Elementary Debuts On US TV

The pilot for the new Sherlock Holmes TV show debuted on US television earlier this week.

As mentioned recently, this time round Sherlock Holmes is in New York and his sidekick, Dr Watson, is a woman.

The new show is pretty good, if the pilot is anything to go by, and it’ll be interesting to see how the characters develop.

Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller, is English (thankfully) and has moved to New York. It’s not clear why he left England, though Watson (Lucy Liu) suspects it’s due to a romantic interest gone wrong.Watson is hired by Holmes’ wealthy father to keep an eye on him as he’s recovering from drug abuse.

The other lead is played by Aidan Quinn, who plays the role of Captain Tobias Gregson of the NYPD. He knew Holmes from an assignment with Scotland Yard and calls on Holmes’ skills to assist in homicide cases.

In the first episode we’re shown that Holmes, as you’d expect, is gifted with wonderful observation skills and is also incredibly quirky.

Watson, for her part, is “damaged”. She was a surgeon, but something went terribly wrong and she’s ended up working as a “companion” for recovering addicts like Holmes. It’s also clear that she quite enjoys the challenge of investigation and wants to help Holmes.

Guess we’ll see how things pan out in the coming weeks. The idea of transplanting Holmes to the US and replacing the male Watson character with a woman did sound a bit odd to Conan Doyle purists, but so far it actually works. Just forget the traditional Conan Doyle stories and look at it as more “inspired” by than anything else and you’ll actually enjoy it.

The show is currently airing on CBS in the US. In the UK and Ireland it will be shown on Sky Living starting in October.



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