The Light Switch Trope

urbanhymnal:

John and Sherlock lock lips for the first time and suddenly none of John’s previous relationships matter. This is it. The light switch flips to the gay position and becomes firmly stuck there. Those women didn’t really mean anything. Cue the music swelling in the background. Also erections. 

Hold up there, fic writer. Let’s back off the background swelling erections for a second and talk about what’s going on here. I get what you are attempting to say. You want to show that Sherlock and John are meant to be. I am all about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson being happy forever and retiring to Sussex to raise a thousand bees. But you can still write your swelling romantic erec— I mean, epic without falling prey to the light switch trope. Take a time out on the whole ignoring/undermining every relationship John had previous to recognizing the glory that is Sherlock Holmes’ fabulous booty and consider who John has been with previously. Those relationships do matter and John being interested in women is an important part of who he is. And it certainly doesn’t “ruin” things if John has expressed interest in men other than Sherlock. BBC’s Sherlock has given us a mother lode of interesting past relationships to mine when it comes to John Watson. There is nothing wrong with John having relationships with other people before Sherlock and we shouldn’t be so quick to brush them under the rug as some sort of attempt at painting the most romantic romance to ever romance. 

Being bi doesn’t have an expiration date on it. You don’t marry someone or chose to spend the rest of your life with them and flip a switch where the two choices are gay or straight. It doesn’t work like that. Settling down for a life of domestic fluff and crime solving doesn’t magically erase all of his past relationships nor does it change who he still finds attractive (‘cause let’s face it, John ‘He’s Always Walked Like That’ Watson flirts with everyone). Settling down just means that he has chosen to spend his life with Sherlock. All those relationships along the way impacted him in some fashion— good or bad. 

So can we get a little less suddenly gay John and a little more always been bi John? Excellent! Now back to your musical penises. 

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willietheplaidjacket:

John lying in a hospital bed after getting shot, weak and tired, when Sholto walks in in his uniform; back straight, not a hair out of place. First John smiles, happy to see a familiar face, then he notices the serious expression. He opens his mouth to ask what’s wrong but his throat is too dry and he knows any way. He knows what’s coming and doesn’t want to here it. As soon as Sholto begins with ‘Captain John Watson of the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers…’ John crumbles inside. Sholto recites the regulation speech informing John that he is to be honourably discharged with full military pension, thanking him for his service and bravery. When Sholto finishes he stands in silence, torn between leaving and comforting, when John looks at him with tear brimmed eyes and rasps ‘James…’. Sholto returns his gaze, clenches his hands at his sides and says ‘I’m sorry, John. I’m so sorry.’

My new addiction.  I cannot get enough john/sholto.

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brilliant-starlight said: Hello! I love dancing baby Groot as much as the next person (possibly more so), but the post you just reblogged with the video has been driving me nuts. Mainly b/c it is James Gunn, the director, who did the dancing -not Vin Diesel. Thought you might want to know! (Link: nerdist. com/2014/08/watch-dancing-baby-groot-boogie-again-and-again-with-this-official-clip/)

Consider me corrected!

congalineofdurin:

lifting-spirits:

mr-noodle-arms:

willycheesesteak:

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Dancing Groot

“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!’” - Vin Diesel

reblogged before but that comment just makes it that much better

READ THE COMMENT

HE JUST MADE DANCING GROOT EVEN BETTER.  THIS MAN IS A HERO.

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SMILING BABIES.
(They’re adult budgies BUT THEY’RE SO WEE AND SMILING.)

SMILING BABIES.

(They’re adult budgies BUT THEY’RE SO WEE AND SMILING.)

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archiaart:

Do what you want, but remember - we won’t always be the powerless ones.

The backlighting around his lips, nose and eyes is killing me.  Subtle, and yet it does so much.
Also his eyes.  His eyes are killing me.  And the hand wrapped around his face. <3
God, I can’t wait to read about Scarrow again. ^_^
Did you guys know Archia’s got an original story about vampires?

archiaart:

Do what you want, but remember - we won’t always be the powerless ones.

The backlighting around his lips, nose and eyes is killing me.  Subtle, and yet it does so much.

Also his eyes.  His eyes are killing me.  And the hand wrapped around his face. <3

God, I can’t wait to read about Scarrow again. ^_^

Did you guys know Archia’s got an original story about vampires?

ellioop:

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knitmeapony:

A large part of my adult, career-related life has been lived by Susan Ivanova’s examples and wisdom.

i don’t really know who this is i think she’s from babylon 5 but AWESOME

Oh man.  MAN.  Man.  Lemme tell you about Susan Ivanova.

Susan Ivanova, second in command of Babylon 5, has been through a lot of shit.  First, off, Babylon 5 is a deliberate melting pot of a place where. after a really bad war, different species can come to seek peace.  Earthgov is skeptical about it.  The other species governments are skeptical about it.  As a result, the station often stands between the universe and very bad shit going down. 

Commander Ivanova is in charge of operations.  All the day to day stuff.  She handles it pretty well.

 

Mostly, anyway.

She is not here to put up with anyone’s shit.  Not even if you’re from Earth.

She’s second in command of a station with captains that are perpetually putting themselves and the station through a lot of political… well, ugly politics.  She’s often the one left behind, having to tell folks the Captain is not available and she’s in charge.  Honestly, for having to be the grownup among so many damned children, she’s very well liked. 

She’s not all business, though, she’s a great friend as well as commander, with a lovely, dry, gallows sense of humor.  I’m not sure there’s a person on the station who doesn’t have a private joke or at least a friendly word with her (provided they’re not fucking up her schedule).

Her family is Russian and Jewish, and it actually comes up from time to time.  She occasionally sends a shout out to god (she’s not practicing, iirc, but she still identifies as Jewish and keeps a few traditions), She commentates often on her Russian heritage.

Susan Ivanova: I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. 

She meets up with family and friends from her past and doesn’t shy away from them:

Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So how are things back home? 
Rabbi Koslov: They change, they stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say: “If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world’s fruit basket.” 

She had a rough time growing up - her mother was a telepath, and in this universe if you’re telepathic and human you have two options: join a quasi-militaristic organization called the PsiCorps that will immediately take you from your family and control your whole life (they even have a saying: the Corps is Mother.  The Corps is Father.  It’s as chilling as you think,); option two is to take some drugs that suppress your abilities.  Ivanova’s mother chose the second option, and after a long, ugly period suffering under the effects of the drug, she took her own life.

You can imagine Susan is not thrilled with anyone associated with the Psicorps. But when a Psicorps telepath named Talia Winters comes on board, some interesting things happen.

At first she avoids the hell out of her.

But then, eventually, Susan doesn’t mind her so much.

Talia reaches out, and turns up at Susan’s quarters late one night.

They actually become real friends.

And you know, they have scenes like this.

And then, when Talia is gone she confesses:

Susan also later falls in love with a man named Marcus Cole, which means for my money she’s the first bisexual lady in space that I ever saw on TV.  Possibly ever.

For all that though, for her friendships and lovely jokes and cuddly-as-a-cactus-flower appeal, they never ever forget how good she is at her job.  She is shatteringly competent.

She is a military commander, and from time to time, she shows it.

Also, she was airlocking people before it was cool.

The whole crew is in on the airlocking thing, really.  They support her airlocking habits.  It’s lovely of them to do.

In summation:

Commander Susan Ivanova, bisexual Russian Jewish space princess of my heart.  Forever.  Watch this show.

Always share St. Ivanova.

YEESSSS. Babylon 5 fandom, we yet live!!

And did we mention the part where she coopted part of the hydroponics bays so that she could grow coffee to prevent her from committing homicide?

Susan Ivanova is my queen.  Also my rebbe.

(I refuse to call her St Ivanova because what part of “Jewish” are we forgetting, thanks for the erasure).

#another on the endless list of shows I want to get around to watching

YES. Yes, you do. It has its problems, it’s the first show to do all its SFX by computer (Amigas with Video Toaster cards) and sometimes it looks it, and it starts slow but god damn once it gets going it is fucking amazing and awesome.

Also, Ivonava and Talia’s relationship is canon and confirmed and intent, and the only reason it stopped when it did is because Talia’s actress wanted to leave the show to do other things nobody cares about.

I have never watched this show but this makes me want to!

Everyone should watch B5. It’s a wonderful show with so much to give and such well realised characters that it grieves me that so many people have never heard of it. 

One of the best sci-fi shows ever.  Also one of the few shows to have a fixed plotline and finite story arc, and stick to it.

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Anonymous said: Always thought that John's worry over Sherlock's name being smeared by the media in TRF was due to basic empathy, but just realized there's more to it-- He's seen it done before, with another good friend who was destroyed by the media, who became a complete recluse, whose only interaction with people now are getting death threats from them. He knows someone who has never recovered from being publicly torn to shreds the way like that, and doesn't want to see it happen again.

ceywoozle:

havetardiswilltimetravel:

anotherwellkeptsecret:

OH. MY. GOD.

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why did you

Oh DUDE he HAS.

24-alpha-24:

prettyarbitrary:

lichtenstrange:

Can we just take a second to admire how amazing these fucking wings are?!

These have to be the best wings I have ever seen in a film.

I forgave this movie a lot just because of Gabriel.  And those wings are FABULOUS.

I still rewatch this movie often, just for Gabriel. (okay, and rachel weisz is fucking gorgeous, and I dig Papa Midnight, and if they’d just done the right thing in the first place with a proper blond Brit John Constantine it might have been okay and I’m worried about the TV series but can’t wait)

Keanustine did have his moments.  John’s always been a performative kind of character.  He’s forever wearing masks and putting on attitudes, and for John Constantine, there’s never, ever nobody watching.

But then you have those moments, like the spider in the glass, when all the masks peel back and there he is in all his dubious, grungy glory.

I was one of the people who snagged the pilot ep when it leaked, and I’ll tell you, it lived up.  If you’re not sold immediately, have patience and stick with it to the end. ^_^

brienne-the-blue:

"So all your shirts must be kept like that"

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"But why?"

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"You keep your shirts folded….ready to pack…."

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"AND I FURTHER DEDUCE….."

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okay listen why would he look SO TENSE

AND SO NERVOUS

AND LOOK OVER AT SHERLOCK

UNLESS THE DEDUCTION HAD TO DO WITH SHERLOCK

Wasn’t this the point where Sherlock butted in and cut Billy off?

It makes me so curious about what’s up with those shirts.  Like, I assumed John just kept a ready bag in case Sherlock called and was like, “Let’s go run off on a case for a week!” and was kind of embarrassed about it.  But he seemed so much more embarrassed than that seemed to call for, and then the way Sherlock jumped in like Billy was really crossing a line there…

Maybe he really doesn’t like it when people other than Sherlock deduce him?

Maybe Sherlock gets jealous when other people deduce John. ^_^

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