Speaking as an outsider to the Sherlock Holmes
fandom, I'm probably not the best person
to review this show, but I'll give you my two cents based on what I've seen so far.
The plot for several of these episodes are pretty boring, but
what really makes up for that are the characters.
The dynamic between Holmes and Watson is refreshing to see.
Most adaptations portray Sherlock as extremely intelligent, but lacks emotion and empathy,
while Watson just fawns over Sherlock's brilliance as a sidekick. But it's not like that in Elementary
Sherlock doesn't just solve cases for his own amusement, he cares about the victims in these cases.
While he is better at deducing people than interacting with them, and can be insensitive and cruel,
he is FAR from being a cold-hearted man.
Joan is NOT the bumbling trusty sidekick
who fawns over Sherlock
She calls out on Sherlock's behavior
and questions him. She's also a very intelligent- both medically and emotionally
and is helpful in several of these cases.
Overall, this is a great Retool
- esp. in character development, and
CAN stand on it's own as well as the hundreds of other adaptations of Sherlock Holmes.
Extra note: Just watch the title sequence