Are you trying to save my soul?
Are you trying to save my soul?
Will Smith embarrassing Jaden has got to be one of my all time favorite things
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HELLO MOST JOYFUL OF SUMMER PLANS
Name one group of oppressed people who were able to end mass genocide and institutional and systemic oppression by being nice.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the French-Canadian version of Star Trek
And their space ship
If you don’t regret not speaking French right now, you are wrong
it’s called “Dans une galaxie près de chez vous” and here is the first episode. You’re welcome.
Excuse me, gotta work on my french.
i am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously sir to which are you referring
you know, she solved you.
I’m an awful person with no self control.
But these are so pretty and it’s been so long since I’ve had a new toy.
Elementary Season 1 Finale: The Woman/Heroine
How Irene Adler subverts her own fridging and challenges male intellectual dominance in the Holmes Mythos.
Followers of mine know that I am an ardent Elementary fan. While I was initially wary of the series in its infancy, it has won me over with its consistently good treatment of women and minorities. While it is by no means a perfect series, it is among the best on TV right now. Elementary has won a place in my heart for being one of the most creative, progressive, and innovative Holmes adaptions that I have ever seen, willing to both pay homage to the original stories and challenge them in its modernization.
All of that came to a climax with the 2 hour season finale. And let me just say, I was blown away.
One of my running complaints through the show was the fridging of Irene Adler and her role as a love interest in Elementary. We were told early on that she and Holmes at a whirlwind romance which ended when Moriarty had her killed to enflame Sherlock’s man pain and send him spiraling into addiction. This treatment of Irene is not uncommon in adaptions. She only appears into a single ACD story, gets married to her fiance in it, and then leaves forever having beaten Holmes at his own game. In most adaptions however, “The Woman” is cast as a love interest, and often as a henchman of Moriarty himself. She is used as a tool to hurt Holmes, manipulated by the REAL “big bad.” (See the RDJ and BBC Sherlocks for this treatment.)
To see that Irene might be like-wise fumbled in Elementary was disappointing. It looked as though we had been handed a highly idealized Irene who had been fridged for Sherlock’s man pain. Yuck.
On top of that, we had the problem of Moriarty. This is a problem that stems fromt he canon itself, but is much bigger in most adaptions. Moriarty appears in only two ACD stories, but he is without a doubt, Sherlock’s greatest foe. Which means, of course, that the two smartest men in the entire universe are men. White men at that. The prospect of having both the idealized fridged Irene and the show down between the world’s smartest MEN as the greatest minds to ever live was not a promising prospect.
But I was wrong to doubt.
Those who have already seen the finale know the twist saved this potentially problematic set up, and the twist came in two parts.
First: Irene isn’t dead. This was exciting, but not much better for a feminist reading. She apparently had been kidnapped and mentally abused in the two years Sherlock believed her to be dead in order to get Sherlock out of the way of Moriarty’s plan. Sherlock felt responsible and there’s lots of emotional drama. This was better than fridging, but not by much. We still have a woman being tortured for manpain.
But there was a second twist: Irene isn’t just Irene. Irene is Moriarty. She is in charge. She is in control. There was never a damsel in distress for Sherlock to fret over. There was never a woman tortured for his man pain. Moriarty played on Sherlock’s belief in those sexist narratives to manipulate him. She played on Sherlock’s belief in Irene’s idealized perfection to manipulate him.
This subversion of all the sexist, boring cliches normally shoved on Irene worked amazingly. Moriarty took Sherlock’s (and the audiences) belief in sexist cliche ridden narratives and used it to dominate.
More than that, this also challenged the “all the smartest people in the world are men” problems that the Holmes mythos normally carried. Moriarty is a woman. A brilliant, weaponized, powerful woman who knows how to read people on an emotional level. She is SMARTER than Holmes.
And the icing on the cake? Sherlock can’t beat her. He can’t. He looses to her. It is JOAN that defeats Moriarty. It is Joan to reads HER, and because Moriarty underestimated her (in some pretty racist ways too, calling her a “mascot”), Joan wins.
In the end, the most formidable mind on this show wasn’t Sherlock. It was a show down between Irene/Moriarty and Joan Watson.
in a media landscape where men pressuring women and violating their boundaries is portrayed as natural in many ~innocent and romantic~ relationships and pretty much obligatory in ~edgy dangerous~ dynamics, I still love this to ABSOLUTE PIECES