Real life heroes → Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan surprise military kids at special screening [x]
I never thought that you and I would ever meet again
I’m so confused I don’t know what to feel
Should I throw my arms around you or kill you for real?
I worked so hard to put the past to rest
Where do we begin now that you’re back from the dead?
night night~(＾▽＾) | By: 波溪史萊姆 [pixiv]
by Seth Howard
MY FAVORITE THING
The first time Steve and Sam shared a bed, there wasn’t any question about which side either would occupy
Steve: Guess I’ll be on your-
Sam: you say it, you sleep on the couch, so help me
#I love a lot of things about the way this show turned out but maybe the very best one is how joan is a watson with limits #I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adaptation where watson doesn’t sigh in exasperation and then put up with the abuse #from day zero she’s laying down rules #and she’s patient and forgiving and remarkably low-key #(anyone who wakes me up before my alarm clock on the regular is getting a knife to the face) #but she absolutely knows the difference between eccentricity and unreasonable behavior #and is utterly able and willing to enforce boundaries #and to call holmes out #repeatedly. #now that I think of it I don’t particularly find watson interesting or likeable in… any adaptation I’ve seen? #and suddenly you have a holmes/watson dynamic that’s actually played as equal #where 2/3rds of their interaction is negotiation #(the other 1/3rd is mutual appreciation society and it’s so much better because of the negotiations) #real friends don’t just love you #they also challenge you to become a better version of yourself #that’s the show. (via smokeandsong)
The way Joan enforces limits is, for me, one of my favorite parts of her characterization.
This scene was actually when I went from feeling more or less neutral on Joan to actively disliking her.
Because wow, that was patronizing.
I loved that scene in Elementary.
1) Firstly, because it immediately deconstructs the “hero throws and breaks something in frustration” cliche (Sherlock throwing a glass slide in HoB, anyone?) it might even be seen as a parody of that cliche.
2) Secondly, because the dynamic is different between a man and a woman than it would be between two women or two men, the visual of a man smashing something in a temper in front of a woman can be taken as threatening or borderline abusive. Joan Watson immediately shows that she is not intimidated by Holmes’ behavior.
3) Lastly? One of the running themes of Elementary is the deconstruction of Sherlock Holmes as the solitary, antisocial genius, and his becoming a member of a community. Holmes’ gifts are given their due respect, but no one in Elementary plays the game of Because Sherlock Holmes is a Bloody Genius He Can Do Whatever He Wants So There. When Sherlock goes after Moriarty (“M”), Captain Gregson suspends him. When Sherlock doesn’t want to talk about his addiction, Alfredo says “You’ve got to get over yourself.” And when Sherlock behaves like a spoiled child, Joan tells him “Use your words.”
You see Joan patronizing Sherlock. I see a member of Sherlock’s community teaching him how to behave like an adult member of that community.
Additionally, Watson’s done good work for a number of years as a sober companion, not a manchild enabler. It’s quite literally her job to deconstruct people’s shitty self-defeating habits and demonstrate that there are better ways to live your life. She’s not in the business of humoring anyone or playing along with their tantrums, she’s in the business of fixing them. And what she does works! It gets spelled out explicitely in the text of the show: Sherlock himself admits that what’s changed about him, for the better, is her.
In this very episode it’s explicitly spelled out that Joan is right - Sherlock admits that he’s been childish, and that he’s embarrassed. The growth arc on Elementary is easily the best I’ve ever seen for Holmes and Watson. As much as I love and cherish the Granada Holmes, even in that definitive version Watson puts up with too much nonsense. Not Joan. She is the most emotionally healthy Watson ever.
I’m not very good with words,
but I just love you so, so much.
Tropes I am not here for:
1. Steve fucking Sam because he can’t have Bucky.
2. Sam nobly declining Steve because Sam knows that the person Steve actually loves is Bucky.
Jfc. People writing this shit. You can love more than one person in your life. Especially if you are 95…
I would love to see more stories where Steve never once had a thing for Bucky, but instead loved him like family, like a brother, like his own arm. And what Steve feels for Sam is complicated not by their quest to go after Bucky but by the fact that Peggy is still alive, and it’s only been a year and change since Steve lost his entire world, and he’s grieving and tired and now SHIELD is gone and he’s lost it all again, and he doesn’t know which way is up sometimes. But Sam is there, and Sam is so, so beautiful and fierce and loyal and brave and funny and oh, goodness, Steve thinks, watching Sam’s sleeping form on the other hotel room bed. I am definitely in trouble.