Thursday, October 10, 2013
"Elementary!" she squealed as she tore open the red envelope.
Lately I've been doing something I rarely do: watching a whole season of television show episodes back to back - or almost back to back. Four shows at a time on each Netflix DVD.
The series? ELEMENTARY starring Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson. Yeah, I know, it sounds dreadful. My first instinct was to shudder with horror and swear I would never watch the show.
But guess what? I was wrong.
After several friends recommended the thing, I thought I'd take a look.
And I was hooked.
This time it's Holmes living in modern day New York city and his Watson is a woman (a non-practicing doctor) hired by Holmes's father as a kind of therapy companion to watch over his formerly drug-addled son as part of a recovery program. Sounds like nonsense, but I suppose there are people who do this sort of thing in real life though I'd never heard of it before.
As time passes, Watson will stay on with Holmes as his detecting partner - but as usual I'm getting ahead of myself.
Regardless, the main thing is the relationship and on-air chemistry between Holmes and Watson as it develops. Holmes, let's face it, is an extraordinarily annoying man who can't help being the smartest person in the room at any given time. As he tells Watson, "I'm smarter than everyone I meet..." Yes, it's true. Allowances must be made. At least that's his take - think of the wearisome frustration of always being in the presence of minds less...well, just less than your own.
Watson may have another view, although she is remarkably patient with her stubborn charge as she comes to realize what an extraordinary man he is and what extraordinary work he does as 'consultant' to the NYPD.
What can I say?
I love the show.
I actually like this better than the British modern-day SHERLOCK starring Cumberbatch and Freeman, though I like that one well enough - especially the Reichenbach Falls episode. And I'm looking forward to their Season 3.