Like most of you I have seen this photoset many, many times, but something about this last viewing struck me. I think it’s the authoritative way he puts the coat on, pops the collar up as high as it can go, straps himself in like the greatcoat is a shield.
And I can’t help but compare this to the stag night, the way he fumbled to get out of it, tripping over himself in the Mayfly man’s apartment. It’s precisely the opposite in so many ways. When I see this moment at the end of TSOT, it’s like Sherlock is leaving that person behind forever. The whole caring lark, being vulnerable, letting chemical substances dull his control over himself - that’s all over.
Only of course it’s not. The very next time we see him he’s high as a kite, no greatcoat to be seen, and less in control of himself than ever. Because, at least to my way of thinking, that side of him (once tapped) cannot be cut off - just suppressed or embraced. I suspect that choice will be a big part of the series going forward. Will Sherlock wrap himself up in his battle-armor and pretend like he simply doesn’t care, or will he find a way to integrate that heart into the great mind he has to be?
Speaking of beauty and emotion, juno_magic shared this video over at her blog, Andre Rieu's "And the Waltz Goes On." I've heard better performances, but what really makes me smile is the beauty of all the people reacting to it.
And finally: I really, really want to do a proper review of this. I have every intention of doing a proper review. I am not in the headspace I need to really embrace just how wonderful the fic I received through acd_holmesfest is really quite fantastic. Holmes/Watson which may not be everyone's cup of tea (mine, definitely; just don't want folks caught offguard). It also features people paraphrasing Thrasymachus and, if my memory isn't failing me, Xenophon. Lots of other wonderful details I don't want to spoil. I really do have every plan of writing a proper review once I'm in the mood to get properly effusive, but in the meantime, please do give it a read.