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Sherlock: The Final Problem (HEAVY spoilers!)

It seems so silly to be journalling about a TV episode, especially one in a series that is so wildly popular (at least in my circle of friends).  But this episode in particular affected me very deeply.  That is to say, I’ve been depressed and/or crying most of the day.

There were two parts that got me the most.  The first one was where John is trying to shoot the chief in order to save the chief’s wife.  (Is that’s what he was?)   Out of all the tests, that was really the hardest one for me to watch.

The second part was where we learned that Eurus drowned Sherlock’s best friend.  He was only, like, 5.  Actually any scene with Eurus as a little girl was incredibly difficult to watch.  But the scene in particular with the little boy… I just wanted to go hug my little son (who was asleep, so I didn’t).

It was also hard to watch Eurus at the very end, when we caught just a glimpse of her utter, beyond-help brokennness.  Really sent home the point that severely mentally ill people are just that: severely mentally ill people.

All in all, watching that episode reminded me a lot of my last year or two of college where I read all those horrible books that were devastatingly tragic, dark, and hopeless.  I’m just glad I have the space to process Sherlock.  I didn’t have that luxury in college.

In hindsight, I probably should have just told my professors that I couldn’t handle it emotionally and couldn’t make those deadlines to finish the books, because it was just too much.  I wonder how my life would have been different if I had been able to do that.

This is not about the final episode, but I REALLY loved this quote from Sherlock in episode 2 of season 4.

“In saving my life she conferred a value on it. It is a currency I do not know how to spend.”

Just LOVE.  I can’t post it on Facebook because my MIL hasn’t seen season 4 yet.


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What Message is Pixie Hollow Sending to Young Girls?

I’m posting this here, because chances are, once Pixie Hollow Forum moderators view my post, they’ll delete it.  They might even shut me out of PHF.
To explain what’s going on here: Recently Disney added a new shop to their online role-playing game, Pixie Hollow, in which where kids can create fairies (or sparrow-men) and interact, play games, buy outfits, etc.  The latest shop they have added enables users to change their fairy’s facial features, skin tone, and eye color.  Many users have expressed concern and outrage at the message this feature is sending to their largely young, female user base.  This post is a summary of my reaction to it.
Well, I’ve read all the responses and I’m with all of you who have said that the implications of the “magical” ability to recreate your fairy’s face are very disturbing. I’d say, “Don’t they realize…?” but the truth is they probably do, and instead of guarding young girls against self-image problems and deep insecurities, they are capitalizing on them and using them to their own advantage. It’s devastating but true. Disney is in it for the money, period, and if encouraging young girls to change themselves on a whim means making money, Disney will do it.From what I’ve read, Disney has said, apparently, that the users have been asking for this for years. I, for one, have no doubt that’s true. Have you created a new fairy lately? Have you noticed how incredibly limited the options for creating a fairy are now? Last I checked, they only allowed two or three different hairstyles and about 5 “expressions.” Given that, of course users have been demanding this! Their options have been severely limited ever since the notion of the “membership” came around.So instead of allowing girls to create a highly unique identity upon entering Pixie Hollow, like they used to, they wait until after they’ve already got the sign-ups, and then they hit them with all these other options that–gasp!–require money???? Shocking! I thought I was signing up for free, fun pastime! Wrong again.So yeah. That about sums up my disgust and disillusionment of Disney. But perhaps I never should have been so foolishly idealistic. Since when are the media’s intentions for its viewers wholesome? It’s been a long time since those days.

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