if you do write a book, someone might be interested to read it”
— Sherlock Holmes to Kitty Winter, NOT Watson, in 3x05.
No one’s freaking out in the fandom so I wonder how many grasped the significance of what went down. This is HUGE, for Watson. Yes her complete absence was distracting, many jumped to the conclusion that Kitty Winter is replacing Joan Watson. 1.) How is that possible in a Sherlock story.
2.) I’m an english speaking Asian female filmmaker shut up I understand gender/race representation disparities more then you. 2.) Allow me to explain why Kitty Winter’s presence and her erasing of Watson’s “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" is really THE best thing ever for Joan Watson.
In fact, I’m freaking out over how monumental this is in the entire history of “SHERLOCK HOLMES” and it’s adaptations.
You see, Sherlock Holmes was a fictional masterpiece written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrating as Dr. Watson. Almost every single adaptation of this story and character has stuck to that; Sherlock is the protagonist, the focus and curiosity, and Watson is the narrator who’s there to record, observe and marvel at Sherlock’s brilliance. And Sherlock’s brilliant, to the point of being alien. Watson was the human who acted as audience surrogate, especially in later adaptations that upped Watson to the importance of a sidekick. But Sherlock remains the subject, and Watson studied him. With Elementary, it’s one-sided no more. Sherlock learnt from Watson more then ever.
Elementary started out with immediate declarations that they intend to change up the classic’s dynamic, by making Watson an equal to Sherlock in their narrative. They succeeded tremendously in transforming the foil into a heroine with Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson. So impressively fleshed out is she, really sometimes you question who is more celebrated in this show, Watson or Sherlock. The heart, or the mind. But never was that equal partnership literally actualised, because Joan Watson wrote “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes”. She was a student and a spectator. But there’s a reason why this show’s titled “Elementary” NOT “Sherlock” or “Sherlock Holmes”. (And no it’s not BBC.)
That can of soda in “Rip Off” erases that. Well poured.
Sherlock is not the sole headliner in THIS STORY. Elementary respects it’s root material, but it’s growing pass it. And in an episode aptly titled “Rip Off”!
In the same episode that forces you to experience the hole in Sherlock’s life without Joan Watson, Elementary elevates Watson’s meta status to Sherlock Holmes’ true co-lead
. Their legend will indeed be written. But finally, finally, Watson will be a subject AS interesting and as worth documenting, alongside Sherlock. Because for the first time, their tales would be accounted by someone who admires and received immense help from them BOTH.
One strong, patched up broken bird, Kitty Winter. Watson and Sherlock’s
apprentice is effectively this story’s Sir Arthur Conan Dolye!!! You see why I’m flailing like the Tardis is right outside my door?
No wonder they inserted Ophelia Lovibond’s lovely british voice this season thus so. Her introduction baffled us all. She was supposed to be a horrible creative decision that is Watson 2.0, literally living in her space. Never mind that she can’t possibly reach Joan Watson’s perfection in complimenting Sherlock’s character. The double take is that Kitty’s tragic history meant she’s really Sherlock 2.0, another damaged soul for Joan Watson’s magical healing touch. And accepted Watson’s help she has, over many episodes Kitty has come to revere Watson’s influence while we grit our teeth thinking “Who ARE you?”. Why do you, random little Kitty Winter, get to
steal share time with our beloved Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes? Now we finally have the epic answer, and the brilliance of this creative manoeuvre blows my mind.
Or, maybe this is just my misinterpretation and this whole Kitty Winter thing is really just a quiet behind the scenes creative disagreement and conspiracy to replace Lucy Liu forever with a white actress because there can ALWAYS only be ONE female lead who must play disciple, sidekick and second fiddler to the male white lead. Elementary? Nah I think not.