Moffat: Also, if you read [The Adventure Of] Charles Augustus Milverton, Dr. Watson in the opening paragraph tells you that he’s about to tell you a porkie. He says, ‘I even now must be very reticent.’ I think what Doyle is hinting at is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson sat in Baker Street and said, ‘Right, we’re going to have to go and kill him, aren’t we? That’s the only way we can do this.’ So they break in, kill him, and then Dr. Watson writes up a version of the story that puts the murder [on someone else].
Gatiss: They’re hiding in their burglar masks behind the curtain, and this random woman comes and shoots Milverton in the face and then grinds her heel into his face. It’s odd, isn’t it? So I mean really, it’s just an extrapolation of saying, ‘Well, he probably did it, I think.’
Steven Moffat, Empire Interview
…Are you kidding me, Moffat and Gatiss?
For those who aren’t familiar with the original ACD stories, “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” is one of the coolest, badass-lady-kicks-ass stories in canon. And here they’ve just decided that the only way that’s possible is that Watson was lying to us.
To recap the story: Holmes and Watson break into Milverton’s estate with the intention of removing the letters that Milverton has on their client, Lady Eva Blackwood. Upon breaking in, they pick the lock of the safe where Milverton keeps his letters for blackmail, and then hide behind a curtain when Milverton himself comes in. Milverton sits down in his chair and reads some legal papers for a while, and then a woman comes to the door, and it becomes evident that the two of them had prearranged this meeting. Milverton understands the woman is a maid who is prepared to sell letters that will incriminate her mistress.
It turns out, though, that the woman is actually one of Milverton’s victims; that he sent the letters he had on her to her husband, and it came as such a shock to the husband that he died of a broken heart. Furious and determined that Milverton will never victimize anyone else the same way again, the woman shoots Milverton and grinds her heel in his face.
At the time, Watson reports, he and Holmes have no idea what the woman’s identity is; at the end, Holmes has an epiphany and the story ends with Holmes showing Watson this:
"…a shop window filled with photographs of the celebrities and beauties of the day. Holmes’ eyes fixed themselves on one of them, and following his gaze I saw the picture of a regal and stately lady in Court dress, with a high diamond tiara upon her head. I looked at that delicately-curved nose, at the strong little chin beneath it. Then I caught my breath as I read the time-honoured title of the great nobleman and statesman whose wife she had been. My eyes met those of Holmes, and he put his finger to his lips as we turned away from the window."
So, let me get this straight. We have Watson telling us a completely believable story where a female character has agency for once and takes care of her own problem (and everyone else’s) by getting rid of Milverton, with perfectly good reason seeing as he’s been blackmailing everyone in town. it makes total sense that he would have shitloads of enemies and that someone would stand up to him eventually, especially if they had nothing left to lose as this woman does, and somehow that’s unbelievable? The only explanation is that Watson must have been lying to us? I’m not saying he would admit it if he and Holmes did commit murder, but the fact that he provided us with an alternative that gives us a woman with agency and an interesting, mysterious backstory makes me think that’s not the case. (Also, I take issue with Moffat’s reading of Holmes as someone who would be totally okay with murder and then letting Watson publish a story about it, but that’s a different post entirely.)
Combined with the fact that Moffat took the joy of Irene Adler beating Sherlock Holmes away from us (and then added insult to injury by having him save her as a damsel in distress), I am just too furious to speak right now. The man is apparently incapable of writing a female character with agency, who steals the spotlight away from Sherlock Holmes, ever. I can’t believe people still claim the man does not have any issues with sexism and misogyny. I absolutely cannot understand it.
Oh, I’d have loved to have your commentary, but I went blind with rage reading the Moffat quote.
The Milverton story is one of my favorites because it is so thoroughly about justice and the rights of victims and survivors. Gatiss called the victim/survivior “some random woman”. This is such a perfect example of the monstrosity that is this kind of ‘everyday’ misogyny.
I LOVE the Milverton story too and this makes so fucking angry that they would fuck this up. Moffat literally has NO respect for the source material all he sees is what he wants to see
Moffat is a sweltering, sweaty asshat.(via fandomsandfeminism)
I’m taking this as a compliment to Elementary.
Not Featuring A Dude Who Makes Rape Jokes is `100% a compliment.
Not mayo on white bread.
Not a show helmed by a dude so racist he regurgitates Yellow Peril conspiracy theories circa 1898.
Not a show that reduces WOC to antagonistic shrews/wilting lotus flowers but rather casts a WOC in the lead to totally pwn a white British supervillain that tries to reduce her to a ‘mascot’
Not a show that constantly queerbaits its viewers and mocks them for daring to interpret the characters as anything other than cishet men.
a show featuring 100% canon trans and gay characters that handles them like real human beings
a show that turns misogynistic tropes on their heads
a show that calls its white male protagonists out on his shit
a show with an adaptation of sherlock who praises women
a show with flawless writing that showcases how women actually act
do i really need to go on
plus sherlock is a boring as fuck show to begin with so yeah
100% perfection. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this until now.
where has this gif been
One day, John may just punch her.
I know I would if someone continually called my best friend “freak”
This is why I dislike Donovan, it’s got nothing to do with her gender, colour or how well she does her job. It’s this.
Then I would hope you also dislike Sherlock because he deliberately tortures a man, drops another out of a window, laughs when investigating a crime about kidnapped children, makes general unkind and arsey comments to strangers and friends alike, scared the old lady at the Surrey boarding school, continually refers to Anderson as ‘idiot’, drugged his best friend and put him through a traumatic experience with little to no remorse, forces a man with PTSD (or whatever he had) to go to a triggering place and then does an Edmund and denies he’s seen the Hound, also getting excited after Henry almost kills himself because he enjoyed the case, commented on a woman’s sex life therefore attempting to shame her and embarrass her in front of her peers at her place of work, calls murder ‘Christmas’ and belittles everyone he ever interacts with.
Otherwise it would seem you are holding this female poc character to a different standard to the white male character, and being unnecessarily harsh on her for merely reacting to a person who demeans her and her colleagues often and doesn’t show much kindness.
I also want to point out to the op that Sherlock calls Sally’s best friend/lover/colleague ‘idiot’ often. Think about that. Yet I don’t think Sally would descend to the level of violence.
Seriously. Sally is a police officer who CONSTANTLY has a “consulting detective” bombarding her crime scenes and her investigations, insulting her, insulting her co-workers, generally being a patronizing asshole, belittling her and her co-workers as he saunters around the room.
I mean, in the first interaction, REALLY look at the dynamics at play. We have a cis able-bodied affluent privileged presumed-heterosexual white man showing up at this woman of color’s job site where he proceeds to not only insult her, but make “deductions” about her giving blow jobs to a co-worker in front of the rest of her co-workers. This man who is a former drug addict, and would go on to engage in MULTIPLE crimes through the series (including torture, assault, breaking and entering, and whatever the hell drugging people without their knowledge is)
But no, no, Sally is the bad guy here. Fuck that noise.
BBC Sherlock has the potential to be a really interesting, innovative program. To bad they cast the antagonist as the sympathetic protagonist.
Steven Moffat on A Scandal in Bohemia.
i am opening the door. i am stepping outside of my house. i am walking to the airport. i am getting on a plane. i am flying to steven moffat’s house. i am sneaking inside very quietly. i am pooping in every pair of his shoes.
because it’s not like irene adler had a genuine victory or anything. it’s not like she outsmarted sherlock holmes. it’s not like she disguised herself so well that she could literally follow him and hear all of his plans and then topped it off with actually saying ‘goodnight, mr. holmes’ to his face. it’s not like he didn’t even figure it out until he got to her house the next day and found a note explaining all of it.
nah, man, he just thought she was hot.
And we wonder why BBC Adler was such a trainwreck. (No we don’t. We already know.)
/shoutout to people who hate isabela
reblogging for great truth, and also because fuckbagel is the best thing i’ve ever heard
YOU KNOW WHAT
THE FACT THAT IN SHERLOCK THEY HAD MORIARTY STRAP BOMBS TO LIVING PEOPLE AND DIDN’T CARE IF THEY WOULD DIE OR NOT
AND NOW THE FANDOM IS MAKING A LITERAL FUCKING BOMBING INTO “SEE? HE’S BACK!!!!”
THIS ISN’T AN EXCUSE TO MAKE A REFERENCE OF YOUR QUEER BAITING SHITSACK STAIN OF A SHOW
THIS IS REAL FUCKING LIFE
PEOPLE ARE DEAD BECAUSE OF THIS, AND MANY OTHERS ARE INJURED AND PEOPLE ARE SCARED FOR THEIR AND OTHERS’ LIVES
FOR ONE FUCKING DAY JUST NOT MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR GODAWFUL FANDOM OK
ARE YOU KIDDING ME
omfg the sherlock fandom is the fucking worst
i had a really dumb dream about sherlock last night, and someone in my dream asked if i was sherlock/john’s daughter and i just rolled my eyes and sighed with exasperation the whole time
"just try to keep a low profile, you aren’t exactly a ‘private’ detective anymore"
YOU’RE THE ONE WHO STARTED A FREAKING BLOG WATSON
finally watching the second season of sherlock (dumb fandom has kept me less than enthusiastic about the series really)
so yeah. it is shot digitally, and the color scheme = post-production color editing in digital programs.
Th editing and camera shots are really amazing.
Problem is that, as a Moffat feature, the writing strives too hard to be topical and to elicit laughs. It ends up being eyeroll-worthy. “Laters” and “I’m a fan of your blog,” for example.
The overly digital nature of the way the show is shot, at least for me, takes a lot away from it. It clashes with the story, dialogue, and everything else basically.
The frame rate in the scene where Sherlock and Watson are hitting each other is so distracting. I hate when film speeds make the visuals so jerky.
The style of the show is interesting and fantastic. But it has to meld with the dialogue story, and everything else. And it never comes together. Most of all, the stories themselves are never engaging or interesting enough, nor is the dialogue. So it ends up being full of many disparate elements that never quite gel.