okay but sherlock putting clyde, dressed as a shark, in watson’s bed because he thought clyde, dressed as a shark, would be a delightful thing to wake up to is not just the best friendly thing sherlock has ever done, it’s the best friendly thing anyone has ever done
I frequently see short text posts praising Joan and wishing for the universe to bestow Joan with a girlfriend already or affirmations that she’s a wlw, all of which are absolutely wonderful, and I want to ask anyone who has any thoughts on it, what is your ideal, dream situation for Joan? Living situation, spouse or no spouse (who you ship her with and why), her sexual orientation, children or no children, any change to her job(s), hobbies (besides baseball and jogging), more pets or different pets… change in hairstyle or wardrobe… tattoo ideas…
I’m just really curious of other people’s Joan Watson headcanons?
Ok, but what version of Joan would Sherlock hallucinate? The stern, buttoned up Joan of the last year? Or soft Joan in jammies and her red sweater, the Joan of their first days all flowy skirts and leather jackets? Joan the day she agreed to be his partner? Or even doctor Joan in labcoat or even surgical scrubs? He’s never seen her like that but it’d make sense if, in his mind, that part of her would tell him to seek help.
I know May didn’t look exactly the same every time but she still was the version he chose of his mother, with what he knows about her addiction and the way she died it could have gone a lot worse. Also, I think his brain would find a way to tell him he’s not talking to the real Watson so maybe she wouldn’t look like she does everyday (though him not realising he’s hallucinating –at least at the beginning– so he’d keep picking up conversations and making comments to the wrong Watson sounds like the perfect fic idea).
I figured I should make a post to finally introduce myself.
I started watching Elementary a few weeks ago, and I have watched season 4 now. Season 5 is not available on Netflix yet, so I’ll wait until then. As I understand, season 6 will air next year and there might only be 13 episodes? I’ll try watch them as they air.
I’ve found that there are not many Elementary blogs on here. I always start a blog when liking a new show, so here is an Elementary blog. I plan on making original posts, as well, maybe some fanart or fanfics.
Elementary means a great deal to me right now and has helped through a few difficult situations during the last weeks.
If you’re an Elementary blog you can like this post and I’ll check you out.
If you don’t do your homework, you don’t get recess, so the
new kid hasn’t had recess since he transferred because he had stood up on his
second day in class and announced that homework was “busywork assigned by
lazy-minded adults to break the spirits of children and make us as dull as
When Ms. Hudson pulls Joan aside to assign Sherlock as Joan’s
new study buddy, the teacher just sighs. “Do the best you can. You’re the only
student we trust not to be distracted by him.”
Two weeks later, no one’s particular surprised when Johnny
the hall monitor catches Sherlock into the principal’s office. The fact that
Joan was the one picking the lock is a bit more alarming. When the assistant
principal presses her on why, Joan kicks her feet against the chair and raises
her little chin. “We’re investigating alleged wrongdoing,” she says, pronouncing
‘alleged’ the exact way you would if you’d only ever seen the word written
“What, kids?” says Assistant Principle Gregson wearily. “Someone
stole your gum in class? Teacher took your pencil and never gave it back?”
“The principal is embezzling money from our afterschool
programs and using the funds to pay off her debts with a local drug lord,”
“Oh,” says Assistant Principal Gregson.
Joan leans forward in her chair, and Assistant Principal has
seen her win just about every academic award the county can offer a second
grader, but he’s never seen her look as keen as she does now. “Ah-leg-ed-ly,”
Joan says. “We thought the office maybe would have proof.”
The office does, in fact, have proof, which is the only
reason that neither of them get in trouble. The same can’t be said for the
principal. The same day that the police come into the school to arrest him,
Sherlock for the first time gets to go out for recess. He and Joan had done
their homework together the night before, in a blanket fort in her basement.
Joan wouldn’t let Sherlock tell her about the suspicious death of the neighbor
down his street until he finished his spelling. Ms. Hudson, in an attempt to
encourage Sherlock to do literally any homework, was letting the two of them
pick whichever words they wanted to study.
With a purple pen, Ms. Hudson adds another s to asault,
crosses out the extra r in murrder, and wrote Well done! across the top of his worksheet. Out on the playground,
Joan and Sherlock crouch beneath the jungle gym and listen to a sixth grader
describe the circumstances of his missing backpack.
Kitty’s Storyline in Elementary as of S03E06 (tw: rape) (spoilers)
[image of a white woman, long brown hair, the character Kitty Winter from Elementary, leaning against a doorway with arms crossed. Dark gray unzipped hoodie, light gray shirt, black pants]
Ok, I have to admit - as previously mentioned, when I first met Kitty, I was dreading this “girl-on-girl” jealous rivalry between her and Joan for Sherlock’s attention. I was like ugh really writers? ugh am I going to watch this? I’ll give it a few eps
And it was definitely worth those eps. Kitty has probably one of the best written storylines about rape I’ve seen or read in American media.
Let’s start. I’d like to talk about 3 scenes in particular.
First, the scene in which we learn about Kitty’s backstory.
Sherlock says, “Kitty was the victim of a horrific crime.”
He doesn’t say what happened to her. We aren’t presented with visuals. It’s not about voyeurism. It’s about Kitty.
And then Joan reads about Kitty’s rape in a file after having been invited by Kitty to do so
I’ll repeat - Joan does not read Kitty’s file without Kitty’s consent
(And - though Sherlock gives Joan the file without consent - he does not allow Kitty to remain ignorant about his actions - he informs her almost immediately that he has given her personal information to a third party and explains himself)
So this is an image of rape from the average Western tv show:
No, there is no image. I’ve included no image becausewe all know what it looks like, we see these images repeatedly.
Here’s an image of rape in Elementary:
[image of an Asian American woman, the character Joan Watson played by Lucy Liu, reading some papers with a glass of white wine in the foreground and bookshelves in the background]
We don’t see the contents of the file. Nor are the contents of the file are described to us. The image of violence is *not for us* - because it’s not about the violence - it’s about Kitty. The viewer is not invited to see Kitty’s personal nightmare - she has not given *us* her consent.
As soon as I saw this scene, I knew I was right to continue to watching this show. How rare is it to see a show/read a book about rape that doesn’t include the voyeurism of rape in it? Honestly, that’s one of the things that I most hated about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I know it’s supposed to be anti-rape and all - but by my reading, it’s still a male fantasy version of anti-rape. I read the book years ago, and I still have the visual image of a man stuffing a live dove up a woman’s vagina. Why is that image necessary to the storyline?
Here was what was necessary to the storyline:
The victims suffered a horrific crime.
That’s all we need. Use your imagination. On screen voyeurism not necessary.
So again, this scene alone has me admiring the brilliance of the writing and directing of Elementary.
The interaction with Captain Gregson and his daughter after he has punched his daughter’s partner (work partner and sex partner) for physically abusing his daughter. Again we don’t see the punch.
‘Punching a bad guy in the face’is a (white cis) male power fantasy - using violence to act out the white knight protecting a damsel in distress - whether she wants him to or not
Instead, we are introduced to the matter with Gregson being castigated by a higher up.
And then the daughter remonstrates with him. The contents of that conversation are also astutely written and I might write another post about them.
But since this post is about Kitty - Kitty and Gregson’s conversation about whether or not he has the right to undermine his daughter’s decisions about her life for the purposes of male protection. Kitty tells him - no you don’t. Just flat out - no. Your daughter is an adult. You’re doing the right thing to abide by your adult daughter’s decisions about her own life. Gahhh! This show!!!
(note - any quotation without quotations marks is not a quotation - it is an interpreted paraphrase.)
And then Kitty protects the daughter by scaring away the partner from the precinct. At the time I watched, I was like - well, that’s a good solution, but a little too neat, a little too convenient - ok. It’s nice to see women who have suffered sexual violence protecting other women who have suffered violence from a romantic partner.
But **combined with the next episode** Kitty’s protection of the daughter is brilliant.
Which brings me to:
Third - the pair of scenes between Joan and Sherlock then Sherlock and Kitty.
Joan has noticed that Sherlock has been sneakily giving busywork to Kitty because he doesn’t want Kitty to date some dude she met in the coffee shop.
This is a problem for several reasons
Sherlock doesn’t have the right to be jealous of Kitty’s time
Sherlock doesn’t have the right to determine who is appropriate for Kitty or when it is appropriate for her to start dating
Sherlock is lying about the reasons he’s giving Kitty busywork and thereby manipulating her (I forget if Joan actually states this third reason, but if not, I am)
And Sherlock confronts Joan - you aren’t Kitty! Who are you to know this girl’s life just because you read her file!
And Joan confronts Sherlock - you have no right to determine what is progress for her when she makes her own progress!
And the beauty of it is - they are both right. Joan, as a counselor, is tempted to counsel Kitty instead of just being a friend - and Kitty is aware of that, she goes to the survivor circle because Joan wants her to and because Joan was Sherlock’s partner first - there is a power dynamic there. Joan also bases a lot of her reaction to Kitty on her own experience with Sherlock - which comes from a very different place than Kitty’s relationship with Sherlock. Yet Sherlock **doesn’t** have the right to manipulate Kitty’s agency any more than Gregson has the right to undermine his daughter’s agency.
So in the next scene, Sherlock asks Kitty to have a conversation with him and states - I’ve been manipulating your time and impeding your progress when I don’t have a right to. That was a mistake. I should have trusted you, your self-knowledge and agency, to determine your own progress. (and i’m sorry, i know i’ve said it but man! the way this show writes characters who engage in introspective personal growth! can you imagine season 1 sherlock saying this? no way!)
And her response is - I know. I know what you’ve been doing and I’ve allowed you to, because your protection makes me feel cared for and loved.
[image of white woman with long brown hair, the character Kitty Winter, showing from the chest up, sitting on a red couch next to brown grocery bags. She is looking down and smiling a little. Wearing a black jacket with epaulette style buttons on the shoulder.]
Like, pause. On American TV, we’ve definitely made the transition in writing to have former portrayals of the rape victim, damsel in distress, become the rape survivor - tough as nails. Has PTSD but is handling it. That’s it’s own trope. Tasha Yar on Star Trek is motivated by her past to become the tough as nails security officer, constantly escaping rape gangs. Even Jessica Jones (which is brilliant specifically in its portrayal of PTSD) doesn’t have people **care** for her. Girl with a Dragon Tattoo? She’s burning stuff down and blowing people up - which is great, nothing against that anger. But where is the care for her, the tenderness?
Here is a reminder to us then - yeah, I’m Kitty, I’m a detective, and I need love. I deserve love. I recognize this love and accept it for myself.
I just - this line just…is excellent. It’s not an either/or. Survivors aren’t damsels in distress or oh-so-damaged terrorizing badasses - there’s room for love without stifling. And each person’s journey and each relationship navigated is different.
And so Kitty’s protection of Gregson’s daughter - yes it’s convenient for the show. But she’s also coming from a place of deep empathy.
May I also mention how brave it is for Kitty to verbalize both her acceptance of and continued desire for Sherlock’s care? This act of trust and vulnerability is one of her most courageous moments.
So what does Sherlock do? Does he gloat like, oh, I was right to manipulate her all along? No. He was still in the wrong.
But now he knows that Kitty wants his protection. He has her informed consent.
So, he offers her a choice. He
Gives her more free time *to do with as she will* stay in, go out, take music lessons, date, whichever
Offers her an opportunity to be in a date-like situation- *with Sherlock as backup* i.e. Knowing that Kitty wants his care, Sherlock offers her more care.
So basically, yeah. I’m not even halfway through season 3 and I’m just blown away.
We have spilled much ink, you and I, in our discussion of human connection. And we are no closer to understanding than we were when the correspondence began. I often fear as if I’m standiong on one side of a wide chasm, shouting across, and wondering if the response I hear comes from you, or if it is my own voice echoing back to me.
It seems to me on my side of the canyon, the search for unity with another is the font of much of the world’s unhappiness. I watch as Watson, eager as ever to extract some meaning from the prevailing social conventions, endures a series of curated mating rituals. It seems to me that she is incrementally less content each time she returns from one.
I conduct myself as though I am above matters of the heart, chiefly because I have seen them corrode people I respect, but in my candid moments I sometimes wonder if I take this stance I do because love, for lack of a better word, is a game I failed to understand, and so I opt not to play.
After all, if I truly had the purity of all my convictions, I wouldn’t regret so many of the things I have done.
Nor would I persist against so many of my better instincts in this correspondence. I find you a challenge, one that in spite of all you’ve done continues to stimulate, and so the conversation, futile though it may finally be, continues, and we are left to wonder - have we simply failed to find the answers to the questions that preoccupy us or can they not be answered at all. Fortunately, for both of us, the world always presents the next diversion… - Sherlock Holmes
When are the Elementary showrunners going to realize that it’s a show about Joan Watson, a 40-something year old, very successful, woman of color, who decided to change the course of her life and embark on something new, challenging, and exciting for herself? Sherlock is her friend, an amazing character, of course, and I love his characterization and choices they made for him on Elementary, I do. And JLM, a dreamboat. But this time, it’s not just him. He’s been done. It’s Joan Watson’s story now. She is the role model we need. Strong, body confident, so intelligent, doesn’t take any shit, yes. But also caring, and forgiving, and she makes mistakes, and she learns from them, and she moves on. Watson has always been the heart to Holmes’ head, but here we have the chance for them to learn from each other in a modern and relevant way, relevant to our lives, how to make us the viewer into better people. Joan Watson gives me hope that I can be just as smart as her, as fashionable, as confident, as empathetic as she is while still remaining a whole person.
I want Elementary to be her show.