Rachel Paige
January 05, 2017 12:14 pm
Courtesy of Colin Hutton/Hartswood Films 2016 for MASTERPIECE

The last person you ever want to cross is Sherlock Holmes. Turns out, you don’t want to cross the man behind Sherlock Holmes, either. Mark Gatiss — who not only stars as Mycroft on the BBC drama, but also serves as co-creator and writer — just threw some seriously epic Sherlock shade at a critic who wasn’t too keen on the Season 4 premiere, “The Six Thatchers.”

On Tuesday, a writer from The Guardian, Ralph Jones, published a story stating that Sherlock Holmes is quickly turning into a knock-off James Bond (and now stop for a second to remember that at one point during “The Six Thatchers,” Sherlock literally stopped in front of the MI-5 building).

“He is a nerd, not an action figure; a scientist, not a spy,” Jones writes. “But, as Sherlock’s stakes have risen, and as the guns and assassins have multiplied, it is starting to feel worryingly like we are watching villains be taken to task by a mutation named Sherlock Bond.”

Whoa, shots fired.Gatiss was not about to take this harsh criticism sitting down, so he responded back — via a poem. Like, a poem written in iambic pentameter (translation: 10 syllables to each line) that RHYMES. This is the most Sherlock-y thing that has ever happened.

AsGatiss writes:

Oh wow. Those are some fighin’ words. There’s also nothing wrong with Sherlock taking a few pages out of Bond’s book (also, like, have you seen Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock movies? Come on).

Gatiss ends his poem just as sassy:

The shade is most certainly afoot. You can read his whole poem over at The Guardian, and maybe think twice before you complain about Sherlock’s action next time.