I missed this article back in July (probably because I was too busy turning 50 on that very day). Anyways, I think I had hear several months earlier that a film adaptation of the Enola Holmes book series was underway, with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in the title role. Looks like Henry Cavill is going to be playing Sherlock Holmes, and Helena Bonham Carter as Holmes matriarch, Eudoria Holmes. Could prove interesting; I may have to check out the books before the movie comes out.
More proof that the Sherlock Holmes train is not running out of steam anytime soon!
This morning I finally finished the journey I began way back in Fall of 2012, shortly after the CBS series Elementary first began. As I recall, I didn't initially like the show: I had been so impressed by the BBC's Sherlock, and I just didn't think Jonny Lee Miller's version of Holmes was as compelling as Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as the same character. I also thought that the "Watson is a girl" premise of Lucy Liu's character was too gimmicky. But I gave the series a second chance, and I'm glad I did. Over the course of Elementary's seven (six and a half?) seasons, I now believe that Miller and Liu were able to inhabit their roles as the famous detective and his loyal sidekick to an extent that no other actors have been able to achieve.
And as far as the way the creators of the two shows wrapped up their series, I think the finale of Elementary was far more satisfying than the mess that wrapped up season 4 of Sherlock. (Yes, I know there continue to be little hints that maybe, just maybe, the BBC may pick up Sherlock again. But that season 4 finale really felt like a series finale.) By the end of the BBC series, Sherlock and Watson had become little more than parodies, whereas the end of the CBS series seemed to be to be completely appropriate to the characters we had come to know and love across the years.
Just in case there is anyone reading this who took even longer to finish Elementary than I did, I won't give any spoilers. Suffice it to say that I also enjoyed many of the little tidbits that were mixed into the last half season. References to the Garridebs, or Ronald Adair, were entertaining gifts for longtime fans of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Elementary provided such references from time to time, but it seems to me that they included significantly more canonical "shout-outs" in these last several episodes.
I see that the series actually ended in August of 2019, so I guess it didn't take me too much longer to watch the entire series than it should have (four months late is better than never, I guess). I guess I'm fortunate to live in the age of Hulu, so I could binge watch the series in a handful of extended viewing sessions. Overall, despite a very few episodes that I didn't enjoy as much, I think Elementary was one of the most successful Sherlock Holmes adaptations ever to grace the screen. This Sherlockian has found it immensely satisfying, at least.
Just stumbled on this recent article about an upcoming Netflix series, The Irregulars. I know the relatively minor characters of the Baker Street Irregulars have been presented in film and TV a few times in the past, but they don't seem to have been as popular in those media as those other minor characters, Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler. I did think it was funny that, at the very top of the linked article, there was a picture of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, even though they have absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming series. (I guess that's how the Internet works, though. You have to catch the eye.)
I will have to remember to follow announcements about the series, and check it out when it's released. Just another example of how Sherlock Holmes storytelling shows no sign of slowing down in the 21st century!
Dear Reader (if there are any of you left),
I know it's been an awfully long time since I posted here on Baker Street Babble. What can I say? Life has just gotten quite hectic, and my blogging has suffered. Today I'm prepping for a medical procedure, so I've got some free time on my hands. I decided it would be fun to do some catching up on my Sherlockian interests, and I figured the best place to begin would be to finally watch the rest of Elementary on Hulu. Yes, I know, I'm super late to that party, but...better late than never, I suppose.
When I left off watching the series awhile back, I had just begun Season 6. I've just watched episodes 3 and 4 of that season, and I'm not terribly impressed at this point. As always, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are entertaining to watch, but the cases aren't all that thrilling. I'm waiting for more action on the subject of Sherlock's state of mind. (Avoiding spoilers here...)
In other Sherlockian news, I also received the new Nicholas Meyer pastiche, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols, and I'm thinking I may finally get around to reading it today and tomorrow. I have enjoyed Meyer's other books, so I'm hoping this one is worth my while. I shall attempt to share my thoughts on the book here when I've finished it.
If anyone is still reading the blog anymore, thanks for your attention! I shall try to do better in the days to come.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.