I have been wondering what I would write about since most shows are either on hiatus or are done for the season. Since this is a site was created by women I thought maybe I should take the time to look at the women in the geek culture. I thought I would start with Sherlock since the season/series is done for now. Also because Sherlock is an interesting one, the original stories are set in Victorian England. During that time, women did not have the rights or advantages that women today have.
“One of the interesting things about Sherlock, as a show, is that we want to stick very close to the style and approach of the original stories, but the one big problem is that there are no women, and what women do turn up are not that great. They’re a bit boring. Not all of them, but most of them are not very interesting. He didn’t seem that comfortable with women, but the two boys are fantastic. I sometimes forget that Mrs. Hudson doesn’t really speak in the original, and we’ve given her a big part.” – Moffat
This had to be a challenge for the writers and creators of Sherlock because they have to find a way to modernize these women while still keeping them true to the original story. In a lot of ways, the writers and creators have managed to do this. Unfortunately, because of this people sometimes claim that show is sexist. I don’t see that at all, I actually think they did a good job trying to modernize the characters. Lets take a look at the ladies of Sherlock.
(These will contain spoilers)
Molly was solely created for the show, that is not unheard of lots of shows will sometimes create new characters. Molly works in the morgue of the hospital so that already suggests that she is educated. While she does not have a doctorate, she knows a great deal about science and the human body. She does help Sherlock fake his own death. Molly is smart; there is no denying that. While Molly comes off socially awkward – this is really not all that shocking since she works in a morgue, she also comes off quite, mousey and not having a lot of self-confidence. I know there are many women who have an issue with the huge crush that Molly has on Sherlock.
In some ways they feel like this is all there is to Molly, that she is defined by her feelings for Sherlock. I did not see it like that; I saw it in a Hunger Games kind of way, where the crush made him look desirable. Sherlock was more appealing because someone else thought he was, it is human nature we always like someone more when someone else finds them attractive. The writers could have kept Molly defined by her crush on Sherlock by having her wait for him while he was away, but they didn’t. Molly moved on and found someone else granted he was a Sherlock look-alike but hey that happens some people have a type. In the very last episode they had Molly get angry and slap him multiples time because she was mad at him for doing drugs again.
Molly might have started off as mousey woman who had a huge crush on Sherlock but in the end she becomes a strong woman who sees him for what he really is.
As Moffat mentioned earlier Mrs. Hudson doesn’t speak in the original stories. Mrs. Hudson was their landlady; she collected the rent, cooks and cleans for Sherlock and John. In the stories, John has often said Mrs. Hudson is fond of Sherlock and that is why she put up with all his antics. Mrs. Hudson on the show does put up with Sherlock’s antics but they have her do it because she is grateful for Sherlock’s help when it came to her late husband. A Victorian landlady might cook and clean for her tenants but not a modern-day one. This has become a running joke on the show, because Sherlock and John are always asking Mrs. Hudson to do things for them and she constantly tells them it is not her job, but then she does it. I feel that the reason Mrs. Hudson does cooking and cleaning for Sherlock and John because she loves them and feels maternal towards them.
They have no one else to take care of them and Mrs. Hudson wants to take care of them, they both adore her. That was very evident in the Scandal in Belgravia when Sherlock repeatedly drops a guy out the window because he hurt Mrs. Hudson. I don’t know about the rest of you but if a guy is going to repeatedly drop someone out a window for hurting me the least I could do is cook him some food.
Mary Morstan Watson
Mary in the stories is a governess, which is a common job for women of that day. Her mother died in childbirth and her is a Senior Captain of an Indian regiment. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Mary really has no other job besides being John’s wife. While Mary is probably one of the more developed characters from the stories, she is still under developed. I do appreciate that Moffat made her a nurse at John’s practice. While it was a slight shock that Mary had been an assassin, it was needed.
If they had just left her as a nurse then she would have just been John’s wife. By making her an assassin, they gave her a background that puts her on the same level John and Sherlock. John is an intelligent doctor who helps solves crimes on the side; he needs a strong intelligent woman. That was definitely a challenge for the writers and creators, but they did a great job with it. More importantly, they managed to do it while keeping the love and bond between them intact.
I do appreciate John’s reaction when he finds out what Mary had been, that was a very real reaction. Even in a day an age when women are strong and independent, men still want to be the protectors. With Mary being an assassin, it means she doesn’t need John to protect her, because she can do it herself. Besides the fact that John was lied to in a way, he was also emasculated, that hurt his pride and ego. The writers did an amazing job of showing how modern of a man John is, because he could have left her and found someone else but he didn’t. If Moffat and the writers were sexist that is what they would have done, but instead they made John forgive her and continue to love her.
Now onto my favorite character, Irene Adler, in the original story she is an opera singer who once had a liaison with the King of Bohemia. Sherlock is brought in to retrieve a photo that Irene has of her and the King. While Sherlock does obtain the photo, Irene manages to outwit him and get the photo back. Irene leaves behind a photo of herself and a note; Sherlock asks to keep the photo of Irene as payment for the case. In Sherlock, Irene is not an opera singer, yes a case could be made that they were being sexiest by making her a dominatrix. I don’t see that as being sexiest, even though they highly sexualized Irene, it fits. The opera is not the huge draw or form of entertainment that it was in the Victorian era. Moffat had to create an occupation for Irene that would put her in the position to have incriminating photos and a sexual background. They also needed to create something that would shock Sherlock and would make her intelligent, for that reason I am all right with her being a dominatrix. While it is sexiest to make her a dominatrix, it was also very empowering to make her one. She is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and her own sexuality, something most women in today’s age are not.
I also appreciate that they gave her an emotional side by making Irene fall for Sherlock. While I am sure some people did not like this about her because it might weaken her, I actually love it. If they did not do that, then they would have just made Irene out to be a manipulative woman who does not care about anyone but herself. To make her actually care/love Sherlock gives her emotions, it makes her human. I personally would have hated her if she did not have that caring side.
To keep with the original character Moffat made her smart and she does manage to outwit Sherlock. While in the original stories it is stated that Sherlock is only interested in her resourcefulness and intelligence I do appreciate while they made that the initial interest, that they let Sherlock grow to care about her. Just like in the original story, Sherlock keeps a memento from the case with Irene – in this case it was her phone.
I understand that some people might have their issues with how Moffat has written these characters. Molly was originally defined by her crush on Sherlock, Mrs. Hudson does too much for the boys and lets them boss her around, Mary is a liar, and Irene is dominatrix. At the time Molly grew out of her crush, Mrs. Hudson is actually rather maternal, Mary needs to be strong in order to be the perfect wife for John, and Irene is strong, confident, and smart.
“All the women he meets decode him so fast. Mrs. Hudson just thinks he’s a spoiled brat, who she quite likes. Irene [Adler] gets it totally. She can close him down with a smile, and she gets that. Molly, initially, was awestruck, but so quickly got what he is. So, bringing the female perspective onto Sherlock is brilliant, I think. It works so well. And Mary is such a good example of it.” – Moffat
Moffat puts is very well, all the women in his life are able to decode him, because they are all smart. I don’t think that Moffat did a horrible job of writing these women, he just had the difficult task of making strong confident women from characters that were not written that way initially. While at the same time trying to keep with the original integrity of the story and try to keep them close to how they were originally written. I don’t think that Moffat or the other writers of Sherlock did a bad job, they might have been able to do better but they could have done a whole lot worse.
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Here we are at the series finale of season 3 of Sherlock. These seasons are way to short; we need more than 3 episodes. Lets recap what happened last episode, John and Mary got married and the photographer tried to kill one of John’s old army buddies. Sherlock told the most awkward yet touching best man speech ever.
Charles Augustus Magnussen (the new villain) goes into Lady Smallwoods study. Lady Smallwood warns him that they cannot be seen together but Magnussen does not listen. He tells Lady Smallwood he is in possession of letters that her husband sent to a 15-year-old girl. Lady Smallwood says that she knows all about them but once her husband learned the girl’s age, he stopped. Magnussen says he has pictures as well; for the most part, he is blackmailing her. That is what Magnussen does he is blackmails people.
Before Magnussen leaves he makes sure to lick Lady Smallwood’s face, seriously is face licking starting to become a thing. I do not find the appeal in having my face licked. Lady Smallwood does a very brilliant thing and hires Sherlock to find the letters.
John and Mary’s neighbor comes by asking for John’s help in getting her son back from a drug den. John goes over there; he took some notes from Sherlock’s playbook because he was all badass. He even grabbed the guy in an arm restraint. John goes upstairs where he finds his neighbor’s son and finds Sherlock. Naturally, Sherlock thinks John is there to see him. Mary is waiting outside in the car where she has to order a bickering John and Sherlock into the car. She also has to take the guy that John injured (sprained his arm) as well. John confirms that it is a sprain because he is a doctor and knows how to sprain someone. I would hope so because otherwise what good was medical school.
They are at the hospital because John wants Sherlock checked for drugs. Molly gets some balls from I don’t know where and slaps Sherlock across the face multiple times.
During this, we find out that Molly is no longer in engaged, I wonder if that had anything to do with why she slapped him.
Back at the flat Mycroft visits where he is a huge ass, because well that is what Mycroft is. Mycroft did manage to figure out that Sherlock is trying to take on Magnussen. Mycroft tells Sherlock to stop what he is doing. Sherlock finally has enough of Mycroft and goes after him. It’s about time someone went to put Mycroft in his place because he can be such a pretentious ass. While Mycroft was there, he remarked on the fact that Sherlock’s door is closed. Growing up Sherlock never closed his door, unless forced by their mother. Magnussen comes by to see Sherlock and John because of the letters that Lady Smallwood wants. Magnussen pretty much tells them that he will not give them the letters. Apparently, if you don’t let Magnussen go to the bathroom he will pee in your fireplace. Serious who pees in someone’s fireplace, I guess face licking people do.
While John is waiting for Sherlock to get out of the bath Janine (Mary’s maid of honor) comes out of Sherlock’s bedroom wearing nothing but Sherlock’s shirt.
First of only Irene can be in Sherlock’s room wearing nothing but his shirt. If I have to, I will settle for Molly, but not this chick who does she thinks she is. I am not all right with this chick coming out of Sherlock’s room in nothing but his shirt. Sherlock and Janine are cuddling and being cute (barf) on the chair.
Janine leaves but before she does she kisses Sherlock, again who does this chick think she is. John cannot get past the fact that Sherlock is dating someone so he pretty much does not listen to anything that Sherlock says.
John and Sherlock go to Magnussen house where Sherlock uses Janine to let him because she works for Magnussen. Now it all makes sense what he is doing with her. I should mention he gets her to let him in by holding a ring and in essence proposing to her. When they get inside they find Janine knocked out and it is deduced that the person who did it is still in-house. Sherlock goes off to investigate and finds a person holding a gun at Magnussen. This person is wearing the same perfume as Lady Smallwood, so naturally Sherlock thinks it is Lady Smallwood. The assassin person turns around and its Mary – WTF.
Mary is an assassin, when did this happen and how did she manage to trick Sherlock. Well of course, Mary can’t have Sherlock telling John about her so she shoots him. This would not have been as bad but Sherlock when to his mind palace which was cool. Molly visits Sherlock to help him understand what is happening to him because he was shot.
Mycroft shows up again to help Sherlock figure out that the bullet did not pass through his body. Molly then tells Sherlock that he has to fall and use gravity to help dislodge the bullet. Sherlock goes crazy while he is going into shock. While he is dying in the hospital Sherlock goes into the crazy part of his mind palace where a chained up Moriarty taunts him.
That is actually a help because when he mention John that get Sherlock to fight. Then Sherlock does a miraculous recovery I mean miraculous because he was declared dead.
When Mary hears from John that Sherlock survived the shooting she makes sure to go down there and warns him not to tell John about what he saw. When Sherlock wakes up and Janine is there all pissed because she realized the he was only using her.
She messed with his morphine drip; there is nothing worse than a woman scorned.
John goes to visit the hospital with Lestrade only to find Sherlock missing from the hospital room. Did we really think that Sherlock would listen to the doctors and stay in the hospital bed like a good boy? Now starts the hunt to find Sherlock, John and Lestrade are looking for him, as is Mary. While John is at Baker Street he is very confused as to why Sherlock would put his chair back out. When John looks at the table, next to him he see the perfume that Mary and Lady Smallwood wear. John knows that Sherlock knows who shot him because of the trajectory of the bullet, but why is Sherlock not saying anything, who is he trying to protect?
Mary is out searching for Sherlock and she gets some help from the homeless network that Sherlock uses. Sherlock knew that Mary would go to them to help find him. It leads her to a building that Sherlock happens to own because he won it in a card game, I guess he’s Han Solo now. Mary enters the building where she shows Sherlock how well she can fire a gun. Sherlock tricks her by coming from behind Mary. Mary begs Sherlock not to tell John because she cannot lose him and she will not lose him.
Unfortunately, John is smart and had been in the room the whole time so he heard everything. It is during this time that Sherlock realizes that the clues have been there all the time, the fact they she knew what kind of coded text message had been sent and her great memory.
Sherlock orders everyone to Baker Street, where Mrs. Hudson is happy to see Sherlock. John is mad by this point because everyone he meets and is in his life is a psychopath. Sherlock tells John that those are the kinds of people he is attracted to and that he likes a certain kind of life. Mary even confirms this by telling John that he knew what she was and still married her. Sherlock and John take Mary on as a client, where she tells them that she had been an assassin. Magnussen has information on her that is why she went after him. Mary gives John a USB drive with all of her information on it. Sherlock called an ambulance to the flat because he knew that he was going to need medical attention since he left the hospital to soon.
It fast-forwards a few months to Christmas, which is being spent at the Sherlock family home. I was excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s real life parents reprise their roles as Sherlock’s parents.
We learn that Sherlock’s mom is brilliant that she had been a mathematician who had a book published. We also learn that Mary and John had been a bit estranged during this time. John had decided that he loves Mary and that her past does not matter but her future does because is contains him. John takes her USB drive that he had not read and throws it into the fire. Sherlock and Mycroft are outside smoking which they have to hide from their mother because she does not approve.
Mycroft tells Sherlock there was an M16 mission that he would have been a great assent on but Mycroft could not send him because he would die, it would kill Mycroft to lose his brother. Sherlock is shocked to hear this information. When they go back into the house, it is discovered that Sherlock had drugged everyone in the house but John who he takes on a helicopter where they head to Magnussen’s house.
While at Magnussen’s home Sherlock offers to trade Mycroft’s laptop, which contains valuable information for what Magnussen has on Mary. Unfortunately, all of Magnussen’s information is in his head because he has a memory much like Sherlock’s.
It as interesting to watch Magnussen go through how he found Mary’s information because he has to mime much of what he did in his memory. Mycroft must have woken up during this time because he shows up at Magnussen’s house with a ton of government agents. By offering to trade that laptop for information, Sherlock and John were committing high treason. While standing outside of Magnussen’s home Magnussen taunts Sherlock and John. Sherlock takes out a gun and shoots Magnussen – I was like what. Sherlock had to because it was the only want to protect John and Mary. Myrcroft is in the helicopter yelling at the agents not to shoot his brother.
In a later meeting, Mycroft is doing everything he can to get Sherlock out of jail and put him on trial. Mycroft reminds them that there will always be a time when they need Sherlock Holmes. Mycroft convinces them to send Sherlock on the M16 mission that would get him killed.
At an airfield John and Mary say good-bye to Sherlock since he will be leaving. Sherlock tries to convince John to name the baby after him by telling him his full name. John says the baby is probably going to be a girl, Sherlock then says that Sherlock is a girl’s name.
Sherlock leaves on the plane and while this is happening all the TV’s are taken over by Moriarty who is asking if people missed him. Mycroft is shocked to learn this information and he calls Sherlock. After a quick four-minute trip on the private plane, Sherlock is called back to London to help with a possible Moriarty problem.
I liked this episode because it had a good amount of WTF moments. Sherlock having a gf was a shock and was crazy. Of course, I was not feeling that because well I am all about Irene and Sherlock. Mary being an assassin was kind of crazy but at the same time I remember thinking that there was something about her when she knew the kind of coded messages had been sent to her in episode 1 of this season. I was not expecting it to come out that she was some kind of a badass assassin. I did appreciate Sherlock realizing that Mary could have killed him but she choose not to. I appreciated Magnussen as a villain; I think he was good for Sherlock because Magnussen was manipulative. Not to mention Magnussen is creepy crazy not like Joker crazy which is what Moriarty seems like to me. Of course Moriarty not being dead is a huge moment at the end, but at the same time is seems that they needed something big to bring back Sherlock. I have to say this was great episode it had a lot of good moment, which was an improvement over the last episode. As much as I loved Sherlock’s speech and how they did it, the bulk of the episode was the speech.
Until the next series and there is supposed to be a series 4 and 5 according to Moffet.