did i miss the part where elementary aired?
because there’s a lot of judgin’ up in hur
Now that more people than ever are talking about it, some hints and tips for the Elementary tag:
If you are concern-trolling about Joan Watson having lost her medical license: STOP. If Watson here was being played by a mildly attractive probably-white actor, you would be eating up the ‘one tragic mistake leads brilliant but haunted ex-surgeon on an angsty struggle for redemption/the truth about That Fateful Day’ backstory with a spoon. P.S. it’s pretty obviously a plot hook that will become relevant as the story unfolds. Take your sexist double-standard and shove it.
If you are concern-trolling about Joan Watson not having an army background: STOP. Not being ex-military does not make her weak; characteristics such as loyalty, steadfastness, being a good shot, etc., are not exclusive to people with military backgrounds; traditionally ‘masculine’ rubrics are not the be-all and end-all of strength. Take your disingenuous fauxminism and shove it.
If you are concern-trolling about Joan Watson being a woman so that prudish American audiences don’t have to deal with homoerotic subtext, or about her somehow detracting from the queerness of the ACD canon: STOP. In case you haven’t noticed, the plethora of hugely popular white dude bromantic shows already on the airwaves have pretty much cornered the market on intense same-sex eyefucking, haha-so-gay(-but-not-really) jokes, and emotional relationships that prioritise the two straight white dudes at the centre at the expense of any and all women in the narrative. This type of ‘no homo’ fanservice-y bullshit is not in any way the same thing as actual queer representation on television. Take your fetish for empty queer-baiting media and shove it.
If you are concern-trolling because you think a female Watson cannot possibly have the same kind of relationship with Sherlock Holmes as a male Watson: STOP. Just… stop.
If you are concern-trolling because the idea of a romantic relationship between Holmes and Watson is the ultimate betrayal of the spirit of canon or whatever: STOP. Romance is not cheap; romance is not lowbrow; romance is not somehow less pure or meaningful or intellectual or intelligent or interesting than any other type of relationship. It’s simply dismissed as such because it has become pigeonholed as something girly and stupid and inconsequential, for and about women and their silly ~emotions~, and all through history great swathes of culture and literature have taught us that the only stories really worth the telling are MAN STORIES. Take your misogynistic notion of what constitutes Real Art and shove it.
If you are concern-trolling because the idea of a het romantic relationship between Holmes and Watson is the ultimate betrayal of the spirit of canon, and yet you know damn well you would be all over a white dude/white dude gay retelling of Sherlock Holmes: WOW YOU ESPECIALLY NEED TO STOP. Take your visceral horror of the idea of your favourite cis male character’s majestic penis getting anywhere near an icky cis vagina and really, truly, from the bottom of my heart, SHOVE IT.
(ETA: Edited for some careless as shit trans-erasing language. Apologies.)
can I just say that I am very disappointed in Sherlock fans: The character Sherlock Holmes does NOT belong to Motfiss. BBC cannot sue CBS. Unresolved sexual tension: okay between Sherlock’s Holmes and Watson but not Elementary’s Holmes and Watson? Jesus. Please realize you are being assholes.
Elementary does not have to be dark and eerie like Sherlock, because that would be a near exact copy and thus making its production totally pointless. It’s set in Manhattan because that is the easiest way for the general American viewer to connect with it, and this isn’t just an American thing because you know, all American tv sucks and Americans are too stupid to relate to another place-no. In every country I’ve visited, I’ve managed to catch some of their original tv shows, and all of them are based in the country they take place in (because obviously people speaking French in the States doesn’t exactly make sense). So no. Shut up.
I personally find the casting of Lucy Liu as Watson fascinating. Not only is she a woman, but also she’s Asian. Let’s face it: Asian actors are bizarrely overlooked in the media market (just about everywhere except Asia) and its great to see Liu in an integral role in a show that will probably be quite popular here-yes, it’d be great if a new unknown actor was given a similar chance, just to get some new faces, but Liu’s quite the actress, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
Given that the majority of tumblr-less Americans do not know BBC’s Sherlock, I gather Elementary will be fairly well received, what with the recent Ritchie films’ success in the States. Yes, Sherlock plays on PBS, but PBS has the reputation of being stuffy, dull and grandparent-y in the evening and playing kid’s shows until the late afternoon, so no real surprise there, even though it isn’t a cable channel. So it will not be in a state of comparison in really any major media source, as Sherlock is relatively unknown, and to do make some sort of comparison would not make sense at all.
This all being said; will I like it as much as Sherlock? No, probably not. I might not even watch it. I don’t really know, but I’ll make that decision based on what time I have when it is released. But, will I discount it before it comes out? No, no I will not. I have the same feels about the new Spider-Man movie coming out. Many are just thrilled it’s coming out, feeling it will surpass the other movies. For me however, Tobey Maguire will always be my Spider-Man, as I think he embodies Peter quite well, and I just adore the original movies (yes, even the third one). Is this to say that I am going to bitch and moan about the new one being terrible? No. I will see it, and form my utmost opinion afterwards.
But seriously Sherlock fandom. Stop being elitist assholes. Stop calling American TV awful (seriously, have you even seen Breaking Bad or Mad Men? no? gtfo). You may have your own opinion where the show is concerned, but please at least give it a chance.