First of all, marrying off one of your two lead characters is Risky. Especially considering that about 50% of the show consists of these main characters’ interactions in the apartment that they share together. Having one of them get hitched and move out would unavoidably change the dynamic of the series. It is Risky. But I still want them to do it.
In the original books, John Watson is a straight man who marries a woman, Mary Morstan. In Elementary, Joan Watson is an apparently straight woman who has only been seen to date men but who has yet to be introduced to anyone we can recognize as Mary Morstan’s equivalent on the show.
This show has demonstrated a willingness to play around with the genders and relationships of Conan Doyle’s original characters to add a new twist and keep the viewers on their toes. It has taken two iconic Holmesian Male characters and reimagined them as women, and it has even established Ms. Hudson as a transgender woman. Not only does this keep the show engaging and surprising, it has the added benefit of providing better representation to frequently under-recognized or under-respected groups.
Because of this trend on the show, I very much want, and do not think it is unreasonable to expect for Joan Watson to eventually get married to Mary Morstan and for Mary Morstan’s character to remain a woman.
I am not alone in this desire, and I know there are people watching the show hoping for a story arc about Joan being in denial about her sexuality and her coming to the realization that it isn’t a man she wants it’s a woman.There seems to be a great deal of desire for this sort of denial-to-realization character arc. But, personally, that is not the direction I am hoping the show will go in.
What I want is for Joan to just one day meet Mary and start flirting and then dating without Joan ever acknowledging that this is outside of the norm for her.
Naturally, Sherlock would react to this with surprise (as, most likely, would the viewing audience), because it is contrary to what Joan’s past behavior has indicated of her sexuality (i.e. only going out with men). And Joan would calmly explain that she is bisexual; she never mentioned it because it never seemed relevant, and it’s not her fault he assumed she was straight. And then that would be it. No more talk about Joan’s sexuality. End of discussion, moving on. Because Sherlock has demonstrated repeatedly that he is perfectly comfortable with gender and sexuality issues that others can have a hard time accepting, so once he has this new data there’s no reason to harp on about it. It just gets added to the pile of information he knows about Joan, and then he proceeds to react to this relationship in the same way he would to any of her others.
I’d prefer for Joan to be openly bi than have the show drag out the whole denial and realization drama, for a couple of reasons.
(please don’t hate me)the ‘Character Coming To Terms With Their Sexuality’ plotline has been done. It is a Good plotline, and it is Important and Relatable for a lot of people. But sometimes I feel like it’s all we get to see of queer characters on tv. So much of the queer tv narrative is about characters “coming to terms” with their sexuality, and not enough of it is about them just going about their relationships and having regular relationship drama rather than sexual identity crises and coming out issues.
Second, bisexuality does not get enough representation. There are so many issues with bisexuality not being recognized as a real orientation, and the need for apparently straight characters to determine that they’ve been pursuing the wrong gender all along before they can be established in a queer relationship perpetuates that. It would be really nice to see Joan as a bisexual character who is comfortable with her sexuality and whose relationships with both genders are treated with equal respect and legitimacy.
Third, it highlights the problems with making assumptions about other people’s sexuality. So we’ve only ever seen Joan date men. That doesn’t have any bearing on whether or not she is interested in women. We have a tendency to think of sexuality in binary - one or the other - but that’s generally not the way that sexuality really works. And no matter how many people of a single gender you see somebody date, you cannot know for sure what their sexual orientation is unless they explicitly tell you.
ALSO, as an added bonus, establishing Joan as bisexual and having her marry a woman would help to subvert the notion that lesbian and bisexual women are only queer because they haven’t met the right man yet - an extremely damaging notion which Stephen Moffat has been decried for perpetuating with his representation of Irene Adler on ‘Sherlock’. And I think there is a wonderful quality of poetic justice to one Sherlock Holmes adaptation acting to repair the kind of social damage that has been perpetuated by another.
spnedit: DemonsThey don't want anything,
just death and destruction for its own sake
"doctor who is a really serious show"
You don’t win wars with niceness, doctor. You win wars with guts.
Between the two growley tags on ao3, there are four new fics for me to read (and one of them is finally at the last chapter!)
must be christmas :D
Make Me Choose:
The Lion Kingor Mulan
You’re missing the point. There’s no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes, and maybe it’s too much for us, but it’s all on you. Because if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we’ll avenge it.
[6/30] Favorite Antagonist
”There was that day back in Egypt not so long ago where we slew every first-born infant whose door wasn’t splashed with lamb’s blood. And that was just P.R. “
Sgt. Sally Donovan appreciation post.
Cora be like: You don’t wanna marry me anymore? Fine. I will kill your wife and you will marry my daughter.