Unlike its familiar counterpart on the BBC, Elementary isn’t stuffy or pretentious, its brought into the current time without changing the essence of the literature, it doesn’t seem to be consciously made current, new or shiny, its just a natural account of a modern day Sherlock. The show has been met with wide critical acclaim, several award nominations including two at the Emmy’s, along with (Season 2) 100% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes!
Considering me to be a true fan of the original and great work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, when I read it now I SEE Jonny Lee Miller, the actor spectacularly cast as our present day Sherlock. And I see that making Watson female isn’t actually that big a jump. Another stellar casting choice is Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, the perfect calm presence needed, next to Millers hyperactive, overstrung, neurotic Sherlock. The characters have some bizarre connection, that just makes more sense, in the modern world, for Watson to be a Ms. Even so, the Male/Female bond doesn’t turn to sexual tension -which I feel is a very deliberate decision by the writers- its simply a story of mutual respect and eventually friendship, or as the show creator Robert Doherty called the show a “A story of bro-mance- but with a woman”.
The show is fast paced, constantly twisting, funny- really funny, shocking and often gruesome. You can understand why its pulled some well known British actors into the fold, with great performances by: Vinne Jones, Rhys Ifans, John Hannah and Jon Pertwee, with the quality and strength of this show, I see the guest stars becoming bigger and brighter.
Elementary is currently resuming season 2 on Sky HD. If you’ve not seen it yet, you need to grab the boxset or new fangled “on demand” service and watch this show ASAP!