Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Elementary

The new fall TV season has started. I must admit, it's off to a slow start. I'm really hoping that NCIS picks up because the season premiere wasn't as great as I expected. It probably will, it's just odd that it didn't have as much bang as I thought. As a writer, I do realize that the show's writers may be just setting up some plot lines for later in the season. I really hoping so.

Another show on my fall viewing schedule is Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes reboot on CBS. I'd been patiently waiting for this one. I love the idea of Watson being a girl and not just any girl, Lucy Lu.  I've already scheduled to record the whole season. 

Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about the premiere. It was interesting enough to keep my attention, although I think it was more because it was new more than it was absolutely gripping (plus I'm a sucker for a crime procedural). The relationship between Holmes and Watson is more unique than all the previous Sherlock reboots. Also, setting the show in the US, in New York of all places, provides some interesting cultural contrast. I doubt that this will turn out to be my favorite Sherlock.

So who is my favorite Sherlock? Hands down, Robert Downing, Jr. It may have something to do with the fact that I admire him as an actor. He brings the right amount of snarky-ness to the part. Now don't get me wrong. I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock on BBC, but Downing is less intense than Cumberbatch. Downing's portrayal is more humanized, and I guess I like that. Also, I think Downing has more swagger than Cumberbatch, and we Americans like our swagger.

Who is your favorite Sherlock? 

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