(Credit for original post and image to reloha.tumblr.com, with additions of movie names, dates and comment by hedgehog-goulash7.tumblr.com):
THE FEMALE WATSONS: Margaret Colin as Jane Watson with Michael Pennington as Sherlock Holmes in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” (TV movie, 1986); Debrah Farentino as Dr. Amy Winslow with Anthony Higgins as Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes Returns” (TV movie, 1993); Jenny O’Hara as Dr. Joan Watson with Larry Hagman as Sherman Holmes (who thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes) in “The Return of the World’s Greatest Detective” (TV movie, 1976); Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary” (TV series, 2012); Galina Schepetnova as Jane Watson with Ekaterina Vasilyeva as Shirley Holmes (yes, a female Watson AND female Holmes) in “My Dearly Beloved Detective” (Russian movie, 1986); Joanne Woodward as Dr. Mildred Watson with George C. Scott as Justin Playfair (who thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes) in “They Might Be Giants” (1971).
Proving once again — especially in the Sherlock Holmes universe — that there is nothing new under the sun.
joan watson’s outfits are the best.
Costume sketches of Lucy Liu’s outfits in Elementary! <3333
Why are people okay with the idea of Sherlock being played by an American man (thank you, Robert Downey Jr), but not with Watson being played by a Chinese-American woman? Is it because she’s a woman? Is it because she’s a person of colour? Is it because she’s both - a woman of colour? Is it because RDJ is a white man? If Sherlock can be played by an American, why can’t Watson be played by a woman?
Or are these very stupid questions?
Elementary - Meet Holmes And Watson (for outside US)
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I love that people are defending the shit out of Elementary by saying that there is no evidence right now that Joan Watson is a love interest. I REALLY DO. I APPLAUD YOU. THANK YOU.
But here’s something: hey, how about the fact that it’d actually be pretty fucking awesome if Joan Watson is a brilliant, well-written female character AND she is a love interest.
I know we all have a kneejerk response against a female character being “just” a love interest, but let’s consider something else as well: Lucy Liu is an actress of color. She’s of Chinese descent.
You know what Chinese women are on film and television? We’re either demure, sexually submissive sex kittens, or ferocious, man-eating dragon ladies. Lucy Liu herself has portrayed a number of those latter types. We’re the mistress, the piece on the side, the prostitute, the exotic ride.
You know what we tend not to be? Legitimate love interests.
Film and television tell women of color that we’re never quite worthy. We can get fucked, but we don’t get to be loved. After all, we’re not white enough.
So please think about that for a moment. I don’t particularly want Joan Watson to be “just” a love interest either, but is it really that fucking bad if she and Holmes did develop romantic feelings for each other? Consider the lens you’re looking through. Is it a white one?
This is a really good, valid point, and one that I hadn’t considered at all before.
I really hate that when people say, “Oh, Joan will just be a stupid love interest for a stupid romance!”, it seems like the defense always has to centre around, “She will be so much more than that, and making the assumption that there will be romance just because she is a woman is hella sexist!” in order to be considered… credible? I guess?
Because while those two points are indeed true things, there’s also a part of me that just wants to go, “So what if there is a romance? LITERALLY, SO FUCKING WHAT?” Romance isn’t stupid or somehow ‘lesser’ than any other kind of narrative; it’s just gotten coded as something that is primarily for ~girls and their emotions~, and as such is therefore silly and dismissible. Romance can be valuable, romance can be compelling - and as demonstrated above, there are really, really good reasons why having Joan Watson as a legitimate, leading love interest on tv would in fact be a positive thing.
They Might Be Giants - 1971 | Joanne Woodward | Dr Mildred Watson
My Dearly Beloved Detective - 1986 | Galina Shchepetnova | Jane Watson
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - 1987 | Margaret Colin | Detective Jane Watson
1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns - 1993 | Debrah Farentino | Dr Amy Winslow
Elementary - 2012 | Lucy Liu | Joan Watson
A history of female Watsons.
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