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Is it just me, or do Sherlock and John both make the same funny face?

Mirroring.  It’s where one person copies another person’s body language.  It’s a (usually unconscious) sign of being in agreement/social harmony with them.  A demonstration of empathic connection, basically.

We tend to mirror people we’re close to a lot—friends, family, lovers.  It’s why old married couples sometimes start “looking alike” to us.  Ahem.

Great stuff, by the way, for a job interview or flirting.  People usually don’t even notice you’re doing it; they just start feeling more favorable towards you.

Also it’s darling.

As a body language buff, I second the above explanation! Also, if you are attracted to someone, or they are attracted to you, you will start mirroring each other’s body language even if you don’t know them very well.

I love it. And they’re both lying to each other here - hence the tight-lipped expression they’re both using. Sherlock is lying about his relationship to Janine and how “affirming” it is, and John is lying about seeming happy about it. :P 


Exactly How Eloquent is Dust?

Let’s look at some parallels. The second from the top gif is one of the first sites we’re shown when John enters 221b for the first time in two years. The beautiful dust dances around in the left of the frame. One of the last deductions John saw Sherlock do before the Fall was the “dust is eloquent” scene and that was the last time John heard mention of Mrs. Hudson’s dusting. The motes are reminders, then of Sherlock’s brilliance— something John holds onto. But more importantly, this is the position John stood in when he affirmed to Sherlock that he believed in him. “Nobody could fake being such an annoying dick all of the time.” John returns to 221b, his unwavering belief in Sherlock reaffirmed. Look at how “I know you’re for real” gif overlays the 221b dust scene?! Notice how the light from the street illuminates John’s face when he says “real” and how that light beams into 221b when John returns? Sunlight is steadfast. LOVELY.

Now let’s think of the dust in Jack the Ripper’s room. Lestrade asks Sherlock what happened to John. Sherlock replies: “Not really in the picture any more.” Then the cement from the ceiling falls. The first time we saw dust moving about in Hearse it was when John had to admit that Sherlock wasn’t in the picture anymore. This dust is deep.

A third time we see dancing dust on the left is when Sherlock recalls the Ripper room. Visually something cool is happening. The frame from the Ripper is overlayed onto the scene in 221b. The rectangular light from the Ripper room highlights Sherlock’s face, bringing our eyes to his. It’s not just the look it frames— it’s the fact that Sherlock is sniffing. His nose wrinkles as he inhales. If you listen closely to the soundtrack, you can clearly hear Sherlock’s snuffles. But. He’s not smelling anything in 221b (unless John hasn’t washed!) He’s remembering a smell. What scent is it then?


Right before Sherlock remembers the Ripper dust in 221b, John asked him who tried to incinerate him in the bonfire. Sherlock is frustrated because he doesn’t know the answer and then BAM— the Ripper dust scene comes to his mind.

Wait, what? 

Sherlock remembers the scent of burning trees at the bonfire and associates it with the burnt pine or spruce smell of Jack the Ripper’s costume! The falling dust then makes him think of the trains that rattled Jack’s room and voila! That’s how you get the underground deduction. John is a conductor of light. 

So. Look at the final image. That’s:

  1. John saying he knows Sherlock’s for real.
  2. The dust of 221b when John returns to tell Mrs. Hudson he’s moving on.
  3. The dust Sherlock sees right after he’s told Lestrade that John’s not in the picture any more.
  4. Sherlock remembering that dust because he associates it both with the terror of losing John and three puzzles he has yet to completely solve. (Who tried to kill John; The Ripper case; and the Rat of Sumatra underground network case.)

That, my friends, is parallelism. THAT is eloquent dust.

kitchenelf14 asked:

But, BUT, if we're doing musicals with sherlock, THEN can you see john singing I Won't Say I'm In Love, because Disney movies totally count as musicals, don't fight me on it


If there’s a prize for injured war vets
I guess I’ve already won that
No man is worth the aggravation
Despite the fact that he cured my damn leg

[Mrs. Hudson:]
Who’d’ ya think you’re kiddin’
He’s the Earth and heaven to you
Try to keep it hidden
Honey, I can see right through you
John, ya can’t conceal it
I know how ya feel and
Who you’re thinking of

No chance, no way
I won’t say it, no, no

[Mrs. Hudson:]
You swoon, you sigh
why deny it, uh-oh

It’s too cliche
I won’t say I’m in love

I thought it was infatuation
tried to snuff it on the front end
My head is screaming get a grip, John
Unless you’re dying to lose your best friend

[Mrs. Hudson:]
You keep on denying
Who you are and how you’re feeling
Doctor, I’m not buying
Hon, we saw ya hit the ceiling
Face it like a grown-up
When ya gonna own up
That ya got, got, got it bad

Whoa: No chance, no way
I won’t say it, no, no

[Mrs. Hudson:]
Give up, give in
Check the grin you’re in love

This scene won’t play,
I won’t say I’m in love

[Mrs. Hudson:]
You’re doin’ flips read my lips
You’re in love

You’re way off base
I won’t say it

[Mrs. Hudson:]
You won’t say ‘in love’

Get off my case
I won’t say it

[Mrs. Hudson:]
John, don’t be proud
It’s O.K. you’re in love

At least out loud,
I won’t say I’m in love

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