Sherlock is a bored, de-powered Q harassed by Mycroft and exiled on Captain Watson’s ship.
When I went searching for Treklock I certainly didn’t expect to find this gem! I am blown away by this story’s attention to detail and creativity. Be aware though that this is not the world of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, this is a fusion with Next Generation. Don’t let that stop you though! My mom’s only fandom is Star Trek and Next Generation has always been apart of my life. That doesn’t mean I know jack shit about it! So you definitely don’t need to be a hardcore fan of Next Generation to understand what’s going on, and if you get a bit lost check the wiki!
I love Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship, making them Q was a perfect decision. If you don’t know what the Q Continuum is you can read up on it here, but Mycroft quickly explains what that means. The mind games that Mycroft would play definitely fit into the world of Sherlock. He doesn’t understand Sherlock’s decisions and wants to control him, he can’t understand the sentiment behind Sherlock’s actions. I know we see the Holmes brothers as Vulcan a lot but I’m telling you, there is nothing more perfect than them being Q.
John and the rest of the USS Baskerville Crew were very well done as well. They stayed true to their characters while allowing for changes within this new universe. I really love John as Captain, he knows what it means to be a Captain, to be responsible for his entire crew. He can handle it. The build up of John and Sherlock’s relationship was also a treat. It wasn’t destiny, it wasn’t instant love, but a build up of trust and companionship. It’s also not a romantic love, which I appreciated, more of an intense bond. Much like another Captain and Vulcan we know.
I’m just really impressed with this story’s ability to merge the two worlds together in a way that’s believable and interesting. Nothing seemed out of place for either world and it was rich with canon and fandom references to both (loved the little bit about Anderson and the Jem’Hadar). The writing was also strong, allowing you to feel the emotion and suspense in scenes but never becoming cluttered.
One last thing to praise this story on, after seeing STID with my mother she talked a lot about Star Trek and the main themes within the series, which I think this fic did an amazing job at. The entire meaning of Star Trek is about seeing the bigger picture. Mycroft thinks he sees it, but it’s Sherlock who brings it into focus. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a touching scene and something that I’ll remember. This is a great story, I might just send it to my mother!
Word Count: 19,560
A short series on the final years of Sherlock Holmes.
Better get your box of Kleenex, you’re gonna need it! This is Sherlock’s tale of living after his beloved doctor has passed, accepting the past, and finding a way to leave behind the Holmes and Watson legacy. Sherlock has grown into a very loving and emotional man but it was never described as being an overnight process which I appreciated. He gradually learned to let others into his life, to build a family, and to show sentiment. I really like the little peeks into John and Sherlock’s life but it never became the focus. The focus wasn’t on the past, it was in the moment but looked fondly back on memories. I actually really like the fact that Molly moved in with Sherlock to keep him company in his final years, their friendship had obviously grown and strengthened over the years and they needed each other. However, I really wish the details of Molly’s life were explained a bit more. Yes, the story isn’t about her but she is a major factor of this story and we’re told tiny bits of her marriage and children that leave me with many questions unanswered. What happened to her family? Where are her children now? Just a bit of clarity would leave me at peace with this story. Sherlock’s tribute to John was perfect, I love the praise the book got and the success. There is no better way to honor John Watson than by honoring his adventures with Sherlock. The amount of success in a two year span seemed a little much but I guess I could see it happening. Lily was a great character to bring into the story to show how they all end up. She wrapped up a few questions I had at the end and I’m happy to see her life come out the way it did. It’s a beautiful story, and well written. The only thing I had a hard time connecting to was some of the dialogue, some of it felt unnatural, obvious that it was a story rather than something that might have actually been said. Does that make sense? It’s nothing that hindered my enjoyment, I just didn’t fall completely into the world. All in all a bittersweet tale of a man trying to carry on without his soulmate by his side.
Word Count: 11,599
My Rating: A-/B+
“I know you’re here,” John shouts into the darkness.
Despite it’s length you really get sucked into this universe quickly and deeply. I love the tone of this, it’s beautiful but eerie. I don’t know whether to be calm or wary, to trust Sherlock or beg John to run away. I love that balance of uncertainty, especially for something this brief. It definitely leaves an impression, one that makes me think. I really hope this is a universe she explores more!
Word Count: 963
My Rating: A-
In which John gets a cat and names it Sherlock.
We’ve all seen this trope before, but never have I read this plotline as well written and in character as this one is. Michi has this fantastic way of mastering the language she uses to exactly convey the tone she wants. The wording, arrangement, and use of humor are all working together to make the situation she’s describing interesting and engaging. You just get sucked into the story because of the writing. The humor was also perfectly balanced with the angst. Before it could get too sad there would always be something to smile at. The characterization of John is just perfect for me. He’s depressed but self aware, I love how often he’d break down his depression and try to figure out the stages he was in. He wasn’t completely right but he wasn’t delusional. Sherlock the cat is such a cutie. He’s not an exact copy of the human Sherlock but the similarities are present and obvious. There were so many moments with Sherlock that made me grin, the humor and joy in the little moments really made this story something wonderful. This isn’t a story to pass over, the ideas been done but never this well. This is one of my favorite stories for sure! Keep an eye out for the sequel!
Warning for suicide attempt.
Word Count: 10,328
John deals- or rather doesn’t- with Sherlock’s absence.
As written in the description, you’ve read a million of these, now read one more. But really, read one more. This is a short piece of John just in the flat, preparing to enter Sherlock’s room for the first time. You would think nothing special, right? Wrong! It’s very short and sad, but there are two reasons it captured my attention. One, the metaphors and images and style of writing were all beautiful. It flowed nicely and nicely described how John was feeling. Two, the reason why this is so remarkable is that this is the author’s first piece. Ever. Of any fandom. Let me just say, if this is how this author does one-shot, I can’t wait to see what else they can do. Just a quick, post-Reichenbach piece, but one that is very worth the read.
My Rating: A
Review by: Taylor
John still knows where he is, in a dimly-lit lab out of a Michael Crichton novel, but damned if that rattling noise doesn’t remind him of gunfire in a hot zone, and the spots flooding his eyes are sun on the desert, burning his retinas.
Oh wow. I really love fics that explore John’s PTSD and this one is fantastic. Taking the events of Baskerville with a bit of a twist, it explores what could have happened if John’s PTSD had flared up. It’s a deeply emotional fic. It’s not very Johnlock unless you see it as established or to be established, but it is clear that the two have that incomparable connection. It’s pretty gut-wrenching when you think about it as what John is seeing and how Sherlock reacts to it. This is one of those reviews where I have to say read it and you’ll understand. And I do highly recommend reading it. I almost wish there was more, like further exploration of the result of this incident. But it leaves it open-ended, which allows a reader to wonder. Hey, who knows? Maybe it will spawn fics of the fic? No matter what, it’s an excellent read.
My Rating: A
Review by: Taylor
Sherlock has the worst possible timing. John learns this when Sherlock reveals his longing for John immediately after his wedding to Mary.
This fic is short so this review will be also: ANGST ugh. Mentions of drug use. And it hurts quite a bit. I think that about covers it. But I liked this one, for some odd reason. It just resonated even after I’d closed the window. So here you go!
My Rating: B+
Review by: Taylor
Sherlock meets up with an old friend
I’m not usually one for Victor Trevor fics, but I really liked how this was written. It’s basically a giant headcanon, telling the back story of Sherlock and Victor. Their dynamic is an interesting one, and I like how this one is explored. Victor isn’t necessarily an asshole and Sherlock isn’t necessarily in the right, which is rare for Victor/Sherlock fics. My favorite element to it is definitely how Sherlock just eases into realizing what John means to him. SPOILER: This is not a fic to read if you want anything between Sherlock or John, so it ends with massive UST. There is also mentions of drug use. Just a warning. MATURE READERS ONLY
My Rating: B
Review by: Taylor
John Watson and Molly Hooper are each paid a visit after Sherlock’s fall. John, a visit from a very alive Sherlock, who’s investigating the bizarre murder that’s drawn him back to London. Molly, a visit from a very alive Moriarty, who only plans on a quick little interrogation—until he wonders if Molly’s not quite as boring as she seems.
I was hesitant to read this one because I saw a LOT of warnings on it, which seemed overwhelming. I am so glad I finally decided to. This fic was stunning. It keeps your attention instantly. There are 21 chapters and I finished it in one sitting. I simply could not stop reading. Sherlock and Moriarty both survive the Reichenbach incident. As expected, Sherlock returns to John. Jim returns to Molly. While he’s there, he discovers that Molly has some untapped potential. It’s a dark fic, taking the reader through the thought processes of both John and Molly as they deal with the twist life has thrown at them. There are a few scenes of torture and descriptive murders that might send the squeamish running, so be warned. However, it is psychologically fantastic. With an unreliable narrator that makes even the reader question motives and reasoning, it’s a fantastic. I do not want to give anything more away. The fic is brilliant and a phenomenal read. Oh, and if nothing else has convinced you, Toby the cat is featured and there are also sexy times. MATURE READERS ONLY
My Rating: A
Review by: Taylor
The one where they are both cats.
Zombie Catlock!!!! No trust me, it’s not stupid at all. This story works remarkably well, and it’s entirely due to the writing. When I actually get back into the swing of reviewing I’ll be posting more of this author, but do not hesitate to read her other works because she is fantastic. This story actually hurt my heart in a way I didn’t think was possible with Catlock. It’s supposed to be cute and fluffy right? Well let’s bring one of them back from the dead and see what happens. The cats are remarkably in character for being, well, cats. They honestly do seem like the Sherlock and John versions of cats which I’m sure is not an easy thing to accomplish. I’m just very blown away by how well this prompt worked. Awesome, but kind of sad, story!
Word Count: 1,370