Watson’s A Woman?

I posted this for a class assignment last semester, and I still think it’s pretty relevant! Maybe I should start watching Elementary again…


I know this is old news, but in one of the more recent adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleโ€™sย Sherlock Holmes,ย Lucy Liu (of Charlieโ€™s Angels fame) has taken up the role of Dr. Watson. That is, Doctor Joan Watson.

This is great news! A WOC (woman of color) playing a well known doctor! On American TV. How awesome is that?

Jon Michael Hill plays โ€œDetective Bellโ€ and Lucy Liu is โ€œJoan Watsonโ€ in CBSโ€™s Elementary.

Iโ€™ll admit, when I first started hearing of the show (which was just after BBCโ€™s Sherlockย had just finished itโ€™s British premiere of season 2) I thought it was just us Americans trying to get some ratings off of a popular British TV show.

Then I started hearing about how Liuโ€™s character Joan is a disgraced surgeon, with no military background (as opposed to the canon, where Watson is a former military doctor). Thenโ€ฆ

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