Moriarty is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. She is the organizer of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city. She is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. She has a brain of the first order.
To Sherlock Holmes, she was always The Woman, the beautiful Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
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Irene beat Sherlock.
How often in popular media does the woman beat the man without getting beaten by him in the end? Because in the end she was beaten, yes, but by another woman and that’s freaking awesome.
Also!!!! A woman of color was the true winner at the end of the day — that’s even more rare. People of color don’t get to win when fighting against white people — women of color aren’t given opportunities to be the winner.
Joan beat Irene and I’m so glad I gave this show a chance.