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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?
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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?
drauthor Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Yes, but that's not the case (so to speak) here. The 'Elementary' production team wanted to do their Manhattan, modern Sherlock as a spin-off, which Moffat respectively declined.

So, they took it upon themselves to do their own version. Here, the Americans did bastardize it. I mean, the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law movies are brilliant. I love them, America loves them and Moffat loves them. They aren't directly challenging BBC's SHERLOCK because they are two completely different settings/ideas/plots etc.

But this is an open copy of Moffat/Gatiss's take on it.

Mofftiss didn't pitch this to an American production company.
runebandit89 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh the horror, the horror. WHY! oh well, i just hope that they at least make it different from BBC's sherlock and interesting enough so that watching it can be justified.
Teakster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
This sounds more like 'The green hornet' than Sherlock.
GatzTdaMax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Really, this is what you have to love about America. A country founded by idealists, smugglers, and pirates... and not much has changed in the past 200-plus years. ;P

To be honest, however, this is hardly the strangest "original" take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works. I foundly remember watching the cartoon "Sherlock Holmes In The Twenty Second Century" [link] [link] when I was younger. That version had Homles revived in the distant future after being revieved from cryogentic status, accompanied by an *android* version of Watson, and a female Inspector Lestrade. The plots for each episode were largely drawn straight from the books, as I remember, though the creators did make the effort to throw in the occassional ray gun and hover car to spice things up.

As for the Gender Flip [link] , such occurances aren't all that rare these days, what with the conflicting (yet oddly easy to simultaniously fulfill) demands for more eye-candy and more gender equality in television. Exactly how they're going to pass an aging, asain actress off as a British doctor and former veteran of the Afagan War, I do not know, but I expect that it will be interesting to find out.
Lupinebrother Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Uh...yeha, that's why I'm not gonna watch it. I'm gonna keep watching The River instead.
LadyEvalle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
:slamhead: by all the... seriously... the BBC version rocks and now the US is gonna fawk things up... I'm actually a bit :ashamed: to be american right now... hollywood :stinkeye: what's next? Doctor Who?
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you bitch enough, they might just do it to punish you.
cybervideo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can believe it worked. I mean, the cartoon worked so why shouldn't the live action series be able to with the same concept. Granted he didn't get cloned and come back in the 22nd Century, but still.
marcony Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
The only possible way to watch this is to forget any of the source material before watching it and just assume you are watching a detective show about too random detectives. If at some point it starts reminding you of any other detective story then you can work from there.

Personally I'm hoping the BBC will do a Madam Vastra spin off (She was that random Saurian woman that turned up in the big finally of the last Doctor who series). She seemed to have found work as a detective and Frankly if they don't do it soon I'm going to have to go looking for fan fic and that can't end well.
offyerrocker Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
General agreement.
Unfortunately, the general public eats it up. The new Sherlock movie was bad enough...
The-Chosen-Millenium Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Ugh and pain.
Joel-Grizzlebeard Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned about Elementary a couple weeks ago. I'm a die-hard Sherlock fan, and I love Mr. Holmes in any version, so I was willing to give Elementary a chance since it's Sherlock Holmes.
But then I read 'American Sherlock Holmes' and I said I would watch no more than the first episode out of sheer curiosity.
Making Sherlock Holmes American is the worst idea ever. It's just not done.
Then I heard that Watson would be a woman.
And I swore I would never watch it ever.
What are they even going to call her? Johanna?
Get some ideas that are your own, CBS. Quit leeching off of BBC. :I
RabidElf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*facepalm* Yup a good chunk of North America is out of ideas
Asalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's been out of ideas for a good few years now. That ship just got caught on a reef and refuses to sink any time soon...
RabidElf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am aware and agree, although every so often something decent comes out.
RolandBoyce Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I would rather see the original BBC version ,as an American I think there are things that typically American and then there are things that are British! Sometimes we need to leave things alone ,Sherlock Holmes is British and should stay that way ! Would love to see the original you think it will ever air on BBC America ?
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I just remembered that several years ago, there was a kids cartoon called "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd century" It was one of the most retarded things I have ever seen. It was based off of the premiss that they preserved his body until the distant future, where Prof. James Moriarty was "revived." they had Watson as a robot with a mask that looked like the original Watson, and a semi-hot female sidekick police officer. every episode was a remake of the original stories in a scifi setting and somehow twisting it so that Moriarty was behind it all. apart from the obvious stupidity this all brings up, this story heavily relies on Moriarty and Holmes being frozen in the Swiss Alps after the end of the original adventures. It completely ignores the further adventures Sir Doyle wrote later on.
burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
The semi-hot cop lady's name was Lestrade, for bonus cram-every-Holmes-reference-we-can-ness.
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
because, ya know, 8 year olds are going to catch all of that.
burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I think it's more a bone tossed to the parents watching it with them.
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Makes sense.
oceans-grace Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Oh, God, that show was so dumb and I watched it every Saturday. Even reading your less than positive synopsis is giving me a minor nostalgia-gasm.
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
It was a kids show. I guess that allows it to be crappy and lovable at the same time.
HunterStrike Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
This is why I hate Hollywood, crap like this. Slap the name of someone's already established work and then just do what ever you want to with it. So, how hard would it of been to rename the lead characters in "Elementary" and have it not be connected to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works in the least. Oh no! That’s the hook, people wouldn’t watch are show if we did that.
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, Sherlock Holmes has been in the public domain for some time. Anyone is free to slap their name on a Sherlock Holmes show.
B-E-Furry Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I actually remember a cartoon from when I was a kid (heh... some time ago now...) called "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd century". Watson was a robot programmed to act like Watson, but Holmes was awakened from being cryogenically frozen. It... was actually pretty good...
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
the sad part is that I just commented on that show, without even realizing that you were right under me. I feel like an idiot now.
B-E-Furry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Haha! No, you're not an idiot, all it shows is that we grew up in the same decade!
Eguan15 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Well I am an idiot for not reading the first blasted comment before I commented.
McJaews Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And the comments were oddly similar:P Weird :i
Startua Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Tumblr was in an uproar over this.
I have no hope for it.
tjb910 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I have to agree with you on this one, Sherlock is simply brilliant. I know there will be nay sayers, but I thought it was THE best rendition of Holmes I had ever seen. Sorry to hear about the Yanks hacking it up some, but if it's any consolation most of us here in Australia strongly prefer the British originals over the American remakes.
Exmes Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Don't post things like this... It just makes me want to cry, and I can't do anything about it besides not watch.
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be quite honest, the BBC series is very over hyped. They will have to try very hard to mess something up that's already crap.
MoonDarter Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
This counts as originality in American network television. *sigh*
mokeymokeyking Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Dammit I may live in america, but I watch less and less of the television every day. It has gotten to the point where DIY shows are more interesting and addicting than the "Big shows" out there.
BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Why don't the people who think some of these things up just shot them selfs first instead of wasting millions of dollars on something thats not going to work out at all.
Caraig Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012

While I would never turn down Lucy Liu, casting her as Watson is kind of what is this i don't even MAN WHAT
Avatar86 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm embarrassed for my country.

It's become a very familiar feeling lately.
Gaia-o-spades Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Well, I won't be watching it, so it can suck all it likes in its own little corner.
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