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Elementary: Not Sherlock, Nor Should It Be

The past several years have been good to Sherlock Holmes fans: two features movies (with a third on the way), new novels, and the massively-popular series Sherlock introducing a new generation of fans to the Great Detective. So when Elementary was announced, I was skeptical. Holmes in America? Watson is a woman? Alone the idea sounds terrible, and in the context of the intensely satisfying Sherlock, it seemed like an unmitigated disaster. However, in preparation for my upcoming appearance at 221b Con, I knew there would be discussion of this show, so I watched all 18 episodes released thus far.

And I was right: it’s not Sherlock. But then again, I’m not entirely sure it’s trying to be.

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