So, I watched Elementary starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. I went into this honestly not expecting much. I mean, after the BBC's Sherlock, how could anything compare?
I was actually pleasantly surprised, however. And I wonder how many other people caught the reference to the Mary Russell novel, BeeKeeper's Apprentice. Or, the alternate title, Upon the Segregation of the Queen. Which is something 'Holmes' paraphrases after Joan finds the bee hive at his place.
The fact that the characters are named Holmes and Watson is something that throws me, honestly. BBC's Sherlock puts Holmes and Watson in modern times, but the way it's done works. It has an old-fashioned feel, but definitely updates the characters enough so that they seem somewhat Victorian, yet fit in with the modern day conveniences like cell phones, texting, and computers.
Elementary . . . The characters just don't seem to fit with the setting. And I especially didn't like how 'Holmes' seems to, when he's making the deduction to the one guy about how the murder was pulled off, practically beg the guy to admit that 'Holmes' is right. Holmes doesn't beg. Holmes doesn't apologize. Holmes doesn't guess. And yet he does all of these things in Elementary.
I think low expectations were a good bet with this one. I knew it wasn't going to be anywhere near the caliber of Sherlock, and I was right. But on the same token, it'll provide what I hoped for. It's good enough distraction until the next season of Sherlock comes out.
All in all, I give the first episode of Elementary 3 1/2 out of five stars. Not wonderful, but a passable enough rendition of Holmes that I'll like watching.