As I've mentioned a couple times lately, I have been spending a lot of time on Hulu lately, trying to catch up on the past six seasons of the CBS drama Elementary. Although there have been some episodes of the series that haven't really worked for me, I have really come to love the series. I'm actually glad that they are wrapping up the series this year with their seventh season. I haven't made it to season 6 yet, but it seems likely they will go out while they're still making quality television, unlike many other shows have done.
While I've been working on watching all of the episodes that I failed to catch when they first aired, I've also been looking up interviews and articles that have to do with the show. I found this article from NBC News's website quite well done. The author (Noah Belatsky) presents the idea that the great strength of Elementary is how it handles the relationship between Holmes and Watson,: specifically, how it departs from Doyle's original writing, which presents Watson merely as a sounding board for Holmes to bounce ideas off of. Here's how the author puts it:
Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes tales centered around a brilliant, singular talent — a person who was not coincidentally white, and not coincidentally male. “Elementary” takes that blueprint and turns it inside out. Rather than one genius, the show is about how different people can work to find the truth together. The real genius of “Elementary” is that, in its quiet, comforting, formulaic way, it refuses to believe in genius. It believes in other people instead.
I found the entire article well worth reading. I hope you enjoy it.
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 Sherlock Holmes.