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Having posted before about how awesome "Elementary" is and how the writers have excelled at writing strong female characters, I feel like I should really say something about series 3 of "Sherlock". Because this is where the writers, Moffat and Gatiss, learn how to do it too. The first episode of series 3 was weak for all the reasons [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine described in her writeup for the A.V. Club. The one thing I did like about "The Empty Hearse" (ep 1) is that when Mary Morstan, John Watson's fiancee, meets Sherlock, she does not have the reaction of Mary in the Downey Jr. movies. She *likes* him. And she sees Sherlock as being good for Watson, aside from the pretending to be dead part. I am so tired of the wife-as-wet-blanket dynamic.

So anyway, episode 1, not so great. But then in episode 2, "The Sign of Three," we get some great payoff. The Man and I were flinching through most of it and actually started covering our eyes during a particularly embarrassing moment, but by the end, Sherlock finally makes up for the crap he put Watson through. And we get a great throw-away line from Mary: "Sherlock, I'm not John. I can tell when you're lying." And she continues to support Sherlock and Watson's relationship.

I want to avoid saying much about episode 3, "His Last Vow," so I don't spoil it for those who haven't seen it. But wow, is Mary a powerful character. I like to imagine that the British writer, Moffat and Gatiss, have been hearing about the other Sherlock series, and thinking about how they can one-up the Yanks. "His Last Vow" was my favorite episode of the BBC show so far. Well done, Moffat and Gatiss.
jinasphinx: (Sphinx)
TL;DR version: If you're not already watching Elementary on CBS, you should probably start. Because feminism. Also, stuff about Star Trek: Into Darkness.

I've been wanting to write something about the display of women's bodies. Most recently, this has come up for me in media when we saw Star Trek: Into Darkness. As you know from the trailer, there is a cheesecake shot of Dr. Carol Marcus in her underwear, and you probably know that J.J. Abrams (director) and Damon Lindelof (writer) have taken some heat over it. (There's some great coverage of the issue -- no pun intended -- on The Mary Sue.) I also recently watched the season finale of Elementary, the CBS series about Sherlock Holmes. Up until then, I had preferred Sherlock, the BBC series. But Elementary is now the superior show, and I will try to tell you why without spoilers.

I will probably spoil Sherlock for you if you haven't already seen the 2012 episode, "A Scandal in Belgravia." I will try not to spoil Star Trek: Into Darkness. [ETA: Now, with a cut tag that actually works! Sticking to HTML mode editor from now on!]
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