oh you clever, clever boy
annihilation of both
Is it bad that my boyfriend isn’t really a human?
James Kirk, Sirius Black, Dean Winchester, Arthur Pendragon, Rose Tyler, Stiles Stilinski (via mylittleponygaylittlethingy)
50 Shades of Sarah, a Melodrama
(Smartassery Alert: Here lies one snarky meta…)
In general, melodramas show a very basic view of the world, breaking things down into the fundamental categories of “good” and “evil.” There is almost always a hero, who fights for what is right, and a villain, who tries to defeat the hero for his own maniacal purposes. A heroine usually holds the affection of both the hero and villain, and she typically needs to be saved in one way or another over the course of the plot — she is the damsel in distress.
Sidekicks are additional stock characters, learning from the hero and villain as apprentices and helping them in whatever quests or needs they might have. Although the plots can be quite complex, ultimately, they usually boil down to the hero establishing himself and his relationship with the heroine, the villain posing a threat and trying to steal the heroine away through conniving or force, the hero defeating the villain and everything ending happily. (x)
The one saving grace for me about TBB is the queer intervention in the melodrama. Neither John (really) nor Sherlock care about saving Sarah. She’s simply a pawn between the two of them. She’s a vehicle for the show’s blatant homoeroticism. (In Steve Thompson’s case, that homoeroticism is always somewhat nefarious. But that’s another meta…)
So here are other reasons why Steve Thompson’s script for The Blind Banker is sexist shit. (I talk about the overt racism here but you can’t really separate race and gender if you want to understand how either functions.)
Sarah s pretty and intelligent (in that order), the whole package.
She’s a practice manager who’s a trained health care professional, perhaps a doctor, like John, a general practitioner (GP).
To demonstrate the pure evil that is
the Otherthis Chinese gang, and the wickedness of the Chinese dominatrixdominant female Opera Singer in particular, Sarah must be a worthy victim. She’s got the body and brains. She must be subdued.
John demonstrates a “lack of professionalism” yet Sarah she swoons affectionately at this man she doesn’t know. He falls asleep on the job and makes a full day’s work for her but she doesn’t want to
wake his sorry ass updisturb him because…? Cute hedgehog?? I’m struggling to understand here… Of course Sarah’s curious about the mysterious man who can’t be arsed to care about his new job or his colleagues there. (Why she just doesn’t assume he’s a drunk or an addict, I have no idea.) So get you some of thatdate him, Sarah! It’s the only rational choice.
Look! She’s in Shock! She’s Got a Blanket!
Oh and when you’re scared (!) by the drum banging of the Chinese
Otheracrobats, clutch hard to John, this fine specimen of man who’s proven himself so trustworthy.
Then clutch him again.
dominatrixChinese opera singer binds and gags you be sure to cry and scream in horror. But plead at John with your eyes because the Chinese Otherwoman has so trapped and debased you that this worthless bloke is your only option for survival.
Of COURSE we know how it ends. The Consulting Cockblocker to the rescue! He’s the one who endangered Sarah in the first place. Sherlock giveth and Sherlock taketh away and Sherlock? Well naturally, he saves the day.
So while the rational manly Consulting Protagonist can endure the cabbie’s mayhem and John’s murderous rage, Sarah must be coddled… I mean…She’s in shock. She’s got a blanket.
Do you suppose she’d have let John get a leg over in The Great Game if she knew he was a murderer? Probably. Cause that’s hot!
BTW this is how smart Sarah is supposed to be so you can thank Thompson for putting her in her proper place.
Job Role- Practice Manager
Typically, this would be an opportunity for an accomplished manager… a management qualification would usually be required, along with a proven experience of motivating people. Such a post would usually combine personnel administration, payroll, finance, strategic planning and IT skills. NHS/general practice experience… preferred. Being a practice manager would necessitate a head for finance and an ability to manage in a changing environment. (x)
Should I write a meta on Donovan?
# don’t get me wrong kirk’s body language is hilarious and great in this scene # but every time i see it i have a greater appreciation for the fact# that spock just keeps moving like a fucking truck# kirk is hopping around and getting in the way and smacking him # and spock never varies his pace at all# kirk is like a gnat (spatscolombo)
WHICH IS WHY IT IS MY HEADCANON THAT SPOCK TOPS OKAY
SPOCK NEVER VARIES HIS PACE WHEN HE’S FUCKING JIM, EITHER, NO MATTER HOW MUCH JIM BEGS AND SQUIRMS AND SOBS AND SHAKES