Posts tagged: M and L
- They try to canonize the pairing.
Yes. I’m a Mystrade shipper as well. I understand having your OTP canonized is a huge step for a fan. Once again, people fail to see the difference between canon and our musings.
Lestrade is married, canonically. He checked out Molly, canonically. Mycroft has admitted to not caring about anyone but his brother, canonically.
As of Hounds, we can definitely say Lestrade is divorced. He very obviously no longer wears his wedding ring (TANLINE).
Mycroft spoke the words that caring is not an advantage. He never said he didn’t care for anyone, he just said it’s not an advantage. And mostly to reassure Sherlock, in my opinion.
Do we know that Lestrade is not completely straight? Nope, so therefore, fanon.
Do we know anything about Mycroft’s sexuality, or lack of thereof? Nope, fanon again.
Oops, but in Scandal, we have the infamous exchange between Sherlock and John,
JOHN: “Seriously, why are we here, Sherlock? Are we here to see the Queen?”
SHERLOCK: [sees Mycroft enter] “Apparently, yes.”
I keep having to wonder whether or not people are even aware of the double entendre here, because it’s an obvious allusion to Mycroft’s sexuality.
Do we know, for certain, that they met before Hounds? No, it’s fanon.
Is Mycroft obsessive over who deals with his younger brother? Yes he is.
- Someone (John) will be moving in with Sherlock; he checks him out.
- He is in direct, personal contact with Lestrade in Hounds, even if it is over the phone. From the situation and the dialogue, we may make the close “reading” that this has happened before.
- Leading back to: Lestrade begins working with Sherlock. From the drugs bust in ASiP, we may conclude Lestrade knows of his drug history. How? He was there to see the vestiges of it. Would Mycroft not keep a close eye on Sherlock during that period? Yes, he damn well would. In fact, he’d be on to anyone like a hawk, in order to keep away any further bad influences as much as possible. So he would, most definitely, have checked out Lestrade.
Yes, that’s theory, but theory based on fact and logic. Even if Lestrade and Mycroft’s meeting is completely unromantic, it was already speculated upon before Hounds confirmed they know each other.
So, just. Would I like this pairing to appear on the show? Yes, absolutely, because it’s my primary ship in this fandom. But I realize that hasn’t happened, and much as it pains my, possibly won’t. I have millions of head-canons, and stories, and theories, but none of them appear officially. Let’s get our facts right, yes?
Mark Gatiss thinks Rupert Graves is dishy. This is another fact.
And see the above for some more, irrefutable, facts, mentioned or shown in episodes.
And really, you want to listen to Macpye. “I don’t just do everything your…brother tells me.” If this were the first phonecall from Mycroft telling Greg to tack Sherlock down, then Greg would have said so. And he wouldn’t be so limply defensive about it. He would have said, “Oi, I’m doing this as a one-time favour, you.”
But I’ll loop this back to your opening shot: “They try to canonize the pairing.” Mark Gatiss, dear man, actually said “Everything’s canon!” And he and Moffat have been running through the Sherlockian candy store, grabbing things off the shelves and shoving them into the show willy-nilly. They will grab from speculation - “We’re not a couple!” “If anyone still cares, I’m not gay!” - and bat it around like a kitten with its first ball of yarn.
And even more directly: Yes. I do try to canonize the pairing, by doing exactly what Moftiss do: I write fan fiction, with the intent of publishing it for real, professionally someday. I work on scripts in order to get them ready to submit to agents. Moffat speculated in the early ’90s, in fandom, about what the Doctor’s name was. Right out there on Usenet with the rest of us plebs. Moffat is now writing fan fiction for the BBC, that gets filmed.
If you want to quash speculation… no. You don’t. You really, really don’t. If you don’t really believe it, keep reading until you find something you do believe in. If you want to argue Mystrade with me, I would dearly love it, in fact. Go ahead. It’s called fact-checking and proofreading and editing. I actively love it when people go through my stuff and pull out bits that don’t make sense, or don’t follow what was in S2. Because this is the canon I’m trying to tie into, and it needs to fit absolutely in order to work. So bring it on. But I’ll come right back at you with explanations and counter-theories.
The game, Mrs Hudson, IS AWESOME.