No, no, with all sincerity and due respect, in my opinion you did not “fix it.” All love and power toward the *intention,* which I imagine was to convey that Holmes and Watson were meant to be together (which is completely true), but Mary Morstan’s existence does not diminish in any way the real, canonical regard Sherlock Holmes and John Watson felt for each other. They would each take a bullet for the other, they were lifelong partners, and John Watson married Mary Morstan, who was a complete and total badass. Other reasons this is not “fixed” include:
—You’re literally erasing a woman of great intelligence and gentility, one whom BOTH Holmes and Watson respected and admired.
—You have not even see the episode yet (I am making an assumption there, but it’s a good one, and…).
—If you’ve read The Sign of Four, and maybe you have, Holmes says of Mary, “I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met and might have been most useful in such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way; witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father.” That’s the character you’re erasing.
—There is nothing wrong with shipping Johnlock. There is something decidedly unfortunate in needing to delete a strong female character in order to do it, however, and one taken straight from the original books.
—It honestly lessens the regard Holmes and Watson had for each other to assume that Mary might ruin anything whatsoever. What other wife would say “sure thing” every time John Watson abandons ship and takes off with Holmes for days at a time? Did Kelly Reilly ruin the WB films? No, she did not, and I am tired of this nonsense.
Rant over, thank you.