I love Sherlock. I also love Elementary. I think they are both great shows, wonderfully written and completely different from each other which I have always adored in them. They are clever, they have awesome characters and some of my favorite on-screen relationships.
Just a warning, this is going to be a rant. A really long rant and I might or might not slip to cursing at some places so. Just so you know.
I have a problem with these two fandoms and how they don’t seem to get along. At all. It just makes me so sad and dissapointed.
Of course I see the problems in these shows and I must admit, Moffat is not really one of my personal favorite writers. As a female, I am always looking out for female representation in media and you know, Moffat doesn’t always shine on this aspect.
BUT. What I hate to see on my dash is Elementary-fans shaming those who watch Sherlock, claiming that Elementary is a superior show because it has better queer/trans representation and it breaks female tropes in tv-shows. What I also see critized is that Sherlock has that typical “two-dudes-in-a-close-but-not-that-close-relationship-haha-no-homo” trope, which, I must admit, annoys me sometimes too. Of course I wish to see a tv-show that goes “fuck it, let’s stop this teasing and let’s just go full homo!” or something.
What makes these two shows so great relays mostly on the relationships of Sherlock and Watson. I don’t see a point of arguing which cast is better because fuck it, even though the characters have the same name, they are VERY different. I adore Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson and the greatest ‘bitch please’ look in the whole world. I think John Watson is awesome as fuck and hell, he beat up Sherlock Holmes. Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock has that dark backstory and endless respect for his Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch is the fucking Benedict Cumberbatch. My argument just got really lame, but I mean c’moon. BBC’s Shelock can be a dick but it doesn’t make him any less amazing character.
When it comes to relationships and shipping, I just want to scream “WHY DO YOU PEOPLE GIVE A FUCK?” because as we all know, you can’t really help shipping some characters and nobody has a right to come sprouting some nonsense of “you can’t ship them, the show has clearly stated they are not gay!” or “you have to ship them, can’t you see their chemistry??” NO either you see the chemistry and ship the fuck out of it or you don’t! It is really not that difficult to understand, I hope.
So. Do I think Elementary is a superior show? Hell no! What about Sherlock? Absolutely not! They both have their flaws and great moments and I just want enjoy these shows in peace and without feeling guilty. So feel free to critizise all you want but please, try not to shame people for loving something.
A lot less ranty and a lot better put than I did.