The three Holmes set in today's world.
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Elementary is in its second season here in the states. Their Sherlock is fun to watch, but the episodes follow the standard American detective story pattern, the trail leads to several different suspects till the final correct suspect is identified. Doyle's Sherlock of course doesn't accuse anyone to the penultimate page of each story. However, the characterizations are fun. First episode, with Joan Watson (paid sober companion) meeting Sherlock, Holmes has been standing in front of 8 television sets and mastering the ability to memorize the dialogue from all 8 at once. The little touches of Doyle are in there, as they are in Sherlock, but completely different from Gattis's take. My favorite line in Elementary is from the first episode..Watson asked how Holmes deduced a certain fact and he says "Not everything is deduceable Watson, I googled". This is a much more psychologically fragile Holmes, but just as annoying as the real thing. At least their take on Silver Blaze made a great deal of sense, compared to Doyle's original.
By the way, Sherlock's Lestrade is a competent professional, Elementary's Lestrade (seen in the second season) is a worn out Yardie who's career plummented after Holmes descended into Heroin addiction, and Grant's Lestrade is the great-great neice of the detective Holmes worked with in the 80's and 90's. Grant's Holmes of course, knew both :-).
i guess i'll have to sample one for the collection, but i can't say i'm particularly interested in another thinly stretched Holmes attempt without the cleverness of the master himself.
i guess we'll just have to see.
I hadn't heard of that book series; sounds interesting!
Really? What's the twist with Castle? I've tried watching it a few times and it just seemed bland. That lead was much better in Firefly where I suspect he had better writing.
Elementary isn't really my cup of tea. I found it so-so.
Barry Grant's books have an interesting, if far-fetched, premise of Sherlock Holmes's reanimation. The Sherlock character is interesting and Wilson is intelligent and likeable, but sometimes the writing seemed a little sloppy. Still a pretty good bedtime read.
To get into Miller's Holmes, you have remember you are looking at a man who was crushed by Moriarty, had his reputation utterly destroyed (I will burn your heart out...in Sherlock...here it has happened!) and lives everyday as a drug addict facing the endless challenges of sobriety. Doyle recognized cocaine addiction as undesireable, but never conceived of Holmes reduced to an opium den state of existence. Elementary's Holmes lived there for several months at least.
We thus have, for our viewing and reading pleasure, a young Holmes, a middle aged Holmes, and an elderly Holmes, all set in the same world.
Parenthetically, its realy neat that TV's two competing Sherlocks are friends, and worked together on stage in a Frankenstein play in London, each one alternating playing Victor Frankenstein and the creature. :-}
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