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February 28, 2012


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The concept of taking the world's greatest detective out of his Victorian era setting and dropping him into 21st Century London shouldn't have worked. It should have failed as miserably as I thought it would.
Hooooo. Was I proven wrong on that one.
The scant six episodes of Sherlock contain some of the best material the BBC has ever produced and proved that the detective can work his deductive wizardry in any time period.

Which is probably why CBS have gone all Chinese and are ripping it off.

When I heard that there was going to be an "American version" of the show; the eye twitched but didn't bat. This happens, and often HAS to happen. A show must fit with the scheduling, and US series are a lot longer than those on British TV, so things have to be stretched.
THEN I learned that it's NOT a remake of BBC's Sherlock, but a brand new series called "Elementary", which is "radically" different because it's set in New York.
Unsurprisingly, the Beeb are a bit miffed by this.

In this, wholly original, modern version of Sherlock Holmes, the great detective will be played by Jonny Lee Miller, and Watson will be played by.... Lucy Liu .....

…. Wait, what?
  • Listening to: Booming Orchestral Scores
  • Reading: Edge
  • Watching: Whitechapel
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Fajitas
  • Drinking: Water
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evil4evil Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Sherlock is still English since JLM id English. What's with all the sexism, so what if Watson is now a woman? A least she's not some bumbling old fatso.
Typhloser Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this journal is a year-ish old, but after seeing Elementary's first season, I must say I found it really good.

Yes, Joan is a woman (and a woman of colour), but the show doesn't put a huge focus on them falling in love. In fact, until the last several episodes, they don't really even love each other- they just enjoy being with each other in a very 'you're a really interesting person and I really admire you' kind of way.

Irene Adler is an important character and the reason Sherlock is in New York- he fell in love with her in London, but she was supposedly killed, which left him to succumb to a heroine addiction. He became useless in helping the Scotland Yard find her killer (which the blame was put upon a man who went by 'M,' an alias used by another person that later showed up in the series and was wrongly mistaken for the M who killed Irene). Sherlock was sent to New York to recover by his father, and Joan Watson became his sober companion later after that.

At the end of the first season, Irene reappears, alive, and is later revealed to be Moriarty. You're probably groaning at this point about another major character that's usually a man being a woman, but this Moriarty was pretty well done.

Because of Irene and Moriarty being the same, Moriarty admitted she really did love Sherlock (a reason why she might have kept her assassins from killing him throughout the series), but not because of him being different than her. She loved him because of how alike they were, and was genuinely impressed that he recovered from his addiction (which she hadn't planned on happening after she faked her death as Irene). However, she was intrigued as to why he was attached to Watson, as Moriarty simply wrote Watson off as the cute little Asian mascot and nothing else.

Watson has had three total occupations in the series- at first, she was a surgeon, but after an accident that resulted in a patient's death, she left, and became a sober companion to try to make up for it. As a sober companion, she met Sherlock and for about the first half of the first season, she mildly assists and constantly observes Sherlock as he does cases, and becomes increasingly intrigued by how he works. Her medical expertise repeatedly has assisted Sherlock on cases, and as the show goes on, Watson becomes more and more involved with helping Sherlock in other ways, such as mentioning an idea that helps Sherlock figure out the case and doing investigating of her own. At about the middle of the first season, Watson's time with Sherlock was supposed to end (she even was given a different client). However, at this point, the first mention of M resurfaces, and Sherlock hits a low that concerns Watson, so she requests that she stays. When Sherlock's father declines her via text, she stays on anyway, lying that he agreed, and eventually became his assistant.

Also, Watson caught Moriarty. Not Sherlock, though he had a big part in it.

But yeah, sorry for the tl;dr post on a year-old journal, but I personally thought it was good, and maybe if you haven't seen it yet, the points I bring up might change your mind on it.
Red-Erin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! Now we can allocate entire episodes to Sherlock and Watson's obvious sexual tension!!! ... sense the sarcasm?
WickedPrince Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
If Watson is played by Lucy Liu, and I actually still WATCHED TV, I would watch it, just sayin'. ;)
KlokwerkSolja Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The fuck...YOU CANT DO THAT. Sherlock is English, Watson is a dude...good grief.
patientbear Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Watson.... With breasts? Well that's us for ya! If we can't import it, we'll make our own! And add boobs!
MoosewithAneyePatch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As an American, i am sorry for this.
Animikean Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Early for April fools day Jack
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
..... Yup. Leave it to us American to BASTARDIAZE everything. Also Watson as Lucy @#$% Lui!? I happen to like Lucy Lui, but COMMON! Even Sherlock Holmes cartoons left him as a guy! *gaaaaaah!*
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess what? In most cases it is the British bastardizing their own shows. Who do you think pitches the shows to the American companies in the first place?
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