"Moriarty underestimating Joan, to whom she referred as Sherlock’s “mascot,” is what leads to her undoing. Sherlock and Watson, in effect, turn their weaknesses into strengths: for Holmes, it’s his addiction; for Watson, it’s her novice status. In “The Woman,” Watson feared she wasn’t ready to handle investigations without Sherlock, though he’s quick to assure her that she’s simply underestimating her own abilities. In “Heroine,” Watson is every bit Sherlock’s equal, though Moriarty lacks Sherlock’s ability to see it. Ultimately, it’s Watson who serves as the true catalyst for Moriarty’s downfall, which is fitting, since Joan is the true human connection Holmes has made, not “Irene Adler.” This is solidified in the episode’s conclusion, as Sherlock names a rare species of bee after Watson: Newglassia Watsonia, the product of a bee thought incapable of pairing with other species. Not unlike Holmes, who initially resisted Watson’s partnership, yet now couldn’t possibly be without it. It’s a metaphor for their relationship that’s equal parts overt and beautiful."
I have seen people expressing dismay that the iconic figure of Irene Adler was supposedly merged with or ‘rolled into’ another character, essentially subsumed by Moriarty, and I just emphatically don’t think that’s the case.
It’s Professor Moriarty who has been erased or…
I really appreciate a show that has the confidence not to end a season with a cliffhanger. I think it gives the fans credit to say, we believe you have the mental capacity to go a few months without the show and still remain interested just on the merit of the show and not your curiosity on steriods.
So thanks Elementary. I will return when you do.