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There is some good Johnlock fic out there. I'm sure of it. I don't go looking for it, but I'm positive there are a number of stories that fill in the gaps that, I think, the show has left. If you like Johnlock, it's probably because of these stories or your own headcanon which I'm sure is awesome. As someone who can totally get behind Johnlock in over versions -- Elementary, Ritchie!verse, ACD, etc -- and as someone who really used to love the pairing, I'm just writing down my thoughts as to why it never quite jived for me in the BBC world. I'm not really looking for an argument, and if you love BBC Johnlock -- that's cool!]
I see the Holmes&Watson dynamic a bit like the the first two cards you have to place against each other (like this: /\) if you're starting to build a house out of them. They lean
on each other. They need each other. They're both lacking certain things that the other provides. In the 2009 & 2011 films, Holmes and Watson literally
fucking lean on each other a number of times. In the original canon, they're two men who are built up to display a certain number of congruent strengths and weaknesses which -- if you're reading this -- I'm going to assume you already know. In Elementary
I think it's highlighted a number of times both by Joan providing answers to questions that Sherlock doesn't know and through the depth of their relationship as addict/sober companion and their work together as (both) detectives. They need each other.
And I don't get the sense of that mutual need from BBC Sherlock any more. I think the show started off with it -- in Study in Pink, Watson saves Holmes from himself (which he is wont to do) but then I feel like it sort of...drops off after that. Holmes says Watson is his friend, sure -- but he goes on to use him, attempt to poison him, distress him, have zero regard for his emotions or romantic endeavours, endangers his life constantly, refutes his advice, abandons him, leaves him steps behind, and makes him look pathetic. It's very clear that Watson needs Holmes throughout the series, but it seems -- to me -- to be very one-sided and it makes Watson look more like a hanger-on than someone who has Sherlock's respect. We're told they fit together, but I feel like the show relies very heavily on what people think
Holmes-and-Watson ought to be without, well. Showing it.
And I don't like that. And so I feel a bit like Sherlock/John as a couple, in that universe -- is unfair to Watson. Like, that's it. Relationships should be built on mutual respect and I just don't feel like it's there at the level it should be for me to feel invested or interested in them in that way.
I mentioned to kamchaatka
that I thought Jim Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes had more of that -- that mutual leaning, that mutual respect, that mutual everything -- in BBC than Watson/Holmes do. I mean, "You're me" pretty much says it all, doesn't it? They engage with each other, they tease and torment and play
with each other and it's obvious they both enjoy it. Sexual innuendos and obsession assign -- Jim displays a need for Holmes that's powerful enough for him not to want to live without him. And Sherlock, who is defined by and desperate for work, a puzzle a challenge, seeks Jim out for it and lets Jim lead even when he knows the results might be disastrous for him and the people he allegedly cares about. He has no sympathy for the fact Molly Hooper was tangled up in all this, he has no sympathy for anyone -- He tortured a dying man to get Jim's name
. And while it's certainly true that they're no good
for each other, I find their dynamic and that give-and-take to be more reminiscent of the mutual leaning traditionally associated with Watson-and-Holmes than what I've seen so far from John and Sherlock. In a nutshell.