I love mystery shows. Back when I was a kid I would Ellery Queen Mysteries. I grew up on Murder She Wrote. I watched from Quincy to Crossing Jordan to Body of Proof. Remington Steel and Moonlighting even Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. So it saddens me that I actually protest the creation of another Sherlock Holmes based show. Yet I can’t help myself.
First reason: New York – REALLY? Let me puke a little. Superman is always from Smallville or Metroplis, Batman is from Gotham, Doctor Who is always from the Tardis and Sherlock will live and breathe from London. 222 Baker Street is almost as famous as 1600 Pen AV.
Second Reason: BBC America and the REAL Sherlock Holmes. I realize that CBS will take a good thing and cannibalize it, look at CSI. At least they have a different cast with different names, not the same characters. The BBC version, if you haven’t seen it on PBS is beyond phenomenal. The cast is exquisite and the concept is mind blowing. It’s why CBS went to them and asked if they could do it. BBC rightly said no. So CBS decided they were going to do it anyway. Way to respect curtsy. I’m almost willing to boycott the show just on the sheer lack of respect for perfection.
Third Reason: I personally have an issue with re-creating something that is actually being still done. Example: Remaking a song when the singer is still relevant much less alive. Faith by George Michael vs Limp Biscuit come to mind. Sure there are similar themes out there but truth be known they TRY to have at least one original concept that sets them apart. New York can’t be that thing.
Fourth Reason: Benedict Cumberbatch, can anyone show boredom as well as him. Dead pan at the obvious statement, roll his eyes as he states: Didn’t I just say that. Be so thoughtless and cruel because he doesn’t care about other people’s feeling. May 22nd baby. Second Season DVD will be hitting the US and I can’t wait.
So with those factors in mind I would like to implore those in power to reconsider your premise. My first suggestion was creating someone with a psychic break that we as viewers would know he’s not Sherlock Holmes but some tragic event turns say some cab driver believes himself to be Holmes. This would be interesting if they can pull us into the character and his dismissive of anything that doesn’t support his psychosis. Not only would the story be about this man getting his life back but also about the overall arc of what broke him. What person out there is “Moriarty”? Then I discovered that this concept was done by watching a movie on Netflix. Obviously CBS wouldn’t have a problem with that but I like to at least try to be original.
My final suggestion is this. The years after his “Death”, he spent traveling the world, discovering himself. Between “The Adventure of the Final Problem” and coming back in “The Adventure of the Empty House” there were years where he was without Watson. Why this would be interesting:
He would be traveling the world. While I’m against Sherlock Holmes residing in New York, I’m not against him visiting for an arc solving a crime or two and then fleeing to another local to avoid being discovered. Think David Banner the traveling hitchhiker without the mechanic at the end of every story.
Next he could NOT be Sherlock. He is DEAD therefor he would have several aliases. The whole point would be not having anyone know who he truly was. We as the viewer could experience a prologue where we see the dismantling of Sherlock as per “Final Problem” even flash backs throughout the series.
There would be no John Watson. During this time John moves on with his life. The main character wouldn’t have a side kick, wouldn’t have his balance. Watching an arc of slipping back into addiction, battling back out, fighting other demons, guilt, and boredom. These are what might make the character dramatic to watch.
Moriarty may be dead but his organization is still very much alive. Here is your arc. Who is the next in line? How many tiers of evil must you crawl up to end the rain permanently. Can he do it without them or the world discovering that Sherlock Holmes is really alive? While destroying the organization maybe it makes it ripe for a takeover and then he would have to deal with that guy too. Either way there are several ways to take this.
Well I’m sure with a title like Elementary we might get something more like Castle. I like Castle, a lot so that’s not a bad thing. But if a show is being based off of Sherlock Holmes while there is a show as awesome as Sherlock on the air right now going into its 3rd season, I think it will just make me mad to hear about it while I’m waiting for the good version to come back out again next year.