Hating on Anderson

16 Sep

It’s amazing the things you think about when you’re pottering around the apartment at 5.30am.  This morning I started musing on why the Sherlock fandom loathes the character of Anderson.  I had read somewhere that when the pilot was shot, people decided Anderson was a villain based on the fact the actor who plays him, Jonathan Aris, had a beard.  Yet when the re-shot “A Study in Pink” aired, with a beardless Jonathan Aris, people still started hating on Anderson.

Before we met the character we knew he didn’t like Sherlock. Sherlock: Who’s on forensics? Lestrade: Anderson. Sherlock: Anderson won’t work with me,

We also know Anderson will do anything to discomfit Sherlock. Sherlock: Anderson? What are you doing on a drugs bust? Anderson: I volunteered.

But thinking about it I am pretty sure that it is the first meeting with Anderson that cemented the nascent fandom’s open hatred of Anderson.

When we meet him, Sherlock cheerfully imparts the knowledge that Anderson is cheating on his wife with Sally Donovan.

The Sherlock fandom is mostly female.  To most women cheating men are the lowest form of pond scum.  At that point, whether Steve Moffat intended it or not, the character of Anderson became the most loathed character on Sherlock.  Even the real villain of seasons 1 and 2, Jim Moriarty, is loved more than Anderson!

It is now virtually impossible to find someone with a positive view of Anderson.  Even the fan fiction very much thumps on Anderson.  Something I am guilty of myself – in my writing I’ve had John break his nose, Lestrade publicly humiliate him, Mycroft’s had him drag naked from Sally’s bed to be bullied, and he’s been humiliated playing Strip Monopoly.   And I am nowhere near as vicious as some writers! ( http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4797350/MargyW )

The interesting thing will be how Anderson is treated in season 3.  Will the writers give us some back story that may, at least, mitigate some of the Anderson bashing we’re all guilty of?  Or will they happily fuel the Anderson whumping?  I very much suspect the latter.

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