And I’m not talking about someone involved in production mentioning it in an interview (though that’s happened too), I mean that characters in the show honest-to-FSM mentioned him being on the spectrum. And it was a gloriously subtle, just-another-aspect-of-his-character mention. Just a, “He probably appreciates this situation, given his…his…*gosh-it’s-on-the-tip-of-my-tongue-what’s-that-word? face*” “Asperger’s?” “Yeah.” I missed it the first time around (thanks mostly to a shitty stream), it was such a small moment.
The fact that Sherlock (this incarnation and the original) is on the spectrum isn’t exactly news to people who are familiar with the symptoms, but I’m still thrilled that they actually said it out loud in-universe. I have never seen a TV character who was blatantly acknowledged as autistic without being The Autistic Person. There are characters out in mainstream media (even title characters, some of them) who obviously do fall somewhere on the spectrum, but for it to be said aloud or acknowledged in any way other than their symptoms is a once-in-a-blue-moon sorta thing.
And they just casually brought it up as an already-known thing because it’s so fucking obvious that he’s neurodivergent! It’s ridiculous that this is a big enough deal to make me happy, but fuck it, I’ll take my warm fuzzies where I can find ‘em.
I can die happy now.
yes! VISIBILITY. I still have mixed feelings about it, but loads of those feelings are really happy ones.
and I must say that it is very likely he’s not actually diagnosed, it’s just John’s interpretation of Sherlock’s strengths and weaknesses. But the way is was uttered was very nice, because it was so obvious that it wasn’t meant to be derogatory, it was just the best word John could find.
I wasn’t sure if it was canon, because John said it, but then again, John is a doctor. Though he is a medical doctor, and not so much a doctor of the psyche.
However, visibility is important, and regardless it is incredibly amazing that this happened.
I would also think he has some PTSD issues. The way he (and in the films with RDJ) self medicates as a coping to this hyper-awareness is something I really connect with, and is something from my PTSD. However, Sana’a thinks I may be on the spectrum, so who knows where one ends and the other begins and where the overlap happens.
I did appreciate that moment greatly. See tags.