With yesterday’s challenge I made comments to several posts, one of them entitled I Believe In Sherlock Holmes. The post revolved around the BBC’s Sherlock and the associated fandom.
Last year one of my friends started pinning a ton of Sherlock fandom things. Being a Moffat fan I checked it out. I got to the end and said that’s it? How are there so few episodes? have to wait how long to see what happens next?!?!?! We have a Sherlock Holmes show here in the States called Elementary, currently in it’s second season. It is interesting watching both shows, plus the movies, and see how they fit in together. One big difference with the movies are that they take place in 1891 while the TV shows take place present day. Also the movies have a bigger budget so they obviously have more fancy special effects and outlandish stunts. The TV shows are quite different but also similar. The base characteristics of Holmes and Watson seem, to me, to be basically the same. Sherlock is leaps and bounds smarter than the rest of the population, and is bored by them. Watson gets thrown into the midst and quickly catches up to speed with the crime solving. From there they are wildly different. Elementary takes place in NYC, Holmes is a recovering drug addict, and Watson is a woman. Sherlock takes place in London, Watson is a man and was in the military. Sherlock follows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories whereas Elementary goes it’s own path and creates it’s own story lines. If I had to pick which show I prefer, I don’t think I’d be able to. I greatly enjoy characteristics of each. However two things Elementary does have going for it is that it has more episodes and you don’t have to wait two years between seasons.
Does anyone else watch both? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the two.