I just gotta ask my folks. Don’t leave without me.
You were not the threat you had been made out to be
#natalie dormer’s goddamn physicality with all its aggression and performative lioness grace #jfc #but also how clearly you can see irene adler /was/ moriarty deweaponized; irene adler was still the same woman #the same fearsome intellect; the same sharpened knife wit and talent; just blurred instead of deliberately brought out #and put into performance #irene adler was not a lie; was never a lie; you can see it right here; in how moriarty is so clearly the same woman #just … stripped bare of sociability or obfuscation #she is better than sherlock for the same reason she’s better than irene; her singular bullet-streamlined sense of purpose #to her own will to power; where irene and sherlock have or had no greater overwhelming structural goal with zero moral compunctions #had nothing to weaponize for #she does; and is; a living breathing knife in the dark; because of the work she does; the work she has created and taken upon herself #(but sherlock was her blindspot like she was his; and that’s how she got caught) via okayophelia
btvs + finales
Are we going to talk about the fact that Joan has discussed that conversation with him?
We know she was angry and kept it all bottled up in the restaurant but when she finally got back to Sherlock she must have let loose about what Moriarty said. I’m guessing we caught the end of it in Gregson’s office.
I think she was especially mad about being called a mascot; that’s why he picks up on it in his confrontation with Moriarty, because it upset Joan the most, so he takes the thing that hurt her and throws it back in Moriarty’s face to prove Joan’s power, to use the insult as a tool of Joan’s power.
In writing everything is done with a purpose; there are no accidents. “The Mascot.” is it’s own sentence to truely emphasise Joan’s place in this world, because if you’ve made it through 24 episodes and still think Joan Watson is a sidekick, this scene proves you very much wrong.
This one line takes Sherlock and Joan’s equality and brands it into the very heart of the show: In Elementary, there’s no such thing as a sidekick.
partners who communicate are THE BEST.
“You talked to one of my lieutenants. He has, over the years, played the role repeatedly and with great conviction. More often than not, he’s done so to protect my identity. Other times, it was because I suspected a potential client might.. struggle with my gender. As if men had a monopoly on murder.”
let me explain to you how genius the deconstruction of Irene Adler is because in making her a conscious manipulation; an artful and purposeful creation by moriarty in order to ensnare sherlock they have destroyed The Woman; the one individual who eclipsed the whole of her sex and at whose feet Sherlock fell they’ve taken the goddess down off her pillar and revealed the woman in the fridge was a doll all along Irene Adler is only a story; can only ever be a story; because there is no Woman only women and they are villains as well as heroines and they are clever even when they make mistakes and they can hold the world together whether to take advantage of it or to save it for the people they love but there is no Woman there never could be and Sherlock had to learn that elementary the best goddamn show your favs could never
- Irene wasn’t fridged
- Irene wasn’t a victim
- Irene wasn’t a generic love interest
- Irene beat Sherlock
- Irene took everyone’s preconceived notions of gender in criminals and lit them on fire
- Irene was a completely unrepentant HBIC
- Irene (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
i heart this post except for one thing: Irene didn’t really exist. Joan beat ~Moriarty, and that is what makes it brilliant.