So I finally got around to watching the new modern take on Sherlock from CBS and… well…. *yawn*
The acting is good, and I’m extremely pleased to see Lucy Liu back on the screen, and I’ve loved Johnny Lee Miller since Trainspotting, but this series simply makes me think “why bother?” The…
Hi, and welcome to Tumblr! The reply system is a bit whacked out, I’ll admit. I’m a bit lost about it all myself (despite the fact I’ve had this blog for a while), but then again I don’t really reblog much. But anyway, important bit: reaction to your post:
1) I’m sorry to hear that you’re not a big fan of Elementary. I know that the setup of a male Sherlock and female Watson make it sound like she’s there to be the supporting role, because, well, Watson traditionally kind of does get relegated to that role (male or female). At the same time, though, I feel that the show so far has done a good job of showcasing both characters’ emotional journeys. She’s his sober companion, yes, but Joan’s got problems in her own right: she’s got an ex whose history we have yet to explore, and of course there is that whole “I-quit-being-a-surgeon” bit (and the next episode promises to go even deeper into that!). Yeah, Sherlock has an emotional journey to complete, what with the mysterious past in London and the drug addiction thing. At the same time, I feel that the show has spotlighted both characters. It’s not so much about Sherlock becoming better, but about both Joan and Sherlock learning from each other to become something more. I’ve really loved the episodes so far (out of curiosity, how many have you watched? the pilot, I will admit, is kind of dinky. I adore the latest one, though (“The Rat Race”)), though, so obviously I’m pulling for the show to succeed. If you’ve only watched the pilot, I hope you’ll give the show a few more episodes to convince you.
2) According to your profile, you’re new to Tumblr, so I’m guessing that you’re relatively unaware of all the wank and commotion that precluded Elementary’s introduction. Just a quick tip that there’s been a lot of fighting between Sherlock and Elementary fandoms, and so you might get some angry responses to your post. There’s been a lot of racist/misogynistic stuff being flung around, and so I guess some Elementary fans are kind of twitchy now whenever a self-professed Sherlock fan criticizes Elementary. I can’t say I blame them, but I just wanted to warn you about what you’ve stumbled into. Your reasons, to me, seem to give Elementary a chance, and I’ve tried to address them in the point above. You might get a few responses that are a tad angrier.
3) Quick aside: your “they swapped the wrong character” bit, didn’t they have a setup (close to what you’re saying, I think) on Bones? I’ve only ever watched a couple episodes, but I think the gist of it is that Bones is socially awkward while Booth is the guy kind of coaxing her emotions out. Or something. Yeah, the setup where it’s the other way around is done a lot more often, but just saying that there’s at least one show out there that does the kind of flip-flop you’re imagining. There are probably more; I just don’t know them because I don’t actually watch that much TV.
Anyway, that’s about it. I hope what I’m saying makes sense!