Mycroft and Sherlock will set aside their squabbling when an unfortunate turn of events forces the duo to team up on an important case. “For at least one episode, Mycroft is trying to fill Joan’s shoes and it’s far easier said than done,” executive producer Rob Doherty says. Unfortunately, working in close quarters will not be good for the warring siblings, especially when Sherlock realizes Mycroft’s been hiding some major secrets.
isanah asked: like maybe it's just me but the 'too American' setting makes me wonder if they have a problem with the fact that the casting is so much more diverse to try and accurately reflect NYC's diverse population? either way, it's a bullshit assertion because several 'proper detective shows' are American to begin with, aren't they?
what they really mean to say is “middle american”, as in tv catered to the lowest common denominator, and i can’t argue that elementary doesn’t skew in that direction sometimes, especially in terms of plot (*coughs*the demographics department*coughs*) and dialogue (“so you’re saying x happened” “so you think y was the killer”). the people who say this, though, fail to make the distinction that this isn’t solely an american problem, nor is it applicable to all american media. southland, the wire, homicide, the killing, and others are actually mind-blowing television and entrancing detective stories.
[snip]joan taking the lead in dead clade walking (for the whole eight minutes that she did) didn’t work because she was outright being sherlock, repeating his unique behaviors, even speech patterns, instead of going about things her own way like someone who’d been a practicing consulting detective for over a year would have done. since this isn’t something they’re going to continue, because we don’t actually need two sherlocks, ultimately it didn’t do much to move her or their developing relationship forward. that’s why it fell flat to me, not because joan was overstepping her bounds as a watson. [snip]
See when Joan was acting like Sherlock in the Dead Clade Walking case, I didn’t think that was bad writing, I thought that was the point.
What I took away from that was that Joan wasn’t too confident in her own skills, or maybe wasn’t sure she possessed them, and so to make up for that she emulated the guy who was so freaking good at this stuff – not dissimilar to what Lestrade does, in fact.
that’s a valid interpretation, but i disagree that that was the point. i think the point, which was reinforced by a ton of positive comments in the tag, was to say, “see, look! joan CAN take the lead sometimes. and isn’t that cute and funny, she acts just like sherlock!”
the thing is, joan has been doing this for a while. she’s led investigations more than once. if the point was to highlight joan’s continued lack of confidence in her chosen career, they did themselves a disservice by failing to acknowledge the reasons behind it, for example talking about how sherlock, who is supposed to be her mentor/partner, is hindering her professional development, and how she’s been allowing it. touching on that in 206 isn’t enough, especially considering that sherlock quickly took the lead on the case in clade, solved it while joan was sleeping, and then thanked her at the end in a way worded almost exactly like the thanks he used to give back when she was a sober companion who just happened to be helping out.