Elementary – Not a bad series featuring yet another Sherlock Holmes
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and detective stories in general and enjoy plenty of the variations that have been explored over the past couple of years – except Sherlock with Robert Downey Jr, that was a piece of crap. But I have to admit I was a little hesitant when the new CBS version came out with Watson being portrayed by Lucy Liu. It seemed like they were stepped a little too far out of the shadows. Making Holmes a recovering drug addict, sticking him in the middle of New York and covering him in tattoos was also a little outside the norm. However, all things considered, this isn’t a bad little series. Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes keeps with many of the quirks and idiosyncrasies. I will admit, he’s a touch over the top when it comes to hit Watson. In both the Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch versions, Holmes may take a couple of cheap shots at Watson for not being observant or not picking up on the details, but he was never outright rude and crass. Miller’s version has a tendency to go over the top from time to time. Since this is the beginning of their relationship with Watson simply and intrusion into his life I guess I can let that go.
The problem solving, the cases and the characters are all quite good. I held off on jumping in when the series first aired, I wanted to collect a few episodes then immerse myself in it. It’s much easier and more entertaining to watch a bundle of shows than to try and determine how things will shake out watching and waiting each week.
I’m looking forward to the rest of this season and I think this could turn into a very nice little series. I miss shows like Monk, BBCs Poirot and eagerly await Sherlock to return for the 3rd season, if there’s going to be one. Until then, I’m quite engrossed with this new offering.