I had two friends over last night, well they are are still here asleep in the guest bedroom, and the plan was to watch the Sherlock pilot as they had never seen it. They are fans of the show but not in the fandom, so have no knowledge of our metas/thoughts on the series. As I started to play the pilot we realised we didn’t have sound, [turns out the SCART lead was out] but by the time we fixed it, on screen John and Sherlock had met in the computer lab. One friend, Brendan, made the comment;
'Oh if I didn't know better, I would be settling in for a gay porn movie, look at these two boys.'
So we decided to leave the sound/subtitles off and just watch to see how the pilot played to ‘virgin’ observers. It became fun and needless to say we ended staying up all night and watched the entire series on mute. These are our impressions based on just the visuals and forgetting everything we know about the series.