Friday, October 19, 2012

'Child Predator' -- Elementary 1x03

Warning: Spoiler Alert

If the writers continue on the track that they've been going on, maybe I won't give up completely on this show. I still think that the Beeb does it better, but even within the three episodes of this show that have been presented, the writers seem to be getting better at what they are doing. Perhaps they have figured out where they want to go with the show, or maybe they are feeling a bit more confident in their own abilities when it comes to the show ... maybe it's a little bit of both?

With that in mind, I'm still not sure how I would feel about this version of Sherlock Holmes tackling stories from canon. It would seem almost inevitable that at some point the show would deal with Moriarty and Irene Adler, but it seems like the show (and the writers) should get more firmly on its feet before trying to tackle two of the more notable characters from canon. I have the feeling that if the writers try to bring either of these two into the canon of the show to early, they may be bungled. The episodes may be getting a bit better with each new offering, but there are still only three episodes, and until the writers and the actors are able to really sink their teeth into the material, and they are able to stand on their own feet as far as what they are trying to present to the viewing public, I'm not sure that they will be able to do justice to either Moriarty or Adler (hell, if they aren't even able to really present Holmes and Watson as well as they could be presented, when they are the main characters, doing the epic bad guys right now may not be the best of ideas. And no, I don't think that they've got Holmes or Watson down quite yet ... but then, it is still early in the show's run yet).

I don't know if it's because of the American sensibility when it comes to television programs, but it feels almost like the Holmes of the American version of events isn't nearly as smart as he should be. Sure, he's clever, but he doesn't feel nearly as clever as he should be. Of the episodes that are out so far, he's really only solved one of them as far as I see it. In the other two, Watson was far more instrumental in getting the case solved than she was given credit for. In "Sherlock," Watson is clever, and he certainly helps a ton on the cases, but Sherlock is still the cleverest person in the room (unless maybe Moriarty is there), and he isn't quite as dense when it comes to figuring things out. It almost seems like you kind of have to shake the Holmes of "Elementary" a little bit before he is able to be clever, and I'm not sure that I really like that. At this point, if that continues, Moriarty and Adler would mop the floor with him; and seeing as how he is supposed to be the protagonist of the show, I'm not sure that would look good on him.

So, even though it's getting a bit better, I still think that "Sherlock" (and even the Guy Ritchie movies) are better at this point.

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