Why I think Elementary is better than Sherlock! AM I wrong?
Good old Gatiss!
Not even amused. But I’ve come to expect as much from the writers of Sherlock. I found Sherlock to be hugely disappointing, and I’m sorry I wasted my time on it.
yo mama’s so fat every time she turns around there’s a new season of sherlock
I’m not even in the Sherlock fandom and I literally spit food all over my laptop when I saw this.
Good joke. But riddle me this: If the writers have such a long time inbetween series, why is the show not flawless?
Things got more serious when the conversation turned to Elementary, though. The upcoming Sherlock Holmes adaptation attracted controversy earlier this year when it was revealed to be a modern interpretation of the Arthur Conan-Doyle stories, attracting claims of plagiarism. While star Jonny-Lee Miller initially said he had received clearance from his former Frankenstein co-star to take on the role of the great detective, Cumberbatch seems to remember things differently.
“It’s very odd. I did say, ‘Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes,’” he recalled. “I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.” Benedict also admitted he got hold of a copy of Elementary‘s pilot script to ensure there weren’t too many similarities. Was he satisfied? “I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish [Jonny] the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be.”
please let elementary irene be good
please let elementary irene be good
please holy god don’t let this be another scandal in belgravia
I prayed for, like, a year before Scandal. And look how that turned out.
*shakes head and slowly walks away*
Finally giving into this rant. Yes, I am skipping class to write this. No, I will not regret it.
What I don’t understand is people who refuse to give Elementary a chance, simply because they’re arguing that it’s a “rip off” of BBC Sherlock. I’d say that’s false. Here are some ways Elementary is different from BBC Sherlock:
I just know I’m forgetting some other differences…
But, basically, Elementary is not a “rip off” of BBC Sherlock. While I feel that CBS should have jumped for it and cast a woman as Sherlock Holmes (Lucy Liu as Sherlock? Yes please.) But, if you want to talk about an interpretation of Sherlock Holmes being a rip off, shouldn’t we look at every interpretation of Sherlock Holmes?
Oh wait, that would be impossible because Sherlock Holmes has been done dozens of times. He’s been a mouse, Robert Downey Jr., a cucumber, countless white British men of various ages, etc. Somewhere in there, interpretations overlap. The fact that Elementary and BBC Sherlock are both set in the 21st century does not mean much at all.
"Oh, I don’t want to watch the Amazing Spider-Man because it’s just a rip off of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man because they’re both set in the 21st century. I mean, Spider-Man was created in the 1960s, so why did the Amazing Spider-Man have to do a modern setting, too?" I don’t know why I used that example, it’s not that great. But do you understand how ridiculous it sounds to use the excuse of time period for accusing an interpretation as being a "rip-off?"
Sherlock Holmes has been told so many times, in so many different ways. Why do you think that just because BBC Sherlock had so much success that it’s the only one allowed to use a modern time setting? That’s the rip-off. As in, I don’t want to be ripped off and lose any fantastic retellings because society is rejecting a different interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, just because it shares a time setting with a popular television show.
All I’m saying, really, is just watch the pilot of Elementary. You’ll see how different it is from BBC Sherlock. Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes is very different from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. But that’s a good thing. Otherwise we’d be hearing cries anew of “rip-off!” from the crowds. But the plot of Elementary calls for a different Sherlock. And JML delivers.
I’m just frustrated that people are prematurely throwing Elementary out the window. It’s not BBC Sherlock, and since they stopped trying to be BBC Sherlock (and that happened before writing the pilot), the show has really grown into its own. And I think it’s absolutely worth watching.
P.S. Diversity in a cast is never a bad thing. People of color and women are always welcomed in my world. In fact, I’m personally more inclined to watch shows that cast minorities instead of white men. :)
tl;dr: Just give Elementary a chance. You’ll see it’s not a copycat of BBC Sherlock, and that Lucy Liu is just as HBIC as she is in every other role she’s ever done. Also, it’s not a rip-off of BBC Sherlock. Elementary is its own show. As in, not the same as BBC Sherlock. As in, it’s different.
Does the museum in Sherlock look familiar? That’s because they’re in The Library.
Welcome to the BBC where they have 10 Actors, 15 props and 20 sets. Enjoy your stay! :)
Also count the shadows.
Revenge of Molly Hooper
oh Molly, I didn’t know you had it in you
Graphite pencils in Moleskine sketchbook. Texture added in PS.