Cause you know why? We get it. Okay, everybody get’s it. BBC Sherlock is more popular than Elementary. We get it. It’s noted. Big fucking deal. Congratulations.
But this; this is not okay. And just totally and completely false. This aggravates me so much; it’s right down disgusting..but you know what? The person who made this is in fact partially right. Lucy Liu is not what Watson look like..but neither is Martin Freeman. In case people who think like thisSTILLdo not get the memo, here it is again:
BBC SHERLOCK IS NOT SHERLOCK HOLMES: IT IS AN ADAPTION.
The real Sherlock Holmes and John Watson reside in the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Everything else is a copy at best. Unless this person is showing me a picture of Lucy Liu AND holding up a copy of one of the original Sherlock Holmes novels, then the argument above is technically invalid.
But I’m no idiot and I know that’s not what this picture is trying to convey. It’s trying to demean one show and one portrayal while prasing the other and it’s disgusting.
You’d think that people would be happy that a century later, these characters are still loved and enjoyed so much that there are not one, but two popular adaptions of it releasing new episodes.. but of course not.
So sit the fuck down and let me tell you about Joan Freaking Watson. At the beginning of the series, she’s working as a sober companion (how she ends up meeting Sherlock) because she is so ridden with guilt at letting one of her patients die that she gives up her medical career altogether and yet, this badass lady still managed to find a way to help people. And, on top of that, she manages to prove to THE Sherlock Holmes (not that she needs to prove anything to him tbh cause she’s the hbic) that she is both intelligent and capable enough to become his apprentice. She keeps both herself and Sherlock grounded, doesn’t put up with his bullshit and deals with all the changes happening rapidly in her life with a grace and level head. Joan Watson can stand her own.
Basically, Sherlockians from far and wide (especially women) should be fucking PROUD AND THANKFUL that we have been graced with a female Watson who can kick ass like it’s nothing but SHE IS ALSO A FEMALE WATSON WHO CAN KICK ASS WHILE BEING A PERSON OF COLOR! HOW ARE WE NOT PRAISING THIS SHOW AND LUCY LUI??!?!?
Moral of the post; STOP THIS JOAN WATSON SHAMMING NONSENSE IN FAVOR OF BBC WATSON.
Both are great takes on the original John Watson. It is not fair to the show, fans of the show or respective actors and actresses to say that one take on a character (because freaking remember; they are all adaptions) is better than the other JUST. BECAUSE. YOU. FAVOR. ONE. ADAPTION.
STOP THAT JFC. YOU LOOK STUPID DOING SO.
IT IS OKAY TO LIKE ONE PORTRAYAL OF A CHARACTER BETTER THAN THE OTHER SO LONG AS YOU:
1) DON’T HATE ON ANOTHER TAKE OF THE SAME CHARACTER
2) IF YOU DON’T LIKE A CERTAIN PORTRAYAL AND CHOOSE TO RANT, EITHER DO IT RESPECTFULLY OR DON’T PUT IT WHERE FANS OF SAID PORTRAYAL CAN FIND IT
3) DO NOT DEMEAN ANOTHER TAKE OF A CERTAIN MATERIAL JUST BECAUSE YOU FAVOR ANOTHER
4) DO NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM DO ANYTHING THAT COULD BE TAKEN ALONG THE LINES OF THE PICTURE ABOVE. JUST DONT.
THIS HAS BEEN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE SHERLOCK FANDOM.
Joan Watson and Lucy Liu are not only better than you, but also better than us all so back the fuck up
Guys, just something to think about. After Sherlock met ‘Irene,’ she’s sent to the hospital to be examined by doctors to see if there has been anything done to her, which probably includes a series of both psychological AND physical tests. Now I’m not a medical expert, but Moriarty at one point of time was pregnant and had surgery on her back. My guess is that Joan also looked at her medical records, probably just to make sure since she was a doctor (although she probably never examined 'Irene). Now I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure a pregnancy and back surgery would leave some kind of scars that would be evident to the hospital’s doctors. But, we never hear about her having a child until The Diabolical Kind and Sherlock only figures out part of the ruse once he sees for himself that one of the constellation shaped birthmarks is missing.
It just amazes me to think about how much planning Moriarty would have put into her master plan. She made sure that even the hospital she attended would have her people on board (it could have even been every hospital in the area, knowing Moriarty), not to mention they thought she would have someone in the police (and she almost definitely does), but that meant she would also have someone (hell for all we know that entire hospital could be hers) on staff there. Just look at the first picture. She’s just standing there, completely still and unannounced and was able to easily evade the police most likely in the waiting room somewhere (after all, Marcus was the one to call the ambulance and there was also the officer that informed Bell about how Sherlock ‘stole’ the heroin), not a hair out of place. It just makes it even more surprising that Joan was able to catch Moriarty unawares and how easily Joan pinned Moriarty. Moriarty didn’t even talk to the doctors to see how Sherlock really was, since he didn’t actually overdose and his vitals would have reflected that. If she had one of her doctors check him out first, the ruse would have been up.
She really did account for everything, except for her one weakness. This just goes to show isn’t about Sherlock. It’s about Watson, her growth and development because the Watson that we met in the pilot episode was still reeling from the death of her patient, too caught up in her own pain and demons wouldn’t be able to trap one of the world’s greatest criminal masterminds. Sherlock didn’t heal her but he gave her the tools to heal herself. Maybe she would have made the observation of Moriarty’s weakness, but to devise and execute a successful plan of attack capable of taking down someone with Sherlock’s IQ? No, that’s only even in the realm of possibility after a year of sleepless nights, of cases and training and an endless barrage of questions about what drives people to commit the crimes they investigate, week after week after week.
She was dismissed as nothing more than a mascot and that was Moriarty’s first mistake. She saw a woman living with Sherlock and thought her ordinary, but Moriarty couldn’t have been more wrong. Joan is just as extraordinary as Moriarty, just as much her equal as Sherlock, perhaps even more so because while Sherlock and Moriarty see the answer, see what went wrong, see the symptoms but that’s where their interest ends. Joan does the same but instead of just solves she fixes, sees into the heart of the matter not just the side effects and cures the disease.
But that doesn’t mean she’s weak. Doctors don’t just give medicine; they slice into people and cut out any malady that plagues you to make you better and Moriarty is a weakness that will make Sherlock spiral back into a life of addiction. The overdose was fake this time, but maybe next time won’t be so she cuts Moriarty out of his life for as long as possible. She is Sherlock’s disease and she won’t let her take him. She’s a doctor; she’s not afraid to make an incision.
This show is not Sherlock’s story. He changes and develops because of Watson’s influence, but that’s not the focus of the show. Sherlock grows as a person, but very little of his life actually undergoes a change. We meet him post-rehab, already in New York and working on cases. Except for the change in address, not much is different from his old life in London. His personality undergoes a bit of a transformation, but nothing about his life is really different, except for one variable. He now has Watson, and that’s the thing. It’s Watson’s actions that change who he is, and that’s the show. It’s about the changes in Watson’s life, how she goes from doctor to sober companion to Sherlock’s protégé to a detective in her own right. She is a constant dynamic, always shifting and adapting and improving herself according to her surroundings. It’s always her actions that dictates the storyline, her actions that decide the course of their journey. The season is not about Sherlock’s growth, but Watson’s, and Moriarty’s fall is the milestone that marks how far she’s come.
This is primarily why I started shipping Joaniarty (although let’s be honest, you could ship Natalie Dormer or Lucy Liu with a rock and have a legitimate OTP) . Moriarty could never go after a lackey. They would have to be an equal and Joan just proved her worth, proved that she was an equal, someone Moriarty should have never dismissed from the game but she did and now is paying the price. Joan is every bit as brilliant as Sherlock and Moriarty, just in different ways. Which makes her more dangerous, more unpredictable, and sometimes even better than them both.