In the end, it’s all about Watson..
I just finished watching the season finale of Elementary. It’s a big revelation so I won’t divulge everything here so people who haven’t watched won’t accidentally read a spoiler.
Sometimes when you’re all high and mighty and incredibly brilliant, there are actually quite a few simple things that you miss. As is the case with Sherlock and Moriarty. They think they’re smarter than everyone. They think they know every single thing about a person just from a single glance.
But they forget that humans can constantly surprise you. And this is where Watson comes in.
She sees things that these two masterminds fail to see. She sees people and she doesn’t see equations. She doesn’t see them as puzzles or games. She sees them as just that, people.
She sees them having emotions and feelings and passions. She sees them as something abstract, constantly moving, constantly surprising and alive. In the end, she sees them not as puzzles that need to be solved or games to be won. She sees them as little things that make up a universe, each different from the other yet also similar at the same time.
Which is why she understands both Moriarty and Sherlock. She doesn’t see them as one and the same because they’re completely two different people, regardless of their similarly brilliant minds. She treats them as their own person and it makes her understand them a whole lot better.
So it didn’t surprise me when in the end it was her who solved the great puzzle. Moriarty and Sherlock were just too tangled with each other they couldn’t see things clearly anymore.
Watson shows us that it’s okay to feel things. That being emotional doesn’t make you weak. When you have someone you care about, you’re stronger because you’re more determined to protect that someone.
And love happens. It doesn’t matter even if you deny it like Moriarty did but it happens. It creeps up on you and the next thing you know it suffocates your whole being with this bittersweet feeling. Love ends tragically but it doesn’t mean that the love is a lie. It’s there, just that not every love story ends the same way.
All in all, Elementary’s season finale is a jumble of feelings for me. It’s about a tragic love and a persevering friendship. It leaves you with this wistful smile, hoping season two would just air already!