Review of Elementary

60 minutes

Elementary is a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a female version of Holmes' companion. Here, Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard and a recovering drug addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center and then lives with Watson, who becomes his sober companion and eventually his apprentice.
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Aug 12, 2018 9:59PM EDT

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It's true that Sherlock Holmes is overdone. We've had just about every iteration we can possibly think of - except perhaps a space version. That being said, this version breathes life into the old trope and makes it its own. To the viewer, Elementary is innovative enough to be its own show.

What I love most about Elementary is that it takes the time to delve into deeply feminist themes, to explain them (albeit sometimes involving some grade A Sherlock-splaining.) Lucy Liu is fantastic as Watson - my personal favourite Watson, for that matter, especially since she is no sidekick, but a detective on par with, and one that can replace Holmes.


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