can I just say that I am very disappointed in Sherlock fans: The character Sherlock Holmes does NOT belong to Motfiss. BBC cannot sue CBS. Unresolved sexual tension: okay between Sherlock’s Holmes and Watson but not Elementary’s Holmes and Watson? Jesus. Please realize you are being assholes.
Elementary does not have to be dark and eerie like Sherlock, because that would be a near exact copy and thus making its production totally pointless. It’s set in Manhattan because that is the easiest way for the general American viewer to connect with it, and this isn’t just an American thing because you know, all American tv sucks and Americans are too stupid to relate to another place-no. In every country I’ve visited, I’ve managed to catch some of their original tv shows, and all of them are based in the country they take place in (because obviously people speaking French in the States doesn’t exactly make sense). So no. Shut up.
I personally find the casting of Lucy Liu as Watson fascinating. Not only is she a woman, but also she’s Asian. Let’s face it: Asian actors are bizarrely overlooked in the media market (just about everywhere except Asia) and its great to see Liu in an integral role in a show that will probably be quite popular here-yes, it’d be great if a new unknown actor was given a similar chance, just to get some new faces, but Liu’s quite the actress, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
Given that the majority of tumblr-less Americans do not know BBC’s Sherlock, I gather Elementary will be fairly well received, what with the recent Ritchie films’ success in the States. Yes, Sherlock plays on PBS, but PBS has the reputation of being stuffy, dull and grandparent-y in the evening and playing kid’s shows until the late afternoon, so no real surprise there, even though it isn’t a cable channel. So it will not be in a state of comparison in really any major media source, as Sherlock is relatively unknown, and to do make some sort of comparison would not make sense at all.
This all being said; will I like it as much as Sherlock? No, probably not. I might not even watch it. I don’t really know, but I’ll make that decision based on what time I have when it is released. But, will I discount it before it comes out? No, no I will not. I have the same feels about the new Spider-Man movie coming out. Many are just thrilled it’s coming out, feeling it will surpass the other movies. For me however, Tobey Maguire will always be my Spider-Man, as I think he embodies Peter quite well, and I just adore the original movies (yes, even the third one). Is this to say that I am going to bitch and moan about the new one being terrible? No. I will see it, and form my utmost opinion afterwards.
But seriously Sherlock fandom. Stop being elitist assholes. Stop calling American TV awful (seriously, have you even seen Breaking Bad or Mad Men? no? gtfo). You may have your own opinion where the show is concerned, but please at least give it a chance.