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Some friends and I are lucky enough to be taking a tour of the Elementary set next month, and I had planned on putting together a little something to give Lucy, just as a way for me to personally say thank-you to her for her general awesomeness. My idea was to write her a nice note (if we meet her, I know I will be too starstruck to say anything remotely coherent) and make a donation to UNICEF in her honor.
Then it occurred to me that maybe other fans might also want to participate and show her some love. And maybe even make a donation as well.
So, the basic gist is this - between now and March 7th, if you would like to send her a note of appreciation, a piece of your Lucy/Joan fanart, etc., you can email them to me and I’ll print them out, package them nicely and deliver them to the studio when we take our tour. That’s it, nothing else required on your part, no strings attached. But….
If you also wanted to contribute to UNICEF, there are these amazing Eat & Run Kits for children that provide 30 micronutrient packets (which are sprinkled in their water or on their food to add the nutrients they need) as well as a soccer ball for them to play with. Lucy has promoted these particular items before and it only costs $6.72 for one kit. So if everyone who sent a letter also contributed $6.72, imagine all the good it could do, and all in Lucy’s honor. For those who donated, you could either purchase one of the kits yourself (or make any other donation you wanted, of course) and send me a printout of that to include with your letter, or Paypal me and I will take every penny and buy our kits all at once, print that out and put it in a card for Lucy with the names of everyone who gave.
If you might be interested, or know of any other Lucy/Joan/Elementary fans who might be, please reblog this, message me here or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get the ball rolling. Thank you!
everything about elementary either makes me sad or angry at this point. this is so awful.
I’m having what’s-the-point feelings about my WIPs. *sadface* Rarewomen fic exchange is coming up, and I *could* nominate Ms. Hudson, but then I am all, what’s the point?
…and for me, it wasn’t even an objectively terrible episode or anything, not really? 2x10 and 2x12 and 2x13 all had fist-through-the-wall levels of problems. 2x14 didn’t have that level of wtf wrongness, it really didn’t.
But there were so many little things that sapped my confidence in the show. No interesting detail about how Joan came to tap Gaye’s expertise, none. (Compared to “sexy penpal” with C! Or even the suggestion that Joan had slept with her old professor JER-RY.) Joan getting a lead on this cold case because Sherlock had been using when he first worked it and had not been making any sense at all at the time. (Character-note for Sherlock AND a no-confidence vote for Joan, all at the same time!) And then Sherlock just taking the case over while Joan slept, and Joan not minding, both of them (and the writers!) completely forgetting that these cases were an apology from Sherlock to Joan for his shoehorning her out of her own case in the first place!
If I had never seen season one, or if I had never seen the backstory of that trunk of cases, or if I had never seen Sherlock compassionately reaching out to people (wtf this Randy storyline??), I might have been able to enjoy this ep on its own terms as a quirky bit of whatever? But I did see S1, I did see the first part of S2, and I just.
Joan Watson matters to me, how she is handled matters to me. She’s not “just” another Watson — she’s a woman of color being written as an alleged lead, and thus how she gets written/not-written matters in a way that it doesn’t matter for a random Watson, and I just… *throws my hands up*
it makes me really sad to learn that you’re disillusioned about writing fic, but at the same time, i’m not even sure i care about this show enough to read fic for it any more. joan is so faded right now she’s practically a ghost. sherlock is a constant asshole who is taught to be less of an asshole and promises at the end to do better, but then the very next episode he’s still a giant asshole in all the same ways. at what point are all these “consequences” going to break through so that he acts to avoid them happening in the first place?
remember that time joan’s ex liam apologized to her and she was like, “that’s great, but get back to me when you quit doing things that you need to apologize FOR”. THESE ARE THE SAME GODDAMN PEOPLE WHO WROTE THAT CONVERSATION WHAT IS GOING ON.
They just proved to me that their problems with continuity are bigger than the Brownstone floorplan or the timeline. And it also makes me question all the nuances we saw in S1. What if it was just a matter of luck that a lot of the pieces fell into the right place?
I mean, what the fuck is this shit with Sherlock’s character development? There are ZERO consequences for his actions. Oh! Randy relapsed because he was a terrible sponsor! No problem, he regrets it and now everything is fine. Oh! Bell got shot because of him! No problem, he apologizes and says how much he loves Bell and now everything is fine. This is not character development, this is not progressive, this is not “Sherlock Holmes, the lazy and unprofessional white genius being responsible for his acts.”
THERE . IS . NO. CHANGE. No character development at all. Nada. Nothing. NO! Moriarty’s letters as an excuse for his jerkassery are not enough! I don’t have a problem with him being an asshole, I have all the problems with the narrative forgiving him every time he screws up and in the next episode everyone is friendly and laughing at his jokes or taking him seriously at work. This is bad writing and a strong necessity to return to the show’s status quo. You want to make your character fuck up? Then allow the WORLD to be angry at him and allow him to be UNFORGIVEN.
This should’ve Joan case. I wanted to see her STRUGGLING because the case was so damn hard. I wanted to see her angry, nervous, upset. ANYTHING! Maybe even questioning her competence as a detective or wondering if this is what she really wants! But she should do it on her own terms! No, the trunk was not HIS, it was HERS. It was a fucking gift because she was TIRED of him messing with her own private things. Jeffrey Paul King ERASED everything that happened in “An Unnatural Arrangement” with this episode, textually and subtextually.
C. was the most unnecessary character in the episode (I liked her), and yet she was there to add complexity to SHERLOCK when he took the lead of JOAN’S CASE. And yet, Gaye who actually helped and was there for more than 20 seconds didn’t do ANYTHING for Watson’s backstory.
And let’s not even talk about their LAZINESS with research. What the fuck? Dinosaurs and antiquity experts and dead clade walking? Jesus, just ASK someone who knows this shit.
Joan is not a compelling character anymore. She LITERALLY doesn’t have anything on her own. Her room is empty for more than 38 episodes and we don’t know why. She abandoned her house and all of her stuff and lives in a place that is not her own. She is paid by a man that treats her terribly and once in a while gives her a pad on the back after some good advice. She is not a doctor anymore (and we don’t know how she feels about it), she is not a sober companion anymore (and we don’t know how she feels about it), she is not a detective that can work on her own (and we don’t know how she feels about it), she is nobody’s girlfriend, nobody’s daughter, nobody’s friend. Not even Sherlock’s. Did he call her a FRIEND at least ONCE? Nope. But he said HIS DRUG DEALER was a friend in 1.15. He just goes to her for advice and to talk about WORK with few exceptions where he actually tries to give a shit about her in The Watson Episode. Oh yes. PARTNER. She is a business partner. AND YET THEY DON’T EXPLORE THAT EITHER. We don’t know how she feels about this partnership. She was “miffed” when Sherlock solved her case and 8 episodes later she is alright with the same thing.
She is his Stepford Smiler wife that occasionally argues and gets exasperated but lives happily without the sex (after all, she is “prudish”), physical comfort (they don’t want to raise the SEXUAL TENSION) and legal marital advantages. And we don’t even know if she’s faking her serenity too. After all, maybe she’s just there floating in the background asking how Sherlock feels and trying to cook dinner BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SHE DOES.
You know what? Fuck this shit.
I can’t understand why people would post detailed Sherlock spoilers in the Elementary tag. Some of us watch both shows and won’t be able to see Sherlock until it airs in the US in a couple of weeks. Gah.
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