Sherlock totally killed that guy. And what's this!? Topless aliens are piloting Sir Elton John!?
Another female character from the original Sherlock Holmes stories, Irene Adler, didn't do too hot in the Sherlock show either. In the original story, A Scandal in Bohemia, Holmes was hired to retrieve a picture Irene was using to blackmail a king. But Adler outsmarts Holmes and gets away with the picture. The story ends on the quote:
"And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were beaten by a woman's wit."
Not much ambiguity in that write-up. But in the Sherlock episode based on the story, "A Scandal in Belgravia," she gets captured by terrorists instead.
BBC"Let's have the woman character lose instead ... oh, and let's also put her in a burka and kill her!"
"Let's have the woman character lose instead ... oh, and let's also put her in a burka and kill her!"
This time around, Sherlock ultimately outsmarts Irene. He swoops in to rescue her from execution, then gets the information she was trying to keep from him -- the direct opposite outcome of the original story. It gets worse: the thing that ultimately brings Irene down is she couldn't help falling in love with Sherlock.
"You could have chosen any random number and walked out of here today with everything you've worked for, but you just couldn't resist it, could you?" Sherlock says smugly to the defeated woman. "I've always assumed that love is a dangerous disadvantage. Thank you for the final proof."
BBC"I hope you learned a valuable lesson about getting feelings in your vagina."
"I hope you learned a valuable lesson about getting feelings in your vagina."
Irene went from a smart, independent woman who ultimately defeats the hero, to a damsel-in-distress pawn just waiting for the hero to save her from her own stupid mistakes. She's basically the British dominatrix version of Princess Peach.
Caitlin Donovan can be found ranting about cartoons and comics like a child on her Tumblr Lady Love and Justice.
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