Some viewers might be shocked at how different these characters are compared to their original incarnations. After all, while Lestrade is always a background character in the books, he is a dedicated policeman and a stalwart individual. But Elementary chose to cast his work with Holmes as an allegory for addiction, and did not shy away from how far he had fallen. And Mycroft is originally a government database, brilliant, and highly respected by his brother for being so. Elementary puts him in the restaurant business, and pits him against Sherlock viciously.
These changes are perfect examples of Elementary’s exceptional writing. So many adaptations are content to reference their source material, as if acknowledging that something exists is a worthwhile contribution to canon. They might take characters, relationships, scenes, and even lines directly from the original. And that can be very effective. After all, viewers like recognizing things that we know and love. But Elementary goes one step beyond that. It doesn’t plop just Doyle’s narrative into a new setting. It interprets it, and in so doing it gets at what truly makes Doyle’s characters tick.
Is anyone else sick of the jerk genius?
You know the one. He’s unprofessional, lazy, selfish and rude, and even makes frequent sexist and racist remarks against the people around him, but that’s OK, because he’s a genius. He’s the best doctor/detective/scientist around, so everyone will put up with his jerkitude. Respect for others is the foolish pastime of the less intelligent.
We’re clearly meant to admire these (exclusively male) characters, or at least be amused by their social ineptitude. Their dismissive attitude to others, and especially their sexist jokes to others, are aspirations. They’re geniuses, observant and intelligent. They are just telling it like it is!
Which is one of the reasons I really love Sherlock Holmes in new CBS drama, Elementary. Yes, he’s a genius, and yes, he’s kind of a jerk at times. But he isn’t allowed to get away with it. His rudeness, his laziness… these are clearly character flaws, and his (female!) partner isn’t afraid to call him on his nonsense. And in return, he says things he shouldn’t, but he also respects her, he listens to her, and he even apologizes for things that he does. He isn’t a genius running rampant in the city, above the concerns of all the other silly humans. He’s an intelligent, observant, but flawed human, and he has to follow the same laws of decency as the rest of us.
If you look at the percentage of ethnicities and the percentage of women on television now, it’s such a different time. That’s how you keep things current. You update and you change them accordingly.
People probably thought the same thing about the president of the United States, how is it possible that you have someone who’s not Caucasian, in that vision. I think things are shifting quite a bit.
It’s nice to be able to portray an Asian-American on camera without having an accent, or without having to be spoofy. And I think that’s a big step forward, because there are still representations of people that are more comedic. And that’s not what I’m playing.
I’m just playing somebody who represents anyone else who would be living in America or outside of it, who is just a regular person.
CAN SOMEONE DRAW A PIC OF BOTH WATSONS JUST SITTING IN A CAFE AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR BOYFRIENDS?
I love all the Elementary haters who pull the “you’re ruining ACD canon by making Watson a woman!” like ok
- Moriarty’s first name was James. He had a brother named James. He also had another brother. Named James.
- Watson was called John and also James by his wife
- ACD pretty much forgot where he said Watson had been shot because he refers to the wound in three separate areas
ACD stone cold did not give a fuck.