- How I feel about this character:
In short? So much frustration that the Joan Watson Deserves Better tag even has to exist.
I mean, it’s impossible for me to even say anything about Joan Watson without first specifying whether I’m discussing S1 Joan or S2 Joan, and that makes me sad. Because so much of what I love about Joan is me holding fiercely to the promise of S1, and demanding that she be written better because she’s a woc lead (and how many of those do we get??) and ARGH.
But S1 Joan was insightful and clever and tenacious and established boundaries and was vulnerable and made mistakes and had her own journeys, and Sherlock was fucking besotted with her, and I was, too.
Still am, if the show gives me the least space to be so.
- All the people I ship romantically with this character:
Since I wrote this, beanarie has dragged me kicking and screaming into being a Joanbell shipper. Mostly through the fiendishly clever device of repeatedly prompting me Joanbell and forcing me to talk myself into how it might work. And she’s right, they would be as cute as hell together, and it’d help counteract the Sherlockian black hole that is warping the narrative space of the show.
Alternatively, with the right fic I can be a passionate Joanlock shipper — every time language-escapes updates “You Can Fight the Hurricane" I get blindsided by it again — but it mostly requires a Sherlock who is 1) quite rightly besotted with her, and 2) committed to living up to being what she deserves. We have not been seeing that Sherlock on the show lately, so my Joanlock feelings are currently dialed all the way down to zero. Start trying to be worthy of her, Sherlock, and then we’ll talk.
…and this is gonna be unpopular as hell, but I did ship Joancroft as of 2x01. However, they’re gonna have to tell me what the fuck that man is up to before I sink any energy into that. That, and I’ll need to write a fix-it for the shrunken head thing in 2x01, because NO, people who treat indigenous remains like that don’t deserve Joan’s time.
And damn, but I wish that there were more women around, so I had someone to femslash her with. Ms. Hudson doesn’t quite work for me, mostly because they’re employing her, and I’ve got a squick about that.
- My unpopular opinion about this character:
Not unpopular in my circle of fandom, but:
Joan would never in one-hundred-thousand-million years feel even one twinge of fascination for Moriarty. Not romantic, sexual, intellectual, nor otherwise.
Moriarty obsessed with Joan Watson, her One True Nemesis? Hell yes, gimme gimme.
Joan Watson feeling anything other than disdain and irritation for Moriarty’s One True Nemesis bullshit? Oh, please.
- One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon:
That the show engaged with Joan being a woc in a meaningful and nuanced way. Also, that the showrunners were as besotted with her and were as eager to write her as they are Sherlock.
Joan/Sleep. With Joan/Sleep/Adventures being my OT3.
Joan Watson / Rosa Diaz.
It starts out rough, because Joan consults with Major Crimes, aka The Vulture Squad, but it becomes clear that Joan is cool and respects the Nine-Nine’s work and she hates The Vulture with the same passion that she hates Nash. And the next thing you know, Joan “Intensely Private” Watson and Rosa “You People Know Too Much About Me” Diaz are giggling in the corner together and sharing each other’s secrets and Sherlock and the rest of the Nine-Nine still don’t know anything about either of them. And Joan and Rosa have got similar stuff going on with their inner Bad Girl / Good Girl conflicts — even though they deal with them in different ways — and they both project an air of super-confidence while being as scared as hell on the inside, and they both call each other on their bullshit while TOTALLY 100% having each other’s backs. They’re good for each other.
And everyone else’s minds melt from the combined hotness of the Joan + Rosa field, but Joan and Rosa don’t give one tiny little shit about that, and it is awesome.
HOW IS IT I CAN FIND NO EVIDENCE OF THIS SHIP EXISTING?? WHY HAVEN”T YOU PEOPLE WRITTEN IT YET?? I’m obviously going to have to crack and write it myself because you all are obstinate bastards (*eyes my fic commitments and sighs heavily*), but needs must as needs must.
Joan’s own family had incidental dealings with the mafia when she was growing up, mostly via her contractor uncle. She knows how to recognize an imminent hit from the way cars are parked on the street, and will turn around and find someplace else to be as fast as blinking.