Okay, so let me get this straight. Joan Watson gets kidnapped chasing after an international terrorist, offers to help them when one of their men gets shot by fixing a bullet wound using box cutters and vodka, and subverts every shitty cliche trope about damsels in distress ever. She’s not a victim in this situation AT ALL. When a female character gets kidnapped, she spends her time with her wrists and ankles bound, making occasional whimpering noises and waiting for her rescuers. Joan Watson MacGyver’s a surgery in the meantime and basically makes friends with her captors, actively helping a man she genuinely believes needs help and manages to get the truth about Mycroft within hours. The only time she is fazed is when someone shoots a man in front of her, otherwise she’s brilliant and strong.
ALSO, LUCY LIU DIRECTED THIS EPISODE.