That weird moment when, after obsessing over Sherlock (the BBC version), you start seeing patterns that might or might not be there.
Each episode, from a sentimental (yes, Sherlock, I see you sneering there, duly noted) point of view (or maybe mad fangirl point of view) mirrors its corrisponding one in the other season.
In order, we have:
1 - The assumption
2 - The denial
3 - The pretending (and evidence)
1. The assumption. Or “You Two Are A Couple, Aren’t You?”
Season 1…Pretty much everyone. Mrs. Hudson, Angelo (who won’t be deterred by silly I’m-not-his-date-s), Mycroft (I maintain he’s very disappointed that happy announcement is so late in coming)…I might have forgotten someone.
Season 2…Irene. She’s sharp in detecting the competitors for Sherlock. And whatever John pleads about sexual orentation isn’t about to sway her. This doesn’t mean she’d desist. It wouldn’t be the first couple she ruined, I bet.
2. The denial. Or “What couple. We. Aren’t.Even. Friends”
Season 1…That supremely awkward and utterly heartbreaking moment where John (it’s John first, then Sherlock from here on) inadvertently denies it, making a supreme ass of himself (SH:’Friend’. JW:’Colleague’. Fangirls screaming: JOHN!).
Season 2…Sherlock bloody Holmes ’ I have no friends’ line. Though he’s better than John in that he tries to amend later (by-ends not considered because we’re merciful, and too busy going Aaaaaawww at the time). And being drugged is a better excuse than being uncomfortable because of a banker (what’s so great about him?).
3. The pretending (and evidence). Or “You.Are.What?!” plus Audience’s “Not in love. Yeah right”. Moriarty’s plot for short (sometimes I’ll write that Matchmaker!Moriarty fic).
Season 1…With John unwillingly playing Criminal Mastermind (if for a short time, because come on, Jim deserves his applauses) and aiming for Heroic Sacrifice. Which he would do for anyone. Maybe. Not because he’s in love with Sherlock. Sexual jokes afterwards don’t exactly help him make his heterosexual point, honestly.
And Sherlock not taking the chance to run, save himself and get back at Jim later and skirting the Let’s Die Together (insert the Aria from Norma) instead doesn’t mean he’s so in love life without John is simply unconceivable. Yeah right
Season 2… Sorry to pick at open wounds. But the Fall. Sherlock pretending to be a fake (going along with Jim’s plot) and staging Heroic Sacrifice. Tell me it isn’t a I’m-willing-to-do-anything-to-keep-John-safe. Tell me there wasn’t a percentual of risk of dying anyway, but he still did it. Tell me he isn’t so in love with John it hurts. I won’t believe you. Not even if you’re Sherlock Holmes himself (Fangirls: We might believe in you, but we know better than believe you, dearie).
And the things John didn’t say to him but is sure as hell not saying to anyone else isn’t I love you. Yeah right. At least the Fall seem to have shocked John out of the Nile. And Sherlock can’t exactly deny his feelings either after that. Not believably. Matchmaker!Jim Moriarty wins.