"Who is this?" "The good-looking guy in the sunglasses at your ten o’clock."
Types of Friends You Shouldn’t See Movies With - The “I can’t understand storyline” Friend
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The fact that I desperately loved this scene should surprise no one, but let’s talk about the second gif, shall we? (Yeah, I’m not even doing this in tags, because it’s late and I’m tired and this therefore might be longer than tumblr would allow in tags.) He makes a fist, swings it up, and then…slows down. He doesn’t stop gesturing, but while his body moves angrily and tensely, he refrains from the dramatic violent fist smash that is expected in this moment. He stops himself from that cathartic chair punch, and I can’t even deal with how much I love that. I’m not saying there’s anything inherently wrong with a cathartic chair punch, which I have been known to indulge in during moments of stress, but I am also not the male protagonist of a TV show. Explosions of violent anger - even if we’re talking about those against inanimate objects - are so ubiquitous in dudes on TV. In particularly well done shows, these can reveal a lot about the character and his culture, but let’s be real: usually it’s just a shorthand for ~deep dark manpain~. And it would have been so easy for this scene to go the same way: he slams his fist into the chair, she flinches away from him, the audience goes “oooh he’s so tortured.” Which: he is. But no women have to flinch for us to see that. His whole body is coiled up tight and ready to explode, but he does not explode in front of Joan, because his aggression is not towards her and he refuses to demonstrate it in front of her. Meanwhile, the audience does not need to see some utterly twisted version of masculinity where rage is the only way to express pain to understand this character’s mental state. In conclusion: well done, Elementary, yet again.
Okay, I literally just talked to Lore about how much I loved this scene, for a multitude of reasons. This is one of them.
Another huge one is that it was so. Fucking. Realistic. As someone who grew up with an addict for a father and who grew up around addicts and alcoholics in various stages of recovery or relapse, I’ve seen this exact scene countless times and I legit FORGOT that Sherlock was a character because it was so goddamn realistic. Props to your acting, Mr. Miller.
But lastly, this: While Sherlock did restrain himself from making that violent gesture, he also let Joan finish. He’s pissed, he has a point to make, but instead of interrupting her in anger or frustration, he lets her finish what she has to say before he does it.
I cannot COUNT the times where I’ve seen the male protagonist interrupt a female mid-speech because the writer decided that the point that was going to be made by the woman wasn’t as important as what the man had to say. And yeah, Sherlock’s point was important to this scene - integral, even. But Joan’s was too, and the writers (and Sherlock) let her get it out before letting Sherlock have his say.
Sherlock respects Joan as a human being. Sherlock also thinks very highly of his intellect and reasoning capabilities. This scene showed, subtly, in a way a lot of people don’t really suss out, that Sherlock respects Joan either more than his intellect (unlikely) or that he puts her worth - to him and as a human being - as equal to his intellect.
IDK I just thought was really interesting.
Also we actually get the cathartic burst of violence later when Sherlock smashes the plate. And instead of the moment being presented as ~broody manpain~, Joan does not flinch but repeats the action, shocking Sherlock and revealing to both him and the audience how childish this was. (And he apologises even before she does this, which just goes to show how he realises an outburst of anger, while not directed at others, can make those in the vicinity feel threatened.)
Elementary is just very aware of dynamics like this and subtly undermines tropes constantly