This here is my third-favorite new show of the fall 2012 season (#2 being Revolution
and #1 being the Too Good To Last Last Resort.
) There's a simple reason why this is the case - Sherlock Holmes, while not a lot of fun to read about, is mucho de fun to watch, especially in a setting where he's basically presented as a Mentalist-type
character, a former drug addict who consults for the police. (Yes, I am aware that The Mentalist
is a Holmes Expy
. Don't flame me!)
Jonny Lee Miller
is beyond excellent as Sherlock, of course. After seeing him play the horrifically creepy Jordan Chase on Dexter,
it's a most wonderful change to see him play a good guy again. Lucy Liu
is a great Joan Watson, too, and a most wonderful counterpoint to Sherlock's rampant irreverence for social norms, or cleanliness.
I wish there was a little less hatred for this show out there. Just because it's a CBS procedural
doesn't make it tired or cliche. Sherlock
purists need to calm down and accept that as good as their show is, this show isn't necessarily horrible as a result. And, to those who are wondering why CBS decided to make this the post-Super Bowl show, well, let us not forget, it is the #1 new show on TV, and while Person Of Interest
(which really needs the boost in order to cement itself as a contender for taking the post of #1 drama away from NCIS
) may have deserved it more, Elementary, as the new kid on the block - and one of the best new shows of the year - also needs the boost, and needs it a little more desperately.
taste, and enjoy!