- Letters to Editor
BY: ELISE SVOBODA
Sherlock Holmes has been a part of pop culture for some time. Whether talking about the classic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or the movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, Holmes is still popular to this day. What if there was a way this classic could be moved into a modern day setting? That is exactly what CBS’ Elementary does.
Elementary is the story of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) who comes to New York to receive drug rehabilitation after he has drug problems in England. While in England, Holmes consulted for Scotland Yard and contacts his old associate Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) who works at the New York Police Department. After Holmes gets out of drug rehabilitation he is forced by his father to have Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) live with him as his “sober companion.” Holmes starts working with a reluctant Watson to help Gregson and his assistant, Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill), solve cases.
Each episode proves seriousness and humor that will be a hit among new and old fans of the classic Holmes. The series has already proven to be a hit for CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series had a 12.0 household rating as the post Super Bowl slot Feb. 3. The series premiered Sept. 27, 2012 and by October, the series had a full season ordered with two more episodes added in November.
While fans of the classic Sherlock Holmes series may be worked the show has talked about some of the iconic characters. For example, in January, there was an episode aired called M. which was about Holmes’ arch nemesis Moriaty, who killed Holmes’ love interest, Irene Adler. While Moriaty has not been revealed on the show, fans will like the build up that episode gives to Holmes and him having a faceoff with each other once they meet face to face.
One aspect I like about the series is that Watson is played by a woman. For me, this is the first time I have heard of a woman playing Watson. I like having Watson as a woman because it shows a completely different side to the classic Sherlock Holmes series. Another thing I like about the series is that it is set in modern time. While I am a fan of having the classic set in a certain time period, I just like seeing how Holmes can be seen in a modern fashion.
If you are looking to solve the mystery of what to watch at 10 p.m. Thursdays, look no further than Elementary on CBS.