A hit, a direct hit! Damn. Sherlock is more blatant and voluble about his observations, but Joan sees people too. She’s just more patient and reserved. But when she chooses to let you know what she thinks she’s precise and BRILL. She cuts right to the heart of the matter.
The first half of the new trailer is mainly Sherlock pulling tricks and being verbally offensive and then the music switches and the energy is all JOAN and AMAZING. I like how in that second half the mystique of Sherlock gets eroded too, like with the line about using Google because “not everything is deducible.”
I think that she said that because something in her snapped. Like.
It’s bamfy, sure. But I think it’s also an example of someone who has lost control and is trying wrest it from someone else’s grasp and doesn’t care how many fingers they bloody in the process.
((nod)) Excellent points. Because they’ve paired his addiction with her lost medical license here, we have two people who are feeling ashamed and uncomfortable and it’s interesting to see how they deal with it. She tries to front well and keep a professional act up. Being controlled and reserved is how she copes with stress. In the other side of the coin, he’s a total asshole who, from the beginning, is acting like a child and repeatedly trying to “put her in her place” (the line about cleaning, calling her his “valet”) is about him trying to assert control over a shameful and frustrating situation by running over the top of her. And he learns that there’s a fucking line, asshole, and you crossed it. OVER AND OVER.
If she were a less reserved person things might have gone down differently. But the combination of his offensiveness as defensiveness as a coping mechanism and her tendency to clamp down on her reactions and just get more and more reserved pushed it to the point where, yeah, when she finally lashes out she does it as viciously as possible.
There is a fucking line, asshole. DO NOT CROSS.
As an emotional dynamic for the first episode, I think it really works. The important thing is that he gets the message to work not to walk all over her like that in the future. I don’t want to see a show where he’s being the asshole toward her he was at the beginning of the trailer all the time. He can be a douche to other people, but he needs to remove that level of disrespect from their interactions. For the good of them both.
okay, i am just leaving this here along with my declaration of love.
:DD The feeling is mutual! I loved your insights into where she was at in that scene.
Annnnd, I’m wondering if anyone will notice that her reaction to stress (being stoical & reserved in the face of pain) codes traditionally masculine? Since people have been saying she’s portrayed as too feminine in other areas. I WONDER.
In the fell clutch of circumstance, she does not wince or cry aloud. She puts her stylish yet comfortable clothes on and sets her two clocks and fucking faces the world like a soldier (even though everything she loved is gone, everything she dedicated her life to making herself) and only fucks someone’s shit up when they really, really, really richly deserve it.
JOAN I ADORE YOU ALREADY.
eta: only if they’re willing to give the show a chance/critical look
which… some of them will. whereas others are more concerned that breasts = femininity or smth. smh
idk. Some people seem to be coming around, which is lovely! And despite the jerks, a nice little community of fans is forming. The dual assumptions that Joan will be uber-feminine and that traits associated with femininity are bad really need to go away now, though. Neither are true. From what we’ve seen of her personality and choices about her appearance it seems to me like she’s found her own comfortable level of gender expression which isn’t stereotypically anything but her own thing and I like that very much.