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ricflairsniece:

unexplained-events:

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Frances Glessner Lee, a millionaire heiress, revolutionized the study of forensics and crime scene investigation. She believed that crimes could be solved by a detailed analysis of visual and material evidence.

She used newspaper reports, and interviews with policemen and morgue workers to create miniture crime scenes(which were extremely detailed) such as suicides, accidental deaths, accidents as homicides and homicide, potentially, as suicides. Of the twenty she made, eighteen have survived and of those eighteen, eleven show violent deaths of women. Everything from the wallpaper to the presence of alcohol and drugs was added to the miniture crime scenes.

This helped investigators train to identify crimes and clues found at crime scenes and left a big mark on the field as we know it today. They were also used in Harvard Associates in Police Science (HAPS) seminars. She called them nutshell cases, a name that was inspired by a detective who told her this:

As the investigator, you must bear in mind that there is a two-fold responsibility—to clear the innocent as well as expose the guilty. Seek only the facts—Find the truth in a Nutshell.

SOURCE

There is a documentary about this on Netflix called Of Dolls and Murder.

#hiatus stuff #violence tw #blood tw #abuse tw
Anonymous SAID:
Hi, wanted to say I love and adore you blog. It is great but I'm curious to see what are your thoughts on Ty Morstan, people think he is the obvious nod to Mary, however, I disagree. Tbh I even forgot about him. My question is what is your opinion on him and whether or not he fits/embodies Mary's character. Not sure if you were asked about it. I'm also still holding out for a bi Joan with Mary coming to offer a sense of stability and love, to be the love of Watson's life.

amindamazed:

elementarymeta:

Thanks, dear! 

I’m sorry this is so quick! I definitely don’t think he is supposed to be Mary, but the fact that they used the surname “Morstan” and the name “Mary” for Joan’s mom, so that there’s already a Mary Morstan on the show - now it seems to me that it was a way to send a sort of early signal that Joan won’t be getting her Mary, that there either won’t be a character like Mary Morstan at all on Elementary or if it’ll be, it’s going to be a man. Idk, I’m just really pessimistic and disappointed with lgbt representation on Elementary. I’d give anything for Joan dating women, but it just doesn’t seem likely they want to go in that direction :/

Fandom, thoughts?

I think your assessment is most likely. However, and this is a lot of wishful thinking on my part, I can also argue that Ty was a way for Elementary to put Watson’s ‘traditional’ relationship not only in the past but as something she apparently didn’t want as such. (Assuming that his surname was intended to indicate that he was stereotypical “marriage material” for her, and in another life, she would have married him.) That then leaves her free to embrace the non-traditional partnership with Sherlock, of course, but it also could leave her free for other relationship opportunities beyond the bounds of Watson’s matrimonial history in ACD.

This also fits with the interpretation I’ve seen (and was probably reblogged by you) suggesting that Elementary is post-Reichenbach, that succumbing to heroin and going to rehab was Sherlock’s fall & hiatus. In the original stories, Watson’s marriage ended (by Mary’s death) during that time.

Would be nice to think that “Three Continents Watson” might refer to metaphorical continents, after all…

#joan&ty #joan #jw cs #acd

Elementary and the case of sequel-itis

temenus:

With season three coming up I wanted to put down my thoughts about season 2. I know that there are people still catching up so I’ll put in a “Read More” before getting to the more specific spoilery parts.

As a whole this season felt… lacklustre is a good word for it, too much focus on Sherlock and Joan being pushed to the background was bad. There were a lot of promising episodes around the middle but that final arc was painful. 

What the final arc reminded me of the most was an unsatisfactory sequel from back when not every movie was written with the intention of starting a franchise. Apparently standard practice for writers, when asked for a sequel to some action/adventure/comedy that became a surprising hit, was to find an old script where they could switch out the characters, do a little bit of re-tooling of the dialogue, and presto, instant sequel. Sometimes it worked seamlessly but at other times you could almost hear the characters creaking when their previous established traits were broken down and reformed to fit the plot.

That creaking noise was heard loudly through the final arc of the season, mainly when it comes to Mycroft and Joan. No disrespect to Rhys or Lucy, they did a good job with what they had. It’s not their fault that the writers choose to fire Mycroft, like some rouge black hole, into the carefully balanced solar system of the other characters, disturbing their orbits, especially Joan’s … that is what this season did to me, made me torture innocent metaphors.

Read More

#season 2 #narrative #joan&mycroft #consent issues #(brief mention) #queued
Anonymous SAID:
Hi, wanted to say I love and adore you blog. It is great but I'm curious to see what are your thoughts on Ty Morstan, people think he is the obvious nod to Mary, however, I disagree. Tbh I even forgot about him. My question is what is your opinion on him and whether or not he fits/embodies Mary's character. Not sure if you were asked about it. I'm also still holding out for a bi Joan with Mary coming to offer a sense of stability and love, to be the love of Watson's life.

Thanks, dear! 

I’m sorry this is so quick! I definitely don’t think he is supposed to be Mary, but the fact that they used the surname “Morstan” and the name “Mary” for Joan’s mom, so that there’s already a Mary Watson on the show - now it seems to me that it was a way to send a sort of early signal that Joan won’t be getting her Mary, that there either won’t be a character like Mary Morstan at all on Elementary or if it’ll be, it’s going to be a man. Idk, I’m just really pessimistic and disappointed with lgbt representation on Elementary. I’d give anything for Joan dating women, but it just doesn’t seem likely they want to go in that direction :/

Fandom, thoughts?

#ty morstan #tbh i'd be totally ok with with joan being straight if they treated her romantic plotlines with respect #joan watson #answered #/edited the typos - thanks for pointing them out! #joan

fuckyeahjamiemoriarty:

[2/4] HAIRSTYLES // jamie moriarty meme

#moriarty #styling #gif

http://nairobiwonders.tumblr.com/post/95170817339/help-me-out-here-how-do-we-go-from-statements

beanarie:

capitalnineteen:

nairobiwonders:

Help me out here. How do we go from statements like this (describing how Sherlock feels about Watson):
"I think she is the person you love most in the world."
"You stand between me, and the recovery of someone for whom I care with all the depth, I am capable of mustering. she is remarkable in…

Unfortunately, given what we’ve seen in season two, I think what happens in season three and that missing year gap is going to be about the writers fixation on Sherlock’s man pain and not about realism (I expect a glossing over of the things that would have to be dealt with if a person left their home for an extended period in favor of that man pain/cat fight drama) or the friendship and partnership we fell for in season one.

Sherlock is selfish. Is he so selfish that Joan wanting to move out and build a healthy life for herself is grounds for him to dissolve all those grand “person I love best” feelings and statements? If the writing were balanced and true I’d say no. I’d expect some pouting and unfair behavior like he did with Bell after the shooting. He would ignore his role in the situation and punish her with silent treatment and juvenile bullshit like continuing to ignore her boundaries. (Sticking his nose in Marcus’ new division / breaking into Joan’s apartment with a “good” reason.)

Maybe I’m just bitter about season two and the writer’s treatment of Joan. Maybe I’m overly pessimistic. But this new partner and year absence feels overboard to me even in the wake of Joan telling him she wanted to move out and all the Mycroft related surprises.

TL;DR I would expect a cold shoulder and shitty behavior from him, not leaving for a year and replacing her. So I think S3 will be more of S2’s focus on Sherlock’s feelings to the sacrifice of realism and the established depth of his regard for her.

My guess is basically manpain, yeah. I think Sherlock’s leaving will turn out to be at least half because of not-Joan factors, the regain and swift loss of Mycroft, Alistair’s death, Moriarty’s toxic brainwashing, the somewhat hostile environment at the NYPD, his own inability to throw out the heroin… I might be giving the writers too much credit, but season two was kind of about Sherlock either throwing away or losing all his toys. New York gradually stopped being the safe space it was when he chose not to go back to London in 208.

And then Joan removing herself from the brownstone, presumably the first of many separations until she left him completely, was the last straw. The fact that she was traumatized only helped convince him that he should go. I mean he tried to talk to her and she didn’t want to confide in him. Never mind that he only tried twice in as many days, she has more trouble trusting people than he does, and for him she made a concerted effort over a period of months. He probably suffers from cognitive distortions, which prevent you from looking at a situation realistically. He made an effort with Joan and she was having none of it, therefore she doesn’t need him and would be better off if he left.

I’m assuming that when Joan is finally allowed to be truly upset about this, it’ll quickly be derailed by Sherlock listing all his reasons for being sad, if not a revelation that he relapsed after he left. Just like in All in the Family when his admission that he was an addict trumped everything Marcus had to say, in 30? his issues will go a long way to absolve him from having to make genuine amends for hurting Joan. One thing we can trust the writers to do, make everything about Sherlock’s feelings.

#elementary season 3 spoilers #elementary spoilers #sherlock #season 3

bulletproofbell:

elementaryconfessions:

As a queer WOC, representation is important and Elementary does a good job of representing, but I gotta say representation≠good show. Good shows come from intricate story lines. Throwing a variety of people  into the show in a predictable story line really isn’t, so arguing “but it has good representation” doesn’t make it a good show.

Elementary doesn’t really do a good job representing WOC

You have Joan obviously played by the spectacular Lucy Liu, of course but there aren’t really any other women of color on the show, save for one off minor characters. It doesn’t have much in way of white women either, you have Moriarty, and Miss Hudson(who has gotten maybe 15 minutes of screentime total) If you want to reach you could include Emily and Ms. Truepenny, but they are extremely minor characters who haven’t actually been involved in the main plots.

Even Joan’s presence was downplayed for a lot of season 2, to the show’s detriment. 

Representation contributes to character. It contributes to plot. It adds a perspective that is less commonly seen on tv. All of which lead to more interesting and intricate storylines. Having diverse characters of different races, genders, sexual orientations etc. adds something to the story having only straight white men doesn’t.

good representation doesn’t make a “good show”.

 It makes a better show. 

whether or not the downplaying of Joan in this season is because of racism & misogyny on the part of someone behind the show or just some kind of weird flub,(the first one in all likelyhood tbh but i doubt it will ever be confirmed) the result is the same. It isn’t so simple as having a previously white male character played by a woman of color. Because we see the actress stuck in the background reacting to her white male coworker. The racism/sexism is still present in the way the characters are utilized in the plot. Joan’s development in season 2 was pretty patchy because thats the way she was scripted, thats what the writers of elementary chose to write for her, and maybe they had some kind of interference at a network level I don’t know. I don’t get to see behind the scenes. I just get the finished product. The lack of plot involvement and character development Joan got in season two really hurt the show’s quality as a whole. the over focus on Sherlock’s character came not only at the expense of other character’s development but also lost it’s punch for sherlock’s character development. Every episode that introduced you to a new penpal or associate of sherlock’s kind of undermined his own character, and the lack of those characters (Randy) in following episodes made him look callous and made the development seem unimportant. 

The lack of representation in season 2 made it worse then it could have been even with the plot lines staying as they were.

There are more problems with elementary as a show but representation is still a big one.

#joan #media representation

beanarie:

phoenixfalls:

forever pissed that i can’t come up with five elementary pairings to nominate for femslashex because there are so few recurring female characters on the show.

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#media representation

theslaughteredunicorn:

FINALLY managed to proceed my Elementary rewatch!

So today I watched 01x04, yay.

I really like 01x04 because we get more bonding between Sherlock and Joan and I enjoyed their little conversations about Joan’s date and that Sherlock is encouraging her to flex her deductive muscles (even it’s a little debatable why he does that, I think). All in all what I liked and enjoyed the most in this ep was Joan and how she operates with Sherlock now and that they both are doing baby steps toward trusting and relaxing around each other.

I especially loved the last scene. I love the dialog and that Joan is leaving for her run after „Seems like a lonely way to live – As I said, it has its costs.“ And I love that after all words are spoken Sherlock is able to open his handcuffs. It’s those moments why I love Elementary.

What I also liked very much was Sherlock’s conversation with Gregson about him being a recovering drug addict. It’s still a touchy topic that Sherlock likes to avoid and hasn’t come to terms with, so he hides behind arrogance.

„You’re a highly decorated New York police captain. Would you allow a recovering drug addict access to sensitive cases? I can help him, but only if he lets me.“ (ep02) / „Do you honestly think I’d let you consult for the NYPD without doing my homework? You told me Joan was your personal valet. Do you think I’m an idiot? I’ve know about your problem for a while now.” (ep04)

Things I’m not yay about:

  • Emily setting Joan up with Aaron (am I the only one who thinks Aaron is a little… creepy??), „You split up with Ty a while ago and you never let me set you up with someone.“ ugh!!
  • I’m still not sure about the speaking Mandarin situation… and asking Joan how well she speaks it. I’m all the time in one of those situations where people assume I speak another language than my mother tongue or where people assume I’m bi-lingual or something. So, to me this speaking Mandarin situation has a little… negative feel.
#1x04 #commentary #queued
adreadfulidea SAID:
Can I just say it has been an absolute joy watching you get into Elementary? Your meta has clarified Joan for me so beautifully. I couldn't figure out why her friends sucked so bad and her men tended to be so milquetoast. But of course it's because she tends to go for the people she THINKS she ought to like, thus starving herself of the connections she actually needs.

teland:

See, obviously I Need More Data, but this is totally what it feels like at this point! I’ve known women like Joan in the past, women who just *automatically* started repressing themselves whenever things started getting exciting, or even pleasurable.

One of the things I love about Joan is that she finds ways to take what she wants *while* she’s repressing. That is a *valuable skill*! ahahaha

#jw cs #joan
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