This scene was actually when I went from feeling more or less neutral on Joan to actively disliking her.
Because wow, that was patronizing.
I loved that scene in Elementary.
1) Firstly, because it immediately deconstructs the “hero throws and breaks something in frustration” cliche (Sherlock throwing a glass slide in HoB, anyone?) it might even be seen as a parody of that cliche.
2) Secondly, because the dynamic is different between a man and a woman than it would be between two women or two men, the visual of a man smashing something in a temper in front of a woman can be taken as threatening or borderline abusive. Joan Watson immediately shows that she is not intimidated by Holmes’ behavior.
3) Lastly? One of the running themes of Elementary is the deconstruction of Sherlock Holmes as the solitary, antisocial genius, and his becoming a member of a community. Holmes’ gifts are given their due respect, but no one in Elementary plays the game of Because Sherlock Holmes is a Bloody Genius He Can Do Whatever He Wants So There. When Sherlock goes after Moriarty (“M”), Captain Gregson suspends him. When Sherlock doesn’t want to talk about his addiction, Alfredo says “You’ve got to get over yourself.” And when Sherlock behaves like a spoiled child, Joan tells him “Use your words.”
You see Joan patronizing Sherlock. I see a member of Sherlock’s community teaching him how to behave like an adult member of that community.
Additionally, Watson’s done good work for a number of years as a sober companion, not a manchild enabler. It’s quite literally her job to deconstruct people’s shitty self-defeating habits and demonstrate that there are better ways to live your life. She’s not in the business of humoring anyone or playing along with their tantrums, she’s in the business of fixing them. And what she does works! It gets spelled out explicitely in the text of the show: Sherlock himself admits that what’s changed about him, for the better, is her.
This is the best show, THE BEST SHOW.
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Kuroshitsuji / CHP. 95 / S E B A S T I A N !
"The man he faced was everything Obi-Wan had devoted his life to destroying: Murderer. Traitor. Fallen Jedi. Lord of theSith. And here, and now, despite it all…Obi-Wan still loved him."
- Matthew Stover, Revenge of the Sith
Disney’s The Jungle Book cast so far: Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Ben Kingsley as the voice of Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Kaa and Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan (x x x x)
And not only is the cast amazing, but the film is going to be a mixture of live-action and animation (a-la Mary Poppins). Neel Seth (Mowgli),is going to be the only live-action actor and everyone else’s characters will be animated AND I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED.
Japanese Lady with a Fan, George Henry
Queen, role model, goddess.
Partially responsible for the creation of Star Trek
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I can’t anymore. Look at him, look at the mother. Innocent peoples, never stop praying for them. Never stop making douas for them, they need us.
Don’t ignor them, they are humans, like you, like me. They deserve peace.
The Washington Post on Where the U.S. doesn’t fly
Following the downing of Malaysia Airlines 17 over Ukraine on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded an existing regulation that prohibited certain flights from operating in the region.
The FAA has been regularly issuing airspace restrictions and prohibitions for U.S. airplanes that travel through potentially hostile airspace. As of Friday, July 18, here are the places for which the agency has issued flight prohibitions and restrictions.
As an airline passenger, have you ever researched a flight track before purchasing your ticket? Read the advisories issued for each country here.