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He doesn’t have Cumberbatch’s swagger, but Freeman has plenty of confidence in himself and his acting ability.

"He doesn’t have Cumberbatch’s swagger"



I’m sorry, but seriously? Martin Freeman swaggers more on his way to the loo than Benny has ever swaggered in his entire life.


I’m not a huge Freeman fan to the point I am with BC — but really, this comment was clearly made for one of two reasons: 

1. Clickbait by using “Cumberbatch” needlessly in a sentence. 

2. Pure idiocy

I’m betting on #1. Martin Freeman’s swagger is second to none and was very widely appreciated before most of us ever even heard of Benedict Cumberbatch.  

The problem here is that these squealing man-children, so desperate to keep women out of their precious games, want it both ways. They want gaming to be taken seriously as a culture and art form, while at the same time throwing an unbelievable tantrum when subjected to serious criticism. This is ludicrous and immature on so many levels. Gaming isn’t for you, anymore. Gaming is for everyone. Everyone gets to have their say, to make their criticism, and gaming doesn’t need you to defend it.

The only thing left for these people to do is put their toys back in the pram and huddle together as the tide rises against them, until they wake up in five year’s time and realise that Assassin’s Creed 7 was actually a pretty good game, even though they had to waste three precious seconds flicking the gender over to ‘male’ on the character creation screen so they can feel comfortable again. Change is inevitable, especially when half of the freaking gamers in the country are women and actually want to play some games that don’t treat them like disposable trash.

So, here’s another change for you: if you really think feminism, or women, are destroying games, or that LGBT people and LGBT relationships have no place in games, or that games in any way belong to you or are “under attack” from political correctness or “social justice warriors”: please leave this website. I don’t want your clicks, I don’t want your hits, I don’t want your traffic. Leave now and please don’t come back.

The Empty Hearse - Mycroft vs Sherlock vs Goldfish



I analyse the scene between the Holmes Brothers where Mycroft states they were completely isolated as children. I explore their family background and how their isolation can explain why Sherlock behaves like a psychopath some of the time.


Hell is Other People


The clear intention for the entire scene between Sherlock and Mycroft is to show that Mycroft is cleverer than Sherlock. Well, the script certainly hammered the idea home with more nails than the coffin needed.

The main suggestion we get from this scene about the Holmes Brother’s background is that Mycroft and Sherlock grew up isolated. In fact it is stated that Mycroft didn’t meet “other children” until Sherlock was old enough to have his intelligence judged and found wanting.

We are not provided with an explanation for the Holmes’ brothers complete lack of social interaction with others.

Given how ordinary and benign their parents seemed during the short scene, I do not believe that this couple conspicuously choose to completely isolate their children.

The script didn’t even compromise by having Mycroft meet children and decided to shun them – they actually didn’t physically meet any other children in any proper capacity for the best part of Mycroft’s childhood. Contrast this with the apparently normality of the Holmes Parents and you get a very strange back story that reads like something assembled from a checklist.

Gatiss evidently wanted “normal parents + maladjusted children” without much thought to reality. From my experiences in psychiatry and life, this is not what happens. The Holmes Brothers display extremely dysfunction emotional coping strategies (The Empty Hearse – The Holmes Brothers Reunited). No matter what genetic influences they are under, you do not produce such maladaptive responses if you spent your formative with such normal, loving parents.

The best explanation I can give is that for some reason, the Holmes Brothers ended up spending their childhood completely isolated and that their parents actually ended up have little input in their lives.

For most children with busy parents, social interaction and emotional development are significantly aided by school, friends and relatives.

It is clear now that the Holmes Brother had none of these sources of help during their development, which can give us an insight into why Sherlock occasionally does behave like a psychopath, even though he isn’t one. 

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An examination of Sherlock’s emotional development — or lack of it — through analyzing my favorite scene in all of Sherlock (Operation/Hat Deduction). 

The Empty Hearse – Holmes Brothers a Psychoanalysis



What I really love about the Empty Hearse are the scenes between Sherlock and Mycroft. It added wonderful new details to their relationship – slowly painting in the backdrop to their currently antagonistic affection. It also gives us new insights into the personality and emotional coping strategies of Mycroft and Sherlock.

I analyse the new details we have been given and explain how Mycroft and Sherlock developed into the characters we see, why their relationship is so difficult and yet filled with such deep emotion.  

Sherlock’s and Mycroft’s behaviour are classic patterns of different emotional coping strategies and their conversation in the Empty Hearse had finally vindicated my original theories. 

A Hat Trick


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Interesting — and I think accurate — analysis of the Holmes Boys’ intellectual and social development.