Joining the BBC's Sherlock on television this fall is another high-powered outing by the network CBS in the United States. If you haven't yet heard, the new show is Elementary and it stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes who is in New York after rehab, and Lucy Liu at Dr. Joan Watson, Holmes's "sober companion," whose responsibility it is to look after him an ensure he readjusts to society and doesn't relapse.
The creators were under pressure almost from the moment the project was announced, what with the success of another modern-day Sherlock Holmes enjoying popular acclaim. Rest assured, Elementary does not encroach on the territory of Sherlock.
But exactly how much of the Canon does it include or reference? And how faithful are the characters to what we know? Or does that even matter? And how closely tread is the fine line that exists between an established character and updating it to a modern setting? Join us as we debate and discuss the relative merits and attributes of the latest addition of Holmes to the small screen.
During the episode, we share some listener comments of late, read the Editor's Gas-Lamp from Vol. 6, No. 1 (March 1956) from the Baker Street Journal, and prepare for our Halloween Show. As part of that, we'd like to know what Canonical or Sherlockian Halloween costume you might wear. Tell us in a comment below.
- Interview with Rob Doherty: "Interesting, Though Elementary" [HOUN]
- WSJ.com: Sherlock Got Sex Appeal
- Hollywood Reporter: Elementary: How Does CBS's Sherlock Holmes Measure Up?
- The Atlantic: Sherlock Holmes's Disappointing New Update
- Tor.com: Elementary's Biggest Crime Is Being Lame
- Oppa Grimpen Style and Oppan Gangnam Style
- The Elementary opening credits and theme on YouTube
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