5 Reasons Why I Will Watch the Premiere of Elementary

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The new fall season of shows is upon us, and I have several shows that are on my “give them a try” list. Of course, there are also returning shows to take my time, so not every show will survive the cut. Then you also have the wildcard of the networks, who can be pretty fast to cancel a new show that does not stand up to their ratings expectations.

Our website gave the new show Elementary, which premieres this week on CBS, a “Like It!” rating here.

Once the networks begin announcing their new lineups, I try and spend a little time reading about each show to help me decide what I want to watch. Mostly I am looking for descriptions of the shows, but occasionally I will also read the comment section below the article. Based on my reading, this show seems to have garnered a lot of negative comments. I do plan to give it a chance for the reasons I enumerate below.

It’s Sherlock Holmes!

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Let’s start with the obvious. This is Sherlock Holmes we are talking about. True, it is not the classic Holmes, and because of that, the diehard fans might not find it entertaining. But, for a casual fan such as myself, it is interesting!

My husband has much more knowledge of all things Holmes, and I have learned a lot from him. I have also watched different variations of Holmes TV programming and movies with him, and truthfully, I have enjoyed them all. Therefore, it is only logical to conclude I might like this program, since in Holmes’ words, “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

A Female Watson

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Apparently from what I have read there have been previous attempts at making Watson a female, and they have not been successfully. As I read the objections to casting a woman as Watson, I can’t help but think about the many who objected to casting a female Starbuck when the Battlestar Galactica re-imagined series was first announced.

I will grant that the naysayers against the female Watson offer some valid concerns – Watson/Holmes is a great bromance, there is a lot of history for this duo, and the dynamic will definitely have to be different with a male/female pairing. My own personal concern is whether or not they will turn it into a romance; a move I am hoping never happens. Nonetheless, I would like to see what they can do with a female Watson.

Updates Are Not Always a Bad Thing

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While the BBC and others have done some wonderful adaptations of the Holmes stories, that does not mean there is not room for a modern version of the story, or even for another modern version, considering that there is currently a modern version set in London running on the BBC. I look at it this way – Romeo and Juliet’s story has been redone so many times, and the modern update that became West Side Story was pretty wonderful.

No, I do not have the temerity to compare Holmes to Shakespeare, nor West Side Story to Elementary, but the point I am trying to make is that updates are not automatically a bad thing. And, sometimes they can turn out to be something great!

Snark Potential

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I really enjoy a show with snark. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, snark is a combination of “snide” and “remark.” It is basically sarcastic comments, sometimes made as asides, and I find them very funny on TV and very useful for defusing a tense scene in a drama.

From what I have read, these two characters are opposite in temperament. Add in the friction of Watson being assigned to be Holmes’ “sober partner” by his dad, and I for one see a lot of potential for snark!

Human Frailties

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Recently I wrote an article about TV Characters with Cool Mental Abilities Due to Extraordinary Reasons. This paradigm seems to me to be a growing trend. There was a time when TV heroes were portrayed as perfect. Now it seems the pendulum has swung the other way, and TV heroes wear their frailties in plain sight for all to see, and in fact, I think this makes them more relatable for the viewer!

This version of Holmes is a recovering drug addict. Yes, in the Doyle books, there is some mention of drug use, but back at the time they were written the drugs Holmes used, cocaine and morphine, were legal and readily available. The same is not true today. In addition, Doyle’s Holmes is not an addict, but rather used the drugs only on occasion.

And, Dr. Watson in this remake is a former surgeon – what exactly happened to make her a former surgeon? We don’t know yet, but it was serious enough that she has taken a job totally out of the medical arena! I will grant you she is not the first doctor on TV who has suffered a career crisis – the first that come to mind for me are Gregory House (House, M.D.), Megan Hunt (Body of Proof) and Hank Lawson (Royal Pains) – but none of them actually left the medical field. These two are complex characters dealing with issues beyond the case of the week and that should make the show that much more interesting.


Those are my reasons for planning to watch Elementary when it premieres this week. Are you planning to watch it? If so, what are your reasons? Please share them in the comment section below.