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A Study in Parallels

ifyouhaveenoughnerve:

(Note: this is part one of my Shadows of the World meta series, the rest of which can be found here) So, A Study in Pink.

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Subversion and Sherlock: A Study in Pink

loudest-subtext-in-television:

Please read the introduction to this series if you haven’t already.  Be aware that all episodes are fair game to be referenced, so I don’t recommend reading this series until you have watched all available episodes of Sherlock.

A Study in Pink is where it all begins, and accordingly, this is the episode where the building blocks of John and Sherlock’s romantic arc are put in place.  We won’t start getting more compelling evidence until later episodes — callbacks are the strongest subtext, in my opinion, and you can’t have callbacks until you have more episodes — but we still have everything we need to get started.

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silentauroriamthereal:

In my reading of this series, there are three people who ever appear in Sherlock’s mind. This is my interpretation of who they are and what they represent to Sherlock. 
1. Mycroft Holmes: Mycroft is the older, smarter (canon!) brother, the one who potentially introduced Sherlock to the concept of deduction and logical process. Showing him tutoring Sherlock through a deduction during the murder at the wedding would suggest that he played this role for Sherlock. Aka, Mycroft is who comes to mind when Sherlock is uncertain, in need of guidance. 
2. Irene Adler: from the first, Irene was someone who presented the exact opposite of Mycroft: rather than providing clarity, her presence suggests a block, an inability to deduce, come to clear conclusions. Her six-month-long puzzle in Sherlock’s life is probably the longest it ever took him to crack something. Hence, Irene represents confusion, an inability solve the problem, to think clearly. If Mycroft represents brotherly wisdom, Irene is a reminder of times when Sherlock has been stuck before, unable to solve the problem. 
3. John Watson: his blogger, his boswell, his helpmate and friend: John keeps Sherlock’s priorities straight. With only Mycroft’s influence, Sherlock can get lost in only solving the puzzle, forgetting the human element, forgetting compassion. Irene serves only as a taunt over Sherlock’s past deductive failings. John supports Sherlock, even when he’s combing him down over some social faux-pas, praises and affirms his abilities, helps him think more clearly. With John there, conducting light and clarity and serving as a reminder of which way the priorities need to be ordered, Sherlock is unstoppable. 
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silentauroriamthereal:

In my reading of this series, there are three people who ever appear in Sherlock’s mind. This is my interpretation of who they are and what they represent to Sherlock. 

1. Mycroft Holmes: Mycroft is the older, smarter (canon!) brother, the one who potentially introduced Sherlock to the concept of deduction and logical process. Showing him tutoring Sherlock through a deduction during the murder at the wedding would suggest that he played this role for Sherlock. Aka, Mycroft is who comes to mind when Sherlock is uncertain, in need of guidance. 

2. Irene Adler: from the first, Irene was someone who presented the exact opposite of Mycroft: rather than providing clarity, her presence suggests a block, an inability to deduce, come to clear conclusions. Her six-month-long puzzle in Sherlock’s life is probably the longest it ever took him to crack something. Hence, Irene represents confusion, an inability solve the problem, to think clearly. If Mycroft represents brotherly wisdom, Irene is a reminder of times when Sherlock has been stuck before, unable to solve the problem. 

3. John Watson: his blogger, his boswell, his helpmate and friend: John keeps Sherlock’s priorities straight. With only Mycroft’s influence, Sherlock can get lost in only solving the puzzle, forgetting the human element, forgetting compassion. Irene serves only as a taunt over Sherlock’s past deductive failings. John supports Sherlock, even when he’s combing him down over some social faux-pas, praises and affirms his abilities, helps him think more clearly. With John there, conducting light and clarity and serving as a reminder of which way the priorities need to be ordered, Sherlock is unstoppable. 

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as a conductor of light you are unbeatable

as a conductor of light you are unbeatable

Saw the Original Casting of Frankenstein Today

melatovnik:

Still processing. Just, wow.

And to think I’m also seeing the other version of the performance tomorrow!

Aaaaand the reverse casting was today. Absolutely gorgeous!

It’s a close one, but I think I prefer Benedict as Victor and Jonny as the Creature. Loved both of ‘em to death, of course.

Saw the Original Casting of Frankenstein Today

Still processing. Just, wow.

And to think I’m also seeing the other version of the performance tomorrow!