ABC's Forever picked up again tonight, and a hiding place under the floorboards, under a carpet, may not have had a second stain, but it still gave an echo of Sherlock Holmes, as that show has pleasantly done since it began this year.
Henry Morgan, the show's immortal Sherlock who doesn't go by the name "Sherlock," is still dealing with his Moriarty, known only as "Adam." His Watson is Abe, his now-aged adopted son, and his Lestrade is a detective named Jo Martinez . . . though they're actually a sort of two-part Watson.
What is it about this show that gives it a Sherlockian feel that some other attempts lack?
The aspects set in the past, the investigation style, that accent . . . not every British accent is a proper Sherlock accent. (A study of accents to find which is the optimal one for a Holmes would be a very interesting things.) The lead actor, whose name I can never spell without looking it up, might be a little too good-looking for Sherlock Holmes, but that seems to be an evolving concept. I have a feeling that future Sherlocks are going to be a lot more handsome than those past. (And younger, too.)
Every new Sherlock gives us a little more insight into the larger picture. Some in a more palatable form than others, of course, and Forever remains a pretty pleasant little confection.