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15 May 2015 @ 12:41 am
Elementary: A Controlled Descent  
Remember when Elementary used to conclude seasons with nice things like Sherlock and Joan watching a new species of bee on their roof? Yeah.


So when I saw the "Previously on Elementary..." I was really not so pleased that Oscar would be back. Out of all the guest stars and side characters, Michael Weston as Oscar ranks as one of the worst for me. I have nothing against Weston as an actor but the combination of him and the character is awful. I get that we're not supposed to like Oscar but the level of hatred and disgust I felt toward him completely overshadowed what on paper should have at least garnered SOME sympathy from me. Honestly, when he gave Sherlock the big reveal about why he coerced Sherlock to find his already deceased sister, I rolled my eyes as much as I wanted to throttle him. I get that what Sherlock said from the last episode affected him but really? He carved out this much time and endangered another person's life just to get Sherlock to relapse? I get that Oscar isn't set up to be the smartest or most practical of people but dude, let it go.

To be fair to Oscar, Sherlock hasn't exactly sugarcoated his opinion of him. And it's clear that his complete rejection of Oscar has left the latter feeling abandoned and furious and desperate to prove to Sherlock that he has no right to look down on Oscar. Only problem is that I find myself agreeing with Sherlock on an emotional level. I get intellectually that just because Sherlock is where he is and Oscar is where he is, this doesn't get Sherlock the right to call him trash. But something about Oscar makes me not care in the least and sympathize so much more with Sherlock's desire to distance himself as much as possible.

In any case, despite me worrying about Sherlock's mental state afterward, I felt immensely satisfied when he beat the hell out of Oscar. I am concerned that he's killed Oscar, though. That last shot of Sherlock looking completely wrecked when Joan told him his father's coming to New York is a little ambiguous. The Previously reminded us that Sherlock's father has threatened to cut him off should he relapse and seeing as how Sherlock took the box of heroin, I'm guessing perhaps he did fall off the wagon. Or worse, he killed Oscar AND relapsed. That's bad. That's actually awful. It's even more heartbreaking in that Sherlock had been doing so well this entire season with becoming a more functioning human. He was even getting better at peopling! Man, Elementary. Way to close on a complete downer. At least Sherlock and Joan are still together but it looks like season 4 is going to be rough.


On a somewhat related note, one of the character crossover memes I did asked me to imagine what Bucky Barnes and Joan Watson's daughter would be like. At first I laughed at the idea of those two having a kid since the last time I tried to picture two characters played by Sebastian Stan and Lucy Liu interacting, they were TJ Hammond and Joan. But then my brain really started to build a crossover world where this could happen and how it would play out. The meme even further helped by asking a question about how Joan might plausibly fit into the MCU. My brain went to places. I now have what feels like a complete profile of Joan and Bucky's daughter from child to adult and I have no idea what to do with it. So thanks memes. And thanks Elementary. Thanks to your finale, I feel the need to return to my happy crossover world of cute half Asian kids and their huge extended families.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 15th, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
...I may or may not have been fiddling around with Steve and Nora and JJ. For academic purposes.

Dammnit, memes!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 15th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
Dammnit, memes!

I feel like Captain Kirk shouting, "KHHHAAAAANNN!" Only I'm shouting, "MEEEEEMMMMEEESS!!"

...I may or may not have been fiddling around with Steve and Nora and JJ. For academic purposes.

Yeah, it's basically all one large black hole. I tried to make myself feel more like the person I once was by giving a little angst to Winnie but that didn't last long.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 15th, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
Yeah. I'm basically like 'you know who's not unhappy? The Rogers family'. I've only gotten as far as Nora enthusiastically trying to sell Steve books, but I have ideas...and stuff. Dammit. I should just fold it into the one where Pepper and Tony have kids and let everyone run around happily together. JJ and Jamie can bond over the fact that they were both partially named for awesome people named James.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 15th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
I have Bucky and Joan discussing what to do about the fact that Joan is pregnant. And something more in the future with everyone visiting Joan in the hospital soon after Winnie is born. There are many balloons and cuddly toys involved. So much fluff.

Dammit...
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 15th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
There are many balloons and cuddly toys involved.

Because of my headcanon that Steve knows how to knit, I hope he's made Winnie some itty-bitty cozy socks.

Tony: You're so lame.
Steve: Your present is bigger than the baby.
Tony: She'll grow into it.
Steve: If it doesn't crush her first.

So much fluff.

I feel like I should be cackling evilly.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 15th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
I hope he's made Winnie some itty-bitty cozy socks.

He has now.

I feel like I should be cackling evilly.

I really need to refocus on the angsting. Even just a little bit. I'm sure Winnie will at some point have to learn about why some people hate her father. And what Hydra is.

But right now she's 5 and really excited about this corgi puppy Steve's gotten for her.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 15th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)

I really need to refocus on the angsting. Even just a little bit. I'm sure Winnie will at some point have to learn about why some people hate her father. And what Hydra is.


I had a Tony + Mini!Starks fic going where it suddenly nosedived into Tony talking about his parents to Jamie and Kit who started asking adorably innocent questions that made things much worse, and I did not even know how I got there. There was cute building and learning a second ago, now everyone is sad.

But right now she's 5 and really excited about this corgi puppy Steve's gotten for her.

Corgis are the best for adventurers. They always look ready go on a big quest.

I'm off to bed. Happy fluffing!
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on May 20th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
I feel kind of disgusted, having just finished the episode. Part of it is Oscar: I agree completely. I should have some small vestiges of sympathy, and I had a little in the previous episode where he appeared, but I felt none of them here at any time.

I was suspicious from very early that the whole idea was not to find his sister but to make Sherlock relapse; I just didn't have a motive. I should have thought of that one. Still, it feels like a very forced way to have Sherlock relapse that's largely not his fault and the result of trying to help others so that we can't blame him. On the one hand, I feel like that was the only way he was going to relapse, because as you say, he was peopling so well! On the other hand—why did he have to relapse anyway? And could they really not come up with anything less contrived?

I do feel bad for Sherlock, and I feel bad for Joan. I hope Alfredo is ok!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 20th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Part of it is Oscar: I agree completely. I should have some small vestiges of sympathy, and I had a little in the previous episode where he appeared, but I felt none of them here at any time.

I found Oscar to be so hateful as well as so pathetic in the worst way possible. I couldn't stand him.

On the other hand—why did he have to relapse anyway? And could they really not come up with anything less contrived?

Well, in a way I liked that Sherlock's relapse came about for reasons that don't exactly make complete sense. Everyone prepares for the triggers and the negative events that could make you use again but the quiet solitude moments that lead to relapsing is much harder to anticipate.

I hope Alfredo is ok!

Me too. I was a little sad that his story got kind of hijacked by the whole Oscar relapse thing.