Okay, let’s break this down for a second.
A) MARK, YOUR FACE. <3 <3 <3
B) There are basically two interpretations of that scene that you don’t have to go through strenuous mental gymnastics and death-defying leaps of logic to come up with, right? One is that Dr. Watson actually fainted, and the other is that Holmes planted a passionate, brandy-flavored kiss on Watson’s lips and he fell into a suitably late-Victorian swoon, right?
So here we have Mark mentioning the fainting and throwing in a “that’s what we’re told," like "oh, you know, that’s the official explanation,” and then Steven offering up an alternative explanation with enough detail to hilariously reveal an intense degree of familiarity with that one scene in particular while Mark makes Frank Underwood-style eye contact with the camera as if to say “Oh my god, is he really doing this right now,” followed by Mark holding up his hand to interrupt Steven and being all “Tsk, tsk, don’t spoil that, you spoiler of spoilers, you.”
But, y’know, obviously neither this lifelong Holmes fanboy with an interest in queer representation and his BFF, another lifelong Holmes fanboy with a master’s degree in English literature and a history of writing married same-gender couples who bear extremely strong resemblances to Holmes and Watson, is even aware of the queer subtext in ACD, much less interested in it, much less shipping it like FedEx. Obviously.
Mark: [In the book] Dr Watson faints when he sees Sherlock.That’s what we’re told.
Steven: Or at any rate, a grey mist rolls before his eyes, and the next thing he knows, his collar is undone and there’s the taste of brandy on his lips. I think what in fact happened…
Mark and Steven discuss The Return of Sherlock Holmes [x]
sherlock’s attempt at seducing john
who is john. why is he locked. free him .
Do any of y’all in London wanna meet up?
I desperately need friends
martin and amanda: 😍
john and mary: 😰
Sherlock let go of John’s face to pull him in against his chest. John let go of Sherlock’s coat. He lifted his chin to Sherlock, wetting his lips. Sherlock leaned down and kissed him, tugging the edges of his coat around John’s back.
The wind blew down another shower of cherry blossoms. Sherlock pulled John closer against him, his lips sliding over John’s. ♡
real talk why is johnlock becoming canon so offensive to some of you tho
queer representation is very important, but johnlock wouldn’t be good representation. there are several reasons, but i think it would be offensive because the show treats the possibility of them being in a relationship as a joke.
gay jokes and the whole “NO HOMO!!!!!” thing make me feel really uncomfortable. it’s annoying, and kinda offensive because “ahahaha how gay, how funny!!!!”
also, john wouldn’t be good bisexual representation. as bisexual, this is very dear and important to me. i don’t want to be rapresented by a person that not only doesn’t show any real interest in the same sex, but that considers the possibility of being with a man absurde and offensive.
this is why i don’t like the ship and why i don’t want it to be canon.
also sherlock is a show where all the queer (or queercoded) characters are villains or bad people. i don’t think they would handle the thing well, look what they did with irene.
if the show is building toward canon johnlock, then the show is obviously NOT treating the idea of them being together as a joke, though
the characters who think john and sherlock are together or have feelings for each other don’t think it’s a joke
john who is likely a closeted bisexual person who thinks the person he’s in love with can’t love him back, doesn’t think it’s a joke. please show me the scenes where he thinks this is funny. hint: there aren’t any.
also, john has made it pretty obvious that he’s been attracted to sherlock since day one and tsot heavily implies that he was once with sholto, and there is absolutely NO requirement that a bisexual person show equal interest in all genders they are attracted to
FURTHERMORE, we come back to the idea of john as a character who is IN THE CLOSET, so obviously the people we see him openly date would probably not be people of the same sex
so in john we would have a bisexual character who struggles with his sexuality and is forced to gradually come to terms with it over time in order to finally get together with the man he loves, wow, yeah, terrible bisexual representation there
as for the queer coding, canon johnlock would confirm what people have been saying for ages that sherlock is being coded as queer and john as bisexual so obviously NOT all of the queer coded characters are bad? obviously? the two main protagonists of the show would be queer? the show would clearly not be implying that queer people are analogous to villains?
also harry is queer, and the guys running the inn in dartmoor are queer, connie prince’s brother is queer (he may have been a bit weird but he was NOT a bad guy)
moriarty himself says he was “playing gay” when he was jim from IT, which would imply that moriarty himself may not be gay, so he was only supposedly queer in his innocuous alter ego
so basically the only characters we have who were gay and broke the law are the house boy in TGG and irene in ASiB
wow, yes, all of the queer or queer-coded characters in the show are horrible
also, if johnlock became canon, the show would have done something that many other queer stories do not get a chance to do, which is to build a slow-burn queer romance that challenges the audience’s heteronormative assumptions and defies the idea that characters (and by extension, people) can be assumed to be heterosexual unless explicitly stated otherwise. yeah, i can see how that would be terrible for queer representation
pretty much every complaint you have only holds up if the show DOESN’T realize canon johnlock, in which case yeah i would say that the show is queerbaiting trash and not anyone’s idea of good queer representation
bbc sherlock’s ground breaking subversion of the sugar daddy trope by making the twink have the sugar and by incorporating the new modern meme of pockets daddy
sherlock has the sugar but john is still the daddy