina-McCall aka Rowan’s Imaginary Friend. Bobo’s a real boy now. He took Rowan to prom and she made the move to change him from Best Friend to Boyfriend.
and Rowan Medina-McCall, aka the one I was convinced was going to turn out fug when she was a toddler and child, but she’s turned out gorgeous.
[CW: spoilers for Elementary and Sherlock, faked suicide, abuse]
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: Compartmentalising: 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 apologise 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, apologises to John and uses the now-or-never-scenario to make John accept his apology. (BBC)
9&10 Minimalisation: 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 recognises 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.