It's just starting to sink in. Elementary has been renewed.
The news coming in through various channels today wasn't really a surprise. It's been doing consistent enough ratings to hold it over, and the mere fact CBS used it as their Super Bowl go-to indicated a belief in the show by the network. So I didn't really react right away.
But slowly, the full weight of the announcement started to sink in.
Elementary gets another season. It doesn't go out with its fans going, "Too soon! Too soon!" It doesn't quietly fade into the New York grate steam. No, like most American TV shows, it's going to take its ratings success and grind away until its inevitable failure.
As a lone blogging voice, I don't have nearly the powers of persuasion to convince its devoted followers of its failure as a Sherlock Holmes adaptation. But a network television show is a much more powerful voice, and what is that voice going to do in the year(s) ahead?
Prove my point for me.
Mark my words, gentle readers. Elementary will fail. And it will fail slowly, sadly, possibly ugly. Those who now call themselves fans of the show are very liable to quit watching it before I do. Why? Because, a.) That's the way television shows usually work, more often than not, and b.) I'm looking at this like a marathon. Sure, it may be a little painful here, a little dull there, but eventually I'll be able to look back and go, "Wow, I made it through that!" It's the Sherlockian version of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me experiment, being documented in html instead of film.
As the announcement of another season of Mr. Elementary, once it had time to fully sink in, did not elicit any wailing or gnashing of teeth in the subterranean lair where Sherlock Peoria houses it's secret blog machineries . . . no . . . no . . . no. Just the gentle stroking of a cat, and the slight turn of what might be a smile. And if you pullled back, receding into the distance outside the walls of said lair, you might have heard the beginnings of a muffled "Bwah-ha-hah . . ."
With that, I'll leave you with the rare link posted to this blog, a little reminder of the last pretender to the Sherlock Holmes deerstalker whom I completely disagreed with. Enjoy.