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?
(Not) Killing Your Darlings: Parallels Between ACD Canon and S4
I’ve slowly been working my way through a reread of the canon stories, and although I am used to finding phrases and plotlines among the stories that have been adapted within Sherlock, what surprised me towards the end of the canon is that the writers of Sherlock appear to be adapting the way the stories are written, as well. We’ve talked a lot about the idea that Mofftiss have Reichenbached the show in Series 4, but I’m beginning to think they have Case-booked it (and His Last Bowed it, a little, too). This will probably sound grim at first, but I remain an optimist when it comes to Sherlock, so bear with me. These are Princess Bride “pit of despair” times; I figure if we have to be here, we may as well look around.
As a quick reminder, Doyle published the short stories as:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) His Last Bow (1917) The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)
I’m going to start at the end of His Last Bow and the later stories, because they best parallel Series 4, then look back very briefly.
Breaking the fourth wall
His Last Bow breaks the pattern of the Sherlock Holmes story collections in a few ways. It begins with a brief preface written by John H. Watson; he addresses the reader directly to explain that he and Holmes are still living, though ageing:
”The friends of Mr Sherlock Holmes will be glad to learn that he is still alive and well, though somewhat crippled by occasional attacks of rheumatism… Several previous experiences which have lain long in my portfolio, have been added to ‘His Last Bow’ so as to complete the volume.” (His Last Bow, preface)
You can see that Belle in the beginning of the story is more than bored… She’s sad. Imagine doing the same thing, dealing with the same people in a village where you can’t find no one to talk to. (Imagine if we lived in a place where we were desperate to talk about batb, but no one saw the movie yet.) Belle was like that, she read amazing stories but she had only few people to talk to. She didn’t have a friend. When she wanted to, they’d come and say “teaching another girl to read?”.
Then, she meets a Beast… in the beginning of their relation he was a very angry piece of idiot. And then that thing happened in the woods. He saved her and she saved him right back. Boom! They had a connection…gratitude. But soon, they found out they had much more in common… The interest for books.
As the Beast learns to control his temper with a woman who can easily deal with him. He becomes soft and more secure to be who he once was… That lovely kid the castle’s servants used to love so much.
He became an agreeable person. Someone you just want to be with… Because it makes you laugh, it makes you feel comfortable. He gives you pleasure, he elevates your soul to heaven with one single sentence “Some of them are in Greek.”
Then, that’s how you fall in love, people. When you find this special human being who is not a clown but it’s not a cold, serious person. It’s the perfect mixture of both.
The contrast between these two scenes interested me. The two characters with contrasting messages both reflects and juxtapositions the characterisations seen in the two shows.
On the one hand, you have John, who does not regularly seem too violent. As an army doctor, it is possible to put the emphasis on the ‘soldier’ aspect of his past. It is from this he got that sense of adventure that he seems to crave, and that continues after he meets Sherlock. This contrasts with Watson, as portrayed by Panin. His experience of combat would have been very different, and this would almost certainly have created very different ideas of war for them. Watson’s experience would probably have been more direct (his future is determined by a game of rock, paper, scissors), and so his action in this scene is at long distance, using a gun. John, being experienced in modern warfare, fights with his hands. Remember that both characters are proficient in both methods.
Panin’s Watson is a far more violent character: he is regularly seen to fight, shoot, etc. Despite this, he is definitely a doctor, which I found to be odd. The more violent character is the one who switches into doctor mode about ten times an episode. It is rare that we see John patching Sherlock up, especially when he was the cause of the injury in the first place.
Then, you have to look at what they are saying. Despite being less violent in his actions, Watson has the potential to do far more harm than John. He is preparing to fire a gun, and yet he is talking about healing people. This follows Holmes telling him to 'shoot’, while referring to him as 'doctor’. Considering Holmes generally refers to Watson either as 'John’, or by his last name, it is the use of the title that leads Watson to say what he says. Both Sherlock and Holmes say very similar things to their counterpart, it is Watson who replies by pointing out that yes, he is a doctor, and doctors ’heal’. Nobody needs reminding that Watson has killed. And Watson, who in the past few episodes has killed (or been direct in causing it) half the people who he once considered as friends, understands what damage he can do with that gun. Maybe this is why he aims for the legs, as we know that he considered killing Roy then.
… and that is all I can think of for now. But basically, the more violent of these two characterisations seems, to me, to have a greater understanding of the harm that he has caused recently, and that is probably something to do with… well, Rock, Paper, Scissors. John seems far more focused on that sense of excitement, and isn’t the doctor that Watson is. He is the soldier who must act as a doctor; Watson is the doctor who must act as a soldier.
Hi! I was scrolling through tumblr on my phone and caught a glimpse of a gif based post, with Sherlock and Irene and him mentioning a case for Nero to work on and him being on a date with Rosie. Before I could see past the first couple gifs my phone went funky and now I can't find it. I'm sure I saw it was you who posted it/shared it and wondered if you knew which one i am talking about and can help me find it again so I can see the rest. Thanks!!
It was actually a photoset! Hahahhaha
If I am not mistaken, it’s one of my crack adlock photosets
Thank you for sharing your pictures of the beach! It really is beautiful weather for it isn't it! XD I've spent a lot of time today sitting around the lake on my university campus, enjoying the sun. Some of the geese have had babies! They are so cute! I have tagged you in the photo so you and Watson can see!
You’re welcome. The weather has been remarkably warm. It’s been a relief.
Ah, I see the goslings. They’re getting quite large. You’re quite right. Watson will love that photo. I will show her right now.
She’s awake at the moment. Another nightmare. It’s common at this age, according to John. She will supposedly grow out of it, but it’s still difficult to see her so terrified.
We’re sitting up and listening to some Bach, in the hopes it will chase the shadows away.
I wanted to write some formal stuff about T6T now that I’m on a real keyboard. I spent the entire night just sifting through people’s very angry, upset, hurt posts about John, Sherlock, Mary, and even Molly. I think people need to step back and realize what this show is actually about: human beings.
I grew up in a hugely broken home. My mother’s 6 year relationship with the man of her dreams was shattered when he cheated on her after 6 months of being married. Our lives effectively ended as she spiraled into alcoholism and a massive depression which eventually killed her. I’ve grown up literally thinking that cheating on your spouse is how Satan prepares you for your eternity in the boiling shit cauldron of Hell. In short: I. Hate. Cheaters.
Naturally, when I saw what John was engaging in, my anger shot up like a piss volcano. My instant reaction was fury, to drop the man and his character like a hot dog patty. But then, I remembered, that this show has one true characteristic above all others: human beings are not just one thing. People, are flawed. People, are never ever perfect, no matter how much they try to be.
Listen to what Mary said to John. She said it was so hard to try and live up to the perfection that she thought John was. That perfection is (and ALWAYS has been, y’all) a facade. I never did understand why people thought John was an angel when it’s demonstrated in the very first episode that he is NOT. I was able to see that, but I was able to see his goodness too. Same with Sherlock.
Ironically, both of these idiots have spent the better half of 3 seasons trying to BE perfect. It’s a lie. It can never be. The irony of Sherlock calling out Mary’s “facade” in HLV just…I sat there grinning from ear to ear because honey you are ALL operating behind a facade. Every single one of you. John thinks he wants a quiet life but in actuality he is drawn to catastrophic danger. Copy that verbatim for Mary. Sherlock thinks he’s a perfect thinking machine without emotion, yet he sits and bawls over his childhood pet. Molly thinks she wants a normal dude who goes to pubs but instead she really wants “a high functioning sociopath”. For God’s sake Mrs. Hudson used to help run a drug ring. Mycroft is perfectly fine covering up murders, sending out assassins, whatever it takes to keep his interests intact. Ha ha ha these people are aaaaall fuuuuuucked.
Now, I am still furious with John. John was ultimately responsible for his family’s destruction. It was inevitable. His undying love for danger, despite having a newborn baby in his life, put him and his family on a collision course with tragedy. Sherlock added to this, but he did not cause it directly. If John had truly been a responsible dad he’d have picked up and moved his family to the damned suburbs or something and quit solving cases with Sherlock…but he didn’t. Now, he’ll have to deal with that guilt. The guilt of being a major reason why his baby girl will now grow up motherless. Sherlock was responsible for the final straw, but John was responsible for the haystack.
And that’s the point of Sherlock. These people are all terribly, helplessly broken. I think the most pure person in this show is Molly Hooper, and she’s not perfect either. There’s only ever been one perfect human being and they nailed Him to a cross.
Having said all of this, and while John’s actions in T6T I found to be absolutely unlikable, reprehensible, and gross…I know he is just a man. His life was changing at an alarming pace. A new baby, from what I have heard, throws couples into turmoil all the time. The man still suffers from mental illness. He is now a single father, hates his best friend (he’ll get over it, y’all, the writing will make sure of that), and his wife went to her grave believing he was a perfect person when he knows in his heart he is anything but. John Watson made his bed, and he’ll lie in it forever now. It will now be his personal journey to redeem himself for what has happened. Sherlock has been on his own personal journey for, well, ever. Now it’s John’s turn. I’m willing to give him the same chance I’ve given to his stupid friend.
No one is perfect in Sherlock. No one is perfect in life. That’s the point. We can sit and hate the people who’ve wronged us, and believe me, I still hold a lot of hate in my heart for my stepdad for turning my mother into a pile of rubbish and causing me to grow up a mess of a person. But in the end, it makes zero positive difference in my life. That hate is an anchor on me, a weight I don’t want and am still filing at it’s chain to free myself from.
We forgive or we don’t, but we move on regardless of what choice we make. We’ll have to see if John Watson makes better choices in the future. For that little baby girl…he’d better. I’m willing to wait and see.