Wholock - The Doctor visits Sherlock, only to find he’s changed since John moved away with Mary.
So I honestly can’t believe I’ve never seen anyone talking about the art direction of this scene. If I’m repeating something, Ah,well. But I’ve honestly never seen it pointed out that this is the very first time we see Mary, and there are three important things here:
Mary reaches for John’s hand. John takes it, of course—he is used to being offered comfort for his loss, by now—but he is not reaching out to her for comfort in his sadness. She is inserting herself into his grief. Reflexively, he lets her.
We only see the back of her. It’s unusual to introduce a major protagonist any other way than by showing their face pretty much immediately. A major antagonist, however…a baddie…well, they often are introduced in a cloud of cigarette smoke, from a distance, in the shadows, as a mysterious voice on a phone, or in some other way that doesn’t tell us right away who they are. Our first glimpse of Mary gives us only the most vague information about her. Obviously a woman, obviously someone John is close to, as he holds her hand. Other than that…who is she? We don’t know.
Finally, it’s no mistake she is wearing a long, grey coat which flares slightly from the waist, and a blue scarf. But they are paler shades of those colours than Sherlock’s coat and scarf were, because Mary is but a pale imitation of the person we are used to seeing standing beside John Watson (even once, when they were handcuffed together, holding John Watson’s hand in a manner similar to what we see here). Her coat and scarf look cheap, “less than,” and her denim jeans are “less” than Sherlock Holmes’s designer trousers. Her dark hat is a visual echo of Sherlock’s dark hair. This whole shot is set up not only to remind us that Sherlock used to stand here at John Watson’s side, but also that This is some lesser, fake, replacement-Sherlock standing at John Watson’s side, and whether consciously or unconsciously, John has chosen a pale imitation indeed.
HOW DID I MISS THIS WHEN I WAS WATCHING IT THE FIRST TIME?!
*except magnussen but fuck him he flicked john in the face
Hogwarts will always be there to be completely done with your shit.
I love the comparison the show goes out of it’s way to make about Sherlock and learning names.
With Lestrade he’s told multiple times that his first name is Greg but constantly forgets it. Whether it’s because he deems it unimportant or because he’s a little shit who secretly enjoys winding Lestrade up is debatable
When he realises he doesn’t know John’s middle name he makes a concentrated effort to find out what it is. He badgers John for what looks like weeks until eventually he finds his birth certificate and discovers its Hamish. And doesn’t once forget it.
Because never does Sherlock consider something about John unimportant.
There’s also the fact that he calls Molly by John’s name, twice, even after he tells her “you’re not being John, you’re being yourself,” and he only ever refers to his landlady as Mrs Hudson, the name she took during her very short-lived marriage. Never her first name, always a somewhat out-of-date name that’s formal to the point of old-fashioned. These three people - Greg, Molly and Mrs Hudson - are the people he cares about most after John, and the difference between how he treats their names and how he treats John’s name is staggering. Even the antagonists with which he was most closely intertwined aren’t ever fully named by him - James Moriarty is just Moriarty, Irene is The Woman. John Hamish Watson is the only full name of real importance to Sherlock.
Then there’s the fact that he reveals his whole name to John in a way that makes him vulnerable - he’s not this suave mysterious hero called Sherlock, he’s really a human being called William - while John doesn’t even know the name of the woman he married.
Names in this programme, man. They speak volumes.
How freaking much of a coincidence is this????
If you watch this show carefully, there is a subtext about John drinking. - Steven Moffat
The ASiB drinking just kills me, it really does.