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05 December 2012 @ 11:49 pm
Are You There, Fandom-Love? It's Me, joonscribble.  
So, I've been a bit absent in the whole Sherlock fandom. School along with the lack of new episodes had me sort of fade out from it. I haven't read the fics that have been appearing in my friends feed and I certainly haven't worked on the two (god, two) WIPs that are still waiting to shrug off their IP status.

But luckily My Friend With Whom I Have A Hobbit Date (I'll call her Hobbit Friend for now. She's very tall so this amuses me) has finally broken down and decided to watch Sherlock. She'd made a vow not to watch any of the episodes until they had all aired (or at least the non-cliffhanger ones because she hates cliffhangers). But at the rate the show's going, it's going to be 2014 before she can catch up. So, I relayed to her aelfgyfu-mead's excellent suggestion of how to watch series 1 and 2.

I've so far sat with Hobbit Friend through the first 2 episodes of series 1 and I'm reminded again of why this show is so damn entertaining (Wake up, Fandom Loving Brain! Wake up!). No surprise to anyone but she adores John. However, she might be one of the few female viewers who is colored completely unimpressed by Sherlock himself. Perhaps it was the hype.

Oh, and as an additional shout out to aelfgyfu_mead, Hobbit Friend in the middle of the 2nd episode also wondered aloud where the hell the bathroom was at 221B. ("It has to be somewhere on the 2nd floor, right? But where? Past the kitchen?")
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The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on December 6th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
My theory is that there is a bathroom attached to Sherlock's bedroom, which is down the hall past the kitchen. I also think there's probably one upstairs because otherwise there is a helluva lot of room up there for just John. Apparently it's not uncommon in England to have the bath and shower or even the bath and toilet in different rooms. So maybe the downstairs has a toilet and shower in a little closet type thing and upstairs is a more elaborate loo? It's not like the layout makes sense at all anyway. :-p

Okay, seriously going to bed now. G'night!
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlockaelfgyfu_mead on December 6th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
That's what I decided when we saw Sherlock's room in "A Scandal in Belgravia": there seem to be two doors, one in from the kitchen or just outside the kitchen, and one that must go to a bathroom. I think that puts that bathroom over the stairs, and I'm not sure the dimensions quite work out.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on December 6th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure 221b exists in its own dimension, which is slightly bigger than the normal one. Apparently somewhere on set there is also a full walk in closet for Sherlock's dress-up clothes, too. No wonder the rent is so high!

There's a good mock-up someone did on tumblr if that helps. It's here, but it does nothing to convince me that they don't live in a TARDIS.

The only other way of justifying it that I can see is that it and the buildings next door were one house at one point that were divided up into flats and that's why the layout is so messed up. Otherwise I cannot figure out why there is a window in the stairwell that should look into Mrs Hudson's flat.

Or maybe someone just wasn't thinking too hard when they built the set. :p
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlock and Johnaelfgyfu_mead on December 7th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
It looks like the word "here" is a link, but I can't get it to work for me. I don't know if there's a problem in the coding or a temporary LJ glitch.

That window looks into Mrs Hudson's flat?! Good grief!

I can imagine the buildings there have been (re)divided, but the geometry still seems to require non-Euclidean space.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Sherlock shockawanderingbard on December 7th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Whoops, sorry about that. Let's try again.

here?

And there's some other good layouts here (lots of detail about the decor) and here (a full model of the street and all floors of the building), but they aren't updated for Series 2, so Sherlock's bedroom is still speculative.

That window looks into Mrs Hudson's flat?! Good grief!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it does. Or there's a weird sort of U shape to the building and there's a garden in there. I don't know...
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on December 7th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome! I had seen the second of the three you list, but not the other two, and that first one makes some sense. I think there must be some kind of little garden or at least gap there, because that stairway window let in light. The flat seems impossibly deep, but why should Sherlock be confined by our puny dimensions?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on December 7th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Wow, I walk away for a few hours and suddenly all this intense discussion on the layout of 221B! I love it.
aelfgyfu_mead: John Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on December 6th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Aw! I guess I was there in spirit, if not in person. How fun!

(I'm not awfully impressed with this Sherlock myself; I like him in relation to John. I keep wishing that either BC would dial it back himself, or the director would tell him to do so.)
The other Weird Al: minisherlock - frood john towelaeron_lanart on December 6th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bathroom wise, I think they have 2, one on the first floor and one on the second. There's a door from Sherlock's room, and a door from the corridor on the way there, that appear to go into some sort of shower room (John emerges from there with towel and dressing gown). It can't be very big though, so I think there probably is a proper bathroom upstairs next to John's room which I like to imagine has one of those indecently huge claw-foot tubs and pipework that clunks if you turn the hot water on too full.
aelfgyfu_mead: John Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on December 7th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
And that's the perfect userpic for this reply!

I'll buy that two-bathroom theory.