Category: Elementary

CBS procedural about the life and times of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson, solving crimes and taking names in New York City whilst consulting with the NYPD and Captain Gregson & Det. Bell.

You Always Know It, Watson. If You Didn’t, It Wouldn’t Be Penance—Elementary: While You Were Sleeping.

Previously on Elementary: Pilot.

This second episode of Elementary was a step closer, a step closer to what I think the producers want to achieve with it; and a step closer for us as an audience to figure out what it is that we’re seeing in terms of plot, characterisation, and genre.

Sometimes, I Hate It When I’m Right—Elementary: Pilot.

Before CBS’ new original series finally premiered on telly last night, there was a lot of talk, a lot of controversy, a lot of debate, and, let’s face it, a lot of butthurt. Moffat was annoyed, Benedict Cumberbatch was graceful—basically, everything as it always is. After the resounding success of the BBC’s Sherlock, of course there was going to be a lot of commentary coming from all sides. Whether the conception of this show was born out of opportunism, or by coincidence, does not take away from the fact that it deserves to be assessed on its own merits. Some of the main worries I had about certain changes the production team made to the characters are detailed here, so I won’t bore you by repeating myself more than is absolutely necessary, except to comment on those concerns now that I have seen the finished product.

‘Elementary’–the new Sherlock Holmes on CBS: Gender Trouble.


To be quite honest with you, I’m still giggling.  According to the Internet buzz this afternoon, Jonny Lee Miller—who took turns with Benedict Cumberbatch last year, both starring in the National Theatre production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—is going to appear alongside Lucy Liu in CBS’ version of 21st-century Holmes. Now, guess who’s playing who.