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11 March 2013 @ 09:14 pm
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I'm hashing out my Skyfall/Sherlock 'verse (in between obsessively building houses, dearGodwhathaveIstarted) and I'm trying to work out one particular aspect of it. I'd be grateful for people's thoughts.



So, I obviously want Q to be a brother (not long lost, just conveniently unmentioned on Sherlock). That's definite. What I'm toying with is combining the ideas of Q as the Holmes brother and M as the Holmes' mother (because that totally makes sense to me, too). However, combining the two ideas poses a slight challenge in terms of a Q/M relationship.

I think I can make it work by saying that M has always been careful about not speaking about her children and keeping them off the map and so therefore not able to be targeted. It could extend to work, which would mean that Q and M wouldn't show any irregular affection to one another, at least not in the presence of others. I don't think they have a scene in Skyfall together, so that doesn't particularly matter.

The problem comes along with the fact that Q is basically responsible for M's death (not totally responsible, but how a son would look on the situation). It was his security protocols Silva got through, it was he who plugged the computer into the main systems, allowing Silva to escape, and then he placed a trail of markers leading to M so Silva could find her, without arguing too much about it. It's a LOT of onus to put on Q, and I'm not sure if I want that much angst.

There is the option of making Q a half-brother on the Holmes side, but that's a whole other angst thing. I generally prefer to keep my Holmeses eccentric, but ultimately pretty functional. I don't know if I want to throw affairs and love children in there. Unless M and Mr Holmes got divorced and he remarried soon after and had Q. Because, by the age I usually put Sherlock at (somewhere around 34) and Ben Whishaw's age (32, though he looks about twelve), I'd say the gap between them is only two or three years.



So, thoughts, questions concerns?
 
 
 
shadowfireflame: Sherlockshadowfireflame on March 12th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Q being a full brother and M being Mummy! Awesome!

Hmm. I never thought about the amount of angst Q might be feeling from having a role in M's death. But surely he'd feel guilt-ridden regardless of whether or not M was actually Mummy or a stepmother or the head of M16?

Just brainstorming here, but maybe a way to lessen the guilt might be that someone else (Mycroft perhaps? Or someone evil?) misled Q/sabotaged the system/gave him the orders to place the trail of markers to M?

Or just have Mummy not actually die from her wounds. :)

Edited at 2013-03-12 04:06 pm (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tay: DH: Coming Alongawanderingbard on March 12th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
But surely he'd feel guilt-ridden regardless of whether or not M was actually Mummy or a stepmother or the head of M16?

You're right about that. I do think there would be more angst in killing your mother than killing you boss, though.

Just brainstorming here, but maybe a way to lessen the guilt might be that someone else (Mycroft perhaps? Or someone evil?) misled Q/sabotaged the system/gave him the orders to place the trail of markers to M?

Hmmm. That's a possibility, but IIRC, Bond gives the orders directly to Q by phone. I don't know if anyone could interfere with that. I could justify it by saying that what they did is basically what Sherlock did--forcing the villain to act and get him out of the way. It just worked with Sherlock and failed with M, but it would give Q a basis for agreeing with Bond to do it. We know his hubris has failed him before...

Or just have Mummy not actually die from her wounds. :)

Oh, I hadn't considered that! Hmmm. It is very Holmesian to pretend to be dead. Now I'm picturing meetings of Fake Dead Holmes Anonymous. :-D
shadowfireflame: Sherlockshadowfireflame on March 12th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Fake Dead Holmes Anonymous!!! Wonderful. That would give Sherlock a basis for his idea ("Well, Mummy did it!"), or perhaps vice-versa, depending on when in the Reichenbach timeline the story starts. :)