The Sherloscars 2017 – Results

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*Cue applause and music as host walks up to podium*

Welcome Sherlock fans to the second annual Sherloscars – the awards ceremony devoted to the best work related to our favourite TV show in the past year. We have had thousands of votes from you in all ten categories. But now the results are in and we can reveal the winners…

Best Episode of Sherlock Series Four?


The Runners-Up Are:

I Can’t Choose Between Them! – 7%

The Six Thatchers – 10%

The Final Problem – 37%

And The Winner Is:

The Lying Detective – 46%

While ‘The Six Thatchers’ was unfortunately a clear third place, the race was tight between the second and third episodes of the season… Yet ‘The Lying Detective’ won out in the end by a decent lead of 9%. This proves that the episode’s third place position in our recent poll to rank every Sherlock 

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Worüber ich rede, wenn ich über Sex rede



Meine liebe C. ist Ärztin in der kleinen Stadt in der schon meine Großmutter Ärztin war. Die C. behandelt den Jäger, der mit der Schrotflinte Unfug trieb, nimmt sich Zeit für die Mütter, die nicht mehr weiter wissen mit dem schreienden Kind und hat auch für die alten Leute, für die der Arztbesuch, oft die einzige Art des sozialen Kontakts ist, immer Zeit. Die C. steht nachts halb zwei auf und sieht nach dem Herzinfarkt, der sieben Schnäpse, aber sonst nichts im Magen hat und vor dem Frühstück hat die C. schon Erbsen aus der Nase gezogen und verrenkte Schultern gerichtet.

Vor etwas über einem Jahr rief die C. mich an und sagte: „Süße, ich brauche deine Hilfe.“ Wie in so viele kleine und größere Städte kamen nämlich auch in diese Stadt, Flüchtlinge. Es sind die übrigens nicht die ersten Flüchtlinge, die in die kleine Stadt kamen, in den 1990er…

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Sherlock – What awaits us in TST?

Written for myself, mostly, and subject to edits/additions.

I’ve taken my sweet time but finally feel somewhat caught up with theories and speculations flying about. I fully intended to write down my expectations, but there are too many possible ways it can go that complicate writing this up into a coherent summary… so this is me gathering my highlights and thoughts on TST.

The Starting Point

Part of why there are so many ways TST can go is due to the fact that not everyone has the same starting point.

General audience assumptions (imo, at least): Jim is dead. Mary is pregnant. The end of TAB was reality.

Fandom assumption come in endless varieties, yet from my perspective, the three main concerns are:

  • Jim – alive or dead
  • Baby Watson – fake or real (John’s, not John’s)
  • The end of TAB – MP or reality (or EMP)

I’m not 100% firm on where I fall here. I’m firmly with Team #JimLives, then waters get more muddled.

Either the baby is dying a quick and traumatic death (this is Moffat, so likely) or the baby is utter fake. This goes and in hand with not only TAB being a figment of Sherlock’s imagination in its entirely, but parts of HLV also were. This is called Extended Mind Palace (EMP) and I owe mylastvow for giving me the cliffnotes on this last September =)

The general audience, I presume, will imagine the episode containing some fluffy baby fun, then a case and a dramatic journey to solving it (with the baby maybe dying. Well, this is Moffat, who are we kidding, the child is so dead).

I agree with @Isitandwonder and @marcethespot (and lots of others) in that the clips containing the baby that we have seen bear more resemblance to POV shots and dream sequences (see their collaborative meta and follow-up feat. deducingbbcsherlock, this Twitter exchange; plus more EMP and Sherlock’s past trauma threads).

So I’m pretty sure we will see John’s vision of what having the baby would be like, then see him waking up and think this, now, is reality, only to later find out that this is Sherlock’s vision of what having a baby would be like (or vice versa).

Mary, Moriarty and Marokko

I haven’t formed a coherent expectation of when the Waking Up For Real Now We Mean It All Right will occur, either form the “baby dreams” or from the EMP experience. Waking up from finding out the baby is not real might be another layer in Sherlock’s MP and feature the case of the Six Thatchers before he wakes up in his hospital bed after Mary shot him; it might happen after.

Waking up to find everything after a certain point in HLV was Mind Palace might be the break into act III.

Aaaaanyway, chasing Mary will lead us to Marokko. Moriarty could be hacking real life, as the transmedial nature of BBC One’s ad campaign for this series has led some to suggest (x).

The soundtrack titles really helped me make up my mind. There is a lot floating about (“Agra” as a city since it’s not written as A.G.R.A; “Cheating” to mean John believes Mary is cheating on him with Sherlock (then I want THIS to happen) or David re-entering the picture after all, “Sharks” connection to CAM?) but what really struck me is the “Never A Field Agent” being relevant to John’s dark secret that will come out according to reviews.

Possible secrets of John’s that could be revealed:

  • his bisexuality (please, because we cannot endure more of this denial, please John!)
  • he has been working with Mycroft ever since Mary shot Sherlock, or that he figured out that
  • he was working for the government in the past
  • sth else
  • a combination of the above

“Gunshot” has me thinking that this is the point when Mary will die. Not sure who I think is most likely to shoot her, but I’m positive she will not survive this episode.

“Get your attention”

Well. We know from the synopsis that something happens to make Sherlock and John estranged. Their relationship is irrevocably altered.

So…. Love confession? Or actually a kiss?

In favour of the kiss: 

  • It would up the stakes, no matter how it plays out.
  • A kiss doesn’t mean they will get together right that moment. The amount of pining and the heartbreak for Sherlock in particular after a, in his opinion, rejection would be ample reason for his descent into hell/drugs/etc in TLD.
  • Mofftiss can certainly write it in a way that heteronormative viewers will be able to pretend it doesn’t make them gay.
  • “But if they kissed, the spoilers would be everywhere!” – Hmm. The press managing to keep their mouths shut does not actually exclude a kiss from having happened, as deducingbbcsherlock explains here, pointing to House of Cards.
  • Moffat’s Doctor Who special is a blatant Johnlock mirror
  • Just… the team’s comments… and ffs, Arwel’s twitter has turned into TJLC haven – he’s tweeting from the basement! They aren’t holding back…

Against the kiss happening already: 

  • With EMP, all the potential of the baby being fake, Mary’s past, etc., there are enough bombshells to drop on the audience that would explain the allusions in reviews.
  • I cannot imagine how Sherlock or John would get into a mindset to kiss the other with Mary still in the picture or only recently out of the picture. (But I’m happy to have Mofftiss show me how 😉 )
  • With the third episode being broadcast in cinemas, my gut is telling me that actual Johnlock will happen then. (This still applies, though, if they already shared one kiss/Sherlock kissed John and believes he was rejected in TST, and we get John’s confession that he reciprocates.)
  • I can’t shake a feeling of it being too early in the narrative for a kiss to close TST. I’ve been going back and forth on this issue, argh..

Huh. I thought I’d be clearer on what I expect awaits us, but clearly there are too many angles^^ All I know for certain is that there will be lots of elephants, the subtext will be more and more overt, and Mofftiss will have found a way to make it brilliant, regardless of how extended the mind palace is or when the kiss will happen =)

PS: Thanks to merlenhiver for reading this over and causing my convictions to sway again.

Relevant links:

The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation

Born Again Minimalist

I was in graduate school when I first heard the term “millennial.” It was at a conference. The session was about how to serve millennial students, because they have different characteristics than the Generation X students that went before them. It was here that I first started hearing things like “millennials need to be recognized for participation,” “millennials feel they are special,” “millennials are sheltered,” “millennials are likely to have helicopter parents,” and more. Society as a whole loves to hate on the millennial generation (those born between 1980-1999), calling us “special snowflakes” and sarcastically referring to us as “social justice warriors,” calling us out for “being offended by everything” and, everybody’s favorite, pointing out how very entitled we are.

Here’s the secret: We’re not.


The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting.

What’s Gaslighting?

Glad you asked. I learned…

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Defending the Electronic Word

Great points! Very much agreeing with this. As someone constrained to limited living space, I value ebooks for their compactness.
As an avid fanfic reader, I’d also add the ability to take AO3 with you in epub-form a definite advantage =)

Ashe's Bar


Last week, a friend and I were discussing books versus e-books, or rather we were talking about the snobbishness of some readers when it comes to favouring ‘real’ books over e-readers.  This is not the first time I have encountered the ‘which is best?’ argument, but there were a couple of points raised in defence of e-readers that I had not considered before, so I thought it worth a comment here.

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Why are the boomers so angry?

“No, they are angry about Brussels bureaucrats, national identity and democracy, even though it’s quite difficult to get specific (and true) examples of what they mean. They are angry about immigration, even though a lot of them don’t live in high immigration areas. They are angry about a Britain which has actually been very good to them and, with its protected pensions and pensioner benefits, continues to be so. These are some of the most prosperous, secure and healthy human beings ever to walk the planet. Yet, with a howl of rage, they may be about to tip our wobbling economy into recession, thereby wrecking the chances of younger generations.”

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

A quote about Brexit supporters by a friend of mine last week attracted a lot of attention when I stuck it on Twitter yesterday.

This is the last ‘fuck you’ from the baby boomers. They took the secure corporate and government jobs with the guaranteed pay rises and final salary pension schemes and benefitted from property they bought cheap and sold dear. They burnt the bridges behind them by colluding with the dismantling of the very things that had brought them prosperity. Their last act will be to burn the economy before they die.

It even made the Independent. Some people were offended by it but, for the majority of those who commented, it seemed to strike a chord, suggesting there is at least a grain of truth in it.

It is certainly true that the pollsters are recording the highest support for Brexit among older voters. YouGov data

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Building Norway: a critique of Slavoj Žižek

Idiot Joy Showland

Most of us are now grimly aware of the pernicious hydraulic metaphor for migration – the tendency in newspapers or opinion columns for movements of people to be described in ominously fluid terms: a flood, a wave, a stream, a tide, an influx, a rising body of stinking brown water that can only threaten any settled population. This language isn’t just monstrously deindividuating and dehumanising: when hundreds of migrants are dying at sea, it helps to suture up any ethical laceration before it can fully open itself. Water to water, dust to dust. Vast numbers of people – children included – can sink beneath the waves without anyone feeling any need to do anything about it; it’s only once bodies wash up on beaches that there’s an imperative to act. So it’s unfortunate, but not surprising, that The Non-Existence of Norway, Slavoj Žižek’s essay on migration in the London…

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