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I think it's very difficult for people to accept change, in any form.
If this is the case for you, and you love the old style Sherlock
Holmes...you'll hate this.
However, if you are willing to "go with" the changes made in this adaptation you will find a clever, well written, well acted crime drama.
I can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes fiction or crime drama for that matter. I truly hope that people can accept it for what it is and it carries on for many series.
Matt from England gives this a thumbs up!
I didn't want to watch this because I adore the BBC Sherlock. However,
after denying myself for weeks and weeks I decided to download the
first 8 episodes and get to work watching them before I made a full
I was surprised at how easy it was to fall in love with Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock and Lucy Liu's female Watson. Both actors brought their A-Game and succeeded in bringing viewers in, despite the un-original procedural aspect to the show.
The crimes of the week are lackluster and pedestrian at the very beginning, a typical trait of typical procedural dramas on broadcast networks. However, thankfully this did not continue for all the 12 episodes that have been aired. Somewhere along the 6th episode is when I assume the writers got the full season pick-up and felt the support of CBS after being given the coveted Super Bowl episode slot.
Now the crimes are interesting and layered. The best thing is that the characterization of Sherlock and Watson is the best thing I've seen on a drama in years. Lucy and Jonny have a platonic chemistry which brings angst, sarcasm and wit to the show that is very enjoyable.
The character scenes are the best in every episode, and you can't deny the acting skill involved to breath fresh air into an over used double act such as Holmes and Watson. Miller and Liu make you forget about the other interpretations and fall in love all over again with the crime solving duo.
I suggest everyone watches before passing judgement, and be open minded. You can like all Sherlock Holmes adaptions, there is no rule against liking another.
Elementary is going to be a fantastic series, and I hope it lasts a long time on CBS. It's refreshing and adds vitality to a very old network. Great show!
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes in practically every medium... from
the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Basil Rathbone to Young Sherlock
Holmes to Robert Downey Jr. and even the episodes in Star Trek TNG.
It isn't that I am a purist, far from it. I enjoy the utilization of the Holmes and/or Holmes/Watson meme in the form of deductive reasoning and systematic or logical progression. Of course that combined with the occasional last minute twist, the first minute twist or even the w.t.h. or out of nowhere type of twist that was completely missing from the storyline that keeps writers in business and viewers in front of the TV watching isn't it?
Now as to this show? I am in fact entertained for many reasons, and none of them have anything to do with the purism of the title character nor for the particular crimes that are solved. What entertains me is the inner sub plots that are brought to the characters by both Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and I like Aidan Quinn as well from way back as The Hitchhiker.
I am entertained because I see the kind of s.o.b. attitude that I miss from not having House on the air any more, I am entertained because I have the hots for Lucy Liu sure... but there is something more important than.
I am intrigued at her playing a 'normal' person... not an action hero, not a bad-ass, not a cop with an attitude... she is playing a former professional woman that has taken on a compassionate role and has to deal with a very unprofessional man and I find that particular aspect fascinating.
Anyone could find easily half a dozen reasons not to like this show but I prefer to focus more on what makes me want to watch instead. This show is my addiction and I am thrilled to hear that CBS has given it the green light for a full season. I look forward to more episodes!
It is getting better as it progresses. They are moving beyond a simple
police procedural. The crimes are getting more interesting. I like it.
I don't compare it to the BBC Sherlock. For one thing, the latter isn't
tied to the one hour episode with ads format.
I like the Holmes/Watson interaction, it's a challenge for them to keep the relationship on the right side (ie zero side)of romantic.
Holmes is the classic Aspergers dude. In true Simon Baron-Cohen mode here he's paired with a social radar. So I think the woman partner is, in fact, in keeping with the original SH spirit.
I hope a cable channel buys the rights for the next season so the series can advance in length and complexity of stories.
As long time Sherlock fan of books/ Rathbone films and even BBC
Sherlock, I was a little skeptical of this NY incarnation. Especially
with the gimmick driven female Watson. Having watched the first few
episodes however I am pleasantly surprised. The show is carried and
carried well by the charisma and scruffy charm of Johnny Lee Miller,
who convinces as the eccentric mental powerhouse who has his fair share
of weaknesses both socially and physically. Watson does better as a
woman than I would have thought and Aidan Quinn is just as brilliant as
a police chief in this as he was in the undeservedly canceled Prime
However, I did notice a worrying trend in a recent episode of lessening his deductive powers and in essence having him just follow clues as any normal detective. I hope with all sincerity that this series doesn't cheapen into a regular detective show with gimmicky moments highlighting his powers. i.e. Solving the crime as anyone would through normal police procedure and filling the gaps with inane deductive showcases.
Keep it so that only Holmes and his keen logical mind could have solved the crime otherwise its pointless.
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I have no problem with the cast, and though this Sherlock does not
compare to BBC's Sherlock, I'm getting rather fond of the neurotic,
twitchy character. Lu is wonderful, as always. What I think this show
needs is better writing, before the writers destroy what could
potentially be a fabulous series. This is supposed to be Sherlock
Holmes, the ultimate in mystery series, and I managed to figure out the
entire plot in the first 20 minutes. "Murder, She Wrote" and "Castle"
had/have better writers.
If someone out there knows the writer of this series, please tell him to stop drawing focus to the murderer(s).
I have just watched "The Angel of Death Episode". The elevator scene where Sherlock apologizes to the janitor is unnecessary. As I watched this I was wondering why they would focus on such an insignificant character, just so that Sherlock (who is an egomaniac) would apologize to him? Then you have the whole bit about Watson not being a doctor anymore and I KNEW the janitor had to be the killer. If they left the elevator scene out, we would still have seen the janitor and remembered what a jerk Sherlock was for spilling that water, so when he connected the obvious, that a janitor could have been a doctor, and revealed the killer, we may have been surprised. Then there was the part in the interrogation, when the janitor is convinced the young woman was terminal. An interesting twist, but who could have done it? The only other person that comes to mind is the crazy doctor with the God complex. There are NO OTHER suspects. Mysteries are filled with other suspects!
The greatest of mystery writers always say that they have no idea who the killer is. They write about the murder, populate the scene with character and at the end of an interesting story they pick the least likely character and then rewrite a clue into the story for the big reveal.
The reason they do this is because when you are writing knowing who's done it, you cannot help yourself but write in obvious clues. The clues have to be something tiny that the audience or the reader would not pick upon as they watch or read the story.
So, please for the future scripts give us more suspects, think of a crazy, non obvious scenario and a reason why a murder could be done, and pick the least likely suspect. If you cannot write a mystery (one of the hardest genres to write--that is why Christie and Doyle remain crime royalty) find someone who can and give them a job; even a co-writer who can write mysteries would help.
What House was to medicine, Elementary is to investigating. The writing is clever, fast paced and smart. Our eccentric lead "Holmes" instead of having a drug dependency for his gimp leg like House, is a recovering drug addict who is being observed by "Watson" to keep him clean. They writers really make an effort to spell out the deductive-reasoning details, and for the most part, its plausible, IMO. The plots snake thru twists and turns at a feverish pace and Holmes dedication is relentless. You get the feeling he behaves this way to keep him mind from allowing his addiction to regain control. Lucy Liu , who I love, is curiously restrained in her role to offset Holmes's incessant espousing. Her deductive skills are far less than Holme's but she brings medical expertise to the table. They have a unique but likable chemistry. It seems obvious to me that at some point Liu's character will be developed more and eventually Holmes is going to have some sort of relapse. I can only hope this show maintains this level of intensity without sacrificing credibility, but for now, IMO, its one of mainstream's networks finest.
Elementary gives us a new, fresh take on Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary
detective, Sherlock Holmes. So far, I've only seen two episodes, but
from these I can already tell it's going to be a show worth watching to
Coming from a huge fan of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock, and an avid reader of Conan Doyle's original stories, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the Elementary rendition of Sherlock Holmes. Only time will tell exactly how accurately it will follow the books, but so far it looks like it's an entirely new take on the legendary sleuth, which perhaps is in order, considering all the renditions of Sherlock Holmes that have been cropping up lately.
The story, at least so far, is very well-written, and the dialogue is impressive, to say the least. In fact, there are many lines that are stunningly genius. What really intrigued me, however, was the character development, especially Holmes'. At times this great man seems almost human (at least emotionally, not intellectually of course), and already we see indications of a murky past, maybe even a tragic romance. The potential for this is limitless, and I look forward to seeing how they flesh it out.
The mysteries aren't as intricate as BBC's Sherlock, but they're certainly better than something you might find on CSI (though I enjoy CSI as well). They're not hard to follow, but they keep you guessing right up to the final reveal. And the combination of the characters' individual stories with the development of the case at hand is done expertly.
As for the acting, Johnny Lee Miller does an amazing interpretation of Holmes. I am glad they kept the character British. It wouldn't be the same if he were American (maybe we just don't sound intelligent enough). Miller's performance, I felt, introduced a new, even more vulnerable Holmes, but vulnerable in a good way. It's an interesting interpretation to watch.
Lucy Liu does a good job as Watson. The chemistry between her and Miller isn't perfect, though I feel like she carries most of the blame for that. But it's minimal at most, and after the first few minutes you get past it, if you even notice it. Otherwise she does a great rendition of Joan Watson. I'll be interested to see what they do with her character as well.
In short, this is a great show, with a great cast, and good story lines. The cases may not be as mind-blowing as they were in Sherlock, but they're still better than the average crime-solving detective TV show. And if you can't get into the mysteries, the fresh development of Holmes and Watson is sure to draw you in. Coming from a fan of all the modern, and the original versions of Sherlock Holmes, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. I only hope the prejudice produced by comparing it to BBC's Sherlock doesn't kill it, because it deserves a good run.
Okay, so this is not an American version of the Doyle classics. But it
satisfies my first requirement of a good show--I like the characters.
Holmes is a man struggling with his inept social skills while
simultaneously reveling in them. Watson is a woman whose job has become
a hobby and more. As they adapt, this could lead to more interesting
interactions. The police characters are skeptical and protective of
their turf, yet open to help. They grudgingly admire Holme's results.
Holmes is also a man who has no love of conventions. It is interesting to watch him navigate his way through a society that tries to force everyone to comply with its standards. In this process, Watson acts as liaison and interpreter. As she gains more information about Holmes, she becomes more useful to him and, perhaps, more of an annoyance to him. He wants to remain an enigma so that he can keep his secrets and demons to himself. She tells him it is good to talk of one's feelings, but he will do so only if forced. One can only hope that the writers eventually create a background for Watson that is equally engaging, though she is somewhat damaged from her experience with a malpractice case. This is only the first season, so there is time for more layers to be added.
Regarding Holme's crime solving techniques, they are best when he interacts with suspects or witnesses. He has an eye for the truths they reveal when they are trying to hide them. Can he see his own truths as well? Wlll he find the time to deal with his own issues when the world offers so many interesting diversions for his curiosity?
Like many people, I love BBC's Sherlock and overlooked Elementary for
many reasons. I recently decided to give it a chance and was pleasantly
surprised to say the least. First off, don't make the same mistake I
did and dismiss it for some of the rather odd sounding changes, it's
intended to be a different spin on the classic and does so very well.
Jonny Lee Miller plays a great Sherlock. He's more human and flawed, where the original Sherlock was almost cartoonishly strong at times, but he still has the same confident eccentric brilliance that makes Sherlock Holmes so interesting. He's a recovering addict aided by Sober Companion Watson, a modern politically correct spin on classic Holmes drug use that feels tacked on and out of place at times, but helps drive the character development of both Holmes and Watson.
The new Watson angle was a big factor in what made me pass on the show at first. In addition to the Sober Companion job, it sounded very generic Hollywoody to find an excuse to shoehorn in a pretty female co-star, but Lucy Liu is very good in her role. She doesn't play a shallow sexy distraction from the story, rather just a different sex portraying the same inquisitive, intelligent, adventurous companion that Watson should be. And (as far as I am in the series - fingers crossed) there's no pointless romantic subplots between her and Sherlock, just a straight played female Watson. Hats off to Lucy Liu for making a tough character change that I was prepared to dislike so likable and real.
The best part of the show however is the writing. Writing good mysteries is a fine line to walk. You can either give too little information and blindside the viewer, leaving them feeling shut out and just along for the ride, or too much information delivered too overtly and ruin the fun of following step in step with the details. The truth has to be there somewhere for you to see but not too soon. Elementary manages to walk that line very well. There have been times when something was too obvious or too unpredictable, but much more often the truth is cleverly masked until just the right time - a little before it's revealed, if you're sharp.
I went into this series with low expectations but very quickly fell in love with it. Whether you like the different spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's characters or not, Elementary does mystery right, and it's worth a watch based on that alone.
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