Why CBS's Elementary is just as good as BBC's Sherlock and deserves to be treated with equal respect and given Emmy nominations, too!
By Kendall J. Pagan
I like CBS's procedural starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes. It is presented weekly on the same 26-inch cathode ray tube made by Samsung that once showed me a PBS show about a modern day Sherlock in London, but that show is hardly ever on, and yet people want to tell me that it's better than the modern day Sherlock show we get here in America. In America! Made by Americans! Yes, they had to hire one British guy to be Sherlock Holmes, but Dr. Watson, Captain Gregson, Mrs. Hudson, and Detective Bell are all from the U. S. of A., and I have to respect them for that. Too many American shows are hiring British guys with fake American accents these days or filming in Canada. So before anybody goes claiming that that Sherlock show that PBS had made in England is better than good old American-made Elementary, know this fact: Kendall J. Pagan is an American, where we're free to watch the Sherlock Holmes show we want instead of one the government forces upon us, as happens in small European countries.
But I didn't mean to get political, here. I want to talk about Elementary, and why its as good as any old Brit show. Like I said, it's on TV, too, and every week! It's set in the modern day, which is ground-breaking and new, and in New York, which is even more ground-breaking and newer. But let me address some specific gripes about Elementary that I've heard:
"Elementary doesn't use the hot movie actors that Sherlock does." Jonny Lee Miller was in Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is a lot hotter than Chris Pine, who starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness with Benedict Cumberbatch. And Martin Freeman is in a Peter Jackson movie or three. Well, Lucy Liu was in Quentin Tarantino movies. Quentin Tarantino. There.
"Elementary doesn't follow the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original stories." No TV show ever did follow the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, including that PBS one from before where Mycroft had x-ray vision. There.
"Elementary sucks!" People say other Sherlock Holmes shows suck, too. I have actually heard people say that the BBC's Sherlock sucks, too, and people don't usually say that about shows from England, like Downton Abbey. There.
"Elementary copied off of Sherlock." Both shows use actors. Both shows are shown on television. Both shows use the name "Sherlock Holmes" to get people to watch their show. So if one of them sucks, they both suck. There. Oh, wait, that part about sucks should be in the last paragraph. But, there, anyway.
"There is plenty of room for hundreds of books and movies and television shows about Sherlock Holmes, and we should like them all equally and not criticize any of them, because all of them have fans, even if it's just the one guy that wrote it. The more Sherlock Holmes the better." I don't like Sherlock Holmes. I like Elementary. You can gripe about all those other Sherlock Holmes things all day long, and I don't care. But Elementary is a good show because I like it. There.
I hope that explains my point and I don't have to create straw man versions of a specific Sherlock Peoria blogger to argue these points further. Because I can and will. And the internet is a big place, so I know someone will post my arguments somewhere, even if I can't get on here ever again.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences should also nominate Elementary for an Emmy for something besides editing, sound, music, and craft services. I forgot I was going to say something about that, too. There.