There’s been a lot of good words written about the seductive power of abusers vis-a-vis Sherlock and Moriarty in Elementary, and how tempting it is to go back, and all of that is relevant and important.
But at the same time, I really hope for a Moriarty redemption, or at least a continuation of the character in new and interesting ways. And I’m a tiny bit suspicious, because where fandom and media so often seem to see the redemption of male characters as a Major Plot Point and Character Arc, that
Moriarty female characters are not given the same chance*. I realize that the Elementary and MCU fandoms are not necessarily the same people, but I’m kind of eyeing Tumblr askance in general for so much Loki love but so little willingness to let Moriarty join The Light Side.
(Also I fucking love her she is so perf and I ship it really hard and these LETTERS ARE NOT HELPING, so, like, there’s that. I’m biased.)
* One of the things that I find really interesting about Glen Cook’s Black Company series is that it’s, I think, the only one I’ve ever read where the Big Bad, and I mean the BIG Bad, not just a minor lieutenant, is a woman and then is Redeemed. Except she doesn’t exactly join the forces of good afterward, because it’s Glen Cook, so there are no forces of good. She just joins The Black Company.