Another in a long line of memes consisting of a word with the suffix -lock tacked on, Grumplock describes a photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock as he crosses the street with an exaggeratedly miffed look on his face. The shot is taken from the pilot episode version of Sherlock’s “A Study in Pink,” specifically the “pretend drunk” scene near the end, and the odd facial expression can only be attributed to him being apparently a very stroppy drunk. Even when he’s pretending.
The meme consists of adding childishly irritable dialogue (and sometimes adding objects in photoshop) to the photo, usually having to do with Sherlock taking vengeance for an insult, John spurning Sherlock’s sexual advances, or Mrs. Hudson taking Sherlock’s skull.
The original photo is here:
And the meme has since developed its own Tumblr blog:
Examples to follow.
I can’t help myself. It’s kind of a disease, I think.
I still cant get over this comb thing
help, I can’t stop
Sherlock Loves Bees
Though there is generally more subtlety to this meme than others, it is arguably one of the “oldest” Sherlock memes, as it is based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon and long-time Sherlock Holmes fans have been making reference to it for decades. The origin of the meme is in the Sherlock Holmes story “His Last Bow,” in which Doyle reveals that Sherlock, in his retirement years, moved to Sussex and took up beekeeping with the same fervor that he had once had for detective work. When asked about his hobby by Dr. Watson, Mr. Holmes had this to say:
“Exactly, Watson. Here is the fruit of my leisured ease, the magnum opus of my latter years.” He picked up the volume from the table and read out the whole title, “‘Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen.’ Alone I did it. Behold the fruit of pensive nights and laborious days, when I watched the little working gangs as once I watched the criminal world of London.”
This propensity for apiology has never been mentioned in the BBC series, but the fandom seems to have tracked it down anyway. The most popular application of the bee meme to the BBC series is to color John’s stripey jumper yellow and make some exclamation about him looking like a bee and therefore incurring Sherlock’s interest (sometimes sexually). Examples to follow.
Some back story: CBS is doing their own Sherlock. And yes, this is probably what it will actually look like.
I would cry if I wasn’t laughing so damn hard
Every time I see this picture, I have to reblog and go
I JUST CHOKED
Don’t worry, I’m American. Sorry about this…
Lestrade got infected, too. o.o
The trend is emerging to put the cat jumper on other characters as well, for no reason.
THE HAUNTED POSTER OF SHERLOCK SERIES 2.
THE CAT JUMPER MADE ME DO IT.
This, really, was unavoidable.
Reapersun’s interpretation of John’s donning of the crazy kitty jumper.
The Crazy Kitty Jumper
Though the fandom has never hesitated to imagine John Watson in tacky jumpers, nothing has quite topped Pretty Snake’s crazy kitty jumper:
Though not actually specifically related to the series in any way, the sheer cracky absurdity of it has captured the imaginations of rabid fans everywhere, and ever since about mid-September fanart of John in the kitty jumper - and endless variations thereof - have plagued Tumblr. Though Pretty Snake had been listing similar sweaters on Etsy for more than a year before the fandom got hold of this one, the artist has since realized the sudden popularity of the item and has begun listing a similar one as “The Official Sherlock and Watson Crazy Cat Jumper.” As the artist uses found sweaters, the new ones are not identical to the original, but the trifling discrepancies seem to make little difference to the fans, as Pretty Snake has already sold several of them.
The cat faces are screen printed onto the sweater, and the three-dimensional glass eyes are subsequently attached. You can get your own in Pretty Snake’s Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettySnake?ref=top_trail or visit her Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretty-Snake/168483893191498
Mark Gatiss is an Internet Troll
Mark Gatiss, the co-writer and co-creator of Sherlock (along with Steve Moffat) is very fan-savvy. One of his favorite hobbies is using his twitter feed to troll fans by offering them tantalizing bits of information about filming Sherlock that actually may mean absolutely nothing. Moffat has been known to do this as well, but to a much lesser extent. Perhaps the most interesting one, and the most overlapping with the exposition of the “fourth wall” is this image:
which refers to a well-known Sherlock fandom blogger. This is supposedly a picture of Martin Freeman, and it may very well be, but I personally suspect that it could in fact be Gatiss himself hiding behind the parka hood. It really is John Watson’s parka from the series, but the hands don’t really look like Freeman’s. Compare:
There could be a number of contributing factors, but given that we already know how much Gatiss likes to mess with people, it seems entirely believable that he would do such a thing.
He also posted this picture during the filming of series 2, knowing that fans would see “bed” and immediately jump to sexy, sexy conclusions, which he purposefully did not bother to correct:
Further Gatiss tweets to follow.